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    Quote Originally Posted by Simon DS View Post
    And the 1970’s, most heart breaking:
    -I’m unemployed, how can I practice when I’m unemployed?!
    Actually Simoon, I don't kid around about being unemployed. I have been there and been through times of being barely employed. Climbing out of scratchy times is very hard, physically and mentally, and I could allow as getting a job and keeping a job are among the few things one should put ahead of practicing.

    After all, it is a paying job that keeps us in mandolins. Oh yea, groceries too, but mandolins!
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    Quote Originally Posted by FredK View Post
    I find it quite interesting, and humorous, that a thread about not practicing has gone this far. Even more, that I follow this thread and have read every post. Now I don't feel all alone.
    Me too, “find it quite interesting, and humorous, that a thread about not practicing has gone this far.” Which is to say, I find that so much more interesting than the topic itself, lol. Unlike you though, Fred, I have not followed it and read every post

    But the long life of it made me click into the last page of it today, just to say, “Go JeffD!” Lol

    And since my practicing and playing really is curtailed right now, a one-word, non-humorous answer:

    Tendinitis

    Ouch. After a mighty long period of stagnation, I played a few gigs recently and each time I’ve finished with some painful tennis elbow on the fretting arm.

    Back to my near-non-practice now, carry on.
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    They say practice makes perfect. But then they also say nobody's perfect. So I don't practice.

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    because I have been too busy trying to figure out how a mandolin works instead of trying to figure out how to work a mandolin.

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    "Practice just doesn't speak to me right now."
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    My wife said "Your not playing that in the house mister"

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    Well, a new one for me to add - trigger finger. It hit during practice this past Saturday. Stopped playing and was able to ease the finger back out to a "normal" position.

    For me, it's doubly tough as my job involves a lot of keyboarding and have had tendonitis/carpal tunnel issues in the past.

    Have practiced for about 15 to 20 minutes the last couple days and no recurrence. Am going to a group practice tonight and fingers crossed it makes it through without problem.
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    Wow, hope this is not an ongoing problem for you, Eric.

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    I am not practicing today because keep the discipline to practice once a week, Thursday evenings. And it is not Thursday.


    This Thursday I have pack for that trip so, damn, there goes the whole week.
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    I didn't practice this morning because I had to change my strings. By the time I got done with that it was lunch time. After lunch I always have a nap. I'll practice after I wake up. Unless I go to the beach.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eric Platt View Post
    Well, a new one for me to add - trigger finger. It hit during practice this past Saturday. Stopped playing and was able to ease the finger back out to a "normal" position.

    For me, it's doubly tough as my job involves a lot of keyboarding and have had tendonitis/carpal tunnel issues in the past...
    Thanks Eric, now I feel bad for you, as well as feeling bad for me!
    Why can’t I have a good reason for not practicing?

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    It’s over a 100F here in France with a hot, 30 mph Sahara wind.
    Everything that can’t move is on fire.
    'Climate Change, climate change apocalypse!' is what the media has decided to talk about.

    Worse though is that this still isn’t a good enough excuse to stop practicing.

    Good news is that NASA is talking about a one million mile streaming energy plasma of dangerously charged, magnetised ion particles that’s shortly going to slam into planet Earth at extraordinary velocities. And the media say that lots of things will stop working.

    Huh, I’m just checking the list of things that will no longer be useable and my mandolin is not on the list.

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    Digging 2 ft deep postholes in Carolina clay by hand over a weekend and setting the posts in concrete. It took 3 days before I could uncurl my fingers. And yeah, 85 lb bags of concrete are a lot heavier than they were 30 years ago!

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    I can't practice today because I am supposed to be resurfacing the driveway, (which umm... I am also not doing).
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    Not doing something because you're supposed to be doing something else is one of the all-time classic excuses in all disciplines. And I use the term "discipline" lightly.
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    Not doing something because you're supposed to be doing something else is one of the all-time classic excuses in all disciplines. And I use the term "discipline" lightly.
    Yes well put.
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    Mandolin and building radio control boats. Addicted to both.These hobbies don't support one another time wise LOL.

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    Surely reading very long threads about how to avoid practising is the most valid reason? I am doing it now when I could be playing instead!
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    There is much good to be said about that! One can derive much amusement and perhaps even wisdom from reading long threads of a light nature, which naturally include a wide variety of insights with their many input sources, as well as a generally positive attitude. It's good fun and can also be enlightening, and those are two main goals of this whole playing-an-instrument endeavor, yes? It's a sort of practicing with the eyes and mind, if not the fingers, all part of a holistic approach.
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    Agree JB, I think “practicing” encompasses a vast spectrum…listening, watching, thinking, etc. I play golf and many times as I’m walking the course I’m either listening - if by myself - or humming the tune thinking about how it’s played, variations, etc.
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    I sometimes think about a different tune while I’m actually practicing thinking about practicing another tune while I’m making a cup of hot chocolate, thinking about why I’m not practicing, and how much more thought will be required to consider picking up the mandolin with the eventual objective of maybe ruminating the idea of some practice, in general, as a concept.
    And sometimes I don’t even think about it at all.
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    I don't need to practice today, with my instrument that is. I am practicing with my mind, working on arpeggios, while I fix the garbage disposal. And the NCIS marathon on the television.
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    I never practice, I just play. Lotsa times when I play by myself I'll goof around with changing keys, or voicing.

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    Who needs a reason, anyway? Lol

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    I am avoiding over-preparation.

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