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« Reply #50 on: October 14, 2017, 10:12:00 am »
September songs and success

Couple of months since my last update and September was a big month for me ... a month to remember and celebrate.

In August and September the Monthly contest returned to an open format. 

In August I had a crack at David Gray's This Years Love.  For the contest I again dabbled with multi-tracks, over-dubbed vocals and use of effects in the DAW.  Let's say the results were mixed  :)  But having spent a Sat producing the contest submission, I decided on Sunday to just do a "live & unplugged" version.  I was quite pleased with how this turned out, a few mistakes but managed to get the time signature feel, a little more dynamics and accents ...

https://soundcloud.com/david-preece-24770685/this-years-love-live-20170813 

One Sunday morning I was doing what I enjoy doing ... checking out what was new in the JG Community before getting up and into the day ... and there was Mari and her partner playing Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out.  Mari was playing it in the EC Unplugged style.  It sounded great and I wondered if it might be another option to explore to work on the triplet bluesy strumming.

I found some simple chords and surprised myself by being able to fit the vocal into the rhythm pattern (other than occasionally adding an extra half a bar in at one point) relatively quickly.

It is pleasing to feel that I appear at times to be able to learn to play a new song that sounds OK far more quickly than was the case earlier in the year.

Here's my rendition.  One day I intend to be ale to play it like Mari does ... that would be quite delightful.

https://soundcloud.com/david-preece-24770685/nobody-knows-you-when-you're-down-and-out-20170818

Now in between working on the techniques of stage 5 & 6, I tend to be working on a couple of songs at this point I was concentrating on Tom Waits's Chocolate Jesus.  But as they say, variety is the spice of life.  So some evenings, I end up just flipping through my copies of the BSBs and noodling around with whatever catches my eye.

One particular evening the book fell open on Van Morrison's Brown Eyed Girl ... hmmm, I thought ... earlier in the year I'd worked on playing the song, one I really enjoy.  I went from struggling with the chords to being able to more or less play along with Justin when he showcases it at the start of the lesson.  But the "pumping 8s" build up was a big problem and just couldn't fit the lyrics in at all ... hmmm, I wonder ...

And on a second play through it was starting to come together ... nobody more surprised than I was, given that I hadn't given it any attention for months.  Anyhow, the tempo is a little slow, the "pumping 8s" aren't really pumping smoothly yet and I did have a moment in the best take where I almost choked myself, but all that aside I shall celebrate my progress as evidenced by being able to play it through in an OK way.

https://soundcloud.com/david-preece-24770685/brown-eyed-girl-20170902

Back to Chocolate Jesus ...

I'd been plodding away at trying to develop a way to play it that sounded OK.  A bit tricky for the Beginner given that the Tom Waits version is an arrangement that isn't one you can easily try and replicate on your acoustic and, of course, the classic Beth Hart rendition backed by Joe Bonamassa may be awesome and inspirational but not totally educational ..

Again, better cut my long stories short ... finally figured out a way to play it and decided to approach the September contest a little differently ... deliver a "live & unplugged" that was representative of me at my best.  Now that sounds fine, but somehow it was easier to submit entries that were stretch projects, more experimental ... criticism of flaws easy to swallow. 

But this one sounded really good to me ... variation, accents, pauses, even some different chord voicings in the outro ... what if my self-assessment was way off the mark?

Luckily the feedback confirmed my own self-assessment and this rendition serves as my personal best, something that I feel I can play for people with apologising for mistakes and flaws.  And make no mistake, I'll play it for anybody who shows a hint of interest  :)  If you missed it in the contest, here it is ...

https://soundcloud.com/david-preece-24770685/chocolate-jesus-20170902

And on that note time to sign-off this episode ...

Watch out for the next episode ... the story has taken me to places I never imagined already, but little did I know what was coming next when I uploaded Brown Eyed Girl ....

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« Reply #51 on: October 14, 2017, 11:04:47 pm »
I really hate the fact that you sing in tune !

The only thing letting you down is your guitar. It sounds awful  :) Get yourself a half decent Hobner and this would be perfect.   :)

Really good job mate.

