Posted by pcfive on Wednesday, November 7, 2012
We had a bad hurricane in the northeast, as you may have heard or experienced. I practice early in the morning before work, and in the evening after work. So without electricity for 5 days, I had to practice in the dark.
Even though my metronome uses batteries I found I could not use it in the dark. Not sure why, since it has lights. But I couldn't see the electronic hand move back and forth, which for some reason I need to see.
So I practiced with no metronome. And of course I couldn't use tabs or youtube.
Just me and the banjo, playing in the dark. And I felt that it was overall a good experience.
When you can't see, you focus more on hearing. There is less to distract you from what you should be focused on anyway.
It's hard to play up the neck in the dark. But you can get used to it, to some extent.
I never want hurricanes, of course, but I tried to make the best of a very bad situation. I hope I will remember what I learned about staying focused on sound while practicing.
Sunday, November 25, 2012 @3:38:59 PM
Nice blog post
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