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Damaged Guitarist FINALLY on the Road to Recovery

Postby Paul_in_Monterey » Fri Oct 01, 2010 1:42 am

At the end of 2008, after discovering the principles and a year and a half of fumbling as a beginning guitarist I decided to take it seriously and started digging in. After a couple months of intense practice with the foundation exercises I was convinced of the effectiveness of "The Principles" and got the Rock and Blues course and started taking webcams with Jamie. Unfortunately, I quickly became a victim of my own ignorance and didn't respect the laws of proper body learning. :oops: I didn't ease into the intense practice schedule I put myself on and quickly injured myself. I continued practicing for hours a day and taking webcams until about October of 2009 when I was forced to take a break to heal physically and emotionally.

What I realize now is that almost from the beginning I was working against myself fighting with the injury as I practiced. After realizing I wasn't healing on my own, I started seeking out doctors and realized that the ratio of good to mediocre people in that field is probably similar to what it is in guitarists! I finally had to request physical therapy myself after the fourth doctor because the basic message of the previous three was "it'll be fine". :evil: Apparently they didn't see any money in treating me as they weren't physical therapists themselves. Anyway, I'm now going into my fourth month of physical therapy, the one year mark of being away from the guitar, and I am FINALLY recovering. :D

I've done a lot of reflection about how I've approached the guitar in the past. It's been an extremely humbling year. But I can actually sit down now for a bit with my guitar without pain and am looking forward to giving my body the respect it deserves and has all along in learning the guitar. I've been keeping up with what's going on here on the forum and will continue to do so.

I haven't lost any of my physical playing ability. In fact, it's actually better since I'm dealing with less pain and more strength. My foundation is still there but I'm starting as a beginner. I'll continue to go over all the material I had previously worked on. I hope to continue on with the Rock and Blues course and the songs I was working on. I plan on getting some recordings up here and finish with solo 2. I'm so looking forward to being a contributing member of the community again. And oh yeah... my name is Paul, and I'm a damaged guitarist! :D
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Re: Damaged Guitarist FINALLY on the Road to Recovery

Postby N E Y » Fri Oct 01, 2010 4:04 am

Congratulations on treating yourself properly Paul.

I recommend that you ditch the "damaged guitarist" tag...even as a joke or that is al you will ever be.....The mind becomes what it thinks about and the body follows suit ...so think otherwise...

When you fully recover you will no longer be damaged. You will be fully functional again.

All the best! :)
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Re: Damaged Guitarist FINALLY on the Road to Recovery

Postby Paul_in_Monterey » Fri Oct 01, 2010 1:11 pm

N E Y wrote:I recommend that you ditch the "damaged guitarist" tag...even as a joke or that is al you will ever be.....The mind becomes what it thinks about and the body follows suit ...so think otherwise...

When you fully recover you will no longer be damaged. You will be fully functional again.


Thanks NEY. I guess I'm currently an injured guitarist on my way to full functionality. No implication of permanence. ;)

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Re: Damaged Guitarist FINALLY on the Road to Recovery

Postby chefrusso » Fri Oct 01, 2010 1:21 pm

Hey Paul,

Sorry to hear about your physical problems with the guitar. I was actually thinking to myself, "whatever happened to Paul?", because I remember seeing some of your videos in the forum. Hopefully, you'll be right as rain soon and will be able to get involved in the forum once again. Good luck and take care of yourself!
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Re: Damaged Guitarist FINALLY on the Road to Recovery

Postby Jamie » Fri Oct 01, 2010 1:46 pm

Hey Paul,

I had been wondering what happened to you as well. Glad to hear things have improved and you are about to get with the guitar again! :D :D :D
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Re: Damaged Guitarist FINALLY on the Road to Recovery

Postby Paul_in_Monterey » Fri Oct 01, 2010 4:26 pm

Thanks Christian. I've been following your videos in the improvement forum and am stoked for you on your progress. You're sounding amazing and totally inspire me in my future progress with the Rock and Blues course. I feel like a bit of a creep for relegating myself to the status of "forum lurker" but I didn't want to be one of those people who talks guitar and doesn't play guitar. :D And thank you too Jamie. I had contacted you a few months ago when I was early in my physical therapy process about getting back on guitar but I think it was a little premature and I dropped off again for a bit. I'm just now coming out of the pain management phase and going into the strengthening phase.

