Week 19. Summary

I have a plane in 10 hours, so this summary will be short 🙂

The goals I set myself this week were quite over reasonable, so in order to reach them I had to increase the speed by 10 bpm daily while playing as 8th notes. So it was pretty tough and the result at final speed is not very clean. But I managed to film some pretty decent attempts on camera, so the goals are now complete.

I won’t have any guitar on a vacation so I’ll continue ear training and start practicing 6 levels of rhythm from the Module 22. I really hope that the Internet will be there and I’ll be able to post something for the next week. Don’t wanna fail the challenge because of this vacation.

Anyway, here’s the short video with this week results.

The goals for this week were:

  • [Done] Mixolydian scales as 16th notes at 90 bpm
  • [Done] Major scales (A string) as 16th notes at 90 bpm
  • [Done] Major scales in 3rds as 16th notes at 75 bpm
  • [Done] Major scales in 4 note pattern as 16th notes at 75 bpm
  • [Done] Major pentatonic scales as 16th notes at 90 bpm
  • [Done] Major pentatonic scales in 3rds as 16th notes at 75 bpm
  • [Done] Major pentatonic scales in 4 note pattern as 16th notes at 75 bpm
  • [Done] Minor pentatonic scales as 16th notes at 90 bpm
  • [Done] Minor pentatonic scales in 3rds as 16th notes at 75 bpm
  • [Done] Minor pentatonic scales in 4 note pattern as 16th notes at 75 bpm

My goals for the next week:

  • 6 levels of rhythm at 120 bpm
  • Daily ear training starting from all intervals

Practice time

Day 127 – 45 min
Day 128 – 45 min
Day 129 – 45 min
Day 130 – 45 min
Day 131 – 45 min
Day 132 – 45 min
Day 133 – 45 min
Total – 5 h 15 min

Scales

Scales – A mixolydian – 16th notes @ 80 bpm → 16th notes @ 90 bpm
Scales – D major (A string) – 16th notes @ 80 bpm → 16th notes @ 90 bpm

Scales – A major in 3rds – 8th notes @ 80 bpm → 8th notes @ 150 bpm
Scales – A major in 4 note pattern – 8th notes @ 80 bpm → 8th notes @ 150 bpm

Scales – A major pentatonic – 16th notes @ 80 bpm → 16th notes @ 90 bpm
Scales – A major pentatonic in 3rds and 4ths – 8th notes @ 80 bpm → 8th notes @ 150 bpm
Scales – A major pentatonic in 4 note pattern – 8th notes @ 80 bpm → 8th notes @ 150 bpm

Scales – A minor pentatonic – 16th notes @ 80 bpm → 16th notes @ 90 bpm
Scales – A minor pentatonic in 3rds and 4ths – 8th notes @ 80 bpm → 8th notes @ 150 bpm
Scales – A minor pentatonic in 4 note pattern – 8th notes @ 80 bpm → 8th notes @ 150 bpm

Ear training

Intervals – 7-14 intervals – 270 of 300 – 90.00%
Minor 2nd, Major 2nd, Minor 3rd, Major 3rd, Perfect 4th, Tritone, Perfect 5th, Minor 6th, Major 6th, Minor 7th, Major 7th, Octave, Minor 9th, Major 9th

Day 133. Not perfect, but still…

Today I had to finalize the week with no experience of playing these exercises at the given speed. Well, it kinda worked out, but they’re pretty rough.

Scales

A mixolydian

16th notes @ 90 bpm

D major (A string)

16th notes @ 90 bpm

A major in 3rds

8th notes @ 150 bpm

A major in 4 note pattern

8th notes @ 150 bpm

A major pentatonic

16th notes @ 90 bpm

A major pentatonic in 3rds and 4ths

8th notes @ 150 bpm

A major pentatonic in 4 note pattern

8th notes @ 150 bpm

A minor pentatonic

16th notes @ 90 bpm

A minor pentatonic in 3rds and 4ths

8th notes @ 150 bpm

A minor pentatonic in 4 note pattern

8th notes @ 150 bpm

Ear training

7-13 intervals

Routines

Scales – A mixolydian – 90 bpm – 16th notes – 3 min
Scales – D major (A string) – 90 bpm – 16th notes – 3 min

Scales – A major in 3rds – 150 bpm – 8th notes – 3 min
Scales – A major in 4 note pattern – 150 bpm – 8th notes – 3 min

Scales – A major pentatonic – 90 bpm – 16th notes – 3 min
Scales – A major pentatonic in 3rds and 4ths – 150 bpm – 8th notes – 3 min
Scales – A major pentatonic in 4 note pattern – 150 bpm – 8th notes – 3 min

Scales – A minor pentatonic – 90 bpm – 16th notes – 3 min
Scales – A minor pentatonic in 3rds and 4ths – 150 bpm – 8th notes – 3 min
Scales – A minor pentatonic in 4 note pattern – 150 bpm – 8th notes – 3 min

Ear training – Intervals – 7-13 intervals – 15 min

Total – 45 min

Day 132. Almost there

I’m trying to get to the final speed of 150 bpm by tomorrow, so today the exercises are at 140 bpm. Some of them were pretty easy, the others – not so well played.

