Mac's learning log

Happy 100 to you! Nice work both on keeping the playing going and the logging too :+1:

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Congratulations on 100 days of playing guitar and keeping your log,

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Congrats on 100 days of playing, Deborah! :hibiscus:

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Thanks a lot :heart_eyes:

Day 101 :

Played on Yousician for 65 minutes

Trained on finger stretches and crawling as a warm up
Trained on changing chords ( all cow boy chords ) ( 26 in 45 secs )
Trained on movable power chords … ( 26 in 45 secs )

Standing up :

Played Sailing by Rod Steward ( training for strumming on F major 7 with a C bass ) 2 times

Played Hold back the river by James Bay Basic melody level 4 / ( training for picking control )
1 mistakes … always in the bridge

Played Losing my religion ( training for strumming on F major 7 with a C bass ) 2 times

Challenge of the week : a song called Windy shores level 3 ( training for for picking control )
All gold ! Challenge Done !

Played Hurt level 4 cow boy chords ( training for strumming on F major 7 with a C bass )
I got gold on parts 2 3 and 4 , silver only for part 1

Played Everybody hurt by REM level 2 ( training for picking control ) very basic melody

grade 2 in JG :

Practiced Open E Minor Pentatonic Scale

Day 102 :

Played on Yousician for 61 minutes

Trained on finger stretches and crawling as a warm up
Trained on changing chords ( all cow boy chords ) ( 26 in 45 secs )
Trained on movable power chords … ( 26 in 45 secs )

Standing up :

Played Sailing by Rod Steward ( training for strumming on F major 7 with a C bass ) 2 times

Played Hold back the river by James Bay Basic melody level 4 / ( training for picking control )
I did it !!! no mistakes !!! goodbye to this melody

Played Losing my religion ( training for strumming on F major 7 with a C bass )

New Challenge of the week : a song called Its a robbery ! ( training for picking control ) level 3

Played Hurt level 4 cow boy chords ( training for strumming on F major 7 with a C bass )
All gold :slight_smile:
I also played it without the backing track

Played Everybody hurt by REM level 4 ( training for struming and power chords )
I just love this song , its a simplified version but i still have lot of fun trying to play it
biggest issue on this one is to change from a chord to a power chord , i got lost

grade 2 in JG :

Practiced Open E Minor Pentatonic Scale
Practiced on the strumming machine for All Down 8th Note Strumming at 70 bpm
( Em E D Dm Am A G C ) for 5 minutes
Practiced wish you were here Riff for 5 minutes

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Day 103 :

2 days ago I had a masssive headache so I couldn t play and yesterday it was the Eurovision !!!
I never miss the Eurovision so , no guitar practice !
I didn t expect Switzerland to win Oo

Played on Yousician for 72 minutes

Trained on finger stretches and crawling as a warm up
Trained on changing chords ( C G Am Em ) ( 49 in 45 secs )
Trained on movable power chords … ( 28 in 45 secs )

Standing up :

Played Sailing by Rod Steward ( training for strumming on F major 7 with a C bass )

Played Losing my religion ( training for strumming on F major 7 with a C bass )

Challenge of the week : a song called Its a robbery ! ( training for picking control ) level 3
Made only 1 mistake

Played Hurt level 4 melody ( training for picking control )

Played Everybody hurt by REM level 4 ( training for struming and power chords )

From now on I’ll play mosty without the backing track and only following the metronome
( you can t remove the backing track when you perform the song to gold it though , its only available for practice )

grade 2 in JG :

Practiced Open E Minor Pentatonic Scale
Practiced on the strumming machine for All Down 8th Note Strumming at 70 bpm
( Em E D Dm Am A G C ) for 5 minutes

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Day 104 :

I took 2 days off so I played a lot today and had a lot of fun

Played on Yousician for 98 minutes

Trained on finger stretches and crawling as a warm up
Trained on changing chords ( C G D Em ) ( 35 in 45 secs )
Trained on movable power chords … ( 28 in 45 secs )

Standing up and only with the metronome :

Played Sailing by Rod Steward level 4 ( training for strumming on F major 7 with a C bass )

Played Losing my religion level 4 ( training for strumming on F major 7 with a C bass )

Challenge of the week : a song called Its a robbery ! ( training for picking control ) level 3
Made only 1 mistake again , everytime XD

Played Hurt level 4 melody ( training for picking control )

Played Everybody hurt by REM level 4 ( training for struming and power chords )

Played set fire to the rain by Adele level 3 , still that problem with the D chord not being recognized
I don t know if its coming me or the app having an issue
I think its the app

Its not perfect and I make some mistakes in each songs ( that why I still train on it ) but its coming along nicely and I thought it would be harder to follow the metronome , even if its not perfect , its not a catastrophe either !
I m just a little bit early or late sometimes , but nothing major , most of the time its in time :slight_smile:

I feel like a child removing the little wheels on his bike :sweat_smile:

grade 2 in JG :

Practiced Open E Minor Pentatonic Scale
Practiced on the strumming machine for All Down 8th Note Strumming at 70 bpm
( Em E D Dm Am A G C ) for 5 minutes
Trained on wish you were here Riff ( not perfect but sounding good )

