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UCOF
SILVER Member since Apr 2002

UCOF

Carpal \'Tunnel


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Posted:Ive been thinking lately about what happens if you stop playing for a long time, then pick up your toys, and start playing again.

Does your brain still retain all the movements and timings, so you can spin pretty much as if you hadnt put them down,

or,

Will you be a complete beginner again with the spinning ability of a complete beginner,

or,

Somewhere in the middle?


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fluffy napalm fairy


fluffy napalm fairy

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: Brum / Dorset / Fairy Land

Total posts: 3638
Posted:I'd guess somewhere in the middle.

smile

It won't be as natural as it was, but time will improve it massively faster than if I was actually learning it all for the first time like a total beginner. Methinks.


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Adrillf
SILVER Member since Feb 2005

Adrillf

member
Location: UT

Total posts: 112
Posted:You start in the middle but with a little work you catch back up with what skill you use to have. I know, I stopped spinning for about 6 months, and when I picked them back up it took me a bit to remember what I use to be able to do, but with a bit of practice it all came back to me.

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SCRUBS


SCRUBS

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Total posts: 146
Posted:it'll be be somewhere in the middle
you have muscle memory to help your brain along the relearning process


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Stout
SILVER Member since May 2004

Stout

Pooh-Bah
Location: Canada

Total posts: 1872
Posted:I think the skills are for life, I just handed my poi to my wife and asked her to spin a five beat weave, and she did it no problem,,,she hasn't spun in a year and a half.

I haven't juggled in a year so I went looking for my juggling balls ( I was never any good to begin with,,but hey,,,it was a party trick) I couldn't find them so I used eggs.

Worked just fine,,,except for the ceiling...pass the mop ooooops


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flash fire
BRONZE Member since Jan 2001

flash fire

Sporadically Prodigal
Location: Sydney, NSW, Australia

Total posts: 2758
Posted:I haven't twirled more than 3 times in the last 12 months, and a good friend who has seen me twirl since the early days says my flow is so much better now than ever before. However, I personally feel my alignment is out and my repertoir has diminished, but untimately I don't think I'll ever forget.

It's ingrained.


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Pele
BRONZE Member since Dec 2000

Pele

the henna lady
Location: WNY, USA

Total posts: 6193
Posted:I agree with Flash. If I put the tools down for awhile and come back my friends tell me it actually helps my flow because I forget to think or focus on the moves, I just do it. If that makes sense.

Body memory is too strong to allow it to leave altogether I feel.


Pele
Higher, higher burning fire...making music like a choir
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ImmortalAngel
SILVER Member since Jan 2004

Scientist!
Location: Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Total posts: 578
Posted:Body memory = non existant.
Your mind goes back to the last time you did what ever it was you're doing, it's not your body :P
Just a pet peave, sorry about that.

And yeah, it really is like riding a bike. You can go back to it at anytime in your life and you can get back to where you were before in a fraction of the time it took to get there before.
It's like weight lifting. If you stop for a while, and start up again, it will be alot easier to start up again than it was to start period (which is a bit different because it deals with the cells involved etc...)


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Ade
SILVER Member since Mar 2001

Are we there yet?
Location: australia

Total posts: 1897
Posted:immortalangel - is that proven that body memory does not exist? I've just repicked up the guitar after not playing for 15 years, and the amount that I remember without thinking about it - I find my fingers doing something before I realise what it is - is a huge amount. Learning new stuff is easier and my body is more comfortable with the instrument... so I dunno, I reckon some form of body memory has helped me pick up the guitar again so quickly... very interested as to the cause of me remembering so much.... shrug

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ImmortalAngel
SILVER Member since Jan 2004

Scientist!
Location: Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Total posts: 578
Posted:I read an article a while back by some scientists who found very convincing evidence that it was the subconcious memory rather than the body that was remembering the things that came back so quickly.
I'll see if I can find it again, or one like it smile
I know what you mean though. I hadn't done martial arts for a good 5 years, and when I joined, I relearned everything I knew from before really fast, and it felt really easy going through it all.


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Doc Lightning
GOLD Member since May 2001

Doc Lightning

HOP Mad Doctor
Location: San Francisco, CA, USA

Total posts: 13920
Posted:my guess is it's like riding a bike. You get back whatever you lose within minutes.

