Getting back into it.
The New Normal
Well, we are all starting to see the early signs of lockdown lifting and embracing the ‘the new normal’ of this corona virus pandemic. I’m sure, if you’re like me, one of the things that you’ve missed most is live music, especially during these warm and pleasant summer evenings – and haven’t we been lucky with the weather! No doubt though, it’s been a massive change for all of us and we’ve all had to adapt to some bizarre changes to our lives.
Furlough’d and free?
For some of us, furlough and school closures might have left us with a bit more time than usual to pick up our guitars and jam away! If so, fantastic! I know I’ve been really excited to do some socially-distanced recording with my good friend and previous band-mate, Wayne, of many of our old original songs and some great covers too. Have a listen to our work here and let me know your thoughts. I have also been working my way through the Rockschool Classics series for my youtube channel, the links page can be found here can be found here. If any of you are working towards these grades, or want additional pieces for your electric guitar grades these play-throughs might be of some help. I’m looking forward to hearing what you’ve been up to and seeing the amazing progress a bit of consistent and dedicated practise can bring.
‘I should be so lucky!’
Of course, the reality is, you may be reading this thinking ‘well, this lockdown hasn’t beenplain sailing for me.’ It’s totally understandable if practising an instrument has had to take a bit of a back seat over the last few months, with many of you key workers throughout the pandemic, working from home and/or home-schooling, and taking care of those you care about. Some of you may also be in difficult situations when you’re not sure what this pandemic means for your future.
Getting back into it
Well done if you’ve managed to keep regular practise going over the last few months, but if this has not been the case and you’ve only managed a pretty small amount – or even none at all – the important thing is to remember that it’s not too late to pick the guitar, bass or ukulele back up again. It will all come back and you will continue to see progress, even if those callouses need a bit of toughening back up! It may just be committing yourself to a quick jam during the ad-break of your favourite show at the end of a long day. Anything is better than nothing moving forward.
Just get back on it
That’s it. Just like going out for a run or hitting the gym for the first time, the hardest thing will be to carve out the time once again. Practising is a great form of stress relief, and seeing that improvement week on week just makes you feel good.
What’s been your lockdown and practising experience? What have you missed most about playing/lessons/performing? Have you seen real improvement throughout lockdown in your ability? What are you going to do to ensure that despite the return back to some semblance of normality, practise stays a priority?
Looking forward to seeing you all soon – even if it is from behind a mask!