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    I am. And bothered by that. Even with some new gear, just wondering if I'm the only one. No work coming up.

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    Im 66 years old with some standard health issues and NOBODY IS PROMISED TOMMOROW!!! I treat each day as if MAYBE its my LAST. And I really PLAY!!!

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    Very much.

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    Been discussed here before, but yeah, especially having 2 weekly steadies the last 8 yrs in addition to the private jobs, festivals, etc and enjoying coming up w new tunes/arrangements weekly for said gigs to keep me busy.
    But lately been slowly trying to practice more and starting to make some progress back to a sense of normalcy.
    Meanwhile I've been spending time catching up on some classic movies I either missed before or haven't seen in ages, so I'm still involved in the arts that way, even though as a spectator.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stevebol
    Very much.
    Ditto.

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    I suppose by "play during this crisis" you mean "practice at home"?

    Pre-crisis I practiced very little because of the jazz trio performances every couple of days; I learn almost everything during performance and with the trio it's pretty much nonstop jazz guitar for four hours..., so "practice" was little more than checking which amp I would use and tuning before packing up, just a few minutes of playing.

    The last few months I have been practicing a lot more, a few hours per day, picking up new tunes and developing ideas for old ones, and exploring, discovering, and enjoying music in general. Which was good because I was asked to sit in the other night up in town (six pc horn and piano band) and as a result will be doing that ongoing now. Still waiting for the trio to come out of hiatus.

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    Just the opposite for me. There is so much online at this time that I find i can't keep up. Some inspiring players are creating content from home, accessible via Patreon, YouTube and Facebook and then there's the new material at Truefire and Mike's Masterclass.

    I'm a music hobbyists with a full time career in technology. So, to be fair, I don't feel the sting of canceled gigs. But I empathize with those who do and express that empathy with subscriptions and virtual tips.

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    I have learned modes of limited transposition.

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    A good motivator to keep your chops up is something like this. If you can play the heads of most of these tunes, and burn on something like Cherokee at 340bpm, that should keep you busy. It's played very strictly, so there's no room for jiving:
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    No, I'm not having any problem with motivation, I never do. Despite being laid back about most things when it's time to practice or go to the gym or do some kind of work I don't hesitate. I just start. Then again, there are always variables involved and in this case maybe my playing routine is undemanding compared to that of other players.

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    I'm having a terrible time getting motivated, but I am recovering from getting Covid-19 myself. I didn't get the respiratory problems, thankfully, but I lost the senses of taste and smell, suffered nausea, dizziness, and complete exhaustion. The nausea and dizziness have gone, but the rest is still there, and it has been six weeks and counting.

    I stay awake for two, sometimes three hours, but the rest of the time I'm sleeping. When I do play, I can only manage the ukulele, but Bach is my solace, so, during a waking period I recorded this:


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    It depends on the weather (!). If it’s nice, I can’t wait to get out of the house and go for a walk in the countryside somewhere. Or I’ll just sit in the garden all day reading or listening to music.

    But if the weather is dull/rainy, then I do spend more time on the guitar.

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    Then, Graham, if you want to improve your guitar playing, move to the west coast of Scotland!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob MacKillop
    Then, Graham, if you want to improve your guitar playing, move to the west coast of Scotland!
    Haha. One of my relatives used to own a croft near Fort William (Ballachulish), we stayed there once when I was young. There was quite a lot of rain during the holiday as I recall! The other thing I remember was going fishing at the side of the loch and bringing out huge numbers of mackerel. None of us were experienced fishermen, the mackerel were virtually jumping out of the water at us. By the end of the fortnight we had exhausted every recipe involving mackerel you could think of, and never wanted to see another one!

    Actually I have a guitar memory from that holiday. My relatives took us to see a distant cousin or somebody who lived in Strontian, they knew I was learning classical guitar at school, so they played me this old Segovia record they had, I think it was the Recuerdos. I can just about remember hearing that scratchy but magical old record while looking out at the loch, it did make quite an impression on me.

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    Finding myself playing for hours every day with great players from all over the world in Jamkazam.

    Today we had Sax from Canada, Keys from mid west USA, trumpet from CA, Bass from NY and others from god knows where (I am in Australia). All top rate Jazz musicians playing the hell out of the real book.

    Its amazing fun in these strange times and I would recommend it to anyone.

    Full duplex audio and video if you want it.

    I simply set up a session for jazz and leave it open for all to join.
    5 mins later we have 2-7 players having a blast.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimmy blue note
    I spent some time in Skye. It was ALWAYS inspiring. One night I woke up to the sound of bagpipes on the water. The last ferry was crossing the water, and on there was a group that was returning from a bagpipe festival/competition. The still water was made for music.
    A friend of mine once went to a distillery tour on Islay as a sort of birthday treat (he loves whisky as well as taking jazz photos). What he didn’t realise was that there was a mini jazz festival going on there as well, and the musicians were all on the same plane that he took from the mainland. So he found himself sitting next to Jim Mullen, Alan Barnes etc. and had a great time chatting with them during the flight. Then of course he arrived, sampled the whisky, listened to the jazz, took more photos, and saw the guys again on the return flight! Said it was the best holiday he ever had.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob MacKillop
    I'm having a terrible time getting motivated, but I am recovering from getting Covid-19 myself. ... nausea, dizziness, and complete exhaustion. .

    I stay awake for two, sometimes three hours, but the rest of the time I'm sleeping.
    I'm sorry for what you've been going through but thankful that you survived it, Rob.

