pmiklitz wrote:Playing a musical instrument is an enormous task and involves a lot of concentration. Just think of the many things you are doing simultaneously when playing the guitar:
You are constantly trying to coordinate delicate movements of both hands while reading a score and listening to the result. If that isn't multitasking, I don't know! And it's your brain doing all the work of coordinating these many actions, so no wonder you are getting tired. Since you had a break for a long time, your brain needs to get used to this work again and I am sure it will improve with practice. Peter
So very true! I tell my new students this all the time. They feel embarrassed sometimes just playing very simple one-line melodies, but when I tell them all the things that their brain is having to sort out and coordinate, they seem to understand the enormity of it much better. Just in sight-reading alone your brain has to deal with all this at the same time:
1. What note to play (seeing it in the music staff)
2. What string to play
3. Which RH finger to use to play the string (p,i,m, or a)
4. How long to let the note ring
5. Which string to fret
6. Which LH finger to use to fret
7. Where to fret (1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc...fret)
8. Exactly when to fret
9. How long to hold the fretted note
See? And that's only a few of the things going on while playing classical guitar. So give yourself a pat on the back and keep at it. It will get easier.
And take some breaks - go get a cup of coffee or a snack and start again.
"...it is awfully easy to become content with a level below what one is actually capable of." - Carl Peter