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  • I'm taking today off and changing my TAC routine

    Posted by GuitarGeni on March 23, 2022 at 10:59 am

    I’m taking today off and changing my TAC routine

    As stated in another post, I was sick for the past few weeks so no guitar playing for me. As typically happens with me, I overdid it once I started to play again this week. Ten minutes turned into 2-3 hrs. and doing that every day just isn’t feasible after a lengthy layoff. Especially with sore finger tips and the challenges of this week’s lessons. So, I’m going back to my old routine of playing every other day.

    I find that it works much like a gym routine where you workout hard one day and rest for the next, then you workout hard one day and rest for the next. Sore fingertips turn into rock hard callouses in no time and I don’t have to feel guilty (which I have been) about not playing every day. I’ve really tried to play every day since I started TAC (for shorter periods of time), but it just isn’t working for me, so I’m going back to what I’ve done for over 40 years.

    Initially I had the idea that consistency meant that I had to play every day, but the more I listen to Tony, the more I realize that playing every other day IS consistent. If I feel like playing two days in a row, I will. If not, then I won’t feel bad about it. Heck, I won’t even feel bad if I skip 2 or 3 days in a row.

    After more than 40 years of consistently playing, mostly every other day, I feel that I’ve established that I’ll stick with it. The 8 years I spent unable to play at all were the most uncomfortable period of my life. I am so happy and grateful to be relearning again. Not only that, I’m on the road to becoming a better player than I was before I was injured. I’m not sure I would have had the same motivation to be a better player if I hadn’t been injured. So yes, there is an upside to being injured.

    I’ll probably still check the lessons daily but I doubt I’ll be playing every day. I will be playing consistently though. You can count on it!

    • This discussion was modified 2 years ago by  GuitarGeni. Reason: Formatting
    Cadgirl replied 2 years ago 5 Members · 4 Replies
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  • Bill_Brown

    March 23, 2022 at 8:20 pm

    @GuitarGeni , I’m sorry to hear that things aren’t going well for you at this time. I hope you will continue to be a voice in our guitar journeys through the Forums as well as the postings in the daily challenges. What you have to say has weight. Hope you feel better soon 👍

  • Loraine

    March 23, 2022 at 10:09 pm

    @GuitarGeni It sounds like a good plan, and yes it is consistency. Only you know your limitations and what your body is capable of, especially coming back from a tramatic injury.

  • N-lightMike

    March 24, 2022 at 11:33 am

    That’s really wonderful, @GuitarGeni . Many times, the things that limit us are our own beliefs. You are absolutely correct about consistency. Thank you for posting a telling us about your routine. You have a lot of experience. Someone else might not have as much experience and be able to learn from you.

    MG 😀

  • Cadgirl

    March 25, 2022 at 3:44 am

    @GuitarGeni , I think it sounds like a great routine. Gives you a day in between to think about what you want to do on ‘play’ day.

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