Technically, that video has to be my 52nd one in the group, but since I counted only the weeks I’ve been practicing in, the numeration shifted a bit, so the proper 1 year summary will be posted in 4 weeks from now.
Anyway, at the very first day I decided that if I’m to successfully maintain consistent practice and to devote a good amount of time into the program then I’ll reward myself with a new guitar on the next birthday. And here it is!
The guitar is a PRS SE CUSTOM 22 VINTAGE SUNBURST and it’s beautiful and versatile. Looking forward to continue my daily practice on it!
Anyway, the practice routine for this week was economy picking, levels 1-4. The speed I’ve reached is 1/8 notes @ 140 bpm. Next week I’ll add another 4 levels and get these four to 150 bpm or maybe even further.
Also there’s new riffs as always. And I tried to figure out the keys of the songs only by the riffs. Not sure if it’s always possible, because sometimes there’s just not enough notes, but I tried.
Well, I’ve figured out that have been playing major/minor pentatonic shapes wrong before… Don’t know how I learnt them incorrect in the first place, but the most important thing is that I’ve fixed it 🙂
Next week I either continue practicing them in other ways or leave them in the background and switch to the next module, which is on figuring out the key of the song.
This week I’ve been practicing major triads and their inversions. I would generate a list of notes at therandomscalemachine.com and play all triads and inversions for given root notes pronouncing the notes.
Sorry for the sound quality. I should adjust the input levels of the mic better next time. This time I had to limit the levels after recording, and the sound is just not right.
There’s a lot of stuff that’s happening right now and have been happening during this week. First and foremost – I finally finished figuring out every shape/voicing of each chord for every mode. At least for C major key, but other chords could be get just by moving the shapes around so I’ll leave it as it is now.
The second thing is that I decided to learn something by ear, record and post something daily. I chose the short format of Instagram Reels, TikTok and YouTube Shorts, so now I upload daily to each of these social networks. It’s interesting how the same videos get different results on these platforms.
Feel free to subscribe. I’ll try to maintain that pace and post riffs/melodies/solos daily:
After the livestream I returned back to the previous chords from C Ionian and D Dorian modes hoping that their quantity will decrease after I apply the following rules:
The lowest note of the chord must be 1, 3, 5 or 7
We can omit any notes except for 3, 7 and the ones in the chord name
The first rule really helped and I deleted quite a few of voicings which couldn’t be called the way I named them.
The second though… Well, after going through C Ionian mode I “decreased” the number of voicings from 74 to 89, and for the D Dorian – from 69 to 98. I’ve spent several hours straight for each of these modes yesterday and found some crazy wide voicings which I haven’t considered before. Hence this quantity increase.
The situation have got out of control a bit, but I’m having fun as soon as I’m not stuck at the same ones.
Next week I’ll go on vacation and won’t be able to continue just yet. So I’ll go with ear training and maybe something else instead. But when I’m back, G Mixolydian, A Aeolian and B Locrian will have been gone through as well.
At first I thought I would play all these chords, but now when I’m writing this I’m not sure anymore, because I have 311 voicings on my list and it’s gonna be a 15-20 minutes long part of the video of me just playing chords, which is not very enjoyable to watch. But on the other hand it might be useful to hear through all of the different voicings and choose the ones I like the most. So at that point I’m a bit uncertain, and we’ll see what’s gonna be as a result.
Phew… Can’t believe that I’ve done all this. These numbers are really crazy.
Well, that week was a breakthrough. I finally started to understand how chords work and why that chords belongs to that key. Mind blown!
As always, I wanted to go through Module 35 as thoroughly as I can. So instead of learning 1-2 voicings of each chord I decided to learn pretty much all of them. Well, at first I thought I’d learned all of them 😅
The first approach I took was to find a website with as many chord variations as possible and learn all of them in the way I’ve learnt all the shapes of the CAGED system. And it really helped, now I know a lot of them.
But… Yesterday it downed on me! There is a way to figure out more voicings. So for the last two days I’ve been figuring out the shapes based on the C major chord shapes of the CAGED system. And since I’m not sure about all of them, I recorded the whole process. Hence the video length. Sorry about that.
That process has really made me excited and interested in finally learning the notes of the chords. And the process of figuring out the shapes appeared to be a refreshing experience.
So I’m looking forward to start practicing Dorian mode tomorrow.
P.S. I had no time to improve my improvisation, so there’s none of it in the video. I need to learn some licks in order to get more interesting sound, because I really started to repeat myself too often. So I guess I’ll return to it after the chords module.