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    Hiatuses

    So it looks like I'm going to have a forced hiatus from playing live for a while (6 months or more...). It's certainly against my wishes and completely out of my control. I'm not going to get into it on a public forum but it is what it is.

    It really sucks but I'm thinking I'm going use the time to really move my playing/musicianship forward:

    1. Learn some theory
    2. Focus on playing over changes
    3. Work on consistent bending on different scale length guitars (I'm having issues with this at the moment, lost a bit of confidence)
    4. Play more acoustic
    5. Maybe do some writing
    6. Spend some quality time with the Mark V / G-System and really get my tones nailed

    How about you guy, any more suggestions? Has anyone had similar experiences? What were the outcomes? Did you stay motivated on the "time off"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by justmund View Post
    So it looks like I'm going to have a forced hiatus from playing live for a while (6 months or more...). It's certainly against my wishes and completely out of my control. I'm not going to get into it on a public forum but it is what it is.

    It really sucks but I'm thinking I'm going use the time to really move my playing/musicianship forward:

    1. Learn some theory
    2. Focus on playing over changes
    3. Work on consistent bending on different scale length guitars (I'm having issues with this at the moment, lost a bit of confidence)
    4. Play more acoustic
    5. Maybe do some writing
    6. Spend some quality time with the Mark V / G-System and really get my tones nailed

    How about you guy, any more suggestions? Has anyone had similar experiences? What were the outcomes? Did you stay motivated on the "time off"?
    Sounds like you have it right. Except you're missing the "have more sex" part.

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    I concur...But Mr. Schefman did not indicate whether it was with another person or not.

    seriously...One and Five are very good.

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    Band kicked you out for wearing cargo shorts again?

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    Quote Originally Posted by justmund View Post
    I'm not going to get into it on a public forum...
    You just did, Justin.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LSchefman View Post
    Sounds like you have it right. Except you're missing the "have more sex" part.
    I'm a new father remember...
    Quote Originally Posted by sergiodeblanc View Post
    Band kicked you out for wearing cargo shorts again?
    Actually cargo pants are part of our uniform (when it's suitable for the gig, e.g. V8 Supercars, the one I'm going to miss out on by a week)
    Quote Originally Posted by captdg View Post
    I concur...But Mr. Schefman did not indicate whether it was with another person or not.

    seriously...One and Five are very good.
    See point above!
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    You just did, Justin.
    Haha Hans, you got me there!

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    THIS is what I'm going to miss out on.


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    There is a very famous pilot in the movie "Cocaine Cowboys" that holds the record of flying in the ENTIRE United States supply of Booger Sugar in 1980... His name was Micky Munday.. Its on Netflix...great movie.

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    My son's 27, studied at Berkeley College of Music. is an accomplished guitarist and bassist, knows a lot about theory and can play just about any style of music.....he's been kicked out of about five bands in the past two years. I think it has something to do with his personality
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    I've been having 'time out' from live playing for the past 3 -4 years. Last band was an absolute disaster for a number of reasons. Although, the one thing that annoyed me the most was playing covers. I don't mind doing a few but I really want to do some originals but it's extremely tough finding anyone else who does.
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    Quote Originally Posted by justmund View Post
    So it looks like I'm going to have a forced hiatus from playing live for a while (6 months or more...). It's certainly against my wishes and completely out of my control. I'm not going to get into it on a public forum but it is what it is.

    It really sucks but I'm thinking I'm going use the time to really move my playing/musicianship forward:

    1. Learn some theory
    2. Focus on playing over changes
    3. Work on consistent bending on different scale length guitars (I'm having issues with this at the moment, lost a bit of confidence)
    4. Play more acoustic
    5. Maybe do some writing
    6. Spend some quality time with the Mark V / G-System and really get my tones nailed

    How about you guy, any more suggestions? Has anyone had similar experiences? What were the outcomes? Did you stay motivated on the "time off"?
    I took a break from bands for almost ten years due to my "real career" and personal life. But I spent a lot of time on numbers 1 and 2, even taking lessons from a straight ahead jazz guy for a couple years and engrossing myself in that world. Totally changed my perspective on the instrument and how I look at the fretboard, hear chords and approach melodies and phrasing.

    And now that I'm back at it, playing mostly hard rock like I always have, in band settings, I feel like that time off wasn't just wasted and am a better musician for it. And I use the term musician more seriously, as I probably would have just considered myself just a guitarist years ago. Lastly, (sorry to blather on and pontificate) I also "learned" how to constantly be learning new things, be it technique or arrangement, if that makes any sense...i appreciate the life long journey that is learning an instrument.

    I also rock a Mark V, good stuff! You can get lost tweaking that thing forever. Also + 1 on practicing bending....refining vibrato and proper bending is a never ending quest....

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