Scales

A mixolydian

16th notes @ 90 bpm

D major (A string)

16th notes @ 90 bpm

A major in 3rds

8th notes @ 140 bpm

A major in 4 note pattern

8th notes @ 140 bpm

A major pentatonic

16th notes @ 90 bpm

A major pentatonic in 3rds and 4ths

8th notes @ 140 bpm

A major pentatonic in 4 note pattern

8th notes @ 140 bpm

A minor pentatonic

16th notes @ 90 bpm

A minor pentatonic in 3rds and 4ths

8th notes @ 140 bpm

A minor pentatonic in 4 note pattern

8th notes @ 140 bpm

Ear training

7-13 intervals

Routines

Scales – A mixolydian – 90 bpm – 16th notes – 3 min
Scales – D major (A string) – 90 bpm – 16th notes – 3 min

Scales – A major in 3rds – 140 bpm – 8th notes – 3 min
Scales – A major in 4 note pattern – 140 bpm – 8th notes – 3 min

Scales – A major pentatonic – 90 bpm – 16th notes – 3 min
Scales – A major pentatonic in 3rds and 4ths – 140 bpm – 8th notes – 3 min
Scales – A major pentatonic in 4 note pattern – 140 bpm – 8th notes – 3 min

Scales – A minor pentatonic – 90 bpm – 16th notes – 3 min
Scales – A minor pentatonic in 3rds and 4ths – 140 bpm – 8th notes – 3 min
Scales – A minor pentatonic in 4 note pattern – 140 bpm – 8th notes – 3 min

Ear training – Intervals – 7-13 intervals – 15 min

Total – 45 min

Day 131. Still manageable

I really thought I wouldn’t be able to play 3rds and 4 note patterns at 130 bpm, but it appeared to be not that hard. The basic scales at 90 bpm are still tough though.

Scales

A mixolydian

16th notes @ 90 bpm

D major (A string)

16th notes @ 90 bpm

A major in 3rds

8th notes @ 130 bpm

A major in 4 note pattern

8th notes @ 130 bpm

A major pentatonic

16th notes @ 90 bpm

A major pentatonic in 3rds and 4ths

8th notes @ 130 bpm

A major pentatonic in 4 note pattern

8th notes @ 130 bpm

A minor pentatonic

16th notes @ 90 bpm

A minor pentatonic in 3rds and 4ths

8th notes @ 130 bpm

A minor pentatonic in 4 note pattern

8th notes @ 130 bpm

Ear training

7-13 intervals

Routines

Scales – A mixolydian – 90 bpm – 16th notes – 3 min
Scales – D major (A string) – 90 bpm – 16th notes – 3 min

Scales – A major in 3rds – 130 bpm – 8th notes – 3 min
Scales – A major in 4 note pattern – 130 bpm – 8th notes – 3 min

Scales – A major pentatonic – 90 bpm – 16th notes – 3 min
Scales – A major pentatonic in 3rds and 4ths – 130 bpm – 8th notes – 3 min
Scales – A major pentatonic in 4 note pattern – 130 bpm – 8th notes – 3 min

Scales – A minor pentatonic – 90 bpm – 16th notes – 3 min
Scales – A minor pentatonic in 3rds and 4ths – 130 bpm – 8th notes – 3 min
Scales – A minor pentatonic in 4 note pattern – 130 bpm – 8th notes – 3 min

Ear training – Intervals – 7-13 intervals – 15 min

Total – 45 min

Day 130. Speeding up slowly

I increased practice speed for 3rds and 4 note pattern exercises. Not sure if I’m able to play it at 150 bpm by the end of the week. Today it was tough sometimes even at 120 bpm.

Scales

A mixolydian

16th notes @ 90 bpm

D major (A string)

16th notes @ 90 bpm

A major in 3rds

8th notes @ 120 bpm

A major in 4 note pattern

8th notes @ 120 bpm

A major pentatonic

16th notes @ 90 bpm

A major pentatonic in 3rds and 4ths

8th notes @ 120 bpm

A major pentatonic in 4 note pattern

8th notes @ 120 bpm

A minor pentatonic

16th notes @ 90 bpm

A minor pentatonic in 3rds and 4ths

8th notes @ 120 bpm

A minor pentatonic in 4 note pattern

8th notes @ 120 bpm

Ear training

7-12 intervals. Still need to spend some time to find any songs or melodies corresponding to the intervals I struggle with.

