Time for a bigger update, I guess. Long time no read.
Two months passed by so fast since my last update here. A lot of real life stuff counteracted my well designed plan a little. Especially extensive extra hours for work killed my time and energy during the past months and I’m longing for this situation to change. Let’s hope for the best on this.
But nevertheless, I picked up my guitar everyday - this is excellent and helped to calm down. But I couldn’t quite stick to the plan I made, I was checking in here and there a little bit, but for most of the things, never got somewhere with a few exceptions during my consolidations. Inspired by a) JK’s Learning Log and b) Chris Liepe’s “Discover your voice”-course (yes, I’m enrolled and enjoy it a lot, moving slowly though), I decided to start a hand written journal for guitar practice as well, but not yet started. Probably will try it during the next days/weeks.
Also, I had to drastically shift my focus during practice towards songs for some amazing reason I will get back to soon.
What I achieved/did during the past 2 months:
- re-checked all the lesson material where I felt I had a need and identified further areas for improvement (16th note strumming, chord links, TRANSCRIBING , Blues related stuff and some others)
- made improvement on thumb-and-finger-strumming, even started to use it in songs
- constant, slow progress on country guitar studies
- open scales at 150 bpm, two notes per click
- song repertoire grows (but not the ones I was working on though with one exception)
So for the upcoming weeks I want to revisit the remaining improvement points, pick up the songs I was working on and finally get them into a state where I can play them confidently (room for growth is always there, though ) and continue with my voice programm as well. If time, energy and creativity permit, I want to get back to songwriting in some way. Probably I start by dusting off my old originals and see, what is of use. Let’s see. Also, I need to get this transcribing stuff going again - no more excuses!
But now I need to come back to the reason I had to focus more on songs again: On the past Saturday, my Mom had a belated party for her 60th B-Day and my gift was 2 songs performed on stage for her. One of the songs was the above mention “Nichts von alledem” which was the big surprise. But as this one is a little tough and I knew a) I would have to play at least one more and b) better something easier in the first place, because you know: stage freight and all those peeps there. So I grabbed old song sheets and checked, which songs might work well and came along with a set of 6-7 additional songs and practiced all of them thoroughly the last weeks.
In the end, I performed 2 (Nena - Leuchtturm and Nichts von alledem) and learned a lot from the progress and the actual event:
- playing songs is what it’s all about and I found some true gems I loved to play formerly and will get my hands back on soon
- practice playing standing up when you prepare for a gig
- better be around for sound check (living several hundreds of km apart from parents, this was impossible :-/) if you need to borrow band’s PA/Mic for the gig. Those peeps were so kind though! Amazing
- get an own mic and stuff to practice this kind of situation before, it’s so awkward to sing to a mic if you’re not doing it regularly, my voice was all over the place
- I still have nerve issues a lot, but I managed to keep my cool even through some horrible playing mistakes
- despite all the nerves, I enjoyed it a lot and the most important thing: So did my Mom! She was so happy, that was the icing on the cake!
I thought about sharing a video of the second song, but to be honest, it was such an emotional and personal thing (a lot of happy tears, even from my Dad ), I’d rather not to do so. Hope you folks understand. If the quality of the first song is ok, I opt for sharing this instead. But I need to check this first and see, if no other peeps run through the recording.
Thanks for checking in here! Have a great day/night/week!
Cheers - Lisa