Post by grampalerxst on May 10, 2020 5:44:01 GMT -6
It was a pretty busy week for guitar for me.
The BLYCU challenge is well-documented elsewhere.
On the Electric gypsy intro I've had to slow the tempo back down to where I was before I recently raised it--below the prior level on some days. Once I realized I had been missing one of the notes this one seems to be disintegrating before my eyes. To accommodate the missing note I've been experimenting with altering my fretting hand position slightly and combined with the BLYCU bending leaves it pretty stiff and sore (in a benign way akin to how lifting weights does). I'm also isolating the sub-phrase where the note in question figures in, and moving the extract around to different places on the neck. It's the second note, and the first 9 notes make a standalone bluesy phrase, as does the first four. Someday I'll get there with it. This is the hill I've picked to die on, if necessary
So those two things have been the main thrust of the week. Still worked through the s-i-l project a few times, but decided to back-burner it this past week so it will sound fresher this coming week. I'm pretty close to re-recording all the guitar "bed" tracks, hopefully for the last time, then working on some complementary parts and maybe a solo of sorts.
I'm in one of those periods where I feel myself transitioning from one plateau to the next. Based on the stuff I practice daily I would never know it. Where I see it is when I "just play", which I try to do a few times a week, noodling around with other ideas I've come up with or going back to the 70s and playing fragments of songs I've picked up over the years. The plateaus are only separated by about six inches of elevation, but at this point in my life I'll take what I can get. Unfortunately the jumps seem pretty random. I used to try to figure out what I'd been doing just prior to a jump and then double down on it afterward, thinking that would speed up the journey to the next plateau, but that never worked.
Another thing I spent some time on was playing around with creating tones on my modeler (Helix). Traditionally I would stop as soon as got to something that was acceptable for the task at hand. But too much time on youtube listening to how darn good people can dial in the various modelers out there (granted, the skill of the guitarist reigns supreme in the end) I decided 15 minutes a couple of evenings a week was worth the time. Usually I do it when I'm done practicing or on nights when I just don't have the motivation to do practice proper, so it isn't hurting anything. And I find fresh sounds can be motivating and lead me down rabbit trails I wouldn't normally visit.