This past week I have hit the practice routine harder than usual. My new fretless bass kept me up late practicing. New toy syndrome. I had two band practices with two different bands, the Cats Jazz Band (a big band with a band leader) and a new quartet that is in the early stages of formation. All this practice required intense focus and concentration. As a result, I am mentally tired. I need a day or two away from the bass.
I'm told that the subconscious mind keeps working on problem solution and information processing when the conscious mind is at rest. I have noticed an uptick in my level of playing after a layoff of practice. Your mind is refreshed and things seem to click and come together more easily.
This only works if the rest period is preceded by vigorous study or practice. It's why in college students are often advised not to over-study for exams, and to even take a day of rest before an exam, assuming he or she has studied well beforehand.
Fortunately for me, no more band practices are scheduled for a couple of weeks, so I will have time to rest and reflect. However, I won't waste the time off. There is too much still to learn.
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