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« Reply #52 on: October 15, 2017, 07:09:01 am »
Thanks Troy

Resisting any resurgence of the costly GAS, so shall have to live with that acoustic  :)

Proud of myself...yesterday got a promo email from the mega guitar store, with a special 1000-1330 time-boxed sale announcement - an extra 20% off everything,  even items already on special. And I knew there was one of those multi fx units with built in looper on special. It was tempting, so tempting. After all, I know I will need one eventually... to enahnce the sound of the Hobner, or whatever pale imitation of an electric I eventually get. But I resisted. Trust in the Force...when the time is right the deals will be there :)

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« Reply #53 on: October 16, 2017, 12:52:31 pm »
I love the little teasers you leave at the end! And I made it into your Road Case update!!

David, apart from the fact that you are a very entertaining story teller, this is such an interesting read. It's an interesting read now, but for you when you come back to it after some time has passed it will really be incredible.

It's such a nice feeling to be confident about playing a few songs. That leads to more success, and more confidence - and one day we'll both be playing at the level we aspire to 😃 Treasure those personal bests - I certainly am for me! Although I do have to get on with it and try transcribing another one ...

Keep playing!!!

Oh and ps I sent to have been struck with what I hope is just a little bit of GAS - I need a new amp!

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« Reply #54 on: October 16, 2017, 02:18:21 pm »
You sure did, Mari ... your rendition of NKYWYDaO was inspirational.  Such a great song and so pleased to be able to play an acceptable version.

Equally glad that you are reading and enjoying the story.  As I've said before, I do this for me as a record but also in the hopes that it may serve as encouragement to other people learning to play.  I don't consider myself to be especially talented or gifted, just love music and have lived the three Ps ... practise, patience & perseverance.   So if I can do it then so can others.

As for coming back, I just realised that this Sunday it will be exactly 8 months since I made my first recording ... that 4/4 version of a single verse of Hallelujah  :)

Now I'm in stage 7 and have been working at little runs and riffs along with the bass note between strums.  And I am able to play the run between the C & G chords Justin plays in his lesson.  So maybe it is just the right time to have another go at Hallelujah ... a version with the little run, actually with the 6/8 feel and a few more verses would be improvement ... even if I again happen to add in/leave out strums  :)

As for aspirations.  Now there's a thing.  At the moment I have no great long-term aspiration.  For now being able to play a song in finger-style seems a sufficiently demanding aspiration ... just to finish and consolidate the BC.  And then the IM, an electric and to be able to do some simple lead playing, like you all are doing for the Oct competition.  After that, well who knows ... given all that has happened in the 10 months ... goodness it is exactly 10 months today ... since I started the BC, things that I couldn't even have imagined let alone thought might be possible, who knows ...

As you say ... we shall just keep on playing.

PS Enjoy shopping for that new amp  8)

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« Reply #55 on: November 16, 2017, 03:52:31 pm »
Going beyond my dreams

October was a month to celebrate in my guitar journey...three big memorable moments.

First up I thought it was time to have another go at Neil Young's Like A Hurricane.  For this go I played and sang simultaneously, at least that way my out of time singing and playing will be reasonably in sync  ;D  using my condensor gives me a track that is both guitar and vocal ... ideally I'd like vocal with a little guitar bleeding in but what I get is way beyond bleed.  At the same time I also record just the guitar using the built-in pickup.  Mixing this track I made some duplicates of the solo guitar, panned hard left and right with some amp sim plugins.  I was aiming to have some of that NY distorted rock sound behind the acoustic.  I was really happy with how the overall song turned out, evening throwing in a couple of melody lines.  Sure, a few missed notes, changes and beats but that's OK.  Here it is in case you missed it ...

https://soundcloud.com/david-preece-24770685/like-a-hurricane-20171008

But October was really all about the collaboration project ... beyond my wildest dreams and guitar fantasies ...

After posting Brown Eyed Girl, I got a PM from Roman aka Schlaffenwagen ... the master producer and deliverer of many awesome songs made with many different folk.  He liked my cover and suggested a collaboration.

