Mac's learning log

Day 152 :

Trained on finger stretches and crawling as a warm up and a little stretching exercise

Played on Yousician for 59 minutes
28 weeks streak

I play standing up with the backing track :

Challenge of the week : a simplified melody level 4 of The star spangled banner full speed
I start to get it I only made 1 mistake

I play standing up and each songs are played once with the metronome , once with the backing track :

Played Kiss from a rose by Seal again ( level 4 ) cow boy chords C G F A D Am
I slowed the song at 60%

Played Roxanne by The police , basic chords / Am G F Em Dm C / all down strums

Played Wind of change ( training for strumming on F major 7 with a C bass / F Dm Am G C E ) full speed

grade 2 in JG :

module 9

Trained on Californication riff
I practiced " One " By U2 alone without backing track

module 10

Practiced the F chord on the chord trainer and without the chord trainer ( F C G Am )
I do pop quizz between songs : hop ! do an F !

I trained on the Alternate Picking C Major scale for 5 minutes

I practiced the old faithful pattern for 5 minutes on the strumming machine at 110 bpm

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Day 153 :

Trained on finger stretches and crawling as a warm up and a little stretching exercise
and played Everybody hurts by REM as a warm up , got a better ranking again :smiley:

Played on Yousician for 54 minutes
28 weeks streak

I play standing up with the backing track :

The new challenge of the week is all about Bob Marley
since I hate reaggae I decided to keep on working on The star spangled banner
Challenge of last week : a simplified melody level 4 of The star spangled banner full speed

Played Kiss from a rose by Seal again ( level 4 ) cow boy chords C G F A D Am
I slowed the song at 60%
Im getting better at 60% , it sounds like a song !

Played Roxanne by The police , basic chords / Am G F Em Dm C / all down strums

I play standing up and each songs are played once with the metronome , once with the backing track :

Played Wind of change ( training for strumming on F major 7 with a C bass / F Dm Am G C E ) full speed

grade 2 in JG :

module 9

Trained on Californication riff

module 10

Practiced the F chord on the chord trainer and without the chord trainer ( F C G Am )
I do pop quizz between songs : hop ! do an F !

I trained on the Alternate Picking C Major scale for 5 minutes on the metronome
I can play it from 80 to 120 bpm so I think I can start another lesson tomorrow

Songs

I practiced " One " By U2 alone with a backing track i found on youtube
The speed is way faster than on Justin’s video
It will take me some time

I paid a subscription for the Musopia app so I started working on Dreams by Fleetwood Mac and
Have ever seen the rain by CCR

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Have you ever seen the rain is a fun one. I can play it along to the original recording now. It sometimes takes me 2 or 3 attempts to hit the beat at the start but once I’ve got that then all is good. I spent a long time learning the chorus. There’s rhythms to swap in and out of, a cool walk down and some F chord fun! I practiced the chorus over and over but can play a version that I’m happy with now

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on the app Have you ever ever seen the rain is : Am F C G with the old faithfull pattern at 116 bpm

Its one of my favourite song by CCR so when I saw it on the app , I just played it :sweat_smile:

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I think it’s one of those songs that can be played a number of different ways and they’re all fun. I’ve pieced together bits from a few different YouTube videos to get the version that I play. I’ve learned how to do the muted hit on the strings for the verse on this so I’m playing DUXUDUXUDUXUDUX etc where the X is a down strum onto muted strings (Justin has a lesson on this technique).
There’s a stack of CCR songs that I plan to learn!

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Day 154 :

Trained on finger stretches and crawling as a warm up and a little stretching exercise
and played Sailing by Rod Steward , very basic melody as a warm up

Played on Yousician for 47 minutes
28 weeks streak

I play standing up with the backing track :

Challenge of last week : a simplified melody level 4 of The star spangled banner full speed

Played Kiss from a rose by Seal again ( level 4 ) cow boy chords C G F A D Am
song at 65% speed , I increased the speed a tiny bit

Yousician added in their library a song by one of my favourite japanese band
Robinson by Spitz , I love Spitz :heart_eyes: ( I love the sound of japanese rock bands , especially the sounds of the 70’s 80’s )
I just had to play it , I couldnt resist
Its not the whole song its just a tiny part to practice the F chord :smiley:

I play standing up and each songs are played once with the metronome , once with the backing track :

Played Wind of change ( training for strumming on F major 7 with a C bass / F Dm Am G C E ) full speed

grade 2 in JG :

module 10

Practiced the F chord on the chord trainer and without the chord trainer ( F C G Am )
I do pop quizz between songs : hop ! do an F !

