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Re: R.F.W. road case
« Reply #25 on: January 20, 2021, 10:39:12 am »
After reading several roadcases with their guitar goals, I thought it would be a good idea to set myself some targets also for this year.

Im just about to start Grade 2, lesson 10. So my target firstly is to finish Grade 2 and before moving onto the next stage I want to record 5 songs that demonstrate the skills learnt in Grade 2.

Song 1 - with stuck 3/4 chords and proper rythmn pattern
Song 2 - F barre chord
Song 3 - Power Chords
Song 4 - Blues
Song 5 - Finger Style.



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Re: R.F.W. road case
« Reply #26 on: January 20, 2021, 11:04:24 am »
Excellent plan, RFW. I think that is the way to do it, learn songs that use the technique and theory studied in the lessons. Look forward to hearing the songs.

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« Reply #27 on: January 20, 2021, 11:43:07 am »
Your forward plan is very good, learning pieces that use your learning stage is by far the best way to get them down! You’re much better motivated by doing it that way than by just doing exercises, plus you’re learning something that’s productive! Good luck with them and looking forward to seeing your progress!

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« Reply #28 on: January 20, 2021, 09:04:21 pm »
You sound like you're having a heap of fun RFW. Enjoy.
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Re: R.F.W. road case
« Reply #29 on: January 20, 2021, 09:17:41 pm »
I'm seeing commitment!
Good to see.

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Re: R.F.W. road case
« Reply #30 on: January 21, 2021, 07:15:15 am »
I'm seeing commitment!
Good to see.
Thanks - I trying to get the balance between mid-term goals and short-term goals.
For the short-term my focus is now on completing BC grade 2.10. I set no time frame as its dependent on successful incorporation of the F barre chord in songs.

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« Reply #31 on: January 21, 2021, 07:19:55 am »
You sound like you're having a heap of fun RFW. Enjoy.
Im trying to have some fun, but I need to take some lessons from Ex- calif and tjc.
For my practice sessions this month, I have some fun elements.
1) learning the La Bamba riff
2) Hammer ons
3) Practicing improvisation using the C scale over a backing track


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Re: R.F.W. road case
« Reply #32 on: January 21, 2021, 07:24:44 am »
Your forward plan is very good, learning pieces that use your learning stage is by far the best way to get them down! You’re much better motivated by doing it that way than by just doing exercises, plus you’re learning something that’s productive! Good luck with them and looking forward to seeing your progress!
This is the best part of the learning process, learning songs.
For BC Grade 2.10, I have taken your advice to learn songs that you may not like but practice the skill. So I have chosen two songs to practice the F barre chord and weak finger G.

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« Reply #33 on: February 19, 2021, 01:09:44 pm »
The difficult question is when should you move on to the next stage of the BC. If I wait until I master each element then I could be doing the beginners course for eternity.

So with this in mind, after spending just over 4 weeks on module 10, I need to move on to keep my interest alive.

Positives  -
1) After more than 6 months, I feel confident about playing the F chord, however I still find it difficult to play in a chord progression above 60bpm.
2) Alternative picking on the C major scale has gone well - 100 bpm
3) improvising using the C major scale.

Negatives
1) I struggled with the La Bamba riff, counting and keeping time is difficult for me.
2) No learnt songs due to difficulty with F chord progression.

Next 4 week goals-
1) Continue to work on F chord progressions.
2) Learn a riff using sus chords (Summer of 69)
3) Learn a simple fingerstyle song (Everybody hurts)
4) Learn Happy Birthday fingerstyle.
5) Attempt to write a simple song.

Stay safe and keep on rocking.








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Re: R.F.W. road case
« Reply #34 on: February 19, 2021, 01:40:54 pm »
Thanks for the update, RFW.

Next 4 week plan sounds good.

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Re: R.F.W. road case
« Reply #35 on: February 19, 2021, 08:38:19 pm »
Try some songs with the F in it but where the chord progressions are not massive. How is your B minor in barre? Then see if you can find an easy version of Hotel California. It has two barre chords in it and the tempo is, I believe, around 72.

From what I understand I have tall weird fingers so a bit lucky. I never had trouble with playing a barre chord (except those higher ones because my fingers are so long lol). But I notice a lot of people have trouble with it so don’t feel to bad about it!!
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Re: R.F.W. road case
« Reply #36 on: February 19, 2021, 08:47:52 pm »
Took me ages to play F chord, another months of mastering the changes. Don't get frustrated overly because of it, keep practicing and eventually it will click ;)

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Re: R.F.W. road case
« Reply #37 on: February 19, 2021, 09:39:05 pm »


Try some songs with the F in it but where the chord progressions are not massive.

