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Subject: Re: Practice (for everyone)

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Date Posted: 04:53:01 12/12/01 Wed
In reply to: Dain 's message, "Re: Practice (for everyone)" on 10:19:26 12/11/01 Tue

Hi, how are you? I am Jo frae Japan, 22 years old Japanese lassie...
Yes, I agree with you too, I practice piping EVERYDAY, I have never forgot to play it so far, and because I love it so I just can't forget piping.... even after my long working.. and very tired....
I know no one plays the pipes in my area, so I really want to make friends who also like piping!!! Please contact me sometime, everyone!
Love, Jo xx

>Yes, Brian, I agree, and it's good to hear it from
>someone else. Though I agree, I've got the "must
>practice every day of life" guilt bug real bad!
>I can back some of this up with some brain/muscle
>learning info. When we sit down and practice a
>movement "30 times" the electro-chemical impulse of
>the synapse relay in our muscles and brains fires in
>accordance to the movements we make when practicing.
>But what if you stop practicing? NO worries, for
>several hours (if my memory serves me correctly)
>following that repetative practice the same
>electro-chemical synaptic impulse continues to fire in
>the brain, without any effort on our part. This is
>just part of the brain's learning process.
>So this also means that when we practice something
>incorrectly, THAT synaptic impulse will continue to
>fire for several hours after we have stopped
>practicing it incorrectly. How's that for some
>incentive to focus on what your doing? So, yes,
>taking a break is a great way to simply relax and give
>some time to let our muscles rest, and if necessary
>avoid some incorrect learning.
>Good post Brian,
>>A recent telephone conversation with a friend got me
>>to thinking about practicing: how much? how little?
>>when?, etc. He was telling me that even on the days
>>he absolutely, positively has no ambition or desire to
>>play he does. My question to him was simple: How do
>>you play on those days when you really don't want to?
>>His answer, simply: Horrible! But then why do it, I
>>asked? He told me that if he doesn't get practice
>>time in every day, he feels like he's losing his gains
>>and that he'll just go backwards. Needless to say,
>>and I told him this flatly, he's doing more harm than
>>I thought about this for beginners because it cannot
>>be stressed enough the importance of doing things the
>>right way from the beginning. But in truth, this is
>>something all of us at any level should pay attention
>>to. There will be days when you just don't have it in
>>you. You're tired, you're sick, or simply your mind
>>just isn't focusing on what you need to be
>>doing...it's floating away to what you'll have for
>>dinner, or what you'll watch on TV. But you look at
>>that clock and you proddle on because if you get a
>>solid hour in, somehow you've completed some task set
>>forth by the piping gods. You've got another hour
>>under your belt, you're one hour closer to placing in
>>your next competition. You did it, you've finished
>>for the day, swab your drones, pack your pipes, grab a
>>Coke and have a smile! Right? Worng. Dead wrong.
>>"Practice does not make perfect, PERFECT practice
>>makes perfect." I am stealing that from the many wise
>>pipers that have come before me, too many to name and
>>give credit. But this advice seems to have spanned
>>generations and levels, so it's definitely worth
>>adopting into your personal mythology. You could do
>>so much more damage to your playing in that one hour
>>than you ever could do by not playing at all that day.
>> In fact, there's about a 99.9999999745% chance that
>>you will do no harm to your playing by taking that day
>>off! Your muscles will relax, your mind will get
>>itself around the tune you're working on, no harm
>>done. Only good can come from just taking the day
>>off. How many times have you played a movement over
>>and over and over again, and by the time you're in the
>>hundreds, it's completely broken down and doesn't even
>>resemble what you have been trying to achieve? But,
>>if you pay careful attention to each part of that
>>movement, and do it only 30 times in a row, carefully,
>>methodically, perfectly, then you get it fine, and you
>>never forget it.
>>So, if you're heart and mind just isn't into it, take
>>the day off! But don't take advantage, and don't
>>mistake taking a true break for sheer laziness. If
>>you take more than two days off in a row, unless
>>you're ill, then it's possible that you're just
>>beoming lazy. But if you need to take a break, do it.
>> Come home, read a book, talk with your children or
>>parents, or an old friend. And the next day when you
>>pick up those pipes, you'll be refreshed and excited
>>about practicing again. And don't worry about losing
>>stamina or your expression of that difficult tune that
>>took you weeks to conquer. Nothing bad will happen in
>>a day off. Remember, Rome was not built in a day, nor
>>was it lost in a day either. Hope I've helped

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