I spent the last few days working on lick #1 in our challenge, I guess I played the lick "okay" but I'm really unhappy with my improvising these days. Haven't been practicing improv much lately and it shows Also working on "Ain't Talkin' Bout Love" by Van Halen still. It's getting there lol. Still having problems with the whammy bar stuff, as well as most everything else. I'll continue working on it until I get something recorded...some day.
Pleased to meet you Hope you guess my name But what's puzzling you Is the nature of my game
Post by bluesbruce on Apr 26, 2020 13:35:46 GMT -6
I think I played some every day this week again - nothing like a pandemic to really free up my time! As bad as my bend was in my lick 1 recording, I've actually been trying to work on bending. I've been playing "Bending the Blues" and "Bends, Slides, and Shifts" from BYCU. Maybe I'll try to make a recording, but I'm a little afraid of how bad it may be. I've also been playing an old book I had called "Fast Forward Lead Guitar Solos" - which is a collection of short rock solos which are just dripping with rock cliches (also including quite a few bends). Having fun, getting back to playing a little more regularly. The BLYCU Lick 1 was the first thing I've recorded in a LONG time. It didn't turn out very well, but at least I left a lot of space for improvement. Having to work this weekend, but got done fairly early (I had posted about Lick 2 early this morning, thinking I might not get home until later tonight).
Post by wannaplayblues on Apr 26, 2020 14:09:34 GMT -6
The other site had its monthly challenge submission this weekend, so I spent the week working on it and recording so as to submit it.
Basically, a drum and bass track was provided (some chords were verbally "suggested" as a progression premise) but it was up to you to do what you wanted.
I worked a rhythm section and a lead section followed by the rhythm section repeated to end. My idea for the rhythm section was to mix the rhythm strumming with chord-based licks and embellishments (something I'm trying to get better at). The lead had some simple lick ideas and a couple of fast runs that are slightly beyond me - but an effort to push myself. All in all, I'm pleased with the outcome.
All done as a rock-blues feel (I hope) with a good overdriven amp sound on humbuckers
I didn't do anything very exciting this week. I did learn the chords and melody to another standard. Memorizing chord progressions and basic melodies is becoming easier. I guess all the experienced Jazz teachers know what they're talking about when they stress the importance of learning songs. I seems the more you learn the easier it gets. Now, soloing on these things is a whole other subject.
The guy I play with wanted to do a song in 3/4 time. So, we went with "Someday My Prince Will Come". Stop laughing. It's not my favorite tune either. I don't understand how it became a Jazz standard. Actually, I do. Miles Davis liked it and recorded it. I don't know if he liked the melody or liked the chord changes to solo over, but it now it is considered a standard.
There's a little syncopation trick that's used to make a waltz not sound so waltzy and more jazzy. And I have to admit that the chord changes on "Someday My Prince..." are interesting.
I'll be taking a look at Lick 2 this coming week. Bruce's trick of putting the Guitar Pro version over the backing track puts these licks into their proper perspective and makes them sound like something you want to learn. In isolation they just have no meaning to me. That was a great idea, Bruce.
Post by grampalerxst on Apr 26, 2020 15:35:39 GMT -6
Pretty good week but it looks like I'm going to fail in my main goal of getting an audio file for the first episode of the BLYCU challenge. Recorded 17 takes of that stupid lick last night and hated them all. Practiced it again this morning so I'm going to try again here in a few minutes. I'm trying not to listen to everyone else's recordings yet until I get mine done, so please don't take my silence as rudeness!
I upped my tempos for the Electric Gypsy intro. I'm now playing the the third turnaround lick at 75% and 85% tempo and the full intro at 90% and 100% each day.
The note being played at this moment *is* the song
Well finished memorizing all the notes for Chill Out but way short of getting it up the speed, but some progress. Reviewed lick for our 2 week challenge. Instructor has me doing some octave exercises too.
Still working on lazy day blues, well kind of. I've been a little off the last couple of weeks. I spent some time in theory though, and arpeggios. It was kind of fun geeking out on musical stuffs and putting together some reference material, ill share when i'm done