FORUM

Please have a look at our Forum Rules. Lets keep this forum an enjoyable place to visit.

A A A
Avatar

Please consider registering
guest

sp_LogInOut Log In sp_Registration Register

Register | Lost password?
Advanced Search

— Forum Scope —






— Match —





— Forum Options —





Minimum search word length is 3 characters - maximum search word length is 84 characters

sp_Feed Topic RSS sp_TopicIcon
Do I have a Problem :)
Topic Rating: 0 Topic Rating: 0 Topic Rating: 0 Topic Rating: 0 Topic Rating: 0 Topic Rating: 0 (0 votes) 
Avatar
Ferret
Byron Bay Australia
Members

Regulars
June 21, 2012 - 8:46 am
Member Since: April 22, 2012
Forum Posts: 1575
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

Hi All

 

Do I have a problem

 

I've noticed that my practice sessions go much better after a scotch and cola or two. Three is detrimental, but just a little seems to relax me and things go better 🙂

 

The problem with this is that it doesn't make practice sessions before 6.00 in the evening seem right 🙂 There is no way I'm going to have a 'drinkiies' before this time.

 

What do you all reckon?

 

Cheers

Johnsmile

Seen it all. Done it all. Can't remember most of dunno ..... What was I saying???? facepalm

Avatar
Fiddlerman
Fort Lauderdale
June 21, 2012 - 9:06 am
Member Since: September 26, 2010
Forum Posts: 11701

LOL,

Very normal. This is because you relax after a drink or two.
The best is to learn to be just as relaxed without the drink. Easier said than done.

"The richest person is not the one who has the most,
but the one who needs the least."

Avatar
DanielB
Regulars

Members
June 21, 2012 - 9:19 am
Member Since: May 4, 2012
Forum Posts: 2379
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

Well, only you can really decide if it is a problem or not. 

As someone who doesn't know you at all, I would say that since it limits the time that it feels right to practice, it may at least be something that holds you back a bit if you let it become a pattern to not play before having a drink.  The easy solution is to play before that sometimes even if it doesn't feel as relaxed.  You may learn different things in those different sessions.

Music can be very sensitive to even little things.  If I skip breakfast before practising in the morning, I don't play as well.  Much as I am fond of coffee, if I have too many cups over my usual amount, my hands and other muscles tense and I screw up more often. 

So I think it is very possible that it makes a difference for you.  The big question would maybe be if you are ok with possibly training yourself to not play as well before a drink and as such also possibly limiting the times of day you can play at?

"This young wine may have a lot of tannins now, but in 5 or 10 years it is going to be spectacular, despite the fact that right now it tastes like crude oil. You know this is how it is supposed to taste at this stage of development." ~ Itzhak Perlman

Avatar
KindaScratchy
Massachusetts
June 21, 2012 - 12:51 pm
Member Since: March 14, 2012
Forum Posts: 1651
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

I agree with most of the above. I find the same thing that you do, John. A glass of wine makes me relaxed and often I seem to play better (or I think I do). But, I don't want to limit my practice times to when the sun is over the yard arm nor do I want to make my performance dependent on having a libation.

I agree with Daniel that many things can influence performance. The other night I played right after eating dinner and it seemed to affect my playing. The food had been too heavy and too garlicky and that was distracting.

Wait...are you supposed to wait a half hour after eating before playing?

tongue

When the work's all done and the sun's settin' low,

I pull out my fiddle and I rosin up the bow.

Avatar
DanielB
Regulars

Members
June 21, 2012 - 1:00 pm
Member Since: May 4, 2012
Forum Posts: 2379
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

Well, I don't think you'll get cramps if you practice too soon after eating, KindaScratchy.  LOL

 

Or at the worst, they'd most likely be in your hands and not too life-threatening.  exactly

"This young wine may have a lot of tannins now, but in 5 or 10 years it is going to be spectacular, despite the fact that right now it tastes like crude oil. You know this is how it is supposed to taste at this stage of development." ~ Itzhak Perlman

Avatar
gkeese
Amarillo, Tx
Honorary advisor
Members

Regulars
June 21, 2012 - 1:35 pm
Member Since: May 20, 2012
Forum Posts: 304
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

I tend to lean more towards what Barry says.  A few beers during a jam session with friends it just for fun, but I believe all the hard work is during practice.  Like football.  You have fun during the game, but all the real works comes out of practice.  So enjoy your drinks when you're there for fun, but during the learning time, stay focused on the art.