My yousician activity for last week

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Day 105 :

Played on Yousician for 83 minutes

Trained on finger stretches and crawling as a warm up
Trained on changing chords ( C A G E D ) ( 35 in 45 secs )
Trained on movable power chords … ( 28 in 45 secs )

Standing up and only with the metronome :

Played Sailing by Rod Steward level 4 ( training for strumming on F major 7 with a C bass )

Played Everybody hurt by REM level 4 ( training for struming and power chords )

Played Losing my religion level 4 ( training for strumming on F major 7 with a C bass )

Challenge of the week : a song called Its a robbery ! ( training for picking control ) level 3
That only one mistake again … never the same XD

Played Hurt level 4 melody ( training for picking control )

Tried a new song in my list
Everybody wants to rule the world by Tears for fears
A catastrophe :rofl:
But I ll keep trying cause its a good practice to change betwen G and F major 7 at a faster pace

grade 2 in JG :

Practiced Open E Minor Pentatonic Scale

Trained on wish you were here Riff for maybe 10 minutes or 15
I tried to play the riff while listening to the song on spotify
Not the strumming part but the picking
Good training to get a sense of the rythm for this riff

Watched the video Notes In Open Position in module 8
Got to add this to my practice session , and up my tempo on the all-down 8th note strumming ( I train at 70 bpm , must up it to 80 bpm )
never tried the Em Pentatonic Scale with a metronome , I should try it too :slight_smile:

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Well done on these extra long sessions you do. I never play that long and maybe I should (at least occasionally) if I’m going to progress. As it is I’m on holiday for a few days, without a guitar, so practice time of zero minutes for four consecutive days!

I did the opposite of you , I played a lot because i had 2 days off work :smiley:

Now that i m back behind my desk i don t know how i will train on all that stuff :rofl:

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Day 106 :

Played on Yousician for 63 minutes

Trained on finger stretches and crawling as a warm up
Trained on changing chords ( C G Am Em ) ( 53 in 45 secs )
Trained on movable power chords … ( 29 in 45 secs )

Standing up and only with the metronome :

Played Sailing by Rod Steward level 4 ( training for strumming on F major 7 with a C bass )

Challenge of the week : a song called Its a robbery ! ( training for picking control ) level 3
Still making one or two mistakes so i keep training

Played Hurt level 4 melody ( training for picking control )

Well … Tears for fears is way too fast for me … I shouldnt try playing stuff beyond my curent level too soon so i removed it from my list and tried another song instead
Played Fields of gold level 4 instead ( training for strumming on F major 7 with a C bass )
It was easier and it is still a good training for the F chord
I ll stop training on REM ( losing my religion ) i play it fairly well now and replace it by fields of gold
I play REM well when my hand does the F chord correctly … Thats why I need to keep on practicing this chord :slight_smile:

Played Everybody hurt by REM level 4 ( training for struming and power chords )

grade 2 in JG :

Practiced Open E Minor Pentatonic Scale on the metronome 80 bpm

Trained on wish you were here Riff with and without spotify

Practiced on the strumming machine for All Down 8th Note Strumming at 80 bpm
( Em E D Dm Am A G C ) for 5 minutes

I worked all day long with the JG website on , to memorize / learn the Notes In Open Position

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Day 107 :

Played on Yousician for 51 minutes

Finished working one hour late so I couldnt practice on everything I wanted to

Trained on finger stretches and crawling as a warm up

Standing up and only with the metronome :

Played Sailing by Rod Steward level 4 ( training for strumming on F major 7 with a C bass )

Challenge of the week : a song called Its a robbery ! ( training for picking control ) level 3
DId it ! No mistakes :smiley:

Played Hurt level 4 melody ( training for picking control )

Played Fields of gold ( training for strumming on F major 7 with a C bass )
Already gold it and played it all without mistakes
it was quick Oo
But I ll practice it again with only the metronome

Played Everybody hurt by REM level 4 ( training for struming and power chords )

Played Scarborough Fair level 4 melody ( training for picking control )
Gold for the 3 parts but played separately
next step , playing the 3 parts together

grade 2 in JG :

Practiced Open E Minor Pentatonic Scale on the metronome 80 bpm

Trained on wish you were here Riff without spotify

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Day 108 :

Played on Yousician for 53 minutes

Trained on finger stretches and crawling as a warm up

Standing up and only with the metronome :

Played Sailing by Rod Steward level 4 ( training for strumming on F major 7 with a C bass )

Played Its a robbery ! ( training for picking control ) level 3
No mistake again :slight_smile:

Played Hurt level 4 melody ( training for picking control )
just one or two mistake , its getting better

Played Everybody hurt by REM level 4 ( training for struming and power chords )
I think i can remove this one from my training list :slight_smile:

Played Fields of gold ( training for strumming on F major 7 with a C bass )

Played Scarborough Fair level 4 melody ( training for picking control )
No mistakes on all parts together :slight_smile:

Challenge of the week : Only songs level 1 … too easy :frowning:
No challenge to work on this week