Goodness I thought ... he's losing his mind ... I can't play like the people he produces.  So I politely thanked him and said one day maybe ...

Then I got to thinking ... what would my coach say to me ... what would I say to somebody ... be brave, be bold, trust his judgement.

So cut a long story short we started exploring the idea, picked a song and you've heard the final result ... I was astonished ... https://soundcloud.com/schlaffenwagen/my-my-hey-hey-out-of-the-blue

It has to be said that I am very much the junior in this "band" ... what a treat to be part of this with Roman and Kasper.  I learned a lot and grew a lot through working on a song which had some parts beyond my play grade ... OK, I never managed to play those parts well enough for the final mix but I can play them "badly" which is better than I could play them before ... in due course I shall inflict my David beginner attempt upon a now forewarned community.

I also experienced first hand the wisdom of what [email protected] Revolution says in terms of producing a radio-ready song ... cause my friends tell me this is radio ready.  It is a 6 step process ...

1) Write a good song ... we picked Neil Young's classic ... can't go wrong
2) Arrangement ... this was interesting.  After much discussion we agreed how we'd like to marry NY's acoustic and electric versions into our cover ... making it something different and interesting
3) Record ... getting a quality recording is a challenge, especially acoustic guitar
4) Edit ... I shan't go into the details, but suffice is to say that roman with some help from Kasper did significant work editing the various tracks to ensure a tight performance
5) Mix ... again loads of effort to get that song sounding the way it finally does.  Now I am inspired to try and mix my own vocals to sound at least a little closer to how Roman made me sound
6) Master ... more significant when publishing a number of songs on an album and for different media.

What can I say, this project is a highlight and memory that will stay with me for the rest of my days.

And I can only say, an enormous thank you to Roman and Kasper ... they were special in so many ways.

And I wasn't done for October ...

When I realised that it was approaching 8 months to the day since I made my first recording ... verse 1 plus the chorus of Hallelujah, I though it was time to have another go ... exactly how much have I learnt and improved.

The answer was clear ... enormous.  I've never set any long term goals or had any particular expectation ... just want to be better and be able to say I can play.  I never expected to get into recording and mixing and I have now dipped a toe or two into that ocean.  My ears are also better ... I can hear subtle difference between my straight and mixed versions of the song ... at least in my mind I do.  And after posting it I enjoyed the confirmation of my own opinion from those who listen and share their thoughts over in the AVOYP section of the Community Website.  And being able to throw in some of the walk ups from C to G was cool.

https://soundcloud.com/david-preece-24770685/hallelujah-20171021-mixed

OK, so still not got the tempo right.  In fact my friend Verna told me that it sounded good but after listening to Bon Jovi's cover something seemed not quite right ... yeah, playing it in 4/4 when the rest of the world plays it 6/8 will do that.  But it's fine ... next time ...

So next episode may reflect on take 3 of Hallelujah.  Back to a fuller arrangement with MIDI tracks, guitar and vocal ... and using the DAW metronome and backing will make sure I play it in 6/8.

Also closer to another blues classic ...

As always, thanks to all of you who listen, comments, read and generally encourage me that I am getting better

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« Reply #56 on: November 16, 2017, 04:11:02 pm »
Well done David.

As ever you give us something to aspire to. My own aspirations are rather more modest but when all is said and done it's the music that matters and the enjoyment of making and listening to it with friends.

I've enjoyed reading your journey and it gives me great encouragement (one of the wonderful things about this forum is the atmosphere of support and encouragement).

You have also (along with Mari and Wheelin' Rev) inspired mt to put my own Road Case up on here.

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« Reply #57 on: November 16, 2017, 07:22:42 pm »
Thanks for posting your update, David, you're always an interesting and entertaining read - I'd invite you out for a drink to chat some more (okay diet coke for me lol) if you weren't on the other side of the world!  :)

And "Also closer to another blues classic ..." - I'm wondering where that one's headed :) ...

