YouTube broke my slump? What happened?

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YouTube broke my slump? What happened?

Post by twang » Thu Aug 17, 2017 4:42 pm

For the past several weeks I'd been growing bored with the guitar; practicing was feeling like something akin to brushing my teeth. I was pretty much going through the motions, biding my time, waiting for the ennui to pass.

Yesterday, about 45 minutes into my practice, I decided it was time for a snack. With a bowl of salsa and some chips I sat down to see what you tube would throw at me. Pretty soon I was watching videos of kids (teenagers) tearing it up on their electric guitars; some pretty amazing stuff, really. My snack finished, I went back to my practice.

Holy Cow! Somehow my own playing had kicked into high gear. The Irish jig I'd been working on suddenly came alive. I was playing it 40 bpm faster, clean, lots of energy and expression. Everything just worked. This magic state lasted for the next two hours mo matter what I worked on. It felt like I got month's worth of practice in one session.

What happened?
Anyone else have a similar experience?
Anyone have a reliable way of reproducing it?
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Re: YouTube broke my slump? What happened?

Post by Stephen Kenyon » Thu Aug 17, 2017 5:27 pm

Sounds like you absorbed by osmosis their energy and enthusiasm.
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Re: YouTube broke my slump? What happened?

Post by tom3949 » Thu Aug 17, 2017 5:28 pm

You have just encountered the power of rock.Go forth and spread the word ...
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Re: YouTube broke my slump? What happened?

Post by CactusWren » Thu Aug 17, 2017 5:53 pm

Remember that we "play" guitar. :)

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Re: YouTube broke my slump? What happened?

Post by tom3949 » Thu Aug 17, 2017 6:35 pm

CactusWren wrote:
Thu Aug 17, 2017 5:53 pm
Remember that we "play" guitar. :)
With the power of an electric axe and 3 chords 'we' can conquer the world! :lol:

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Re: YouTube broke my slump? What happened?

Post by Rick Hutt » Fri Aug 18, 2017 2:54 pm

Interesting that this topic and the thread immediately above in the Cafe (Wandering the Plateau) are so similar. I suspect we all hit these patches from time to time, well I certainly do. Then something comes along and snaps us out of it. A random gift from the muses?
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Re: YouTube broke my slump? What happened?

Post by Pat Foster » Sat Aug 19, 2017 5:01 am

Cosmosis!

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Re: YouTube broke my slump? What happened?

Post by jnbrown » Mon Aug 28, 2017 7:53 pm

Clearly it was the salsa and chips

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Re: YouTube broke my slump? What happened?

Post by twang » Tue Aug 29, 2017 11:54 am

Mirror neurons? Since then I've been experimenting a bit with combining some video watching with my practice. Sometimes I do get the feeling that in subtle ways I am mirroring the performer(s) I've watched: posture, facial expression, attitude, etc... I haven't replicated the intensity of the original experience, so maybe it was the salsa and chips; or perhaps some open state of mind that facilitated the effect.
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