I had a brief introduction in my intro post (Al - Intro post) but want to recap a couple of things so I’ve a single ‘story’ thread and then note some short term goals and next activities to kick off.
I find the process of recording my thoughts and sharing them helpful as a way of reflecting and improving. Occasionally others might find something of interest…
I might also add some more details of my musical journey so far where it might give insight to others who’ve come across similar ups and downs.
As such - I’m looking to focus on recapping, consolidating and solidifying repertoire initially (next 2-3 months?) and aim to create a short list of songs to learn, play and record and use these to identify things that I can’t yet do and should add to current practice practice routine or leave until later.
I’ve listened back through to some of Justin’s advice on structuring practice and regularly come back to these 3 pages:
- 6 Guitar Areas You Should Practice | JustinGuitar.com
- 3 Types of Songs You Should Practice (To Play Guitar Better) | JustinGuitar.com
- Rut Busting & Consolidation | JustinGuitar.com
As performing and sharing songs is the biggest single thing I think I can do which will also demonstrate to myself where I am and what I need to work on, I’ve a short list below that I’ll aim to work through and record. Probably:
- For What It’s Worth - 24th Jan 2022: https://community.justinguitar.com/t/for-what-its-worth/
- Mad World
- How To Save A Life
I’m spending some time before jumping back in too much by going through the lesson recaps in particular the Lead Lines, Riffs and Songs but also sus chords, 7 chords, power chords, all stop mute and blues shuffle. I’m making a note of the ones where I ‘had a look’ but couldn’t use it in a song and will look to find a song to practice and record and share that demonstrates that. I’m also looking to play more to a metronome or backing tracks (and even record my own).
- Summer of '69 (power chords and sun chords)
- Times Like These (riff and lead line)
- Hallelujah (F Chord and maybe arpeggio and 6/8)
- Breakfast At Tiffany’s
- There She Goes (riff)
- Thank You by Dido
That’s 12 songs that should keep me busy and give me time to find a few other songs that demonstrate the other parts of the grade 2 beginner courses. Along the way I’m still hoping to explore theory and writing and composition and how other instruments fit into the mix.
After that is after that… But I’ll be very happy if I get to that point by mid-late Spring or Summer maybe? Who knows… After that - more barre chords, finger style, lead, transposing, writing, more advanced song elements etc - I can’t wait but think this is a good phase to consolidate.
More immediately - I’ll probably review and plan more specific exercises to work on eg 1-2 weeks at a time and then review. I will try and do timed blocks in a set daily routine eg (5 min rhythm technique related to the song, 5 min lead or riff or scale technique related to the song, 5 min review of song progress, 10 min practice and build up on the next part of the song or along to record or metronome). I will try to play in smaller sections (eg intro one day, verse the next, chorus the next), at slower speeds and with care to accuracy rather than rush through.
Sorry for all that detail!
[edit: adding links to recordings posts]