Hi all! Long time no see
So I was away from bass practice for close to a month, due to travelling back home to finally see my family and friends after almost two years! Finally got time for a meaningful practice session today, and perhaps naturally, I’ve found that I had to start reeeeaally slowly, like do all the scales, do the ultimate groove workout routine/drum loop practice, then do some simple chugging tunes (U2’s With or Without You, for example), and patiently move on to other stuff with slightly more challenging rhythm. Basically, some muscle memory (and otherwise) had gone into hibernation, even after six months of daily practice. And my calluses, where are my fat calluses!
Is this something you guys have encountered, after travelling or otherwise having to be away from the instrument for a while? And how did you go about ‘restarting’ your usual routine and generally getting that muscle memory back on track? I suspect the answer is ‘just keep playing’, but thought it would be nice to collect some general advice and perhaps, encouragement
There’s of course the excellent Practicing while traveling topic, for when the reverse situation occurs…
P. S. I was happy to discover that at least my flying fingers have very much remained grounded