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Old 08-25-2013, 09:45 PM
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Default Re: Better after a drink??

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Originally Posted by Jonny Sumo View Post
I wondered if there was a tie in between this and another thread thats running about conscious and unconscious minds?

Is it at all possible that I really do play/practice a little better after a drink because it relaxes/switches off my conscious efforts to play better?

Or am I way off the mark?

Just to reiterate; I do not, nor have I ever, had a drink (alcohol) when gigging. This thread was about my practice time at home
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Originally Posted by Jonny Sumo View Post
I wondered if there was a tie in between this and another thread thats running about conscious and unconscious minds?

Is it at all possible that I really do play/practice a little better after a drink because it relaxes/switches off my conscious efforts to play better?
Johnny, I'd guess that you're way on the mark. Not just playing music. When you feel like you're enveloped in a pink cloud of fairy floss your critical faculty is likely to be a tad less sharp. So rather than critiquing (and tempering) your performance with overdone steering controls you just get out there an do it. Same with socialisating, which is another performance art in a way.

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Originally Posted by Magenta View Post
You'd need to determine whether or not you really do play better after a drinkette. If you do then it seems perfectly possible to me that you should be more relaxed and not at the mercy of your conscious mind. I can't see how alcohol would do that without impairing your motor skills and ear, though.
There is the leverage point - do you need more more courage and relaxation or more motor skill coordination at the time?

It can work in other ways. Had a gig yesterday arvo. Had felt nauseous and tired all day. As often happens, the playing made me feel somewhat better but during our break our singer brought me a shot of scotch as a pick-me-up. I felt much better afterwards and the second set went extremely well with two encores and would have had a third but the guitarist's top E snapped during Sunshine of Your Love.

No doubt the scotch affected my coodination but it was so mild that I didn't notice those effects, just the soothing ones. I guess that's why grandmothers living to 100 (back when it was rare) seemed to always say when asked about their secret that they took a shot of hard spirits before bed. The stuff (like almost every "evil" drug) is medicine when it's not overdone.
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