I've been practicing 10 mins per day on songs with F barre chord in. I happy I can make the chord, it's just about speed and accuracy now.

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Re: R.F.W. road case
« Reply #38 on: February 19, 2021, 09:44:44 pm »
Took me ages to play F chord, another months of mastering the changes. Don't get frustrated overly because of it, keep practicing and eventually it will click ;)

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I gone through the frustration, when I stopped playing for a while last year. The problem I have is getting the barre in time.


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Re: R.F.W. road case
« Reply #39 on: February 19, 2021, 10:34:42 pm »
That's also gonna take some practice, with each learnt song it's gonna get better, I am still sometimes missing out time wise with a barre, just one of those things that take lots of time to figure out fully I am afraid

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Re: R.F.W. road case
« Reply #40 on: February 21, 2021, 11:50:07 am »

I've been practicing 10 mins per day on songs with F barre chord in. I happy I can make the chord, it's just about speed and accuracy now.

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Same problem here.  I've found the best way to crack this kind of issue is to play with a metronome, slow it right down til you can do it & then slowly increment the BPM.  I've found this approach MUCH faster than trying to learn at a faster speed I can't do.

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Re: R.F.W. road case
« Reply #41 on: February 21, 2021, 12:19:15 pm »


Same problem here.  I've found the best way to crack this kind of issue is to play with a metronome, slow it right down til you can do it & then slowly increment the BPM.  I've found this approach MUCH faster than trying to learn at a faster speed I can't do.

Thanks for the advice. I find impossible to use the metronome below 60bpm for 4:4 time and 30bpm  for 6:8 time.
There's no shortcut but practicing well and eventually I will get there.

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Re: R.F.W. road case
« Reply #42 on: March 19, 2021, 10:27:13 am »
Now it's time to put my cowboy chords away for a while and play some dirt -) Power Chords await for the next 4 weeks.

Monthly positives -
1) I enjoyed fingerstyle and made some progress learning REM everybody hurts,. So I will keep in practice routine.
2) Learnt Happy Birthday fingerstyle - need to get the timing smooth.

Negatives-
1) F chord still proving difficult to play in a song - I  will keep in practice routine.
2) 2nd month not learning full songs, only parts.

Monthly goals-
1) Learn Cocaine for Power chord slides.
2) Learn Smells like teen spirit for PC string jumps
3) Learn All the small things for palm muting
4) choose 2 additional PC songs from Polly, Anarchy in the UK, Sweat leaf, American Idiot or Hells bells.

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Re: R.F.W. road case
« Reply #43 on: March 19, 2021, 10:49:19 am »
Sounds you are on a good path, if you learn Cocaine or Smells like teen spirit Polly won't be any challenge so I would go for American Idiot, quick changes so will keep you busy :)

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Re: R.F.W. road case
« Reply #44 on: March 19, 2021, 10:55:09 am »
Thanks for the advice. I will probably learn all of them at some point, so its about choosing the right one to develop my skills.

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Re: R.F.W. road case
« Reply #45 on: March 19, 2021, 11:20:56 am »
Thanks for the update, RFW. Sounds like good progress made and a fine plan to continue. 

Look forward to hearing some rocking, riffing music from you soon.

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Re: R.F.W. road case
« Reply #46 on: March 19, 2021, 12:42:30 pm »
Would be great to hear your rendition of Everybody Hurts.  I've been thinking of trying that fingerstyle.

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Re: R.F.W. road case
« Reply #47 on: March 19, 2021, 01:01:42 pm »
Would be great to hear your rendition of Everybody Hurts.  I've been thinking of trying that fingerstyle.

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The tempo is not fast and only 4 chords to learn for the fingerstyle pattern. However its certainly a challenge, to get the consistency and an even tempo.

So watch this space and hopefully some time in the not so distant future, I will post my version.

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Re: R.F.W. road case
« Reply #48 on: March 25, 2021, 02:45:35 pm »
I just got to reading your Road Case. Your goals and practice routines sound good. Awesome collection of gear you have. I’m looking forward to watching your progress. Ready for another video from you. Good work RFW!


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