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May 2, 2022 - 1:31:09 PM
10148 posts since 3/19/2009

Today my arms feel wiped out.. I realize it is because I've been busking for two hour a day for the past week, and then on Saturday added an addition 3 hours for a total of five..Then on Sunday did two hours of busking and two hours of contra dance playing.. Today, another two hours of busking.. No wonder my arms feel like stone.. I'll think of this as training for Clifftop..
Have you ever played until you feel wiped out?

Edited by - TuneWeaver on 05/02/2022 13:41:44

May 2, 2022 - 1:45:39 PM

10148 posts since 3/19/2009

I remember once at Clifftop, we got there around 5 on a Saturday, set up and around 7 started jamming.. We played til about midnight..We jammed SOOO hard.. I had Overplayed my fingers in that I Knew I was hitting the fingerboard hard..Well, in the morning my finger tips felt numb.. Throughout the next 6 days I spent time more than once a day with my left hand in ice water.. I was seriously worried that I'd done nerve damage.. Recovery came..and so did a good lesson about finger pressure.

May 2, 2022 - 3:58:42 PM
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2637 posts since 10/22/2007

Those were the days. I once jammed for 6 hours straight. Sat on an inverted 5 gallon pale. Never moved. Yes, I've been smarter, but it was so fun I couldn't quit. smiley

Last year. Played a gig in the August, beating Sun. I should not have, but the others are older than me, so I couldn't be the weenie. 

Edited by - farmerjones on 05/02/2022 16:03:47

May 2, 2022 - 6:27 PM
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742 posts since 3/1/2020

When I was preparing for my debut recital, I practiced 5 hours a day for a year. There were times that I was so exhausted from all that and all the other activities I did outside playing that I’d actually fall asleep while ptacticing for a few seconds, then wake up, not knowing where I was in the piece anymore. I had pretty much memorized the repertoire, so I could literally play in my sleep.

May 2, 2022 - 8:02:59 PM
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5704 posts since 7/1/2007

After major contests in MO, AR and OK, many of the competitors would get together and jam. These were my favorite times, because the best players in the region were relaxed, playing the music they loved to play, and to me, "music happened". These jams would go on late, late into the night, sometimes all night. Life got in the way, and I haven't been to many contests for a few years. but those are some sweet memories.

May 2, 2022 - 8:49:24 PM

doryman

USA

320 posts since 2/10/2020

quote:
Originally posted by The Violin Beautiful

When I was preparing for my debut recital, I practiced 5 hours a day for a year. There were times that I was so exhausted from all that and all the other activities I did outside playing that I’d actually fall asleep while ptacticing for a few seconds, then wake up, not knowing where I was in the piece anymore.


Ha, so I'm not the only one. I love to practice my fiddle, but with work, two kids plus my other activities, I don't usually get to play until 8:30 or 9:00 pm.  I've dozed off at the fiddle several times, especially when I'm playing slower songs.

Now, with regards to jamming until all hours of the morning...yes, there's that too!

Edited by - doryman on 05/02/2022 20:50:18

May 3, 2022 - 8:11:25 PM
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13313 posts since 9/23/2009

I'm usually wiped out until I fiddle...lol...but lately, I'm too wiped out to pick up a fiddle.

May 3, 2022 - 10:04:52 PM

408 posts since 7/30/2021

I've played a lot, felt great...
but regretted it the next day! (old injury in left hand acting up)

Due to that injury, I'm wary of things like music camps/festivals...playing for hours for 3-5 days in a row, would be so fun, but would definitely make the ole injury flare up...sigh...

May 10, 2022 - 9:22:18 AM
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22 posts since 9/22/2021

Lately, it only takes a few tunes to get there ??

May 10, 2022 - 5:09:22 PM
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3014 posts since 9/13/2009

quote:
Originally posted by TuneWeaver

Today my arms feel wiped out.. I realize it is because I've been busking for two hour a day for the past week, and then on Saturday added an addition 3 hours for a total of five..Then on Sunday did two hours of busking and two hours of contra dance playing.. Today, another two hours of busking.. No wonder my arms feel like stone.. I'll think of this as training for Clifftop..
Have you ever played until you feel wiped out?


Quite often.

Though generally, not to do with arms/other physical overuse or soreness (not a good idea)... just overall body and mind physically tired. Esp late... should put instrument down and go to bed...

Pretty much every festival I go to. Some jams up here don't even really gt going until 2am... then, dang is it getting light out, should do the smart thing.. but wait, what about this tune. 

edit: I was kind of shocked at Clifftop, how quiet it got at 2 or 3... where's everyone go? To bed, that's crazy.

Edited by - alaskafiddler on 05/10/2022 17:12:45

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May 10, 2022 - 5:19:01 PM

10148 posts since 3/19/2009

Yes I know what you mean.. At Clifftop, most people are in bed by midnight..!! only a couple of groups play all night..Seems odd.

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