Morning (??) Practice Time

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  • #58850
    rodgerrodger
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    Does anyone have any solid clues as to whether it is more effective to practice in the morning hours as opposed to late night/evening sessions?

    I read some data once that said it is more effective to practice earlier in the day as opposed to later.  Has something to do with the way the brain is wired to operate.  Seems different times of day have been partitioned off by the brain for different operations by moods, chemical changes, etc. etc.

    I’m pretty convinced that early is better…I’m putting this up as a motivation to change my habits from putting it off to late night sessions.  Now that our fiddle camp is over, I have tons more stuff I’m trying to work on & motivated by seeing results happening.

    #58855
    ruckydooruckydoo
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    Have had better practice and seem to catch on best while practicing in the AM.   Age may be a part of it as 80 is approaching at astounding speed and I benefit more while enjoying my first cuppa coffee.   Thought that it was just me!

    #58856
    fiddlewoodfiddlewood
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    I like either end of the day but I don’t learn much in the middle…

    #58858
    FrederickFrederick
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    It seems to me that the early, early morning is the best time. I’m talking 3:00 a.m. – 4:00 a.m. When I go to Tennessee and my wife stays back in Arkansas, I go to bed real early some nights and get up real early some mornings. I really enjoy these early morning hours to practice. There are no neighbors to annoy so I just let it flicker!

    #58863
    cricketcricket
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    Fred, you sound like my husband…up at 3 or 4…  I’m like…no way…those are raccoon hours…people hours don’t start for me until after lunch…lol.  I can do ok after lunch until I get too sleepy at night…mornings…nuh-uh…never.  I let the raccoons get to bed first.

    #58868
    rodgerrodger
    Participant

    So, Fred..if you stay up late enough, that becomes early morning right?  So maybe I been doing it right after all?

    #58871
    FrederickFrederick
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    Rodger, sounds like you and Cricket are both “night owls”. lol

    I grew up on a farm and later was in the electrical union and traveled long distances to work in the morning, so getting up super-duper early in the morning is just ingrained in me.

    #58878
    AvatarAngela
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    I think this was on the forum a few years ago, but I found this very interesting.

    http://articles.latimes.com/2013/aug/20/science/la-sci-sn-sleep-music-20130820

     

    #58880
    cricketcricket
    Participant

    I do get up early, but mostly I just drink coffee and check emails until after lunch…lol.  I think mainly I practice in my sleep…lol.

    #58884
    rodgerrodger
    Participant

    So, Angela, are they saying you should play your instrument right after you wake up??

    #58907
    Nancy ParkerNancy Parker
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    I usually practice in the evening . . . and then I sleep on it.   It seems to work best for me.

    Check this out.  <below>

    The Immutable Laws of Brainjo: The Art and Science of Effective Practice (Episode 6)

     

    #58909
    cricketcricket
    Participant

    I like that guy, Josh Turknett…he’s got lots of interesting ideas…smart enough to be a brain surgeon…oops, that’s what he is…lol.  He has lots of neat ideas…he’s the one who started the online Old Time Jam Machine, plus, I’ve seen he has personal experience with a specific diet he followed to overcome his debilitating migraines.  All that, not to mention pretty doggone good banjo player, too.

    #58919
    rodgerrodger
    Participant

    Nancy, that article pretty well sums it up I guess at least according to the current knowledge available on the brain.   I think my ideal practice time is when I’m sleeping.

    Concerning that visualization procedure:  I know a fellow that taught himself to shoot a bow & arrow by that technique (holding his bow in his hand while doing the visualization thing) and went out and got his deer with his first shot!

    #58934
    fran hfran h
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    I think I do much better with morning practices.  Coffee first. Always. But most jams are nighttime hours. I can practice OK at night depending on my energy level.  If my brain is awake after work I can practice. But, if I happen to come home and sit down and get relaxed. . . I am useless for the rest of the evening.

    #58946
    AvatarAngela
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    Roger….I think the article is talking about just before sleep.  I wonder if it would work before a nap, too.  hmmmm

    Nancy’s article seems to sum up the same research, “And there is some evidence that the brain, when it triages the events of the day, gives priority to the activities performed closer to sleep. So, all other things being equal, you may be able to get a little more bang for your practicing buck closer to bedtime.”

     

    #58954
    rodgerrodger
    Participant

    Makes sense..but I’ll have to sleep on that…

    What an incredible creation the brain is…so fantastic…

    but Cricket you mentioned those x-rays….when I look at an x-ray of my head the brain appears to be totally missing.

    #58955
    Nancy ParkerNancy Parker
    Participant

    The Best Time of Day to Practice:

    The Best Time of Day to Practice

     

    #58956
    Nancy ParkerNancy Parker
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    #58967
    rodgerrodger
    Participant

    Well, what I was thinking is how first thing in the morning our mind is like a clean sheet of paper and hasn’t begun to make it’s list of stuff to figure out, so if you put the fiddle on the top of the list it gets some kind of special priority.  A lot of people like to use that first hour for meditation/prayer because it seems to be less clutter up than later in the day.  By night we have a full basket load up there all clattering for attention.

    But those cycles are impossible to figure out.  Back home the birds (before cats & pesticides decimated them) would all wake up & start singing on cue about 4:00AM in the summer time really loud…then get quiet until about first light when they would start their day.  One of my deepest  & most wonderful memories is that sound.  It would start with one bird deep in the woods making a weak little  sound, then right away another would answer & instantly the entire mountain would be a loud concert of intense singing.  Nothing could be more wonderful.   Before the modern times of artificial lighting, & especially before the 1800’s they used to have the 1st & 2nd sleep.  It was common to get up in the middle of the night for an hour or so & then go back to bed for the 2nd sleep.  I personally believe that this practice was necessary for security reasons & check on livestock to scare off predators, and such things as that which was important for survival, but it was a cultural practice even for people living in towns.  The concept of sleeping all the way through the night uninterrupted is a modern thing.  In our situation here I seldom sleep all the way through the night.

    #58992
    cricketcricket
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    We used to get up and stoke the fire.

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