I'm only sitting with the guitar now in about 5 minute increments and monitoring how I feel immediately after and the next day. That's ok though because I've got a lot of head work coming up. I've been off the guitar so long that I'm not in the habit of organizing my practice and reviewing material any more. I'll probably start with an emphasis on rhythm because I can work on that in a physically undemanding way. I was inspired by NEY's post of the rhythm lesson by Al Di Meola.

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Re: Damaged Guitarist FINALLY on the Road to Recovery

Postby N E Y » Fri Oct 01, 2010 4:52 pm

Awesome PAUL!

The rhythm playing and general playing with the foot, is very liberating for any type of rhythmic music...which is very cool!

You will first get the confidence that mastery brings and then later you will go beyond confidence itself into the absolute calm of the musical self to play amazing musical things you could not even guess you would be able to do!

I was watching the Joe Pass DVD on solo guitar and Joe always tapped his foot....Yesterday I checked Jeff Berlin's DVD and he taps the foot as well.....Both are legends and they use this all the time.


Start by tapping your foot with the metronome all by itself...no guitar. You need to get to know time itself...just time and you. There is difference between tapping time and jerking the foot all over while sporting delightful custom italian boots :lol: :lol: Now ..seriously speaking: Take that first..step..just you and the metronome.

When you can tap 1/4 notes with the metronome them you can begin to play simple things while tapping your foot.




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Re: Damaged Guitarist FINALLY on the Road to Recovery

Postby chefrusso » Fri Oct 01, 2010 5:07 pm

Don't worry too much about being a "forum lurker". I've had to do the same from time to time when I was on charter and couldn't get to my guitar. I think you still learn and grow simply by engaging in the process mentally, even when it's physically impossible to do so.

Since watching that Al D lesson, I've made a conscious effort to tap my foot continuously when I play as well. It's really helped solidify the rhythm in my mind and body and brought it into one cohesive whole. My guitar playing hands have benefited from this and I'm staying in time more and more. Of course, I still fall into bad habits at this point and I find my foot stopping from time to time, but this too shall soon pass! Thanks for sharing that wonderful insight Ney.
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Re: Damaged Guitarist FINALLY on the Road to the groove!

Postby N E Y » Mon Oct 04, 2010 11:49 pm

Yes Christian,

One thing i notice is that it also makes you feel not all alone playing....".All alone" is cool on rubato music and free form melodies......but on rhythmic music the foot becomes like your drummer buddy. He keeps time for me and structures everything precisely and makes my playing life easy, like a great secretary keeping track of all my appointments and paying all my bills for me and so forth. In this case the foot takes care of the time and I automatically relax psychologically into the musical time continuum where anything is possible and feasible and where the organized time keeps the audience "een dha grooove" which makes it easy to focus on the music.

It also takes all the guesswork out of landing right in syncopations. You can then play even slowed down rhythms and accelerate them as you go Dennis Chambers style and you will always be "een dha groove" or if you prefer: rocking hard and tight.

Remind me to show you...



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Re: Damaged Guitarist FINALLY on the Road to Recovery

Postby Paul_in_Monterey » Tue Oct 05, 2010 10:26 pm

Christian, yes, I definitely have been growing this last year just by 'lurking' and reflecting on what I've read here. There has been some really great stuff. It's really helped me come to some realizations about how I've approached things. Thanks NEY for the timing suggestions. While I work on getting back into the organization of material I am making it a priority to sit with the metronome tapping my foot at various speeds and just feeling the time for a few minutes each day before I even get back into working on timing with my guitar. Right now my physical development is confined to no tempo and rehabilitation. Thanks again guys.

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