04-01-2013 02:55 AM
04-01-2013 03:39 AM
How come you can't play guitar without drinking?
04-01-2013 04:02 AM
04-01-2013 04:10 AM
Well, I guess what works for EVH doesn't work for everyone...
Good luck on your journey
04-01-2013 05:09 AM - edited 04-01-2013 05:10 AM
Damn, best of luck with your recovery.
I've heard - no idea if it's true - that people tend to play best the way they practice. For example, if I had a few beers every band rehearsal, I'm actually better off having a beer or two at the gig. If I practice sober, I better not drink at the gig. Etc. Obviously there's a tipping point of "too many." For me, I reach that point real quick.
With that in mind, hopefully the more you practice sober the easier it will be as your body gets used to that state. The drinks weren't playing the instrument, it was you. You just have to get used to having your mind back in a normal condition long enough for it to feel natural. Whether that takes weeks, months or years I have no idea, but I'm sure you'll get back there.
04-02-2013 04:38 PM
About a month ago, I caught pneumonia and I quit drinking.
I found out I can't play guitar without drinking. (or at least not even close to where I was).
I haven't played 20 minutes in the last month.
I am starting over.
I scheduled a lesson with a teacher for this Wednesday for theory and keyboard.
I think this will help my over-all journey with music.
I know I can transfer the knowledge from these lessons (scales, chords, chord progressions, ear training, chord tones over chords, etc) back to the guitar later.
But, I won't pick up the guitar again until it becomes fun again.
If it's like work, why do it?
I think I know what you mean. It's not the same but I always associated guitar with smoking cigarettes.
It was hard at first, but I got used to it. It may not feel this way, but drinking and guitar really have nothing to do with each other.
Years ago there was an ad that appeared in Guitar Player Magazine by Taylor Guitars. It shows a middle aged man playing acoustic guitar on the couch in his living room while his wife is puttering around off to the side. The caption reads, "I could take up drinking instead, but then my wife might not comment on how much my drinking has improved."
04-03-2013 02:23 PM
Ouch, man sorry to hear that Phil!
I also don't see any sort of connection. But FIRST you need to get the monkey off your back.. THEN get back into it. Your lack of co-ordination is likely due to the addiction. Ya gotta whoop that first, then resume baby steps back to guitar.
04-03-2013 05:19 PM
04-03-2013 05:36 PM - edited 04-04-2013 04:12 AM
I can't figure out how to edit these things. I said "I took the less" I meant I took the meds (medicine).
But anyway, thanks to all of you for the support. It means a lot to me.
I know I can do it. (and I will do it). What did Yoda say? For a Jedi Pilot, There is no try, there is only do.... or do NOT"
But thanks guys.
04-03-2013 10:35 PM - edited 04-03-2013 10:35 PM
4/01 is a bad day for surprises lol. Get better - even if you're feigning lol. There's an OPTIONS button in grey; upper right of your post. It's a dropdown menu. First item is edit.
04-04-2013 02:08 AM