I prefer not to have a plan, however, after fooling around the first month and getting a taste of many different things, I feel it’s time to getting the practice started, more structured and disciplined, in order to get it moving. That was my holidays and the time I could take off and spend 100% on myself. It have been a most fun and pleasant experience and I luved every second of it. Also a big thanks to this community, Its awesome!!!. Now back to business. I have tons of stuff coming up over the next months and have to catch up with stuff I got behind with.
Few reference points have been made this early on and will continue like that and use to monitor progress, looking for and correcting mistakes or areas I have to work harder on.
As I become more skilled at the different techniques, some songs will also be part of the training videos / reference points.
For now I feel it’s still about getting the basics trained to a degree, where it become a solid foundation.
“House of the Rising Sun” will be part of the experiment. I will get it arranged to be 2 verses only and with both intro and outro. No need all 6 verses for the experiment.
I will not train “House of the Rising Sun” as such, but use to monitor the ripple effect of the training I do on the basics and other songs. I plan to make it a monthly test.
So as each month is getting to its end, I on any day around there, will listen to the song a few times, maybe watch the video where Justin go through the song and maybe practice a couple of times on that day, before making the video. Other than that, I will leave this song in the drawer, hidden away and only used for this purpose.
It will also serve as a training to be able to look at a song, read the notes, practice few times and hopefully be able to play somewhat ok in order to hear how it sounds like, for those more simple and easy songs. I will add more songs to the list as “House of the Rising Sun” will be trained and stored somewhat in the memory and at a point become useless for the experiment. Slowly slowly.
Beside that, a lot of my time and effort will be put into theory, chord progression, ear training, try out different things on the guitar etc, as a part of learning to compose songs. I have a written a good amount of poems and want to compose my own music for some of them. I had asked around for some time, but no serious response, so am taking up the task myself. That’s my main reason for all of this. Side effect of all this will hopefully be that I can play some lovely tunes for myself, like Blackbird and other melodious tunes. I have no intention giving performance or becoming a pro or play for others around the campfire or to gatherings etc.
With each reference point video I upload as I go along, I assume I will write a short text to it. Will try make it a more structured learning/practice log. I am a little wild and spontaneous, so never know what will happen
That’s it for now. Wish you all a most lovely and enjoyable day, moment by moment.
A Whittler in da Hood
Something amazing and beautiful can appear
If you courageous and without any fear
Engage in what is really loving and true
As those things doesn’t come out of the blue
The tree used to be such a Hunk
Now nothing but an old dry Trunk
Time is soon coming to its End
For help there is no one to Send
With bleeding heart I search and Search
In forest, mountain, temple and Church
Emaho, there it is with its stiff and chunky Form
In contrast to the adorable and elegant Unicorn
It can not be molded and fiddled with like Clay
And no one wants it if I try to give it Away
If putting extra og anything possible to Add
It will only look ugly and be really Bad
Without proper mindfullness cutting away on the Piece
It will be totally ruined and all I do is Fleece
A moment lack of awareness is a sure way to Fail
Risking cutting fingers and be of no Avail
Cutting too much cutting to Little
Its such a difficult balance to Whittle
There are really not that much room for Mistake
When whittling away to find the original Shape
When mindful and careful whittling away the Wood
It should be clear and well Understood
That it reveals only the inner Beauty
So it becomes a most adorable Cutie
By Kim Lodrö Dawa, 31 - December - 2017
PS. Any poems or if tunes I make should happen, you are free to use as you like. I don’t consider them as mine. I don’t want any credit if you choose to use and if you really want to give credit, please write unknown or anonymous.