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Practice makes perfect?

Posted by chuckles50 on Wednesday, November 26, 2008

I had a good practice today. Some days are not so good, but today my practice went very well.  I changed a few licks on John Hardy and Little Maggie and next thing I knew, I was playing both tunes better than ever. Then later, when I played Blackberry Blossom, it much better as well. Lately I have been trying to incorporate a few of my own adaptations into tunes as well as follow the tab. It finally occurred to me that following the tab as written if fine and dandy, but it can be a lot more interesting (and fun) when I mix up some licks and add my own (for lack of a better word) flair. For the first 2 plus years I had been a slave to tab. It was the best way for me to learn some necessary licks. But as I soldier on into my 4th year of banjo now, I am finally beginning to mix it up ... with good results. I am impatient at times. I want to play better, sooner. But apparently for me, it will be better ... later.
I love this banjo of mine. It reminds me daily of the stiffness in my fingers and to warm up slowly each time I start to play. It reminds me of my clumsiness and humbles me every day. Then it reminds me that practice may not make me play perfect, but it will make me play better, just a little bit, every month or so. It's the journey, not the destination that's important.  

1 comment on “Practice makes perfect?”

twayneking Says:
Thursday, November 27, 2008 @1:13:27 AM

Coach Lombardi once argued, "Practice doesn't make perfect, only perfect practice makes perfect!"

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