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Re: David P's Road Case
« 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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Re: David P's Road Case
« 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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Re: David P's Road Case
« 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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Re: David P's Road Case
« 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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Re: David P's Road Case
« 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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Re: David P's Road Case
« 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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Re: David P's Road Case
« 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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