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Sunday, June 26, 2011

An Old Nemesis Returns, Then Politely Leaves

In my last post, I meant to mention that my right shoulder felt great. In fact, it felt so good that I was ready to declare myself out of the woods regarding shoulder pain. Toss the confetti and strike up the band.

Then Sunday afternoon my shoulder starting hurting.

By Monday morning, it hurt enough that I cut short my morning right hand practice hour by thirty minutes. What particularly concerned me is that I had a two and a half hour wedding gig coming up on the 26th. When a gig is on the line, I don’t fool around. I cancelled my morning practice session on Tuesday, and cut short my morning sessions on Wednesday and Thursday. The only other practicing I did was for the wedding music, which didn’t stress my shoulder. I also had a last minute gig come through on Friday, so I didn’t do my morning practice session that day.

Strangely, the pain just fizzled away. My shoulder now feels fine. Why it started hurting is a mystery to me. I wasn’t doing anything that should have brought it on. I’m encouraged that it went away so quickly. But I’ll hold off on declaring a permanent victory. After all, the 1918 Armistice turned out to be a false hope, and those who don’t remember the past are condemned to repeat it.

Who knew that George Santayana would come in handy for guitar practice?

Anyway, I got to run the Carulli Fandango in a couple of performance situations. During the wedding gig today, I ran it twice while playing background music in a noisy room. My hand felt good, but I couldn’t tell you how it sounded in all the hubbub.

So for the upcoming week, it’s back to resolving the questions I posted last week, and also suspiciously monitoring my right shoulder. At the beginning of July I hope to post a video of the scale excerpts I’ve been practicing. And I’m still working toward posting a full performance of Guardame the first week of August. By the way, the student I mentioned in my last two posts did her first public performance of Guardame.

And if you’re wondering, today’s wedding gig went well. I am tired though, thus the short post.

——[My next update will be July 3, 2011]——

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