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post Jan 26 2008, 02:53 PM
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I thought this would be a really interesting discussion smile.gif Ok so right now I just have a common cold , what women call "man flu" in the UK laugh.gif laugh.gif

When I get man flu I really find it hard to concentrate on anything. Alot if not all of my practice routine includes speed picking and good timeing and I totally loose my "mojo" when it comes to practicing when sick. Im typically very strict on myself with regards to correct practice and keeping to my routine.

So I would like to know if you guys and gals practice to the same standard when your ill ? or do you take a few days out to rest and recover?

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post Jan 26 2008, 03:05 PM
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When my appendix thought it would be a good idea to explode I had to be in hospital for two weeks. For most of that time I couldn't really stand up. My Dad bought my acoustic guitar after the operation, and it was probably the only thing that got me through the two worst weeks of my life.

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post Jan 26 2008, 03:09 PM
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I don't like playing when I'm sick..If often gets me even worse after the practice session..I just take it easy and try to recover as fast as possible.. wink.gif


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post Jan 26 2008, 03:13 PM
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when i'm sick, I always try to play but because i can't concetrate i always get annoyed mad.gif tongue.gif so i stop pretty quick after starting... and go back to bed tongue.gif


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post Jan 26 2008, 03:13 PM
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Good luck getting better Matt! I've been ill this past week, i reccomend picking up a bottle of night nurse, one dose before bed put me away for about 12 hours...that was an awesome sleep and i felt magic by the morning. I didnt practise at all whe i was sick tho sad.gif
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post Jan 26 2008, 03:19 PM
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I do only two things when a flu hit me. Watching TV or sleeping. That's it. Hope that you recover soon.
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post Jan 26 2008, 03:22 PM
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Don't be too hard on yourself Matt, drop the level down a lot and just take it easy. You may even find that after coming back to practicing after a week of little or no practice that you are a little better - gives thing time to click in your brain when you aren;t assulting it every day with practice. I often notice this after returning form business trips.

And of course, get well soon mate!


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post Jan 26 2008, 03:25 PM
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When you are sick - don't over-do it with practicing. Make it 1 hour if you can pull it off. If not - nothing bad will happen. It's better to relax and have a good sleep because that will make you heal much faster smile.gif When you are back to normal hit it into overdrive and catch up with what you lost and that's it smile.gif


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post Jan 26 2008, 03:59 PM
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post Jan 26 2008, 04:09 PM
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Wow guys some great responses here. Some especially good advices from each of you biggrin.gif Ok I have decided to put it down just for a few days and sleep it off !! and I think maybe eat lots of choclate and get fat unsure.gif wink.gif laugh.gif laugh.gif blink.gif


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post Jan 26 2008, 04:09 PM
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If I'm sick I don't practise as near as hard as I would when I'm well. Infact I probably don't practise at all. I just play my acoustic.
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QUOTE (Bogdan @ Jan 26 2008, 08:09 AM) *
I don't like playing when I'm sick..If often gets me even worse after the practice session..I just take it easy and try to recover as fast as possible.. wink.gif



yeah same here, my playing is horrible when sick, so i just dont play and study theory biggrin.gif smile.gif


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post Jan 27 2008, 12:35 AM
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My case is a bit odd.
I usually get wet(sweaty) after real and hard playing,practicing or gig,doesn't matter.
So when I'm sick,cold,flu,high body temperature etc
I keep on practicing until I'm all wet cause it lowers body temperature.
Then I get quick shover and back to bed.
Not sure if this routine work for everyone but give it a shot Matt.

And wish you fast recovery tho!! smile.gif


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post Jan 27 2008, 12:46 AM
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QUOTE (DeepRoots @ Jan 26 2008, 09:13 AM) *
Good luck getting better Matt! I've been ill this past week, i reccomend picking up a bottle of night nurse, one dose before bed put me away for about 12 hours...that was an awesome sleep and i felt magic by the morning. I didnt practise at all whe i was sick tho sad.gif


I would love to have me a night nurse! laugh.gif I can only Imagine whats in that stuff tongue.gif

Back to point, Do just that Matt. Take it easy for a few days. A little rest ain't ever hurt nobody.


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post Jan 27 2008, 12:54 AM
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i think the its better to take a rest then turn to your practice other wise it depend on how long you are sick


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QUOTE (mattacuk @ Jan 26 2008, 04:09 PM) *
and I think maybe eat lots of choclate


Eating lots of chocolate is always a good idea! laugh.gif

If I were you I would just play a little bit every day, but just for fun, playing things or improvising some scales you enjoy, but nothing too demanding, because when you are ill the body has its habilities really diminished... and you might end up getting angry if you push yourself as if you were OK.


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post Jan 27 2008, 08:25 PM
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When I'm sick I pretty much watch TV all day.. Why play guitar if it makes you feel bad?
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I don't practice at all when i'am it just makes me worse i still have to work regardless so practicing goes out the window have not had a day off ill in 6 years thats the problem with being self employed sad.gif sad.gif sad.gif sad.gif
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(PS I you have proper flu u cant even get out of bed let alone play guitar laugh.gif laugh.gif laugh.gif laugh.gif laugh.gif )


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QUOTE (Milenkovic Ivan @ Jan 26 2008, 03:59 PM) *
Healthy man has many wishes - sick man has only one wink.gif

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QUOTE (erik @ Jan 27 2008, 07:25 PM) *
When I'm sick I pretty much watch TV all day.. Why play guitar if it makes you feel bad?


Ahhh thats just what Im doing today smile.gif I definatly think it does the brain good to have a few days to process what its learnt for sure smile.gif This morning I have watch Jerry Springer - what an awful show. And right now Mythbusters on Discovery - now that is a cool show wink.gif


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