Is you playing 'seasonal'? (My guitars hibernate for summer!)

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  1. marc2211

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    It may be sacrilege to say, but I have found that my playing has become pretty 'seasonal' - I now know that autumn is coming in Europe as I picked up a guitar for the first time in about 3 months!

    It seems that in the summer I am always outside, with my kids and family as much as possible, out on vacation, or in a bikepark with my moutain bike riding DH.

    Gradually, as it gets a bit colder and the nights draw in, my guitars come out of their summer hibernartion - and a I start again, pretty rejuvinated by the time out.

    Wondering if anyone else is the same?
     
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    Yes once the dark nights start coming in I seem to play my guitars a lot more, just too warm & uncomfortable in Summer to bother with them.
     
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    I play about the same amount year round which is daily, I venture out to play more in the summer. If I stopped playing for 3 months of the year I would forget even more songs than I do now. I'm also a lazy person so that 3 months could end up turning in to a year or more. I like to keep progressing or at least maintain the level i'm at which calls for a daily playing routine. I also enjoy playing so don't want to stop. It's kind of depressing to not play for a week or two.
     
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    I am forced to hibernate during arthritis season, which follows no known clock or calendar,
     
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    365 - it’s always on

    The acoustic is king in the summer though
     
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    I play everyday. Its 50/50 as to electric or acoustic. I keep them close by.

    Some days its just noodling and other days its a more constructive learning something new.
     
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    At best it’s cyclic. Periods of woodshedding followed by periods TV watching...
     
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    A little more for seasonality, since you have camping and outside stuff.
     
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    Yep, I find it hard to be inside in the summertime, especially living on a rock in the middle of the North Atlantic where summers are sweet and short. I'll take my acoustic outside for a practice occasionally, but my playing drops by about 90% this time of year. The good news is when I do pick up my guitar I don't notice any deterioration in playing skills or musical memory. At least that's what I tell myself. ;)
     
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    Unfortunately, I take long breaks in the summer, but not by choice. My workload increases in the spring and summer.

    I’m still trying to get caught up with yard work. That seems never ending. I try to play at least once a week this time of year, but that doesn’t always happen.
     
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    I'm kinda the opposite, I drag a parlor acoustic, or my CV tele and THR 10 everywhere I go. Only thing that changes is guitar. I agree with Chunkocaster as well, I cant afford to forget what haven't forgot, LOL!
     
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    Definitely becoming more and more seasonal. I just try to hold on to what I already play during the summer months. Basically minimum daily practice. Winter is for exploring, learning new covers and recording. Spring is definitely my songwriting period and lots of recording.
     
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    24/7 year round, must gig, must play

    My aging D-1 is an ' Ironman'
    Impervious to weather changes ( always out, year round) and my playing!
     
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    It's usually summer, like 10 months a year. I always look forward to temperatures below freezing because I know it will soon be over and never lasts long.
     
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    there is a war in my house right now..4th year guitar after years off bass....Got Ampeg pf50t & tweaked the P-J & Ibby up to speed...forced to do guitar in a way cause of band..but first love is bass...take the mids out a lil..P bass & motown..am addicted
     
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    My playing is governed by the academic year... During the semesters I'm busier so I play less but in the summer my work load is lighter so I play more.
     
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    Nope not in the least. I play every day unless I'm traveling which I don't do much now.
     
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    Mine have for the most part this Summer. Just has always seemed to be something else going on. But Summer is my favorite season to be outdoors. Just hard to sit inside with the guitar in Summer.

    That and I have not taken my guitar to the pool at all this Summer. Just been into relaxing.
     
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    Nope. Every day. If I skip even a day, it's a sure sign I'm sick. I do sometimes feel some pain in my finger joints, but as Dalton (Patrick Swayze) said in Roadhouse, "Pain don't hurt." :twisted: I believe playing daily actually helps keep my fingers more limber.

    I've played daily for pretty much since I started playing in '68. When I explain that to others, I typically say "Because it's cheaper than therapy." Come to think of it, after playing most every day for more than half a century, I should be way better than I am. :oops:
     
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    It’s humid enough in the summer where I live to let the acoustic hang out outside it’s case, so it sees a lot more use the.

    Once it’s cold enough to run the furnace consistently my T style comes out to play more.
     
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