Playing vs. Practicing

I’ve been under the weather for the past week, very slowly getting over a cold, and though I’ve kept up my practice, during yesterday’s session I realized that I was playing instead of practicing.  Prior to yesterday I hadn’t thought about what that means – to me it means that I was playing without worrying too much about what I was doing.  I was somewhat out of tune, I was somewhat forgetful with songs I know well, and I just didn’t give any of that a lot of mindful attention.  It was a little strange, but liberating at the same time.  I definitely wanted to be playing; I played for over an hour.  There have been a few days when I just couldn’t get into my practice at all and I stopped after half an hour – this was not that.  I was enjoying playing, but just didn’t want to engage my brain too much.

I barely even touched Happy Farmer, my new song, because I haven’t really worked through it much yet and it would have been too taxing.  I just kept playing the minuets over and over again.

If I don’t do some serious work on Happy Farmer today, Teacher’s going to start to wonder about me.

Thanks for reading.

Ryan

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