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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 05-05-2014, 02:20 PM Thread Starter
 
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Question Quit smoking , gain playability ?

Hey guys !

Well , i really didnt know where to post this so i just came to chat :P ..

I decided to quit smoking due to some pretty annoying breath shortage..
so i innocently thought "Except regaining my breath after a while (AAANNND saving some cash ;P) Would my guitar playing improve ? just , let's say , because i will be better "oxygenated" (is that an actual word ?oO) ...

I mean , muscles need oxygen .. and the "burn" you feel while practicing is actually the muscle pressing out blood of it by swelling , in order to do its thing ... so if the next time that muscle "relaxes" and lets blood in more oxygen should logically come in (than before, as a smoker) ... so maybe
there could be benefit in overall stamina , or feeling more relaxed generally.

Sorry for my messed up phrasing :P

Or maybe , has anyone him/her-self experienced something like that ?
that maybe playing stuff felt easier after quitting ?
or maybe vice versa , started smoking and felt that improvement overall
seemed slower/more difficul ..?

(rereading this i consider quitting pot too lol)
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I decided to quit smoking due to some pretty annoying breath shortage..
Take care of yourself. Health should be your #1 priority.

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so i innocently thought "Except regaining my breath after a while (AAANNND saving some cash ;P) Would my guitar playing improve ? just , let's say , because i will be better "oxygenated" (is that an actual word ?oO) ...
I think that's a reasonable assumption. I certainly can't see it hurting your playing. There are number of health benefits to quiting, and you'll notice improved performance in lots of areas.... athletics, mental concentration, the bedroom, etc. I don't see why music wouldn't benefit as well.
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post #3 of 17 (permalink) Old 05-05-2014, 03:31 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Quit smoking , gain playability ?

well i strongly hope so

i remember back years when i was first attempting practicing things
that then results would come at a much shorter pace ...
but thats maybe just the fact that i was "first time" learning
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Re: Quit smoking , gain playability ?

Well, breathing is important and I dont mean that is a smartalec kind of way.

I have found that I would actually hold my breath at times or not breathe right when I was working on something new or difficult. Being that you were already stifling your lungs, the extra air may be helpful.
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I have been smoking and quitting for several months now... doing good and then falling off the wagon. Not making excuses, but it's so tough when my wife has cigarettes on hand and still smokes. I think I could do it for good if they were not readily accessible. One thing that helps a lot is using the guitar as a stop smoking aid. Sometimes it just helps to keep your hands busy on something else. I figure that any time I spend smoking is time I could be spending practicing... that incentive helps a lot. Plus I take a portion of the money I would have spent on cigarettes and maybe buy a new pedal or guitar every now and then.
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I quit over a year ago because I just didn't like to smoke anymore. It is my belief that yes it will improve your guitar playing in unexplainable ways. The key is to be happy regardless if you smoke or not.
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post #7 of 17 (permalink) Old 05-05-2014, 06:39 PM
 
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I have one of those little hookah pens. It has no nicotine so it's not addictive, it just tastes good.

I always thought the burn was lactic acid buildup? (Still I think from lack if oxygen).
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I smoked for 18 years and quit in 2007. I used to run a lot at the time, and was in lots better shape. Quitting was, hands down, the toughest thing I've ever done; period! (And I started college late and went through 10 consecutive math classes - prealgebra thru Calc 3 and Physics w Analytical Geometry 3.Quitting smoking was still tougher! ) It didn't help my guitar playing. Different kind of muscle movements. It did help my endurance in running and such LOTS.
I tell those considering quitting that I don't feel any different now than when I quit. It's just that now I'm not a slave to a disgusting habit. Smoking is an addiction. You don't need it; it creates its own need.
Two things that really helped me quit: the patch and (of utmost importance) envisioning living a life as a non-smoker. If you can't do the latter then odds are you'll fail.
And if you fall off the wagon get right back on.
I sincerely hope ll of you considering quitting or who are trying to do so are successful in quitting.
If any of you ever need any help or encouragement don't hesitate to PM me. I'm glad to help anyone quit.
Good luck!!!

PS: When I quit smokes here were $4 a pack. At one pack a day that' $1,460!
That's one Prestige RG a year!
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PS: When I quit smokes here were $4 a pack. At one pack a day that' $1,460!
That's one Prestige RG a year!

Best argument , after health , to quit !!!!!
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I have been smoking and quitting for several months now... doing good and then falling off the wagon. Not making excuses, but it's so tough when my wife has cigarettes on hand and still smokes. I think I could do it for good if they were not readily accessible. One thing that helps a lot is using the guitar as a stop smoking aid. Sometimes it just helps to keep your hands busy on something else. I figure that any time I spend smoking is time I could be spending practicing... that incentive helps a lot. Plus I take a portion of the money I would have spent on cigarettes and maybe buy a new pedal or guitar every now and then.
Any way you could convince your wife to quit too?
If you both try to quit, you won't have them on hand, and you can support each other through the 'DT's of it.
Just a thought.
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Any way you could convince your wife to quit too?
If you both try to quit, you won't have them on hand, and you can support each other through the 'DT's of it.
Just a thought.
She said she would quit on Jan 1st... I was ecstatic!! But... never happened... I try to suggest it, but not pressure too much and be a jerk about it. I believe in our freedom as sovereign individuals and all. I just need to be strong and hold my ground... and keep my hands busy on my guitar. The down side is that I spend less and less time with her as a result.
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Important words of advice.

Winners never quit, and quitters never win!

I'm just another looser, quit 9 years ago. I think I paid for 3 DNA's in savings!
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Important words of advice.

Winners never quit, and quitters never win!
I thought it was "Losers use drugs, and users lose drugs"!
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I thought it was "Losers use drugs, and users lose drugs"!
Drunks run right thru stop signs. Stoners wait for the sign to turn green.
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I'm just another looser, quit 9 years ago. I think I paid for 3 DNA's in savings!
That's awesome!!!
I think they're up to $7 a pack here.
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