    Playing takes energy and focus. It is perfectly normal not to want to play when you are recovering from a serious medical issue. I'm sure your motivation will return as your energy level improves. In the mean time, just be good to yourself and don't guilt-trip.

    Wishing you a complete and speedy recovery,

    SJ

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    Thanks, SJ. Much appreciated. Getting there.

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    Hang in Rob!

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    Thanks. There's not much else to do!

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    ugh...so sorry to hear rob...terrible news...

    i wanted to like your bach uke vid, but how could i like a post with bad news like that?...


    so i'll say here your bach uke was wonderful, and glad you are at least getting some relief from js' artistry


    all the best sent...

    cheers

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    Cheers, my friend. It's a drag, but I'm still here...many aren't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob MacKillop
    I'm having a terrible time getting motivated, but I am recovering from getting Covid-19 myself. I didn't get the respiratory problems, thankfully, but I lost the senses of taste and smell, suffered nausea, dizziness, and complete exhaustion. The nausea and dizziness have gone, but the rest is still there, and it has been six weeks and counting.

    I stay awake for two, sometimes three hours, but the rest of the time I'm sleeping. When I do play, I can only manage the ukulele, but Bach is my solace, so, during a waking period I recorded this:

    It's strange, but some people only get the non-respiratory symptoms. A sax player friend of mine got your symptoms, and they had to break down the door to his apt., because he was lying on the floor and couldn't get up. He spent some time in a hospital, and then rehab, and is doing much better now.
    He claims Chlorohydroxyquone helped him, but I wouldn't recommend that stuff to anyone.
    Hang in there!

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    Thanks, sgcim. It can be tough, even without the chest problems. Being an asthmatic, I think I dodged a bullet there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob MacKillop
    Thanks, sgcim. It can be tough, even without the chest problems. Being an asthmatic, I think I dodged a bullet there.
    Hope you’re back to normal soon Rob. It’s funny, my son gets asthma and he had virtually the same set of symptoms that you describe, fortunately no respiratory problems or cough. He is very fit though, does a lot of cycling. He soon recovered.

    We locked him in his bedroom for a week and we didn’t seem to catch it. But having said that, both my wife and I had a tummy ache and loss of taste for a few days, but nothing else. We still don’t know if we had it or not.

    It certainly is a very strange beast.

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    I'm glad your son recovered so quick. Researchers at Kings College say that 1 in 20 people take a long time to recover, could be many months. Sigh.

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    Thanks Rob. Music (especially Bach) is a great consolation for the soul, you make that ukulele sing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeJ
    Finding myself playing for hours every day with great players from all over the world in Jamkazam.
    Today we had Sax from Canada, Keys from mid west USA, trumpet from CA, Bass from NY and others from god knows where (I am in Australia). All top rate Jazz musicians playing the hell out of the real book. Full duplex audio and video if you want it. I simply set up a session for jazz and leave it open for all to join.
    5 mins later we have 2-7 players having a blast.
    what is the latency like?

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    Quote Originally Posted by marvinvv
    what is the latency like?
    Varies a bit depending on the users sound system and internet connection.

    Within Australia 20-30 ms
    Australia to USA 100-130 ms
    Australia to Europe 150-200 ms

    I find with a small group 100-150 is manageable. If there are no Drums its easier.

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    The complete opposite situation for me - I would love to play guitar but have no time to play guitar. Or indeed any time at all to do anything fun. If you have a full-time job and a school-age child life is pretty intolerable right now. My life is just a treadmill of work; childcare; feed child; put child to bed; tidy up; more work; then sleep for around 5 or 6 hours.

    I can squeeze in the occasional post on this forum while working: brief conversation about music or politics is the sort of little distraction that keeps me sane. But my life is non-strop stress right now, no fun, and will continue to be until either schools re-open or childcare options are allowed.
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    I hate to say, it's been great for me. I haven't worked since February, I was in Europe in early March and pretty much all the ER nursing work dried up pretty quickly after I got back (there was a bit of super risky work in NYC that I wasn't up for, and nothing pretty much elsewhere). So I hunkered down and practiced. I was thinking there was going to be work in May, but literally there were 3 open slots on the whole east coast. So I just kept at it

    I log my time, so I'm around 400 hours since early March. About 30 hours a week. I had intended to really focus on Gypsy Jazz after coming back from France but with no jams to go to for anytime soon, I focused more on solo playing. Some African music, some chord melody stuff, some Bach.

    I still can't play for shit but I definitely made a lot of improvement over the last couple months. Starting to hear from recruiters that work is popping up and I confess I have zero desire to go back to work, I'm really excited to be working on stuff I love. I think by the time the fall rolls around it's going to be crazy with flu season + COVID so I think I will definitely have the opportunity to work and I'll be broke too.

    I always log my time in 15 minute increments. I used a cube timer and mark down what I'm practicing in a day planner with an abbreviation. I've been doing it that way for a while. It definitely works for me. I just need to sit in the chair and pick up the guitar and it usually starts rolling. It took a lot of practice to learn how to practice. I try to start with Bach if I can get myself to do it. Casals said to do that, it definitely gets your brain moving.Are you having trouble being motivated to play during this crisis?-img_20200620_223217-jpg

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    I've been having no trouble being motivated. I KNOW I have made progress because I record myself playing standards every so often. Being conscious that I am improving while still being inspired by other musicians on youtube and whatnot is really a privilege. I've had to slow down actually because I've had some slight finger inflammation but its nothing some ice won't fix.