Proceed with caution.

April 9, 2018

Back from a fantastic vacation and happy that I didn’t fall too behind in my practicing.  Mind you, I didn’t process much, but at least I didn’t digress.  Feeling refreshed and excited to be back home where I could practice in a controlled environment, I accidentally put in a 3-hour practice session last night.  I could have gone to sleep at 11pm, but instead, I went to bed at 2am. I say “accidentally” for 2 reasons.  Firstly, when I get into a groove (especially when I’m drilling) time seems to melt away, so, I didn’t realize that much time had passed.  I was aware it was late, but ignored it based on how I was feeling.  It was awesome!  The second reason I say “accidentally” is because I’m feeling a bit of a pinch in my right wrist.  This is the hand that goes through the most strain when I do speed drills.  I do these drills to develop the muscles in my right hand specifically, so I can play the Albeniz piece up to speed.  I’m currently about half way there…


Regardless though, I’ve gotta be careful.  This was definitely not something I planned for.  I don’t know whether it was because I practiced for too long without a break or if it could be my technique.  I also didn’t even consider the need to stretch before playing.  I should know better.  It’s not dissimilar to lifting weights or playing tennis.  If I’m going to put my body through any kind of strain, I have to be smart about not overdoing it.  I can even feel it as I type out this blog.  Damn.  I can’t afford to lose any time because of injury.


Anyways, rookie mistake.  Hopefully I can recover quickly and practice through it with caution.  I’ll probably do some research and Dr. Google myself just to make sure I cover all my bases.  I have to remember this is a marathon, not a sprint.  I’m in this for the long haul so I should practice that way, with that mentality.


In the end, it was all worth it. I really sunk my teeth into one of my Takemitsu pieces Yesterday by the Beatles. Tōru Takemitsu (1930 – 1996) was a Japanese composer who ironically was largely self-taught. He was famed for combining oriental and western elements to create a truly signature sound. He composed a series of pieces for the classical guitar and my plan is to hopefully have 2 of them in the program. Here’s a sneak peak!




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