Two days ago I was playing some song on the guitar. I’ve been trying to get my skills back up to where they were: picking out the notes to a tune and and augmenting that with some easy chords. Essentially, I was trying to clamber back to the second rung of solo guitar.
Every once in a while I’d hit a low B note, and it sounded wrong. I thought perhaps I was playing a song where all the Bs should have all been flat (other people know what key that is, it isn’t the key of B-flat, it’s something else). I checked and no, that wasn’t it.
I was actually in the process of re-tuning my guitar before I realized I’d just forgotten that I don't have a special string for the low B note. It’s one fret lower than the low C note, and I wasn’t pressing the fret.
This is like forgetting how to mix purple, or what an adjective is. Very discouraging. Damn, I thought, I have to go back to the bottom rung.
So I vowed to practice my guitar every day. By the end of the next day I was back up on the second rung and on my way to the third one. Peculiar. I’ve never had a hobby that followed the two-steps forward - one-step-back pattern so consistently.