I've been playing flamenco for three years. I have to leave playing for two months and I'm kinda worried about what might happen after.

Military service is mandatory in Iran and this has become an issue for me. I cannot do anything about it though.

I just wanted to use your experience in such cases, what should I do? Will I have to start from the beginning again?!


Two months isn't a worry. You won't forget how to play the instrument, you won't lose the muscles, you won't lose the techniques. The only problem that may happen is that your fingers may begin to soften due to not playing.

However, the only difference you'll notice is a little more feeling in the fingers when fingering notes and chords. They will harden again, far more quickly than before, and there will be no long-term effects.

Good luck in the military. :)

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    I agree but he'll miss that guitar like hell. If you really cant take it with you, it may be a good moment to take up a smaller instrument, like harmonica or tin whistle. – Level River St Mar 19 '14 at 21:43
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    This might be a first: worrying that military service will make you soft :-D – Jörg W Mittag Mar 20 '14 at 1:49
  • @steverril Yeah, I'll miss it so much. And the point is I can't take nothing with me. Unfortunately no musical instrument is allowed in military bases. – Milad O. Mar 20 '14 at 7:48
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    You won't be in top form after two months but you'll be pretty much back in current shape in a few weeks. Don't worry. – traitor Mar 21 '14 at 10:52
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    Get an Ukelele? :) – Carra Mar 27 '14 at 16:55

That's not a problem. I used to go for 6 months (intense work and stuff). You get a bit technique loss (a tiny bit, and only if you were playing very delicate stuff before), but that can easily be recovered. I actually noticed an increase and refreshment in creativity. If you keep listening to music at all times, you're still developing yourself as a musician. :)

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  • Thanks man. Well, fortunately, I suppose they'd allow me to bring a tiny(!) mp3 player with me. – Milad O. Mar 30 '14 at 19:46
  • Maybe you could bring a harmonica. :P – Ivan Ivković Mar 30 '14 at 19:47

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