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I've had that happen once in a while Barry.  Sometimes it does just happen and passes in a few days.  Or maybe you hit the nail on the head and you're working the material too hard and that's making it start to feel stale.

Maybe it would help if you can take a day off.  Hit a bbq or a bonfire party and just relax and have fun for the night.  If you do play, keep it to just goofing on some old songs you haven't done in a while or the occasional moment of showing off your musical brilliance.  You know, collect a bit of "pay off" for the dues you been paying with all that work.

"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

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I can tell you about some major funks but one stands out for me.  Stretching the envelope.   The challenges of a new piece(s) can be downright depressing and greatly reduce enthusiasm.  Sometimes I can work it out in time.  Sometimes I put it all on the back burner.  My violin cuts me no slack.

When you come to a fork in the road, take it.

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Barry, will you be gigging alone?  Which instrument(s) will you be playing?

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Happens to me all the time . One day I'm up and ROCKing, next day I'm down and FROGGING. but without the downs there are no ups. I'm really frogging now trying to write a tune I'm been working on. Its been a bit ugly. Almost want to throw my viddle across the yard but that won't help.

>>>> Same question as RosinedUp > whats your gig going to be about?

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Hey, wat's all this "poor baby" talk !!

Will we have Friday NIght Fiddlin ??? 

HUH !!!!

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When you're just playing, it's play.  When you start working, it's work.  Working is not as fun as playing.  So you'll just have to start playing at working, instead of working at playing. 

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Ah I feel your pain buddy!  I am not feeling excited about any piece right now.  Kind of working my way through my book but nothing is catching my brain as exciting.  I'm just plugging away hoping that something will spark my interest soon. 

 

Opportunity is often missed because it wears suspenders and looks like hard work.

 

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Have been in one myself lately. 

What, with bringing back a virus from overseas. Then catching a cold. And then hurting my neck. Haven't been able to put 3 notes together without getting at least one of them wrong.

But I've just started working on a new tune. A difficult one for me but it's starting to come together. With it coming together the 'funk' seems to be starting to go.

It seems that you just have to work through it.

Its not the first time that it's happened to me, and I'm sure it will happen again.

I'm sure you will be back to your old self soon mate. thumbs-up

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May 24, 2014 - 4:31 pm
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I can relate totally to that Barry. Back in the day, when I took auditions, I HATED preparing when the necessity of playing the same thing over and over a million times, till I lost the passion was not my forte. I actually did best when and if I got to the final rounds where ensemble test or sight-reading was involved. I, like you and probably most people, get more excited and motivated by new works.

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I'm guessing that you already have some guitar effect pedals/boxes? You're right, it's a lot of fun and adds a new perspective. :)

I personally have been long time interested in purchasing a looping pedal but haven't gotten around to it. :( Figure if I can't find the time to buy the pedal when will I find the time to jam with it.

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 I loved reading what everyone is saying... I get in this funk.. right now I practice 1.-1.5  hours...and it is the same songs.. same songs.. and I get in a funk when I can see progress... I have been feeling alone in my violin playing.. even with Thaxted. 

It is the most exciting piece.. and I am doing okay.. but I hit walls.. the shift is hard..but I want to play Violin 1.  But I ?? I guess it is hard to say.

I then play.. Godfather, Minuet 1, and Swallowtail for an  hour... and again..same songs..not a lot of progress... I have had a bit of the camera shy thing creep back into my life.. so it gets hard to share. grrrrrrrrh....

Anyway.. I took the Zyex strings off my Hoffman and put them on my Soloist (Noelle).. and she is sounding like a million bucks tonight.  That is a boost. I now know I can't live without good strings on her, so I ordered a replacement set.

I want  to have some "effects" I have with held on them for a while because I wanted to make sure I know how I really sound...but maybe variety is the spice of life and something to "play" with and not be so serious will help remove the stick....I mean loosen me up a bit?

Great topic... Nice to know that I am not alone in the "feeling in the pit" sometimes.

Good to know it is in my head mostly too.

well that was a ramble...

cheers!!

Toni

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