Manic practice syndrome

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Posted by Sean Chisham on February 10, 1999 at 17:10:10:

I was wondering if anyone else experiences this. I will be practicing along and feel great about how things are going. I tape myself and sure enough, things are working ok. 2 weeks later I am feeling like everything is falling apart. Things which were easy just a week earlier "seem" to be disasters. I tape myself and sure enough, things are still ok. Comparing the 2 resordings sometimes even shows that on the sessions when I felt like selling the horn I was many times sounding better than the times I felt like a million bucks.

Any ideas? I have thought about over analysis or maybe fatigue, but am not certain yet. If the problem is fatigue than a couple of less intense days or maybe even a day off is in order. If the problem is overanalysis, then mental relaxation and an extra session each day may be in order. Or maybe some other cause.

Anyone else experience manic practice perceptions like this?


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