I am still getting used to the new class I am taking. Been working on an exercise for that class on changing between the major and minor scale. What is a little unusual for me is to treat all nodes in the scale as equals, and not just noodle over the pentatonic scale occasionally hit the 3rd, or not. Then I am working on "Need Your Love So Bad" for the lesson.
I had an okay week of practice, think I played some almost every day. I'm also working on changing between major and minor, starting to get used to how the notes sound and which ones to hit - or not hit - at the chord change. I started in box 1 and now I'm working around to box 2 and 5. Box 1 of major kind of sucks, having a lot more fun with box 2.
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
Post by grampalerxst on Feb 2, 2020 5:58:18 GMT -6
Sorry about my absence last week. Just got caught up in some family things and never quite made it here. Last week I discovered an error had slipped into how I was playing the Electric Gypsy intro (or maybe was there all along). It was a subtle thing, I was playing the right notes, three notes descending on a single string with a whole step between each. I'd been fretting the first note, sliding to the second, then fretting the third with a different finger. Should have changed fingers between the first two and slid down to the third. One could argue that either way is fine, which is true, but the whole point of the exercise for me is precision.
Otherwise, I'm taking some other things I've been working on in the spirit of technique strengthening and slowed them back down. Seems helpful for me to do that periodically.
I've been neglecting blues-specific things so I need to look into that this week.
Hi I realized i forgot to post last week. Not much change, been working on Johnny B Goode, picked up a Cream Style Born Under A Bad Sign Rhythm Class we are working on Robert Cray bend slow release with Vibrato having a hard time with it. Practice time off a little.
Actually picked up the guitar a few times this week! Picked up my Keith Wyatt Blues Rhythm Guitar book - lots of good stuff in that one, too. Also added another cable from my wireless unit, so now can play into either the amp, the computer, or both at the same time (which I couldn't do previously) without having to unplug one and plug into the other. It's funny that I hadn't done something this simple long ago... oh, well.
I've been focusing more on coming up with intros, endings and solos for songs I already know. Soloing is something I've ignored, or rather haven't made a priority. Chords, progressions, and basic melodies is where my focus has been recently. I discovered that playing simple, basic melodies and making them sound halfway decent is not as easy as it appears. You have to really pay attention to your attack and articulation when you're just playing a few notes.
The big change this week is that I've been plugging in every practice session. I've rarely used my amp in the past. The amp amplifies mistakes and badly fretted notes which is probably why I've avoided it. The other advantage is that I can plug my laptop into it and play along with lessons and backing tracks and hear everything thru the same speaker.
I'm also continuing to play with another guitarist. We're doing it 2 or 3 times a week now. Recently these have turned into practice sessions where we try things out and teach each other things we've learned individually. So now we're designating days to just play songs and others to working on specific things. It's kind of like taking lessons. Although some might say it's the blind leading the blind.
Post by blackcountrymick on Feb 2, 2020 16:50:23 GMT -6
Hi guys, it's about time I got back in the Blues saddle again. The guitar shop that my guitar teacher was operating from closed down a week into the new year. So he has had to find a new location to teach from. I am not sure about re-joining yet, maybe if the new location suits. A better solution would maybe try to find someone or a small group to practice with on a regular basis instead. I must say though, I thought I personally made a lot more progress when we were all working through the BYCU stuff together and posting our progress audios and vids.
Family stuff has basically got in the way since Christmas anyway, so have not had an awful lot of guitar time. I seem to have got some "me" time back again so I now need to get some sort of practice plan decided or a book or course to work from.
Hopefully will have something to post about next week.