I've been playing guitar for 14 months. I sat down this afternoon for my daily guitar practice session and the wheels came off. I went through my normal warmup routines, practiced my chord progressions and decided to play some of the songs I know instead of the new songs I've been working on. Suddenly it was like I had no control over my fingers as I was hitting some horrible notes and wondering where the hell that came from. Well, I tried again and hit a couple of notes that would curdle milk. I decided to call it a day rather than get frustrated and mad with myself. I've had days like this before but it has been a while since the last time this happened. Am I just a klutz or does this happen to other new players?
Happens to me frequently - I am 56 and been playing for about 2 years - i have learnt a lot in that 2 years, mostly about how much I still have to learn. One of the best lessons, and one that has kept me sane, was the day I realised that there would be days when it is easy and other days when the wheels come off and that the best course of action when that happens is to listen to what your fingers are trying to tell you, stop and come back to it another time. Not only does that prevent frustration but - miracle of miracles - when you come back it will fly, I promise you.