The Woodshed

Unexpected way to practice…

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I had to call my bank today. Credit card was compromised...no big deal, it all got sorted. I got the standard recorded voice saying "We are experiencing a high volume of calls. Please stay on the line as your call is important to us".

Well 30 seconds turned into a minute...and then two...and then three. All the while the canned 'elevator' music was playing. I put the phone on speaker, picked up a guitar and played along.

The insipid nature of the canned music didn't bother me as it was at least a rhythmically fast paced disco funk type piece that was in a constant loop. It made it fun to sit and, after working out the chord progression, play through a whole bunch of different solos. I was waiting on the line for almost 15 minutes....but it went by like it was 15 seconds.

Unexpected practice time

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Your next single title "Your call is important to us".

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I've tried to practice that way through conversations with my wife.

I don't advise it.

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"Your call is important to us."

"This call may be monitored for training purposes."

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I've tried to practice that way through conversations with my wife.

I don't advise it.

– Proteus

+10 on this one!

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Each person in our group at my office job had to take an "offsite" day. Basically we were told to take a paid day off, let our minds wander and come up with a solution to some problem we may encounter. When we returned we had to give a presentation for what we came up with and our solution. Most people's presentations included PowerPoint slides, data analytics, decks, etc.

I used the time and wrote a song. During my presentation I was able to provide background music to my speech by playing some light acoustic guitar along with me talking, just like I would do at home. I could tell the guitar was making my manager very relaxed and it put her in a good mood. Everyone else seemed to really enjoy my non-standard approach also. Then I closed my presentation with the song I wrote. Here all along I thought I was faking my way through the presentation but it turns out that it was a big success.

The power of music!


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