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by Mike20; Wed Nov 14, 2012 6:58 am
I was thinking to take like a 6 month break, where during this time i would only produce maybe 1-2 hours a night and on weekends (and work full time to get the money pot back up) what i fear is due to my inactivity i will begin to forget stuff, and i will come back not a very good producer when i finish my break..
I'm curious to know if anybody has taken any extended breaks and if so did you feel you went backwards or is it sort of like riding a bike - you don't lose it?
Thank you very much
by ajoe; Wed Nov 14, 2012 7:11 am
When I came back, I was completely revitalized.
Yes, I had forgot some stuff, but a lot of what I forgot was needless minutia that was just clouding the creative process.
Not sure it's best for everyone, but it worked for me.
by Constantine_K; Fri Nov 16, 2012 1:26 am
by MachFront; Fri Nov 16, 2012 5:11 am
Each time I've returned with energy. Despite my lifelong love of music I find I'm not as strong as other musicians, but when I return I still find a stronger energy and fresh inspiration more often than not.
Breaks are a good thing no matter the hobby/passion. When they don't help fully revitalize you they certainly can help shift you into a different forced new perspective due to more mature view or simply changed taste which can/does change view and desire.
(I mean, heck, imagine the difference had I dropped out in the mid to late nineties and, full of early Sister Machine Gun, Mussolini Headkick and Final Cut and came back almost ten years later much mellowed by age and a love of Tangerine Dream's early and mid-80s soundtracks like Firestarter.... it would be a shift, eh? This would likely necessitate a turn in tech and approach in soft(s). It would be my responsibility to note which and how and why, but a difference there would indeed be...
by robojam; Fri Nov 16, 2012 9:10 am
After I learned guitar I gave it up for about 5 years until someone stuck one in my hand in front of a group of people and asked me to play and I realized I should never have given it up. There are instruments I probably only play once every few weeks and it doesn't really make any difference to my ability to play them (I can still play them just as badly as I could before ).
Playing a couple of hours a day is probably a lot more than most people here get to play. Sounds to me like you're getting burned out. No matter how much you love something if you do it every waking hour it gets to be a chore whether you like to admit it or not.
by phlendo; Fri Nov 16, 2012 9:11 am
Hope that helps you.
by Jace-BeOS; Fri Nov 16, 2012 6:47 pm
I'm trying to find myself again after an artificially generated burnout. I'm trying to restart in what's essentially a poverty lifestyle. I don't recommend that. If you run out of money, you won't be able to keep at it anyway, so take some time off. Don't avoid music making, just don't make it a chore and don't force it to be "all on, all the time." Make some money, interact with people, cook some good meals Go back to it when it feels the creative impulse is driving you, rather than the career goals.
my music @ SoundCloud
by Aiynzahev; Fri Nov 16, 2012 7:36 pm
If you get back to your core interests though and maybe explore it in new ways you might find that you break through this patch. I've done something very similar to you and felt burned out, but then started working with new styles and clipped some bad habits (like not actually sticking to schedules, being online too much, though I am still working on that) and found it helped me. I take more breaks in the week now to go out and chillout on my own.
by Mike20; Wed Nov 21, 2012 1:49 am
And definately, no matter how much you love something sometimes you just do it too much and burn it out, i think i need a refreshment sort of break to bring back more of the fun in it
Thanks a lot!
by optofonik; Sun Dec 02, 2012 1:10 pm
On the other hand you could do what Charles Ives did and your muses need not feel abandoned.
by seismic1; Sun Dec 02, 2012 1:25 pm
My second break lasted 19 weeks and was enforced. I just had other stuff to do.
Each of these breaks was beneficial in different ways. After the first I was ready to make some music. After the second I had learnt to listen.
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