My hands betrayed me

Discussion in 'Playing and Technique' started by sgsupremep90, Jan 29, 2008.


  1. sgsupremep90

    sgsupremep90 Member

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    Does this ever happen to you?

    At a gig, playing a solo you know really well, you lose your way, wander around for a couple of bars till you recover, then finish out ok.

    Happens to me 3 or so times a night. Most people don't notice, I do. Root causes: good looking women; mind wanders to something else (like the TV over the bar); brain spasm; who knows?

    How often does it happen to you? What are the causes? Especially the pros.
     
  2. FlyingDutchman

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    ADHD..You should try some Ritalin to help with that..or just stop looking around so much. :)
     
  3. Dickie Fredericks

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    Yes! I catch myself looking at the TV alot. Especially if there is a good game on.

    Then the singer walks over and says "How did you do that"?

    "You're on fire tonight"...

    Then I snap out of it wonder what I just played that wa so great... never to be repeated... lost into the bar room wilderness.
     
  4. willhutch

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    it's the mind, not the hands, that are betraying you. I find that I make mistakes when I think about not making mistakes. Or how good I sound. Or whether or not I look OK in whatever stage wear I have on. Or when really focus on one particular aspect of playing: "OK, I'm laying it right in the pocket...ooh yeah, behind the beat...just right..DOH!! I missed the bridge!!!"
     
  5. sgsupremep90

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    I think that it is the mind. I can practice a line perfectly 4-5 times in a row, but in the middle of a set - boom - I go "off roading." Maybe the trick is to focus on each song as we start to play it, just as if I was practicing it, looking for perfection. Hard work to focus hard for 3 - 4 hours, especially when I am having so much fun watching people.

    Does it happen to pros? Or do they just recover more quickly - after bobbling a note or three?
     

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