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  • Harder Stuff First?

    Posted by the-old-coach on May 17, 2021 at 11:50 am

    Out of the blue– I may have had a small win in this AM’s practice!

    Both Cement Mixer and the tune Freight Train have been giving me a run for my money. I can “get thru” them both- but not without being really slow, and with couple of mistakes. I have played them OK a couple of times- (maybe accidentally?😜)- but that’s really rare.

    Anyway- I tried these tough-for-me lessons right at the start of today’s practice- and lo and behold- they went much better than usual!- (I usually work on those two toward the end of practice).

    Has anybody else tried something like this?

    So that’s my small win. Maybe do the harder stuff first?- (maybe my brain is just “fresher” then)…… I hope it wasn’t just a fluke……

    Mark J

    the-old-coach replied 2 years, 3 months ago 2 Members · 5 Replies
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  • Fly

    May 17, 2021 at 12:41 pm

    Hi mark, totally I have learnt this. Something else which might be obvious but took a light bulb moment for me to figure out is often I’d play a whole song then slip up at a difficult bit/ less practiced bit then off back to the start I’d go and the same would happen again, Then I figured out that I’d get really good at the start as I played this much more but still struggle on the ‘crux’ of the song so I now start on the harder bits and play them over and over when I’m fresher before adding the easier (for me) parts. Nice win!

    • the-old-coach

      May 17, 2021 at 1:25 pm

      Hard to explain, but what I try to do is keep my brain- (and eyes, if I’m using the tabs or lookin’ at either hand)- just a hair ahead of what I’m actually playing – regardless if it’s individual notes- (picking)- or chords. Constantly moving…….

      That said- I was just wonderin’ if maybe my brain gets “tired” after an hour or so into a practice- (I try to go about 1 hour & 20 minutes each day). Hence- sharper at the start of practice vs. at the end.

      To your thoughts on working on the “tough parts” first- I totally agree! I try to put extra time on those. Even if I think I have most of the kinks out, many times when I start all the way from the beginning- (thinking I’ll get thru the “crux” just fine– I still manage to butcher it up.😜

      Good thing is- I think I do it just a little better each time- (even though it doesn’t always feel or sound that way……).

      Every attempt puts me one closer to correct! (wow- how corny is that……)

      Mark J

  • Fly

    May 17, 2021 at 1:41 pm

    Not too corny, I’ve heard worst. 😜 I think it’s good to put these thoughts out there it helps you learn from them. With that positive enforcement your giving yourself each time it can only result in getting better even if your not at least you won’t be in a bad mood 😂

  • the-old-coach

    January 22, 2022 at 12:13 pm

    Seems weird to be responding to my own post…

    Along this thought of working on the “tougher” parts right off the bat in a session, I have been changing from one +/- hour-long session per day, to two, half-hour shots.

    My brain just seems “fresher” or something in the first 10-15-20 minutes of a session, then after that, seems like I’m less accurate—- playing the same stuff. Noticeably less.

    Is this a real thing- or am I just imagining it to myself?

    I’ve read in here how many TAC-ers practice in several short sessions thru the day- (maybe rather than one longer session).

    Maybe there’s somethin’ to this…. any thoughts?

    Just wanted to see if there are any new opinions on this….

    Thanks- MJ

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