-Mike )'(
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Facelessjoker
BRONZE Member since Sep 2004

enthusiast
Location: Exeter

Total posts: 249
Posted:The motions of doing poi get ingrained into your proceedural memory (the bit that makes you do things without thinking. ie the bike riding or driving.)
But thats probably only if you have been spinning for ages. If you give up as a beginner then you`ll prolly still have to work hard to get it.


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flid
BRONZE Member since Aug 2002

flid

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: Warwickshire

Total posts: 3136
Posted:Written by: Unsightly Crabby Old Fimble
Does your brain still retain all the movements and timings, so you can spin pretty much as if you hadnt put them down,





I've been incredibly lazy recently, combined with the fact that i have no indoor space to spin anymore.



I haven't spun fire at all in the last 9 months or so and poi hardly ever. When I do I find I've forgotten hardly anything, only more technical things which I hadn't quite perfected (but had a good success rate with) before I stopped. I would be wary about doing fire thou without a few hours practice before hand. Whether thats that I'm not good enough or that my fear of fire has returned I don't know smile



I started learning juggling last summer, then again got lazy. A few weeks ago I tried again and am better now, so, umm smile


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Gnor
BRONZE Member since Mar 2003

Gnor

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: Perth

Total posts: 5814
Posted:I still struggle with riding a bike. I still think that if you dont put your feet down when you stop, it should stand up like a horse does.

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coleman
SILVER Member since Aug 2002

coleman

big and good and broken
Location: lunn dunn, yoo kay

Total posts: 7330
Posted:my planes and my timing went crap.
but i remember most of the moves.
though not all of them.

muscle memory does reside in your brain and refers to the physical side of the learning process.

"its just like riding a bike - once you learn, you can always do it" is the classic example of muscle memory in action.


cole. x


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Location: Cairns, Queensland

Total posts: 95
Posted:I stopped spinning for about 9 months and have only recently picked it up again.

For me though it's like I never stopped I can still do everything I could before and a bit more.

In a way it has helped me push myself to learn more of it lol.

biggrin XF biggrin


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Stout
SILVER Member since May 2004

Stout

Pooh-Bah
Location: Canada

Total posts: 1872
Posted:ImmortalAngel,,,,I just did some research on muscle memory,,,and you're right it appears to me a widely used term, but technically it's a misnomer. Muscle memory is indeed a brain function,,,,except when it comes to weightlifting. beerchug

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I don't want a title.


Total posts: 940
Posted:I'm bad and lately I spin only once every few months or so, because I've been crazy busy with other stuff. But those delays don't seem to stop me from retaining what I've learned. The problem is that I haven't been learning more!

E pluribus unum, baby.

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PK_
BRONZE Member since Dec 2001

PK_

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Total posts: 4991
Posted:Written by: flash fire

I haven't twirled more than 3 times in the last 12 months, and a good friend who has seen me twirl since the early days says my flow is so much better now than ever before. However, I personally feel my alignment is out and my repertoir has diminished, but untimately I don't think I'll ever forget.

It's ingrained.



seconded. hug


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In giving love there is an equal grace.
Nor need one seek the aura in the face,
As love unveils the beauty of all things."

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roarfire
SILVER Member since Jul 2004

roarfire

comfortably numb
Location: The countryside

Total posts: 2676
Posted:I think it's like riding a bike. You never forget...

.All things are beautiful if we take the time to look.

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ado-p
GOLD Member since May 2004

ado-p

Pirate Ninja
Location: Galway/Ireland

Total posts: 3882
Posted:i had a go last night for the first time in a month

for some reason my contact was better than it ever, ever was before.

which is kinda nice really.

smile


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newgabe
SILVER Member since Mar 2005

newgabe

what goes around comes around. unless you're into stalls.
Location: Bali

Total posts: 4030
Posted:I think it depends a bit on what else you've been doing in the meantime to.. for instance I stopped playing guitar years ago, but then I took up middle eastern percussion, which uses fine fast finger movements. When I picked up guitar again, I was way better than I used to be!

With poi and stuff.. it's amusing me how many people are posting on forums that they' haven't spun for ages... but we're still here at the Home of!! At least our identification as spinners hasn't changed!
I'm more noticing at the moment how different people's speeds are at learning things. I mean, there's one lovely lad locally here who is great, really smooth, so much to learn from him.. and he's been doing it like a month!!!!!!!! eek eek


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