I watched the video : Major Scale Improvisation and practiced it for 5 minutes , Its tons of fun as the video says

I practiced the Alternate Picking C Major scale

Songs

I practiced " One " By U2 alone with a backing track i found on youtube
My main issue : A to Fm7/C

Musopia app : Practiced Dreams by Fleetwood Mac and Have ever seen the rain by CCR

2 Likes

Day 155 :

Trained on finger stretches and crawling as a warm up and a little stretching exercise

Played on Yousician for 66 minutes
29 weeks streak

I play standing up with the backing track :

Challenge of last week : a simplified melody level 4 of The star spangled banner full speed
Did it ! Played it without mistakes

Played Kiss from a rose by Seal again ( level 4 ) cow boy chords C G F A D Am
song at 60% speed

Played fields of gold by Sting

Played Roxanne by The police , basic chords / Am G F Em Dm C / all down strums

I play standing up and each songs are played once with the metronome , once with the backing track :

Played Wind of change ( training for strumming on F major 7 with a C bass / F Dm Am G C E ) full speed then went back at 80% speed

grade 2 in JG :

module 10

Practiced the F chord on the chord trainer and without the chord trainer ( F C G Am )
I do pop quizz between songs : hop ! do an F !

I practiced the Major Scale Improvisation for 5 minutes

I trained on the Alternate Picking C Major scale for 5 minutes

Songs

I practiced " One " By U2 alone with a backing track i found on youtube

Musopia app : Practiced Dreams by Fleetwood Mac and Have ever seen the rain by CCR

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I woke up with a cluster headache yesterday so i took a day off

Day 157 :

Trained on finger stretches and crawling as a warm up and a little stretching exercise and the pinky exercise

Played on Yousician for 60 minutes
29 weeks streak

I play standing up with the backing track :

Played Kiss from a rose by Seal again ( level 4 ) cow boy chords C G F A D Am
song at 60% speed

Played Wind of change ( training for strumming on F major 7 with a C bass / F Dm Am G C E ) full speed then went back at 90% speed then at full speed

Played fields of gold by Sting

I played 2 very basics medody of Fleetwood Mac songs : Everywhere and landslide

I tried to play to play again Everybody wants to rule the world by Tears for fears ( level 4 )
a few weeks ago this song was impossible for me to play , now its much easier
Its still a tough song though so it will need some weeks of practice but what seemed impossible is now within my reach
I m real glad , I made progress and i can see it

I play standing up and each songs are played once with the metronome , once with the backing track :

none

grade 2 in JG :

module 10

Practiced the F chord on the chord trainer and without the chord trainer ( F C G Am )
I do pop quizz between songs : hop ! do an F !
I introduced the F barre chord into the intro of Losing my religion by REM at 50% speed and 60%

I practiced the Major Scale Improvisation for 5 minutes

I trained on the Alternate Picking C Major scale for 5 minutes

Songs

I practiced " One " By U2 alone with a backing track i found on youtube
Im making progress here too , Its not perfect but its getting better and I can follow the rythm

Musopia app : Practiced Dreams by Fleetwood Mac and Have ever seen the rain by CCR
I have no problem with the strumming pattern / rythm I just tend to buzz a string sometime to time because my fingers do not land correctly on the string

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This song has that lovely nostalgic summer vibe to it. I’m yearning for a time in my youth before I existed, a lazy hazy Japanese summer before the internet existed for the layperson. This is the kind of music that used to be made into great AMVs for 80s-90s animes that I liked.

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probably , Spiz is a famous band in Japan and I love their soft rock
They have that specific japanese rock sound that you find nowhere else , its hard to describe
as you say it feels nostalgic , maybe a little sad but in the same time its peaceful

too bad that its not the whole song on YS but just a litte part

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It getting hot … summer is here so I tried to play earlier to avoid the heat

Day 158 :

Trained on finger stretches and crawling as a warm up and a little stretching exercise and the pinky exercise

Played on Yousician for 31 minutes
29 weeks streak

I play standing up with the backing track :

Played Kiss from a rose by Seal again ( level 4 ) cow boy chords C G F A D Am
song at 60% speed

Played Wind of change ( training for strumming on F major 7 with a C bass / F Dm Am G C E )
went back at 90% speed then at full speed

Played Everybody wants to rule the world by Tears for fears ( level 4 ) C G F Dm Em Am
I practiced on the part I struggle with , played it at 50% speed then at 60%

I play standing up and each songs are played once with the metronome , once with the backing track :

none

grade 2 in JG :

module 10

Practiced the F chord on the chord trainer and without the chord trainer ( F C G Am )
I do pop quizz between songs : hop ! do an F !
I introduced the F barre chord into the intro of Losing my religion by REM at 50% speed and 60%

I practiced the Major Scale Improvisation for 5 minutes

I trained on the Alternate Picking C Major scale for 5 minutes

Songs

I practiced " One " By U2 alone with a backing track i found on youtube
I watched the video today to learn the missing part at last :sweat_smile:
Now I can try to play the whole song and not just the beginning

Musopia app : Practiced Dreams by Fleetwood Mac and Have ever seen the rain by CCR

My yousician activity for last week :

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Same as yesterday , I tried to avoid the hottest hours of the day

Day 159 :

Trained on finger stretches and crawling as a warm up and a little stretching exercise and the pinky exercise

Played on Yousician for 55 minutes
29 weeks streak

I play standing up with the backing track :

Played Kiss from a rose by Seal again ( level 4 ) cow boy chords C G F A D Am
song at 65% speed

Challenge of last week : a song called La paloma ( level 3 ) cow boy chords D A
Gold it on first try
There was also the same song level 5 basic melody , much harder
Its gonna take a lot of practice to get this one , need a strong pinky to play it , I tried it at 60% speed to learn it

