Not a great week for me, didn't even touch a guitar until Thursday, but I did get in good practice sessions the last three days. Still working on "Landslide", mostly getting used to the 12 string acoustic - I barely played it in the past and it just takes some time to accustom yourself to putting your fingers on two strings instead of one (and doing so with confidence lol). Also, since the four low strings are all doubled with a string an octave higher, and the high string is above the low one, picking with a downstroke (thumb) mostly hits the high string while picking with an upstroke (index, middle ring) mostly hits the low one. There are certain notes where you really want the sound of the high string, which can be a bit inconvenient if it's a fast part and you've just picked the previous note with your thumb lol.
As far as Landslide, last week I could play the chorus sloppily at half tempo, now I can play it sloppily at three-quarters tempo The verse is much easier, I'm working on getting some of the subtleties worked out in that. Maybe take a month to get the whole thing up to full tempo, and then another month to get it to the point where it's recordable? Something like that.
There's also a little guitar solo in the song, I supposed I should get going on that too
Last Edit: Jul 28, 2019 5:05:44 GMT -6 by jack1982
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Post by grampalerxst on Jul 28, 2019 7:10:14 GMT -6
My week was similar to how they've been going, approximately an hour per day. Still mainly focused on Electric Gypsy intro, but did get a little time in on my 2-bar phrases, finally got the third set of three "learned". It's hard not to cheat and look in the book when I get stuck, but that would defeat the purpose of what I'm trying to do with these exercises.
The note being played at this moment *is* the song
I got in about 6.5 hours. Most of that was focused on one thing - a pretty complex (for me) 32-bar solo. The same one I was working on last week.
There's still one part I can't play at tempo. It's 5 descending Edim7 chords on 1/4 notes sliding into each one from a half step below at about 120 BPM. I'm having a hard time targeting the right frets cleanly. Plus there's a string set change (top 4 strings to middle 4) on the last one. The guy playing it, Frank Vignola, makes it look so easy.
I've been watching a lot of videos on recording. I finally understand how to use EQ, compression, saturation, and limiting. I also learned about LUFS (relative loudness). This helps to get a good volume on YouTube.
Speaking of YouTube. Jack is trying to shame me into making a video by leaving a comment on one of my old videos. Aren't there laws against stalking and harassment?