LarryShone wrote:Ok so the lessons are going well so far, I can't believe how I've progressed in just 3 days, but the thing is sometimes you like to just play, noodle, that is, just play something purely for pleasure. But is doing so likely to affect my lesson play? At the moment I am doing my daily lesson practice, and then thats it till tomorrow. Also I have steel string guitars for playing folk and blues style stuff, as well as 2 ukuleles. Do I have to put those aside for now, or is it ok to cheat on your CG? How do others feel about this?
You’re playing with fire. Say, for example, that your structured practice is on right hand arpeggios. If your noodling also involves right hand arpeggios, and you revert to something other than what you do during your structured practice, then you’re working against yourself.
Learning new things goes better if you don’t constantly reinforce old things. If you want to stay where you are, then noodling will keep you there. If you want to improve, then you can’t artificially compartmentalize your playing. Thinking to yourself “this doesn’t count” about a certain segment of your playing won’t make it so. Everything counts.
Change is hard. Only you can decide if it’s worth your best effort.
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