counting while you are playing(not practicing)

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  1. MichaelSantino

    MichaelSantino Blues Newbie

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    at what point does one stop counting while playing a new lick?
     
  2. PapaRaptor

    PapaRaptor The Central Scrutinizer
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    It depends. Some people do it as soon as they get a lick down. Some people never stop.
    I don't have that issue. There are enough voices inside my head that someone is always willing to count while I play. [​IMG]

    Seriously, though.... when you nail a lick to the point where it is automatic, you may not consciously count it. For me, the only times I consciously count is when I'm learning a lick that might give me some difficulty repeating in the correct cadence, but I think it goes on in my background all the time, because if I'm just a tiny bit slow (or fast) on a lick, it's almost like someone turned up a metronome in my head, because I'll immediately know I missed it. My most common failure points are on quick bends, hammer-ons and pull-offs.
     
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  3. MichaelSantino

    MichaelSantino Blues Newbie

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    thanks for the reply!
     
  4. MikeS

    MikeS Allen, TX
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    Yeah, I might describe the point where you aren't counting aloud any more as not counting, but being keenly aware of where you are time wise in a piece and KNOWING the instant you've played a note too long or too short. If you aren't at that point, you need to count aloud., and even if you are at that point it doesn't hurt to keep counting. (Hard to do when you are also singing).
     
  5. Paleo

    Paleo Root Finder

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    When you no longer need to.
     
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    jmin San Francisco, CA

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    Usually at “four e and uh.” ;)
     
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  7. sdbrit68

    sdbrit68 Student Of The Blues

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    I always count, but, it works for me sooooooooo
     
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