Time for a recap of where am on the learning journey and plan for the next couple of months.
Beginner Grade 3
- 6 Guitar Areas You Should Practice - Completed
- D Chord Shape Explorer - Completed
- Play Better Guitar: The Finger Gym Exercise - Completed
- How to Link Guitar Chords using Scales - Completed
- A Capo for Two: Jamming for Beginners - Completed
- Mindful Listening for Guitar Players - Completed
- Great Tone Starts Here! - Completed
- 4 Easy Steps to Transcribing - Not Started
- Supercharge Your Guitar Practice with Timeboxing! - Completed
- How to Play Easy Chord Shapes Up The Neck - Not Started
- Rolling Chords to Spice Up Your Fingerstyle - Not Started
- How to Play Greensleeves on the Guitar - Not Started
- How to Play a Melody on Guitar - Not Started
- Flexing Time: The Falling Leaf - Not Started
- Learn Your Guitar Amp & Settings - Completed
- Goals & Destinations - Completed
- C Chord Shape Explorer - Completed
- How to Pick Individual Strings While Strumming - Not Started
- How To: Thumb & Finger Strums - Not Started
- How to Use Easy Triads on Guitar - Not Started
- Meet The Musician In You! - Completed
- Your Ultimate Guide to Reverb - Not Started
- Transcribing Easy Riffs - Not Started
- Note: Item 4 I have covered in the Master Fingerstyle Beginner course.
- Perfectly Starts Slowly- Completed
- Open Tuning Basics - Not Started
- Legato Pentatonics - Not Started
- Solo Blues 1 Lick-in’ Riff - Not Started
- Triad Chips Basics - Not Started
- Neuroplasticity to Learn Guitar Faster- Completed
- Transcribing Open Chords - Not Started
- 3 Types of Songs You Should Practice - Completed
- G Chord Explorer: Tasty Variations! - Completed
- Learning to Sing - Not Started
- 4:4 Fingerstyle Patterns - Completed
- Guitar Pro Experiments - Not Started
6.Transcribing Power Chords: Be a Detective! - Not Started
- The Spacing Effect - Not Started
- The Lifted Barre Trick - Not Started
- Singing & Playing At The Same Time - Not Started
- Chords In Keys (super easy!) - Not Started
- How to co-write a song - Not Started
- Record Yourself & Production Basics - Not Started
- Transcribing (Not So Easy) Riffs - Not Started
- Exploring the A Shape - Completed
- Introduction to Vibrato Techniques - Not Started
- Framing: The Double Strumming Technique - Not Started
- Feeling Stuck? Here Are My Top 10 Rutbusters! - Not Started
- Transcribing: What about the guitar capo? - Not Started
- Exploring the E Shape - Completed
- Transcribing Difficult Riffs - Not Started
- Easy Barre Chords For Beginners - Not Started
For this section of my practice sessions I have been focusing on development of power chords, alternate picking, string skipping and hybrid picking with an emphasis on precision, timing, endurance and speed. I have been making steady progress with these techniques and starting to see some rewards. I will continue to focus on them as I work on applying them to songs, riffs, solos etc.
For this section of my practice sessions I have been focusing on learning melodic phrases using the minor pentatonic scale and learning new chord grips for songs that I am working on. As part of the blues studies I have also been furthering my knowledge in essential blues foundations. With the updated practical music theory course interactive tests being released, I’ve delved back into Grades 1 and 2 for a recap before progressing with Grade 3.
For this section of my practice sessions I have been focusing on completing the Master Fingerstyle Beginners Course. I have now completed all lessons and have entered the consolidation period which involves learning songs, songs, songs I’m not going to name the songs that I have chosen as I may do a compilation and see if anyone can guess all the songs played If no one can guess any then I will need to find a new hobby Whilst I am learning songs I have decided to commence and gradually progress through the Complete Guide to Fingerstyle Blues Volume 1 Course to maintain the steady progress that I have been making in my blues study.
For this section of my practice sessions I have been focusing on developing my acoustic and blues rhythm playing. I feel that I have been making steady progress and plan on continuing along this path in developing my rhythm chops. For the blues rhythm studies I am currently working on turnarounds using the pick and fingers which ties in quite nicely to the development of the hybrid picking technique.
For this section of my practice sessions I have been focusing on learning basic vocabulary, musical concepts and approaches, and the essential techniques to be able to solo over a blues. I also plan on starting to learn solos for the songs I am working on to develop my lead play.
Well I finally got around to incorporating ear training into my practice routines. So far I have been working on identifying single and two bass notes. Surprisingly, I’ve been quite successful in identifying the notes played and have a rough idea where the pitch is located on the fretboard.
For this section of my practice sessions I have been focusing on learning campfire versions and then the various parts proper versions for a number of songs including:
Wonderful Tonight - Rhythm Guitar - this has been a good for practicing and developing hybrid picking. I’ve almost got this guitar part memorized and looking forward to learning the guitar part played by EC. For some reason I think having played with a pick since the start of this learning journey along with the time that I have spent on learning fingerstyle that has eased the transition to learning hybrid picking.
Sitting at the Dock of the Bay - Acoustic Guitar Part - this has been a good for practicing for development of the E shaped barre chords. It’s has it’s positives and negatives. On the positive side its only one chord shape; on the negative side its the same chord shape throughout the song. Therefore, each practice session seems to be more about building up my endurance in order to play the song from start to finish. I was going to wait until I learned the acoustic guitar part first before learning the electric guitar part but the time is taking to build up my endurance levels I may start learning that part concurrently.
Maggie May - Acoustic Guitar Part- this one is a bit of a strange one as the song was recorded on a 12 string guitar but since I don’t have one I am learning it on a 6 string guitar. This has been a good song for working on my acoustic rhythm along with some stretchy chords. There are a couple of solos in the song, two of which are played with Mandolins. Since, I have no plans to purchase a mandolin, I will leave those two parts for the backing track and focus on the electric guitar part which looks achievable with practice.
In addition to learning songs by the book per say I’ve also been experimenting with the Oasis song Supersonic to find the musician in me. Forgetting about specific strumming patterns used by NG when he plays it on the accoustic and seeing what sounds good to me. In saying that what sounds good to me may not sound good to anyone else. Hey, it’s all part of the learning and development experience.
Since my last update I’ve posted a couple of recordings to track my progress:
Humpty Dumpty Love Song
Blues Fingerstyle Piece #3
Blues Rhythm Piece #1
Blues Fingerstyle Piece #4
Next recording on the list to do is Kindergarten Blues in E. The first piece from the Fingerstyle Blues Volume 1 Course.