Today, while my kids enjoyed their weekend movie, I took the opportunity and practiced. Alone in my bedroom. For what felt like maybe a good, focused 20 minutes or so. Only: when I was done with those “20 minutes”, the kids’ full feature film just started to roll the credits. I had absolutely no idea that so much time had passed! I love that I was so focused that I didn’t even notice.
What I don’t love: the soreness of my fingertips I experience at the moment. Yes, I know it’s just the painful initial phase until they’ve built up nice callouses – it just seems that I had forgotten just how painful this phase is. And my skin hasn’t even split yet. It’s just really tender and touch-sensitive. Makes me remember getting my hands used to my bass back in the day. I literally had no idea what I was in for, when I held my beautiful instrument in my excited hands for the first time. My fretting hand actually built up sufficient callouses rather quickly and I don’t remember any real problems with it beyond what is usual – the problem was my right one. I always used my fingers to play, never a pick – and I regularly ended up with huge and disgusting water-filled and angry blisters on the tips of my index and middle fingers. No matter how long I played… this problem never really went away, even when the callouses eventually started coming. My skin kept on blistering, I kept on breaking the blisters, rinse and repeat. A very painful and annoying vicious cycle that I couldn’t break out of, even after a year-and-half of very regular and frequent playing.
Not looking forward to starting the callousing-process all over again…
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KNOWLEDGE | Start The Knowledge Path (24/24) | Ear Puzzles: Up & Down > Level 2 > The Musical Alphabet (in progress)
RHYTHM | Start The Rhythm Guitar Path (48/48) | Cowboy Chords 1: E, Em, Am (in progress)