05 January 2020 Update Jan 5, 2020 6:35:22 GMT -6
Post by grampalerxst on Jan 5, 2020 6:35:22 GMT -6
I was able to take advantage of a few last days off work to get in a little extra time here and there. Starting on New Year's Day I upped the tempo range I've been working on Electric Gypsy with. A while back I started using a range of tempos each day (and at the time it was an overall step back in tempo). So presently I working on the lick you guys are probably tired of hearing about at 65% and 75% tempo. Then work on it in context of the 16-bar intro section at 80% and 90% tempo. That takes me from slow enough that I can be pretty deliberate about what I'm playing up to the point in tempo where I'm playing maybe 75% reflex. Some of the movements are still awkward on some days, but baby step by baby step things are working out.
I had a nice illustration of how all the focus on EG is providing gains that apply elsewhere. There's an old Rush song called Circumstances that has what I guess you could call a prechorus that's about two bars of an odd meter sounding line that I sort of worked out (based on some video evidence I finger it a little differently). In the past I really couldn't get through it but now I can, and I can conclude that EG helps because at a certain point (near the end of the phrase it sort of outlines an F chord) where I can feel the same movements inside my hand (between knuckles and wrist) I've been cultivating via EG. So now I have two ways to attack the weakness. This week I'll probably try to figure out his way of playing it just for the heck of it, I think it's only the first 5 notes that are different, so the stretchy flexy near the end of the line won't change. The main difference is that I start on the A string open and he starts on the E string fifth fret, and there's a D I play on the open 4th string that it looks like he plays on the A string 5th fret, but we converge as the line descends to first position. So yet another shiny thing has distracted me.