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« Reply #58 on: November 16, 2017, 09:17:25 pm »
That's a good read David - when you posted your first version of Hallelujah, I marked you down as someone on about the same level as me (apart from the fact you could sing at the same time as playing - a skill which still eludes me).

But you are now streets ahead of me. Although I disagree about Chocolate Jesus being your best - that just has to be your rendition of Jane S Piddy - excellent version.

My excuse is that I don't get much time to practice during the Summer... but I think your natural talent is more likely the reason!

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« Reply #59 on: November 17, 2017, 04:31:01 pm »
MrBumble, Mari, Stan - thanks for reading my Road Case and taking the time to reply.

MrBumble .... I have to say when I started 11 months ago my aspirations were ever so modest, just wanted to see if I could finally begin to learn and stick at it.  But every little step forward opens my mind to another possibility, and as I say, what I think about being possible today is beyond what I even dreamed about when I started.  So stick with it.  I totally agree with your sentiments re making music, enjoying it with friends (my musical friends are all here in the Community) and encouraging each other. And I love the way we all encourage each other.

Mari ... mine is a ... hmmmm .... OK, I am flexible when it comes to drinks and not fussed by what choice others make ... but guess if we are out chatting music and life, perhaps in a quite little place with some live muso strumming and singing some acoustic blues in the background, then mine would be a malt whiskey  :)  On the blues, let's just say your favourite man plays it but I can't play it in that style ... yet

Stan ... I'd say it's all about practice, rather than natural talent.  I don't consider myself to be talented.  Some may say Daniel aka pastie who just posted a version of Layla is talented but then he has probably put in 3-4 times the number hours as I have over a similar period of months.  And he shows how much you can progress with dedicated effort.  I practice and/or play probably 3-4 days a week and now average maybe an hour a session, maybe a little less.  So if you can put in a little more time on a regular basis I am sure you will improve.  And I also found working towards these recording projects serves as a goal to achieve.  And of course the comparisons with others serve little purpose other than maybe to inspire one ... I look at Gareth aka garfield, Pam aka pkbook and Johan aka lofegren finger-picking away and remember back when they were strumming songs much like I do now and think, well if they can do it then so can I!!  Glad to hear how much you enjoyed Jane S Piddy ... I guess you are a Sixto Rodrigues fan  :)  Maybe one fine day I'll try some others that previously were beyond me.

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« Reply #60 on: November 17, 2017, 06:56:30 pm »
Tx for sharing David.... it all sounds very familiar. The urge to create music is what keeps us going... now for getting the skillset to execute.😉 Keep well. B
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« Reply #61 on: November 17, 2017, 07:38:15 pm »
Hey Barend, how you doing,  been a while since you posted comments and shared a song ....

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« Reply #62 on: November 19, 2017, 03:08:25 pm »
Hey Barend, how you doing,  been a while since you posted comments and shared a song ....
Hi David..Nice to touch base. 

Setting up the business...  including studying for what is called the Fsb's RE 1 exam over the last few weeks took its toll. Quite daunting to memorise 220 pages of financial law at ahe 50...

Also, i went for 2 random lessons with a guitar teacher who strongly suggested that i learn all the notes on the fretboard by playing scales fwd and backward from every route position you can find. This is a tough process and not something you can do mindlessly while watching series (which is how i do a lot of my practise..lol).

 So all of a sudden the motivation mojo dropped to zero.... 😕.

But i found my way back here checking out stuff, so will get going again soon. I have got the b7 down at around 80pct. So sitting on the dock of the bay should be on here soon.

Great to see you are still going strong!!!

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« Reply #63 on: November 19, 2017, 04:32:19 pm »
Barend,

Hope the exams go well and the business is picking up.

As for the teacher's recommendation ... as a quite a beginner far be it for me to question a teacher ... but having said that ...

I think knowing all the notes on the fretboard is certainly something to work towards but I'd say slowly  :)  Otherwise I can imagine how easily the fun in playing and learning  may drain away.  Justin's Beginner Course goal is to know the notes on the thickest two strings and up to 4th or 5th fret for the rest. At stage 7 of BC start on minor pentatonic at 5th fret and just in that position.  I think the major scale is introduced in the Intermediate Course and no idea how many positions.  Then after IM there is an advanced course titled Mastering the Major Scale.