Unless you are REALLY thirsty...exactly

"Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree, it will live its entire life believing that it is stupid." -Albert Einstein

Avatar
Kevin M.
Nicholson, Pa
Members

Regulars
June 21, 2012 - 6:23 pm
Member Since: September 10, 2011
Forum Posts: 1957
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

Wish I could have a beer but one and I'd be falling asleep on the floor.  Very hard to play while laying on the floor.

Avatar
Ferret
Byron Bay Australia
Members

Regulars
June 21, 2012 - 6:47 pm
Member Since: April 22, 2012
Forum Posts: 1575
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

Thanks for all the good advise folks.

 

Its not that I don't practice without having a scotch and cola. I usually practice three times a day, seven days a week, and two of those sessions per day are always before six in the evening.smile But the third session is more fun and I tend to be more uninhibited and try things that are a little more advanced than 'I' am. Unfortunately I don't have anyone to 'jam' with.

 

The thing that I find that 'I' have to be careful of is that I like to play while sitting on the sofa (called a 'lounge' in Australia) Its very comfy but not good for a playing posture. I have to keep reminding myself to stand up and play.

Seen it all. Done it all. Can't remember most of dunno ..... What was I saying???? facepalm

Avatar
Late bloomer
Dallas Texas
Honorary tenured advisor
Members

Regulars
June 21, 2012 - 8:12 pm
Member Since: October 12, 2011
Forum Posts: 563
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

I have found that I drink better when I add a little violin to it.cheers

No matter where you go, there you are!

Avatar
cdennyb
King for a Day, Peasant for many
Members

Regulars
June 21, 2012 - 9:12 pm
Member Since: February 13, 2012
Forum Posts: 1774
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
10sp_Permalink sp_Print
0

Late bloomer said
I have found that I drink better when I add a little violin to it.cheers

HERE - HERE!!!cheers

"If you practice with your hands you must practice all day. Practice with your mind and you can accomplish the same amount in minutes." Nathan Milstein

Avatar
springer
Honorary tenured advisor
Members

Regulars
June 21, 2012 - 10:57 pm
Member Since: January 5, 2012
Forum Posts: 525
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
11sp_Permalink sp_Print
0

Sounds like something I will have to try. Which is better I wonder beer or wine? cheerscheers

Avatar
Fiddlestix
Michigan, USA
King
Members

Regulars
June 22, 2012 - 7:58 am
Member Since: January 21, 2012
Forum Posts: 2637
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
12sp_Permalink sp_Print
0

Hmmmm.......... Sound's like a lot of excuses to tip the glass.  It's like saying, "I drive my car much better when i've had a couple drinks", i'm more relaxed, i'm very carefull.

Can you imagine what a symphony orchestra would sound like if everyone were tipsy? When we drink i'm sure the intonation is great, everything sounds better at that point so we assume we're doing fantastic. We need all our faculties about us while playing this thing.

Don't get me wrong,,, I've done my share of "relaxing" over the years. I'm soon to be 69, I relaxed for over 50 years. When I played guitar in a couple bands in the 60's and 70's, the member's of the groups could tell who had been drinking and who hadn't.

But I guess,, whatever make's you comfortable is ok.  

cheersdazed

Forum Timezone: America/New_York

Most Users Ever Online: 231

Currently Online:
45 Guest(s)

Currently Browsing this Page:
1 Guest(s)

Members Birthdays
sp_BirthdayIcon
Today lakelivr
Upcoming HeadCheese, Mad_Wed, ButteryStuffs, harvestman, fiddlinmama, kit, makinnoise

Top Posters:

coolpinkone: 3755

Mad_Wed: 2849

Barry: 2661

Fiddlestix: 2637

Oliver: 2439

DanielB: 2379

Member Stats:

Guest Posters: 1

Members: 3554

Moderators: 0

Admins: 2

Forum Stats:

Groups: 16

Forums: 56

Topics: 6441

Posts: 80313

Newest Members:

Mukundan, MyMing, dbsimon, stirlingite771, mdedmon, coreshanethi

Administrators: Fiddlerman: 11701, KindaScratchy: 1651