Re: Solution Focused Mandolin Playing
What's your best hopes for playing mandolin?
--To play in time with the other players. Don't speed up, don't slow down
What are you already doing to help get there?
--Tap my feet when I have to, listen closely to the bass.
What will be the first sign that you're a little closer to being the player you want to be?
--My singer doesn't complain about my tempo.
Imagine yourself on a scale of 0 to 10. 0= no mandolin playing ability at all and 10= the best that you can imagine. Place yourself where you are just now on that scale. Imagine yourself being a point higher up the scale and then make a note of all that you did get there!
--Huh? I'm a 5, but no matter how good I get I'll always be a 5: it's a sliding scale, isn't it? Unless I am comparing myself with other people, which I don't. I roomed with a tennis player in college who was all wrapped around where he was relative to other players. That's O.K. if you are trying to get a slot on the Olympic tennis team, but I only imagine myself half as good as I want to be, no matter how good I am. Or is this supposed to be a logarithmic scale?
Although I read your explanation, I am not bright enough to understand what this is all about, but in my case, I play at home and I play in a band. As long as I'm having a good time, I don't stress over it. But I did start playing mandolin as a self administered therapy to reduce stress, and it works pretty well. So I can't imagine wanting therapy to improve my therapy.
Ha, ha! keep time: how sour sweet music is,
When time is broke and no proportion kept!