So I am a firm advocate in follow the BC slowly and steadily  :)

Glad to hear B7 is coming into line and look forward to hearing DotB soon ..

Be well ...

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« Reply #64 on: November 19, 2017, 06:12:37 pm »
The fun draining away. That's exactly it!

I do tend to want to jump ahead... patience .. slow and steady ☺ with max fun along the road... way better.

Tx for the well wishes re exam / business. I landed my first big client recently, so the wheels are turning. 🤓

What you working on currently?

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« Reply #65 on: November 21, 2017, 10:18:21 am »
Barend,

Congrats on the client ... may they be the first of many, many more.

As for the "what you working on" ... will assume context is music, rather than profession ...

Minor pentatonic.  I've started adding in a DU per note pattern along with the usual D D D or D U D picking.  Also started with one of those sequence patterns ... 123 234 345 (being the number of the note, not the intervals in the scale)

Also working on a PDUDU pattern for Working Class Hero where P is for Pick the bass note.  Trying the alternating base notes with the hammer-on on the 4th string

Lastly, a blues tune that exercises triplet strumming plus some added notes to turn basic E-shape chords into sus chords.

Oh and 6/8 strumming on Hallelujah chord progression ... wish I could sing and strum in 6/8 but that is proving to be beyond me at the moment.  So will probably produce a version in the right time and overdub the vocal.

That's it for the moment ...

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« Reply #66 on: November 23, 2017, 05:12:45 pm »
Wow David. That's a mouthfull!

Context is music for sure.

Is this still as per Justin's lessons? Sounds like you moved on from getting chords under the belt.

I did halleluja with my previous guitar teacher. I was very fortunate with the rythm and singing... managed to play it kind of instinctively after a few tries in the lesson... wish i could say the same for the rest of the skills i am working on 😂.

Look forward to hear the sounds you create with all the above.

Have fun and hope the breakthroughs come sooner rather than later. 😉


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« Reply #67 on: November 23, 2017, 09:34:21 pm »
Well it sounds a lot more complicated than it is, Barend  :)

The trip-let strumming is stage 5. Then the rest is from stage 7 plus sneaking in a little more on the minor pentatonic from stage 8 & 9 lessons.  So still all Beginner Course stuff.

What is your current focus?

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« Reply #68 on: November 24, 2017, 11:13:01 am »
Well it sounds a lot more complicated than it is, Barend  :)

The trip-let strumming is stage 5. Then the rest is from stage 7 plus sneaking in a little more on the minor pentatonic from stage 8 & 9 lessons.  So still all Beginner Course stuff.

What is your current focus?
My current focus is to be more focused..lol

I have a few things going, (learning scales all over neck, Dotb, sound of silence, stand by me, hotel california). 

I decided last night to focus on getting the B7, G7 and C7 finalised. My one minute changes on these are around 60 pm but the quality not good yet.

I also want to record and  post some of the songs i have worked on.

Going to focus less on the scales and notes on the neck

I am constantly drawn between practising new stuff and working to perfect the older.

I have worked out about 4 new songs, very tempted to start them, but only once the 7th chords are in the bag.

Also reading a bit of music theory in between...



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« Reply #69 on: November 24, 2017, 02:22:07 pm »
 :)

Plan sounds good, Barend.  I've noticed that B7 seems to crop up quite a bit so a lot of mileage in getting it down.

Look forward to hearing some more songs.

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« Reply #70 on: December 18, 2017, 09:40:35 am »
Celebrating my first guitaversary Thanks Richard for the term  :)

The avid reader will recall that I started BC Stage 1, Lesson 1 on Dec 16th, 2016 after decades of picking up, putting down and generally making next to no progress at learning to play.

A year has passed, in which I have practised and played in every week ... some weeks more than others ... no worries about that. 

I started being unable to play in time with Justin as strummed through the chords of Three Little Birds ... I mean the slowed up version when he is teaching the son, not the showcase version at the start of the lesson.

