#1
1.If the most technically proficient guitarist didn't play guitar at all for 1 year, would he have to relearn guitar from the start or would he just need like 10 hours to de-rust?

2. My question is relevant because I'm going on a trip that would last 2 weeks and that's 2 weeks off, what would that be like? What about 3 months?
Last edited by likewhatever101 at Aug 19, 2010,
#2
2 weeks off is nothing, you'll get it back in an hour at most. I've gone years when I was too busy, and got it all back in a few months. The synapses stay burnt in forever, they just get a bit slow when you don't use them, but burn them a few minutes and their fine again.
#3
You'll be fine. In fact most guitarists get better if they take small breaks like that every once in a while.
#4
I was wondering that too, thank god..Im going study out of town and i cant bring my guitar with me,,, ermm so bothersome... so if 2-4 weeks mean nothing that you just made my day hehe

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EDIT:

What about those things on our finger tips.. ( forgot the english word for it) wount it become "thin" or be gone in a months time ? Or will it pretty much stay therE?
Last edited by DocArunas at Aug 19, 2010,
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I don't know exactly how long it would last, but usually up to a month off guitar doesn't affect you're playing too much. After a quick warm-up when you get back you'll be fine

As for a technically proficient guitarist taking a year out, he would most definately lose some of the natural prowess he's gained, but after a week of two of playing I imagine they'd be really good again, it's if you take time of for health reasons (injury to arm etc) that usually causes problems in regaining previous capabilities. Also if you stop playing for ten eyars due to starting a family will most definately cause you to have to relearn some of what you were previously capable of haha!
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If you absolutely can't take a guitar with you, why not just find a guitar shop when you get there and play some of their guitars?
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I was wondering that too, thank god..Im going study out of town and i cant bring my guitar with me,,, ermm so bothersome... so if 2-4 weeks mean nothing that you just made my day hehe

WAIT:

EDIT:

What about those things on our finger tips.. ( forgot the english word for it) wount it become "thin" or be gone in a months time ? Or will it pretty much stay therE?


Not really. I just got back from an extended vacation, and I didn't play guitar for 3 weeks. As far as playing goes, I didn't lose anything. It actually felt nice having the break, and when I came back my head was clear and I was finally able to work out a solo for one of my songs that I've been having trouble making one for. As for the pads or callouses on your fingers; if you've been playing consistently for years, I feel like those will be with you for the rest of your life.
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What about those things on our finger tips.. ( forgot the english word for it) wount it become "thin" or be gone in a months time ? Or will it pretty much stay therE?


Well depending for how long you dont play it will get softer . And all guitarists gets dead skin on there fretting fingers and when it gets off its softer . But id say when you go back to play your guitar again it will feel abit wierd the first days but then the "thin" will be "thicker" if you know what i mean
#9
You might have some rust, but as soon as you start playing again it will come back quick. I have experience not playing for 3months then going back - it call came back to me pretty quick.
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You'll be fine. In fact most guitarists get better if they take small breaks like that every once in a while.



Im on such a break right now...havent played in a couple weeks..been learning a little theory
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#11
I took three months off and it took me less than two weeks to get back. I was only able to practice about 20 minutes a day during those two weeks as well.

I've heard of people taking a couple years off as well without losing their skill.
#12
I don't think you'll lose it. When I was learning Tears in Heaven by Clapton I struggled like hell with the fingerings (should I play the full F#m barre chord or just use simpler fingerings since I had seen Clapton do both). So I took some time off. Two weeks later when I came back to the song my fretting hand just did what it was supposed to do in the way that was most comfortable for me. Putting the instrument down for awhile can actually advance your playing. IMO anyway for what it's worth.
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#14
Your fingers might lose a bit of padding but as peeps have said... 2 weeks is NOTHING! I had almost 6 months off while I was ridiculously busy at work and came back to it in just one weekend... I had to look over a few notes and printed out some more tabs... but honestly it took me just a couple of days to get back to where I was...

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#15
I had over 4 years of break and was back at my regular level after 3-4 months of quite intense (2-3 hours a day of scales and stuff, pure technique). I got even better, because I re-learned some things in more efficient way.
Theory/improvisation/song writing - wise, I didn't really forget anything.