Is it possible to over practise? Does all playing have some value or is it better sometimes to just give it a rest? Each time I return from a break of a week or two, I come back with improved timing, phrasing everything. This makes me wonder about the pace of learning. There seems to be an absolute constant rate of improvement for me (slow) that won’t budge no matter what.
It also makes me wonder about the quality of the practise. I’ve read about practising playing it wrong, reinforcing poor technique and so on, and I am guilty sometimes of just grabbing the thing and plucking away unthinkingly because anything is better than nothing(?) Most of the time though, I choose a tune I like, have a quick listen to it by someone who can and then play it slowly- that’s my practise, I enjoy it and it works. Speed has yet to appear though, so tunes get stuck in their own place for long periods (as learner tune entities). Occasionally, I’m about to play a tune and think “no, leave that one alone you’ve killed it - let it decompose - learn it afresh somewhere down the road.”
Does anyone have similar experiences or thoughts on the subject