I should check the song list to find some new songs to work on
I can remove : Scarborough Fair / Everybody hurt and probably fields of gold soon too

grade 2 in JG :

Practiced Open E Minor Pentatonic Scale on the metronome 80 bpm

Trained on wish you were here Riff with and without spotify

Practiced on the strumming machine for All Down 8th Note Strumming at 80 bpm
( Em E D Dm Am A G C ) for 5 minutes

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All good stuff here Deborah as usual !
:sunglasses:

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thanks ^^
I try to do my best and its a ton of fun to play every evening :slight_smile:
I love playing melodies with only picking individual strings

Its too bad i dont own a camera so i can t make a video

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Day 109 :

Played on Yousician for 54 minutes

Trained on finger stretches and crawling as a warm up
Trained on changing chords ( C G F Am ) ( 35 in 45 secs )
Trained on movable power chords … ( 29 in 45 secs )

Standing up and only with the metronome :

Played Sailing by Rod Steward level 4 ( training for strumming on F major 7 with a C bass )

Played Its a robbery ! ( training for picking control ) level 3

Played Hurt level 4 melody ( training for picking control )
just one or two mistakes again

Played Fields of gold ( training for strumming on F major 7 with a C bass )

Played Right here waiting by Richard Marx ( ( training for strumming on F major 7 with a C bass )
simplified version / cowboy chords
All 9 parts in gold
2 mistakes when trying to play all aprts together

grade 2 in JG :

Practiced Open E Minor Pentatonic Scale on the metronome 80 bpm

Trained on wish you were here Riff with and without spotify

Practiced on the strumming machine for All Down 8th Note Strumming at 80 bpm
( Em E D Dm Am A G C ) for 5 minutes

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Day 110 :

I’ve been playing for 21 weeks :slight_smile:
Played on Yousician for 42 minutes

Trained on finger stretches and crawling as a warm up
Trained on changing chords ( C A G E D ) ( 32 in 45 secs )
Trained on movable power chords … ( 32 in 45 secs )

Standing up and only with the metronome :

Played Sailing by Rod Steward level 4 ( training for strumming on F major 7 with a C bass )

Played Hurt level 4 melody ( training for picking control )
just one or two mistakes

Played Fields of gold ( training for strumming on F major 7 with a C bass )

Played Right here waiting by Richard Marx ( ( training for strumming on F major 7 with a C bass )

I wanted to try to warm up program on Yousician and started the level 5 lessons by mistake
I wanted to wait a bit before starting it but … well since its done … welcome in level 5 !

I started the Hammer ons lesson and did an exercise

grade 2 in JG :

Practiced Open E Minor Pentatonic Scale on the metronome 80 bpm

Trained on wish you were here Riff with spotify
I can follow the song quite well ( picking only )
should i try the strumming pattern on the song too or just the picking like I do ?

Practiced on the strumming machine for All Down 8th Note Strumming at 80 bpm
( Em E D Dm Am A G C ) for 5 minutes

I started grade 2 module 9 by watching the F chord video and the F chord cheats video
I just wanted to watch and couldnt resist trying to play the F chord
I did this little video with my tablet to show how it turned out :slight_smile:
I buzz the strings a bit but its not too bad for a first try , I guess my work on the F major 7/C helped

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WAuYxKdPwYw

I practice the F chord for 5 minutes and got it to ring well
For a first attempt im really glad

I do have a question though
I already practiced F major7/C for 2 months now and i can use it in songs
Should i train and learn the other forms too ? ( F major and mini F )
Or should i focus on only Fmajor/C and F ?
isnt it too much to learn 4 forms of F at once ?

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Deborah

Your YouTube link isn’t active. The video is reported unavailable and private. I look forward to seeing it if/ when the link can be made.

Brian

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oh my … yes i made a mistake …
I borrowed a laptop to record this :sweat_smile:

is it better now : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TQLsgamQwZY

Day 110 :

Well … since I didn t get any answer I will re ask my questions :

  • should i focus only on only Fmajor/C and F or should I learn all forms ?
    isnt it too much to learn 4 forms of F at once ?

  • Trained on wish you were here Riff with spotify
    I can follow the song quite well ( picking only )
    should i try the strumming pattern on the song too or just the picking like I do ?

Trained on finger stretches and crawling as a warm up
Played on Yousician for 61 minutes

Standing up and only with the metronome :

Played Sailing by Rod Steward level 4 ( training for strumming on F major 7 with a C bass )

Played Hurt level 4 melody ( training for picking control )
just one or two mistakes

Played Fields of gold ( training for strumming on F major 7 with a C bass )

Played Right here waiting by Richard Marx ( ( training for strumming on F major 7 with a C bass )

Played an exercise song for Hammers on

grade 2 in JG :

Practiced Open E Minor Pentatonic Scale

Trained on wish you were here Riff with spotify (picking only )

Practiced on the strumming machine for All Down 8th Note Strumming at 80 bpm
( Em E D Dm Am A G C ) for 5 minutes

Practiced the F barre chord
Can easily play it alone but there s no way I can play it in a song :sweat_smile:
Its gonna take a lots of practice to change between the F and other chords