A break of practicing a specific piece is indeed a good thing. This is why I usually try to alternate the pieces I am practicing.
This pandemic was a forced break for me but not because I didn’t wanted to bother the neighbour. It was mostly because of the constant noises coming from the renovation from my neighbour (our new landlord). It was really disturbing and it lasted from April until December with one month break in august. We were on the verge of getting crazy.
Also, I went back to University in September and was taking online classes and I always needed to ask the landlord to stop making noise since he had a tendency to began the loudest things 10 min. before my classe began. It made it difficult for me to concentrate.
Let’s say it wasn’t the right conditions to practice and to record anything even if it should not have been a problem generally speaking. Not to mention every time I had to say I was sorry when I was trying to teach on Zoom XD
I am more than glad that this is over now !
For me getting back at playing was a priority but it has been one of the most challenging times of my life !
When I was in the mood to practice, my schedule and my body were not. And losing my playing partner to a tendinitis didn’t contribute to motivate me. At this moment, he can only practice for 10 min.-15 min. but I hope his wrist will heal well and I understand how important it is not to push too much for a good recovery.
So, in order for me to come back to the shape I had before this pandemic, I eventually I had to trick my brain and add an objective of 30 min practice three times a week in my Google Agenda in order to slowly integrate a regular practice into my schedule.
It took me about a month to achieve the minimal expectations I had but I think I made it and now I can go on with learning new things and new pieces, finally !