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Week 2! Weekly update: where did you see improvement?

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  1. Duotone

    Duotone Senior Stratmaster

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    This week I transcribed and made a practice arrangement of Sigrids "Strangers", bassline and Hi-hat on 2 and 4, and had a lot off fun improvising over that song. I also did some melody play-along to Frank Sinatra and John Coletrane versions of the jazz standard "I love you".

    I did scale motifs and arpeggi over a 2&4 hi-hat backing track, and I feel that my playing is begining to tighten up. I am beginning to be able to do pauses, triplets and some sixthenth runs and still keep time fairly in synch with that merciless backing track. I have programmed a few walking basslies to do some chord changes/improvisation and train my ears to fill in the harmonic gap.

    Finally I have been writing/working on a really difficult progressive/djent metal riff a lot of 32th notes, syncopated 16th and some 16th-triplets and gruelling position shifts, occational Palm muting. Guess I have to use a month or three to get it into my blood and up to speed. But I see small improvements day to day. So I look forward to make a recording of it someday soon!

    For next week I will take a little time working on 3:4 and 4:3 polyrhythms.

    How did you guys do this week?
     
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    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

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    This week I have mainly been eating sprouts.:confused:

    Oh, and working on this little tune. I may be some time...

     
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  3. Duotone

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    Wow! Django's phrasing on that is amazing! That constant variation between rushing and pulling the lines, rubber band timing and somehow always on the top of things.
     
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  4. Dadocaster

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    Kitten notebook is working, getting song ideas all the time. Put one together in half assed fashion tonight to see if it works.
     
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    Soon you get a full grown cat out of that notebook!
     
  6. Dadocaster

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    Hope not. I already have 35lbs of cat around here.
     
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  7. Mansonienne

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    Worked a bit on a song I’ve written, trying to get the riff nailed down.

    Trying to play without tensing up my shoulders and hands...

    Trying to keep strumming rhythm steady while singing on Breakdown.

    Practicing a few songs, managing to improve my strumming (lighter, cleaner) on Roxanne - my bandmate commented on the improvement!
     
  8. Duotone

    Duotone Senior Stratmaster

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    That's great!

    Playing loose with ease feels so counterintuitive when you start, then suddenly when things start to snap into place you can't understand the caveman approach you once had! I used to play so hard that playing tight was practically impossible...
     
  9. rgbedard

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    Mostly working on Cohen's Hallelujah; "polishing" ("hammering" more like) last verse of alternate set of lyrics, recording a bass track ... same stuff as last week, lol, but making progress ... bought a new (to me) vintage Mandolin, been spending time getting to know a new instrument ...
     
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  10. Duotone

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    I need to check up on that version. The Cale/Buckley thing kind of took over for a while.
     
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  11. Dadocaster

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    It's Sunday. Are we starting week 3 or still on week 2? I may well put another song sketch together late tonight.
     
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    Not to be boastful, but after reaching a certain level of proficiency sometimes when goofing around and trying to hit a sour note or chord it still somehow manages to sound right!? :confused: It's like I'm holding the string too perfect for it to sound "totally" wrong. There's just not enough muted string buzz or something...

    Of course, remembering back when I first started, I couldn't nail the right note to save my life!

    That's why it's good to always attempt something that's challenging, otherwise you can find yourself just playing what's comfortable and get stuck there...



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