Hi I practice 2 hours every day in timed segments of 10 /18 or 20 minutes for each lick /piece /whatever I am working on. I have been practicing consecutively for 69 days today (Covid jab sickness for 2 days ruined a better run) .
today I noticed a downturn in ability accuracy and speed in a few pieces /licks which led to a detriment of 10 to 15% loss of progress ,speed in some pieces .
the stuff I’m working on is not what would be considered shred. Just some of the faster /trickier Slash licks in various Solo’s Or licks like them , that give me trouble .
I practice these pieces against examples that are slowed down and Also use a metronome to isolate some areas that prove demanding .
overall I’m still better than I was a week or probably a fortnight ago ,looking at my records (daily diary with notes ) and I am more or less managing to stay detached from these negative results , trying not to see it as a competition with myself (the book “the practicing mind) Thomas M sterner )
I have resolved to slow down the speed for my problem areas tomorrow and work on accuracy /clean playing .
Although I can see the trap I’m falling into of judging my outcome on past days progress , it can be a bit of a let down to see a sudden dip in your results ,especially after a few previous days gains.
I know this all seems rather clinical but I have a goal to be able to play the stuff I really want to play to a gigging level ,instead of settling for easier stuff . I am much better than I used to be but still falling short , but am hoping if I keep this up for a few years I may be able to achieve my goals or even exceed them . I would like one day to be nearly up to the level of @fastonebaz
and other players on here .
I am hoping that now being over 50 will not impede my progress , but from what I’ve seen in sustained consecutive practice it is possible to make vast improvements in the last 69 days .
as an aside I have slipped into a habit the last 4 or 5 days of going to bed quite late instead of my usual early to bed routine , this may have taken its toll , especially reading the iPad when going to bed ,which I had previously got out the habit of .
anyway , who else has recently or in the past experienced this disconcerting dip in ability .
hope this was the right place to post this . It’s kinda to do with technique