I finished the year posting recordings of Auld Lang Syne and Before You Accuse Me ... both were significant to me.

I didn't plan on submitting an entry into the Dec monthly competition.  Then Mary encouraged me to try Auld Lang Syne ... so typical of my experience of this Community: encouraging and helpful.  As I began to learn to strum and sing it, I thought I picked up on a couple of notes of the melody.  That lead me to try and transcribe it ... another first.  I got most of it and Mary filled in the gaps.  I got a little more creative in the "arrangement" of this, including a play through the melody as an intro after starting the Big Ben chiming midnight ... this being the traditional song to see in the New Year.

I'd been working on Before You Accuse Me for a while.  Now I don't post anything that is flawless ... I can hear errors in everything I post, not to mention knowing that I have a long way to go to be really tight and solid on my rhythm playing.  But the postings reflect progress, give me a goal to work towards and generate a sense of accomplishment.

But I was struggling with this song to get the quality of performance up to my usual (imperfect) standard.  Then decided just to record it anyway ... it is what it is.  AVOYP is not about perfection, its about progress and learning.  And if I am to be true to that message then a recording of this song was long overdue.  So despite some flaws that were more more serious that usual, I posted it.

Trust the Community ... they'll hear it for what it is and be appropriate with the feedback ... and I got some of my most encouraging feedback ... despite the errors, the sloppy timing and some phrasing problems.

So I encourage you all ... be brave to be vulnerable enough to post recordings of your playing once you get to the point of playing songs ... which ideally is right there in the BC Stage 1 as soon as you can play those ADE chords.  It's been a big part of my achievements of this year.

Here they are if you missed them and would fancy a listen:

https://soundcloud.com/david-preece-24770685/auld-lang-syne-20171202
https://soundcloud.com/david-preece-24770685/before-you-accuse-me-20171204

Now what ...

Well, I am busy in stage 7, concentrating on adding in the picking of a bass note into my strumming and the minor pentatonic scale.  I'm on holiday again with more time and energy to devote to guitar. So working up a couple of recording projects. 

Then I decided that this is my learning journey and should not be too rigid in how I work through the BC.  While I have more time I decided that it was the ideal time to start in on finger-picking.  So I've checked out the lessons and started last night.

Meanwhile, those more familiar with the BC may be wondering ... "what about the power chords?"  One of the things I got from my pre JG years was the ability to play full barre chords in E and A shapes from 1st fret up the neck.  So this power chord thing of fretting the 6th string and muting 123 is proving awkward.  I play only acoustic and decided for now, I'm not moved to master this.  So I shall defer focus on power chords till later ... maybe when I have an electric and want to start rocking a little harder ... who knows ... but that's OK ... not skipped, just delayed for a while.

Year one was an amazing journey.  I went beyond what I imagined might be possible when I started.  What is possible in year 2 ... time will tell.  But I know for sure...it will be fun and this time next year when I celebrate my second guitaversary the player I will be then will be completely unrecognisable to the player I am now, who is unrecognisable to the player I was on Dec 16th, 2016.

Wishing you all the best, in life and in music ... let's rock on !!



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Re: David P's Road Case
« Reply #71 on: December 19, 2017, 03:10:39 am »
It's nice to be reading your roadcase update and think 'yup, I heard him play that', and 'yup, you can sure hear improvements', and just to share the journey a bit. It's certainly an amazing community.

Wishing you all the best, in life and in music ... let's rock on !!

And you too, David 😃

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Re: David P's Road Case
« Reply #72 on: December 19, 2017, 10:57:22 am »
Celebrating my first guitaversary Thanks Richard for the term  :)

The avid reader will recall that I started BC Stage 1, Lesson 1 on Dec 16th, 2016 after decades of picking up, putting down and generally making next to no progress at learning to play.

A year has passed, in which I have practised and played in every week ... some weeks more than others ... no worries about that. 

I started being unable to play in time with Justin as strummed through the chords of Three Little Birds ... I mean the slowed up version when he is teaching the son, not the showcase version at the start of the lesson.

