That’s really great progress. Keep enjoying
Thanks Helen, this is so reassuring to hear. Sometimes you just wonder if it’s a problem specific to yourself but hearing this makes we realise it’s quite a common problem. I’ve not played at all this weekend to rest the arm and hand and I’ve started wearing a brace on it at night. Have to say I’m lost not playing this weekend. Can’t wait until tomorrow. Thanks for the tips, there’s hope for me yet
Ha,ha, maybe we should adopt “Spring Chics” as our nicknames. Great to hear you are still playing. Have fun.
I’m basically repeating what Angie said. Thank you so much for such a comprehensive reply. It’s reassuring, knowing the various stages people have reached and how long it’s taken them. Gives me permission to remove this pressure of assuming I need to be achieving this and conquering that by a certain time/stage/level. I think I definitely need to also recognise the physical aspects of the progression and to give myself permission to ease off a bit because of rheumy that definitely kicks in quite a bit after a long practice session. I’m also bipolar so the brain/mind does become flustered/frustrated a LOT . Thank you so much Helen.
As for Spring Chics - cheers @DarrellW . I’m on board with that
@CateB @ArizonaAngie @Helen0609
Have a look over here. You’re certainly not the only ones.
Older guitar students - can ‘old dogs’ learn new tricks?
Thank you Gordon. I’m definitely part of the old dog learning new tricks crowd. Good to know there’s a large group of us.
Good idea! Maybe we should create a “Spring chicks” thread, supplementary to the “Old Dogs”.
Gordon, I know that thread I recently had a post there, concerning a linguistic question, which popped up in my head by the way, as I’m not a native speaker, (… if old dogs is an expression also used for women). This caused a huge wave, I’ve never expected and I promised to let the Old Dogs be Old Dogs…
But @DarrellW solved the problem
Helen. I’ve just had a look at your post in the other thread. You certainly started a bit of discussion. I think ‘spring chicks’ is a better/safer name tag than the alternative!
I’m feeling positively young now! Thanks Gordon😊
Hi Angie, good you started your learning log. It is a good place to receive advice and encouragement. Also when you could be feeling stuck, a quick look to a few post back can put things in the right perspective. In addition to finding the right frequency and duration of your practice sessions you can watch or watch again the videos where Justin explains about posture. He has one general but he also has one with specifics about arm and wrist position when he introduces strumming. Keep the enthusiasm.
Thanks Andre, great advice which I will certainly use.
Hi guys, not sure if this in a wine or a cry for encouragement. I’ve had the dreaded covid like cold and am exhausted but still trying to play a bit most days. I also have full on days too to contend with. Since I’ve not felt great my playing has been shocking and I’m getting rather disillusioned by it all. Is it normal to play like pants when you’re not feeling great or am I just having a bad two weeks! Really fed up and need a pick me up. Sorry to moan. Thanks for reading this anyway.
You’re playing will reflect you mood. So if you’re not feeling well your playing won’t feel well either.
Good time to learn to play the blues. Hope you feel better soon.
Thanks Rick. I’ll look forward to sunny days then! I think you might be right about the blues, need to check some out😊.
Sending you my very best wishes. High quality food is good for both body and mind. Please take good care of you
Hi Angie, keep your chin up and (as you’ve said to others above) be kind to yourself! Having just gone through covid for the first time myself 2 weeks or so ago, I have that disillusioned feeling forefront in my mind too! Couldn’t play anything for a week, and when I did try I was all over the place, fingers not behaving at all! However, I have since come right and slowly my playing has improved back to where it was. In saying that, I have fluctuations even throughout the day. I tend to be a morning person and my playing is definitely better than compared with after work, when I’m feeling drained from a busy day. Take care and keep reminding yourself it is a process that takes time. Often the improvements are imperceptible and it can feel like no progress is being made. However, over time you’ll notice little things that were big problems will have gotten easier or at least dropped somewhat down on the list of challenges Just keep plugging away, that’s the key I think, and look for those things that inspire you to keep picking up the guitar…
Angie, I got covid right after Christmas, the hacking cough, the loss of taste and smell, the whole she-bang. I was so miserable I didn’t even try to play guitar, lost all my callouses, felt dejected about the whole thing. But once I started feeling better, about 4 weeks later? I got back into practicing big time. Allow yourself to wallow for a bit. Hope you feel better soon.
Thank you Kim. I’m on the food thing