Yeah. I took a break. So what? I don’t have to answer to you! I’m dropping the drop caps, they’re kind of cheesy looking at them now. I’m no classical novelist.
Trying to get back to seriousness, I did take the break accidentally. By accidentally I mean that I skipped a day, and then another day, and another, etc. I didn’t forget. I was aware that days were passing and I wasn’t playing. It wasn’t so much a procrastination thing, as much as just really not wanting to play at all. I think I was burned out a little bit. 8 straight weeks of almost-daily practice had worn on me. As much as the online guitar gurus stress over and over how consistent practice is so important to improvement (and I don’t disagree), they don’t say much about the human factor of wear and tear. These guys are super passionate about their hobby and I’m not disparaging them. I’m the same way about videogames. If I don’t play a game during the course of a single day, I get antsy to dive back in. I don’t have that fervor for guitar yet. I’m still very early there and it’s a constant uphill struggle. It pays off here and there when I have a spike in speed or accuracy, but that’s small potatoes at the 10,000 foot view.
I don’t have regrets about taking the break. It wasn’t exactly planned but I’m glad it happened. I’m feeling the desire to start back up, which is good. I predict that I’ll be very slightly rusty but I’m not going to have to learn the minor chords again, for example. Speed might take a bit to get back to. The callouses on my fingers are starting to go away but there’s still remnant of them, which is kind of interesting from the conditioning perspective. I wonder how long it would take for them to vaporize if I was a pro? A month maybe? I’m not worried about building them back up after changing to the 10 gauge strings. Such a minor change but I might have found my sweet spot there.
I’m writing this on a Sunday, so I’ll consider this the first day of week 9. I started a vacation from work on Friday and I don’t have to go back until after Memorial Day. I have a couple other things on my agenda for this week but I will certainly return back to guitar. Today is a whatever-goes kind of day and if I feel like it, I’ll dive back in. I really think it will be more of a start-on-Monday thing. Instead of working in a cubicle and being stressed out for 8-9 hours, I’ll leisurely practice guitar instead! That will be my daily “job” while I’m gone. That and runs with my dog. Both are productive kinds of things I can have fun with.
Should I have any unique guitar thoughts through the week, I’ll put them here.