RJ50capt wrote: ↑
Wed Aug 08, 2018 4:36 pm
I have been unable to play for about 2 years due to illness. I am now back to the point where I can again play. I have become fustrated with my playing, I had moved to intermediate books and felt I was progressing. I am thinking I should start again with the beginning books and see how I regain my skills. I am self taught now as I have no teacher close here in FL. Any suggestions on a practice schedule? Thanks RJ
I have taken long breaks (over a year) twice, due to injuries. Getting back was incredibly frustrating, especially for the first couple months. I think part of the trouble was that I couldn't deal with my old repertoire not being "recital ready" any more, no scale speed, tremolo consistency, or LH dexterity. Logically, its easy to say "hey, it'll take some time to slide back into it" but emotionally, I was ready to play NOW.
What ended up happening (both times) was:
- I went back to very easy pieces I knew well, and worked them (gently) until i could play them again, or got sick of them. Gradually, I moved to slightly more advanced pieces i knew.
- I did NOT work my old tech routine at first; instead, i noodled around a lot with arpeggio patterns, slow tremolo, occasional studies. I was very afraid of re-injuring myself and needed to build up muscle strength and confidence.
- Eventually, I got the urge to develop new repertoire. This was a lot easier to do than try to get the old stuff to playable condition---a fresh start.
I have revisited some of these older repertoire pieces, but have waited long enough so that it was more like learning them anew. And with some of them, I decided that I didn't like them well enough to work on again, anyway. I'm actually glad i did this; was able to avoid a lot of mistakes I made the first go-round.