Played Wind of change ( training for strumming on F major 7 with a C bass / F Dm Am G C E )
went back at 90% speed then at full speed

Played Everybody wants to rule the world by Tears for fears ( level 4 ) C G F Dm Em Am
I practiced on the part I struggle with , played it at 60% speed then at 70%

I play standing up and each songs are played once with the metronome , once with the backing track :

none

grade 2 in JG :

module 10

Practiced the F chord on the chord trainer and without the chord trainer ( F C G Am )
I do pop quizz between songs : hop ! do an F !
I introduced the F barre chord into the intro of Losing my religion by REM at 50% speed 60% and 70%

I practiced the Major Scale Improvisation for 5 minutes

I trained on the Alternate Picking C Major scale for 5 minutes

Songs

I practiced " One " By U2 alone with a backing track i found on youtube
I forgot what I learned yesterday so I got stuck not knowing what to play in the middle XD

Musopia app : Practiced Dreams by Fleetwood Mac and Have ever seen the rain by CCR

In the end it was a 2 hours practice session … My hand was tired at the end !
I used talc powder when playing
it really helps when its hot , the fingers are not glued together by the sweat

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I said that I wouldnt play today cause i was too hot … But I couldnt resist and in the end I did my practice as always
Playing guitar is a drug

Day 160 :

Trained on finger stretches and crawling as a warm up and a little stretching exercise

Played on Yousician for 40 minutes
29 weeks streak

I play standing up with the backing track :

Played Kiss from a rose by Seal again ( level 4 ) cow boy chords C G F A D Am
song at 65% speed

Challenge of last week : a song called La paloma ( level 3 ) cow boy chords D A

Played the same song level 5 basic melody , training at 60% speed and then 70%

Good training for the pinky

Played Wind of change ( training for strumming on F major 7 with a C bass / F Dm Am G C E )
at full speed
I can remove this one from my practice list
Its not perfect and my E to Fm7/c is not perfect but I would spend my life on it trying to make it perfect , I played it without any mistake and it was quite pleasant so I will let it go !

Played Everybody wants to rule the world by Tears for fears ( level 4 ) C G F Dm Em Am
I practiced on the part I struggle with , played it at 70% speed then at 80%

I play standing up and each songs are played once with the metronome , once with the backing track :

none

grade 2 in JG :

module 10

Practiced the F chord on the chord trainer and without the chord trainer ( F C G Am )
I do pop quizz between songs : hop ! do an F !
I introduced the F barre chord into the intro of Losing my religion by REM at 50% speed 60% and 70%

I forgot to train on the Alternate Picking C Major scale for 5 minutes :fearful:

I practiced the Major Scale Improvisation for 5 minutes without the backing track
I just had fun with the 3 thinest string trying to find melodies

Songs

I practiced " One " By U2 alone with a backing track i found on youtube
I finally played the song till the end :partying_face:
I made some mistakes but I was happy with how much progress I made on this song

Musopia app : Practiced Dreams by Fleetwood Mac and Have ever seen the rain by CCR
On Dreams I realised that my index was sometimes muting the low E string so i put the song at 84 bpm and practice mode just to work on carefully placing my fingers

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Well done for keeping it going in the heat. It’s fairly warm here today (would be considered in some parts of the world) and I’m forcing myself to at least do a few minutes even though I just want to go and lie in a cold bath!

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Oh how wonderful it would be !
I really thought i wouldnt play today … its 29° / 30°
and tomorrow is the same
next week should be better
How hot was it il UK today ?

It’s about 28 here today which as I say would be mild in some parts of the world. My house isn’t well suited to it being warm so it just feels unpleasant. Today looks to be the peak temperature as you say, cooler tomorrow and cooler again from Sunday so I’ll need a new excuse for skipping practice :joy:
I am joking about skipping practice. Maybe I picked the wrong thing to practice today. I’ve been picking individual notes in chords today in time to a song, which requires more concentration that I have right now. Probably should have just strummed some fun songs

mine too … in the evening its cooler outside than inside
its like an oven
I know how the turkey feels when christmas is coming

having fun is always the key :smiley:

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I completely understand what you guys @MacOneill and @mattswain mean…

… and I guess you would love living in Finland in summer even more. The houses here are made to withstand very high minus degrees in winter… Triple glass windows and what not…

… so in many houses and flats without air conditioning systems it’s always warmer inside in summer than outside… e.g. it’s only 19 C outside today but 26 C inside :sunny:

its not an oven its a microwave :fearful: :sweat_smile: :rofl:

its the morning and its 29° inside my bedroom :sob:

Yesterday I wore a singlet, a skivvy, a scarf, two jumpers, long socks, sat wrapped in a heated blanket and rested my hands on a hot wheat bag when I could, and despite exercising in the morning I was too cold to play guitar. :cold_face:

(I’m not practicing today either as my exercise was shoulder and upper arm focussed and now my tiny little muscles are made of bruise, lol.)

But I know the life-leeching effect of heat, and I salute you for playing regardless!