Music and Tics
I find that when I play guitar my tics calm considerably. Usually when I’m in a calm patch playing guitar will almost eradicate them – I’ll have the odd occasional moment but otherwise can maintain enough control to be able to play. It’s not quite as effective at the moment though! It usually has a better effect than you see here, but I think that knowing I was being recorded gave me some stage fright. But still I think this video demonstrates the change in tic severity when I play. I will say this though (for my pride’s sake): I wrote that bassline, and I completely murdered it here. Timing was off, speed was off – as I mentioned before, I think I had some stage fright.
I would love to hear other people’s experience with music and other creative activities to see whether it is the same as mine. I know it’s a cheesy term, but once I’m in “the zone” I tend to switch off to everything else around me, there’s just me and my guitar in a little bubble. I frequently don’t even notice really obvious things like people trying to talk to me! When that happens – which can take a few minutes sometimes – it’s the most blissful feeling, especially when you spend all of your time moving about.
This is also the first time I’ve videoed myself ticcing for a while! I don’t like seeing it, which again probably sounds stupid! In case anybody wonders, the reason you can’t hear the any phonic tics/background sounds etc is because when recording video of me playing bass I have to plug it in to the microphone jack.
Apologies for the short post, I know I’m usually a little more in depth and chatty. I’ve had a bit of a ticcy day today and had a pretty pants time trying to get to sleep last night for the same reason. That was really frustrating – I’d had a comparatively calm day up until that point!
One last thing – if you’d like to hear me NOT murdering that riff, check out my band’s soundcloud where we have various rough recordings – that song is called “wooly aphids”. It was named after the creatures that killed my girlfriend’s cactus, we’re not a normal bunch. 🙂
Just a little late edit to the post: That bass is made from solid Cedar and Maple – which in hindsight was a terrible idea with the tics. On one hand it is fairly damage resistant – but on the flipside I have almost lost teeth and bruised various parts of my body ticcing while wearing it! (and it is really heavy!)