#1
Hey, I'm an avid guitar player, usually playing an hour or so a day, mostly fast metal stuff (but not exclusively).

However, from about one week ago to a week today, I'm unable to have access to an electric guitar... And I know I'm probably being stupid, but I'm worried about my skill level dropping, especially since I play in a metal band.

It's probably just paranoia, but does anyone know whether this will affect skill level? thanks very much!
#2
You might be a little rusty when you pick it up again but you should be fine after a little bit.
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#3
That's nothing.

I stopped for 10 years when I was too busy working and GF stuff, I could still play almost as good after about a month with a guitar.
#4
you'll be fine.
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That's nothing.

I stopped for 10 years when I was too busy working and GF stuff, I could still play almost as good after about a month with a guitar.



That's one long shift.
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#7
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That's nothing.

I stopped for 10 years when I was too busy working and GF stuff, I could still play almost as good after about a month with a guitar.


How tricky was the stuff you were playing? I'm just nervous as my band's in the process of a competition, and I'm not wanting to let anyone down with poor shred
#8
Dont worry about it. Sometimes a short break is a good thing too. At worst you have some rust but a good warmup and some practice and it should be all gone.

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#9
Wow. You seriously need to chill.
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Dont worry about it. Sometimes a short break is a good thing too. At worst you have some rust but a good warmup and some practice and it should be all gone.


Cheers dude appreciate it. Just not used to this much time away, haha!
#11
Your skill level won't drop. And even if it did, things that you have learned once are easy to relearn. And also, it wouldn't drop so much that you could notice it.

You could compare it to riding a bike or swimming skills. You won't lose them even if you don't ride your bike or swim that often.
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#12
think of it this way...your true skill level is what you're left with even after you take a break from guitar. if you lose stuff in a week, you haven't internalized it well enough yet.
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#13
You'll be fine technique wise, you will just have to build back up your speed. I find if I take a couple days off I will have a little trouble getting back to the speed I was at until the 2nd practice session after taking the break
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#14
I was off for a month. I was up north and just did not touch a guitar. I got home and had a bad time of it, I was so rusty stage fright was on the way. I put life on hold and played five hours a day. My skills came back in a few weeks, all is well. You will be fine too, just get tuff with yourself.
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I was off for a month. I was up north and just did not touch a guitar. I got home and had a bad time of it, I was so rusty stage fright was on the way. I put life on hold and played five hours a day. My skills came back in a few weeks, all is well. You will be fine too, just get tuff with yourself.


As long as a few weeks?
#16
I stopped playing for about 3 months a couple of years back, after about 3 days I was back on track. And every couple of months I tend to take a week or two off and I regain lost ground in literally like half an hour.

EDIT: I think it varies from person to person really. I know a guy who claims to have completely lost the ability to play a lick that he was practicing at any reasonable speed after 2 days of not playing, but I think he was very much exaggerating.
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#17
Your skill kind of depends on the day. One day I can play pretty fast and clean but the next day the same part sounds really sloppy. It has nothing to do with breaks or anything. Some days are better and some are worse. Sometimes a break makes you play better.
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#18
i took 8 years off to get married, have kids and get divorced.

i could have done it in six.

my skills came back pretty fast with practice.
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#20
You'll never be any good at guitar unless you start playing something different than stupid metal crap. Use the break to open your ears to some decent music.
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You'll never be any good at guitar unless you start playing something different than stupid metal crap. Use the break to open your ears to some decent music.

some blue kind of pill perhaps?
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You'll never be any good at guitar unless you start playing something different than stupid metal crap. Use the break to open your ears to some decent music.


First off, don't diss metal. Decent metal is clever, can be thought provoking, innovative and technically proficient. For example, my favourite metal band, rage against the machine.

Secondly, I never said I just listen to metal music. In fact, blues is my favourite genre. Jack White, Seasick Steve, Lightning Hopkins, etc. But I play metal in my band because I don't listen to it much, and my metal sounds different to anyone else's. Okay, the track on FB sounds a bit generic, but that was a trial a year ago when I first started the band. Or my friend did.
I just meant metal was the hardest thing I play, so I'm naturally most worried about losing the ability in that.

Lastly, actually why do you feel the need to hijack a pleasant atmosphere in a thread like that? :/ people can have different opinions from you, there's no need for negativity...
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