How to focus on what's right while working on what's "less right"

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  1. Mansonienne

    Mansonienne Mod admin Staff Member Silver Member

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    Must be a British expression. A total mess.

    But my dog is fairly neat and her breakfast kibble stays in her bowl until she eats it, so I'm not sure why it's a thing (but then again, neither my dog nor I is British... :p)
     
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    Embrace what is right...fix what is not right.

    And...be kind to yourself when recognizing what needs to be fixed. It's not failure. It's all part of learning. :)
     
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    Mansonienne Mod admin Staff Member Silver Member

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    I like that. Will say that to myself before I practice or have a lesson.
     
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    Only thing comes close in my life...
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    Those sessions were really productive
     
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    Baelzebub Dr. Stratster

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    Curious enough though. I'm a fan of all things language/linguistics and I'd never come across that before. @simoncroft is a pretty eclectic guy..maybe he has some insight into it's etymology.
     
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    Stratafied Most Honored Senior Member

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    Don’t be so hard on yourself, sometimes avoiding that song for a few days and coming back to it helps.
     
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    amstratnut Peace thru Music.

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    Are you an actual pilot? I got to wondering the other day.
     
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    I don't know if this will help but for me taking BIG bites out of learning material leads me to frustration and eventually stopping all together.

    I'm currently starting from scratch and taking smaller bites and if I have a question no matter if *I* think it's dumb I ask it. Turns out others don't think my questions are dumb and long story short I'm finally making progress. If I hit a road block I just go do something else then come back to the road block with a fresh brain. May have to do this several times but it works.

    As one of our esteemed forum member has said many times, you build a road one brick at a time.
     
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    @Mansonienne Keep in mind that trying to play P&J, particularly trying to emulate how SRV plays it, is not easy and may take you some time. What I like to do is count the small wins. What new did you learn by attempting that song? Are you strumming all strings but only sounding the fretted note? Surely there's a few new phrases you've never played before. How about your vibrato? Did learning this force you to rethink how to approach vibrato.

    These are just examples but with each new song you attempt, whether you master it or not, catalog in your mind what you learned that was new. It could be as simple as a different voicing of a chord. For me, those wins fuel me to learn the next song and the next one after that. For all the theoretical knowledge needed to play the instrument, in the end you are training your hands to do something they haven't done before. That takes time, repetition and patience.

    You've come a long way since you joined this site. We all like to look forward but give yourself permission to look backward and I think you'll agree you're quite a distance away from where you started.
     
  10. simoncroft

    simoncroft Still playing. Still learning! Silver Member

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    'Dog's dinner' is a more common expression over here. It doesn't really imply the dog is messy. It's more intended to suggest that you've had a look at it and you really can't decide what you're looking at. As in: "I've had a look at your wiring, and to be honest, it's a right dog's dinner."
     
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    Interesting...I did a bit of digging and also found something that said the derivation was something that was so messed up it was only fit to feed to the dog....
     
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    It can also mean overdressed in a slightly trashy way, as in: "Cor, look at her, all dressed up like a dog's dinner!" However, these are really the expressions from a previous generation. Today, you're more likely to hear: "This is a right effing mess", and: "She looks like a slag", in some quarters.
     
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    I am so glad I am at a standard way below you Guys, I don't read Music, I have no idea about pentatonic scales and any guitar I play is purely by ear, I just play the stuff I like, If I thought I had to attain a certain level then it would take the fun out of it, it must be stressful to actually know if your not achieving a certain level, I am gonna stick with my ignorance coz I'm happy doing it.
    Whatever side the coin drops:)
     
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    Im very critical of myself, the fact is I follow a strict practice regime like clockwork everyday, and well sometimes I think man I should be more advanced, I take on these songs that are above my current skill level, but i persist and never get discouraged and it eventually comes together after months of playing and practicing, as mentioned music and guitar is a very complex thing, so i take it as it comes and I never get discouraged rather I persevere till I get it right to my satisfaction, after all I'm only playing for myself and my enjoyment ;)
     
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    Hmm esteemed , that leaves me out.
     
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    I understand. I let go of "perfection" or my loony idea of it awhile back and am much happier. With that idea nothing gets done, in my case. I know I'll never be a great guitar player (I struggle with this every day; my guitar has been in and out of the closet more than my cousin has). I enjoy playing guitar, no matter how bad, so much! The idea of being a musician gives me a little pride. And I can't tell you how many writers I've read that, during the composition of what are considered classic books today, wanted at every turn to give up...
     
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    I hear so much wrong at times I poll ST peeps whether it sucks. Day to day I embrace what I know I do well. Lol
     
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    Ya know, you're playing with others, sometimes in front of others. Enjoy what you do. Others don't have it so good
     
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    What gets me is that one day I will play / practice like I can do no wrong. I think YES! I GOT IT!

    Take a day off and come back and play like garbage.

    The knowledge that I nailed this before keeps me pushing forward.
     
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