I was out of town much of last week, in Tucson AZ biking up and down as many mountains as I could on my road bike, without a guitar. I got in late last night, but managed to get in a little bit of playing last night, and then a few minutes this morning before leaving for work.
My picking felt on point, completely locked in and in the pocket and smooth, way better than it had felt after rather a lot of practice at the start of the week before I left. While this isn’t the first time I’ve had this experience, it was kind of striking, and got me thinking.
Anyone else had this experience? Behaviorally, is there anything to be said for this, that sometimes you need to get away from something for a little while to really let a series of mechanical movements click? I’m sure I’ll feel less supehuman in a few days so maybe it was just forgetting how hyper-critical I’ve been being about my own playing or something, but I really feel like my playing was objectively better than it was before I left.