Yep, it is that time!!! The beginnings of the Dmans Learning Strategy/Progress and the ultimate direction it has recently been drawing me to! One of which has evaded my bony hands, oh but the heart is telling it all!! But all shall be revealed in due time.
For those who have not read my intro,please click on the below link. So those that already know and don’t wish to read again, just skip over! as I will make this as short and painless as possible, some things must be said!! I’m sure most understand. .
I officially signed into the Justin Community Sept 9th 2022. So I am going to call this point “The Start Of the Journey!!!” Oh and a journey it has been!
Like many, I started off ripping through the grade 1 material!! (A couple of months at most) Now, I ended up adjusting and relearning more than a few chords, repositioning my fingers as well as adding a holistic practice routine!!! Now this proper practice routine is what has held me to keep on progressing more and more! A thing no other teacher had done for me!? Of course the live lessons have helped tremendously as well!! But that is down the road from this time as they where not available! So Skippy, Skippy past that till later.
At the end of grade 1, I now had quite the practice sessions built up and decided I needed to consolidate alot and get some of those practice blocks off the board to add new ones. (About 4 months before I even looked at grade 2) Practice sessions at this time at the end of grade 1 was anywhere from 25 mins to an hour. I had 4 seperate practice sessions at that time. I tried to keep the practice sessions to no more than an hour and roughly 2 hours of song play time per day. Switching to a new practice session each day. Sometimes, depending on my schedule, I would get 2 different practice sessions in a day. But that was mostly weekends when I had the time. There were also days I made “no play” days. Surprisingly, this really helps!! Gives your brain time to absorb or something. I only know it sure works for me!!
Now, I should mention I tend to first start a song out by muting the strings and just going for what I like to call “Basic Rhythm Practice” (emphasis on rhythm, accents, and on the beat practice as well as making it feel good all while being super relaxed, pinpoint stress areas and work on it.) All this I will do for 3-5 mins before playing a song on my repertoire. Then play the song twice to the actual song, in my case, in u-tube and then once just me playing. On to the next! Rinse and repeat. So these practice parts I don’t have in the practice session as per say, but I have incorporated into, several in one, when practicing playing a particular song.
There was then, and still is now, alot of emphasis on rhythm, accents, and on the beat practice as well as making it feel good. Even if it was a lil rough…I do have some videos of me practicing from a year ago. I will post these in Part One shortly. I would like to make some updated ones to show the progress. Too bad I mostly examine, criticize and delete most. I will have to change that strategy so I can show myself and others the possible progress through proper practice.
Somewhere in between finishing grade 1 and on to grade 2 I found out about JG’s OM’s that the community run!! Well now I had to be a part of that I thought! So I made my introduction(above link) and made a quick posting of a song
so I could participate! That was almost a year ago. I felt I wasn’t up to the task and my repertoire was fleeting. Hard time picking songs, had 70 or more at the time I wanted to learn. This is my first AVOYP. A lil sloppy and a few other things! I’m sure I can do better now. Even not being familiar with the song.
Here is the new version I would play today. I know you are suppose to use chips for playing reggae, however I am not versed in this yet!! Soooo, since I am currently consolidating grade 2 mod 12 and 13, I figured I would put that Palm muting practice into a complete song. Working on a couple of others as well, Green Day-Basket Case and Blink 182- All the small things. Just so happens they are 2 songs I really love Other videos down the road. I only practiced for a couple of days. I finally found the rhythm and right chords a quarter of the way through. Kept the rhythm anyways and doesn’t sound too bad.
Dman , Darren