I’ve got that excited, nervous feeling tonight as I go through my practice assignments. I’ve gone over them a bunch of times, but keep trying to smooth it out and be mistake free. I want to be ready for the Test tomorrow!
Ok, so I’m working on this beautifully melodic Phish tune called “If I Could” and have pretty much got the rhythm down, but I keep getting hung up on one particular chord: the D(11) as fingered 054230.
Tonight’s practice session began fairly routinely… open the lesson book, run through some warm-up exercises, taking it slow to focus on playing the notes nice and clean and smooth… but then something magical happened. I zoned out.
Ok, I’m over the moon… I realize that I’ve probably already been doing this for quite some time now, this whole melody-accompaniment-same-time thing, since I’ve been practicing quite a few different songs this year. But I could really see what was happening as I
I’ve been drawn in lately to the fact that so many interesting licks are played around basic chords. The premise being that you don’t need to move around too quickly when all the notes you need are already part of a chord you have down.
I’ve had my nose in a book for the last two hours repeatedly going over the same two exercises over and over and over. Despite the mundaneness of this action, I’ve had laser-like focus on it and surprisingly (or maybe not) I can see and hear myself getting better. This is good, because for the past… Read More Albo’s Practice Diary #009: Four ways to deal with sucking
Heat Stress! Tonight was spent doing repairs. A lifting bridge… aka the kiss of death… had struck. And it all started with a typical summer backyard barbecue.
Signe, Signe, everywhere is Signe… Ok, pardon the opening pun, I’m actually here to talk about Clapton’s “Signe” from his Unplugged album. Or, rather, my feeble attempt to learn this little tune on guitar. I started practicing a few days ago
HIIYA!!! Lessons from a karate experience… I had the opportunity to take my son to Karate Camp this past weekend, a two-day event that gathered about 25-30 members of his studio to work on different forms, study new techniques, perform a test for the next belt level and do some overall group bonding. This was… Read More Albo’s Practice Diary #006: Lessons from Karate
Oh, my fingers are feeling pretty sore tonight! It didn’t take long, maybe 30 min. or so, but sure enough my fingers were starting to hurt pretty good. And it wasn’t the initial sore-finger-tip kinda thing that many newbies go through.
ARGHHHH! Patience, I know… must have patience… just a beginner learning… will take time… little by little, brick by brick, step by step… must be patient.
FINALLY! I finally got a chance to sit down and grab the guitar to practice a bit… a good, solid hour of uninterrupted focused practice. And it felt great. I don’t mean to sound like I was fending off pangs of addiction withdrawal or anything, but I’ve really formed a habit of picking up the… Read More Albo’s Practice Diary #003: Weekend of responsibilities
Today was lesson day! It had been a couple weeks since I met with my guitar teacher so I really made it a point to get there this week. I was excited as we began reviewing some basic music theory (what is the relative minor of the key of C; what are the root, tonic… Read More Albo’s Practice Diary #002: It takes ability AND confidence
I’ve gotten pretty good at playing sheet music with open strings, so my instructor is now challenging me to work on 5th position. As part of my homework she wrote out this little diddy… “5th fret rock” (clever! :-)).