I finished the year posting recordings of Auld Lang Syne and Before You Accuse Me ... both were significant to me.

I didn't plan on submitting an entry into the Dec monthly competition.  Then Mary encouraged me to try Auld Lang Syne ... so typical of my experience of this Community: encouraging and helpful.  As I began to learn to strum and sing it, I thought I picked up on a couple of notes of the melody.  That lead me to try and transcribe it ... another first.  I got most of it and Mary filled in the gaps.  I got a little more creative in the "arrangement" of this, including a play through the melody as an intro after starting the Big Ben chiming midnight ... this being the traditional song to see in the New Year.

I'd been working on Before You Accuse Me for a while.  Now I don't post anything that is flawless ... I can hear errors in everything I post, not to mention knowing that I have a long way to go to be really tight and solid on my rhythm playing.  But the postings reflect progress, give me a goal to work towards and generate a sense of accomplishment.

But I was struggling with this song to get the quality of performance up to my usual (imperfect) standard.  Then decided just to record it anyway ... it is what it is.  AVOYP is not about perfection, its about progress and learning.  And if I am to be true to that message then a recording of this song was long overdue.  So despite some flaws that were more more serious that usual, I posted it.

Trust the Community ... they'll hear it for what it is and be appropriate with the feedback ... and I got some of my most encouraging feedback ... despite the errors, the sloppy timing and some phrasing problems.

So I encourage you all ... be brave to be vulnerable enough to post recordings of your playing once you get to the point of playing songs ... which ideally is right there in the BC Stage 1 as soon as you can play those ADE chords.  It's been a big part of my achievements of this year.

Here they are if you missed them and would fancy a listen:

https://soundcloud.com/david-preece-24770685/auld-lang-syne-20171202
https://soundcloud.com/david-preece-24770685/before-you-accuse-me-20171204

Now what ...

Well, I am busy in stage 7, concentrating on adding in the picking of a bass note into my strumming and the minor pentatonic scale.  I'm on holiday again with more time and energy to devote to guitar. So working up a couple of recording projects. 

Then I decided that this is my learning journey and should not be too rigid in how I work through the BC.  While I have more time I decided that it was the ideal time to start in on finger-picking.  So I've checked out the lessons and started last night.

Meanwhile, those more familiar with the BC may be wondering ... "what about the power chords?"  One of the things I got from my pre JG years was the ability to play full barre chords in E and A shapes from 1st fret up the neck.  So this power chord thing of fretting the 6th string and muting 123 is proving awkward.  I play only acoustic and decided for now, I'm not moved to master this.  So I shall defer focus on power chords till later ... maybe when I have an electric and want to start rocking a little harder ... who knows ... but that's OK ... not skipped, just delayed for a while.

Year one was an amazing journey.  I went beyond what I imagined might be possible when I started.  What is possible in year 2 ... time will tell.  But I know for sure...it will be fun and this time next year when I celebrate my second guitaversary the player I will be then will be completely unrecognisable to the player I am now, who is unrecognisable to the player I was on Dec 16th, 2016.

Wishing you all the best, in life and in music ... let's rock on !!
I enjoyed reading this update David.

I can associate with much of what you are experiencing... also picking my way through the BC to compliment prior knowledge.

My family is camping at the sea until first week of jan. There was not enough space for the guitar, so I will be itching to play when i get back.

I heard someone playing guitar and harmonica last night... a few campsites from ours... the atmosphere he created was so festive.. very inspirational.

Enjoy your extra time with the guitar.
Barend

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Re: David P's Road Case
« Reply #73 on: December 19, 2017, 11:24:17 am »
Thanks Mary ... really do appreciate your continual support and encouragement.

Thanks Barend ... camping by the sea sounds stellar ... you just need a big trailer to ensure space for the guitar  ;)

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Re: David P's Road Case
« Reply #74 on: December 19, 2017, 08:21:01 pm »
Thanks Mary ... really do appreciate your continual support and encouragement.

Thanks Barend ... camping by the sea sounds stellar ... you just need a big trailer to ensure space for the guitar  ;)
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