Back in the saddle again!
Well, last Sunday night, after months of dealing with a bad shoulder, and then months of recovering from shoulder surgery, I played my accordion in public again. I was surprised at the strength of the emotions I felt when I did so, as I got a little teary-eyed, I was so happy to be playing. I was so rusty, though, I suspect that I was not the only one with tears in my eyes upon hearing those tunes! 😉
What did I learn during my hiatus? Well, I got much better playing harmonica (a fine instrument for the single handed), not learning new tunes, but learning a lot more of my repetoire on that instrument. I also found that the more I played, the better I learned to manage my air, not getting as dizzy or as winded as I used to. I learned that touching my tongue to the roof of my mouth, I could change the tone of a note, and could produce a nice triplet with relative ease by making kind of an ooo-lll-ooo kind of noise as I blew into a note. I had only played harmonica as an occasional novelty or to accompany songs in the group I play in, but now I enjoy it so much, I think I will be playing it a lot more.
When starting again with my whistle a few weeks ago, and then with my accordion, I unfortunately did not find that there were any things that I had been working on that had become easier. I had hoped for that—the effect where sometimes, taking a break will help you make breakthroughs.
It will still be a few months for the guitar though—it doesn’t take a lot of strength, but when you are trying to pump out 120 reps per minute, it still puts quite a bit of stress on the old muscles, tendons and such.