Mid-Summertime Blues?

Welcome to this edition of Fingerstyle Monthly.

Like many of you, my schedule in the summer gets turned a little topsy-turvy.

The normal routines of day to day life seem to get turned upside down during the summer. Like you, my practice schedule suffers. How upset should you be when your playing routine gets so out of wack?

A lot of it, of course, will depend on your personality. Some people freak out when there's a disruption in their practice schedule. Other people seem like they never have a practice schedule, so it's no big deal. Most of us, of course, fall somewhere in the middle.

My personal take on the situation is this: do it when you can. Don't turn playing into a guilt-ridden, stressful activity. You probably have enough stress and anxiety in your life already.

For me, it's important to remember what the big picture is. I want to become a better player. So that means regular, organized practice. Fortunately, it's something that I really enjoy doing, so it's not an unpleasant activity.

I hope that playing and practicing is fun for you too. If it's not, then maybe it's time to look at your practice regimen, and at why you're doing it in the first place.

Keep it fun, folks!


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I'll leave you with this video of Roy Bookbinder playing a song that fits the season.

See you next month!

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