Woke up early, watching it rain, figured I'll start weekly update. Well, my report is pretty easy this week: 0. Just been too busy with work and life again. Happy Father's Day to everyone. Here's hoping for a better week next time around!
Post by grampalerxst on Jun 16, 2019 6:06:11 GMT -6
Jack, that's really cool. I liked the mood of the melody/solos. No doubt you are at the head of the class as far as recent productivity!
Still just turning the crank here. Today I am going to start adding some of the two-bar phrases from Blues Guitar Soloing to my rotation. I was all set to claim substantial improvement on my bends during the first three bars of True Blue. But this morning I was all over the place with them so I'll hold off on that.
I'm still dabbling the opening chorus of Pride and Joy. As an experiment it's been out of my daily regimen for a while--I just try to spend a little time with it each weekend. Since the Electric Gypsy intro is technically more difficult for me (and ultimately requires faster notes) I decided to give it the bulk of my working-towards-something-impossibly-beyond-my-reach efforts. What I've observed happily is that not only is P&J not falling into disrepair, I feel like it's continuing to improve. That makes me feel like my EG practice, despite not a lot of demonstrable progress, is effective. I remember reading something many years back where an authority wrote that a sign of good practice is when "practicing one thing is practicing everything."
Everybody's up early today. Happy Father's Day to all of you in the US.
Nice playing, Jack. Keep those videos coming.
Nothing exciting to report. I got in about 8 hours. Spent a lot of time working on some solos. I also continued to play along with lessons from Frank Vignola as I mentioned last week. This is something I've haven't done since I finished Jazzin the Blues 2 years ago.
I can't believe it's been that long since I finished that book. Not sure if I've made much progress since then. Too much bouncing around from one shiny object to another.
I'll keep plodding along. Maybe I'll record a video this week. Have I said that before? Old people repeat themselves a lot.
... I remember reading something many years back where an authority wrote that a sign of good practice is when "practicing one thing is practicing everything."
I like that concept. I'm slowly starting to accept the idea that I don't have to practice everything under the sun every time I pick up the guitar.
Yeah, if I recall correctly, it's context was as exactly that--encouragement to focus on an appropriately narrow set of items rather than taking on everything all at once. It's further context was in the realm of developing basic technique. I can't remember if it was explicitly stated or implicit, but once a functional level of technical competence is achieved, breadth is increasingly added in the application of the technique, so it's definitely a function of where one is as a player. I'm obviously in a place where I'm still working through serious challenges in very rudimentary technique, something that's a source of great frustration. For good or ill I've decided to accept it with a sense of humor (keeps shame and humiliation at bay) and continue grinding away as though there's still a chance (recalling the Dumb and Dumber movie). Would be easy, and in many respects justifiable, to quit.
The note being played at this moment *is* the song
Well i got about 4 hours in, no class this week going tomorrow. Started working on major scale boxes, something i need a lot of work on. Went on a River cruise with blues, drank too much but great trip.
That was really nice Jack! It sounds like a really fun way to learn... We failed to do much about it last time, but I'd love something like this on the forum again, with a month's deadline.
If you get credits for doing just one thing then I should be a rich man (measured in credits). I am still working on Makin' Changes, and different Fleetwood Mac songs in the spirit of B. B. King. The solos sound really easy because there is not so much going on, but they are really subtle. And with all the space in the lead, it's hard to get the time and feel right. I am just learning them by ear - so it's a slow sometimes, but then I settle for learning smaller chunks.
... I am just learning them by ear - so it's a slow sometimes, but then I settle for learning smaller chunks.
I bet that you able to memorize the stuff you learn by ear better than when you learn it from tab. Do you find this to be true?
I think you're right. I probably also spend more time on it when I learn it by ear, which makes it stick better. But I think the biggest advantage for me is that I think more about what is being played; I have a really awful habit of just memorizing where to put my fingers when I learn songs from tab, and learning by ear seems to break that habit.
I ordered a couple of boxes from Amazon that were advertised as being for guitar picks. Ordered 'em way back on April 28 - didn't realize they were coming all the way from China. So today they finally arrive and...guitar picks don't actually fit in them
Ah, life is grand
I'm worse at what I do best And for this gift I feel blessed Our little group has always been And always will until the end