Routines

Scales – A mixolydian – 90 bpm – 16th notes – 3 min
Scales – D major (A string) – 90 bpm – 16th notes – 3 min

Scales – A major in 3rds – 120 bpm – 8th notes – 3 min
Scales – A major in 4 note pattern – 120 bpm – 8th notes – 3 min

Scales – A major pentatonic – 90 bpm – 16th notes – 3 min
Scales – A major pentatonic in 3rds and 4ths – 120 bpm – 8th notes – 3 min
Scales – A major pentatonic in 4 note pattern – 120 bpm – 8th notes – 3 min

Scales – A minor pentatonic – 90 bpm – 16th notes – 3 min
Scales – A minor pentatonic in 3rds and 4ths – 120 bpm – 8th notes – 3 min
Scales – A minor pentatonic in 4 note pattern – 120 bpm – 8th notes – 3 min

Ear training – Intervals – 7-12 intervals – 15 min

Total – 45 min

Day 129. Fast and sloppy

Today I had a chance to practice only in the evening, so I was tired and sleepy. But I increased the speed anyway.

Scales

A mixolydian

16th notes @ 90 bpm

D major (A string)

16th notes @ 90 bpm

A major in 3rds

8th notes @ 110 bpm

A major in 4 note pattern

8th notes @ 110 bpm

A major pentatonic

16th notes @ 90 bpm

A major pentatonic in 3rds and 4ths

8th notes @ 110 bpm

A major pentatonic in 4 note pattern

8th notes @ 110 bpm

A minor pentatonic

16th notes @ 90 bpm

A minor pentatonic in 3rds and 4ths

8th notes @ 110 bpm

A minor pentatonic in 4 note pattern

8th notes @ 110 bpm

Ear training

7-14 intervals

Routines

Scales – A mixolydian – 90 bpm – 16th notes – 3 min
Scales – D major (A string) – 90 bpm – 16th notes – 3 min

Scales – A major in 3rds – 110 bpm – 8th notes – 3 min
Scales – A major in 4 note pattern – 110 bpm – 8th notes – 3 min

Scales – A major pentatonic – 90 bpm – 16th notes – 3 min
Scales – A major pentatonic in 3rds and 4ths – 110 bpm – 8th notes – 3 min
Scales – A major pentatonic in 4 note pattern – 110 bpm – 8th notes – 3 min

Scales – A minor pentatonic – 90 bpm – 16th notes – 3 min
Scales – A minor pentatonic in 3rds and 4ths – 110 bpm – 8th notes – 3 min
Scales – A minor pentatonic in 4 note pattern – 110 bpm – 8th notes – 3 min

Ear training – Intervals – 7-14 intervals – 15 min

Total – 45 min

Day 128. All intervals, baby!

Today I’ve increased the speed for every routine and finally got to the level with all 14 intervals on ear training.

Scales

A mixolydian

16th notes @ 90 bpm

D major (A string)

16th notes @ 90 bpm

A major in 3rds

8th notes @ 100 bpm

A major in 4 note pattern

8th notes @ 100 bpm

A major pentatonic

16th notes @ 90 bpm

A major pentatonic in 3rds and 4ths

8th notes @ 100 bpm

A major pentatonic in 4 note pattern

8th notes @ 100 bpm

A minor pentatonic

16th notes @ 90 bpm

A minor pentatonic in 3rds and 4ths

8th notes @ 100 bpm

A minor pentatonic in 4 note pattern

8th notes @ 100 bpm

Ear training

7-14 intervals

Routines

Scales – A mixolydian – 90 bpm – 16th notes – 3 min
Scales – D major (A string) – 90 bpm – 16th notes – 3 min

Scales – A major in 3rds – 100 bpm – 8th notes – 3 min
Scales – A major in 4 note pattern – 100 bpm – 8th notes – 3 min

Scales – A major pentatonic – 90 bpm – 16th notes – 3 min
Scales – A major pentatonic in 3rds and 4ths – 100 bpm – 8th notes – 3 min
Scales – A major pentatonic in 4 note pattern – 100 bpm – 8th notes – 3 min

Scales – A minor pentatonic – 90 bpm – 16th notes – 3 min
Scales – A minor pentatonic in 3rds and 4ths – 100 bpm – 8th notes – 3 min
Scales – A minor pentatonic in 4 note pattern – 100 bpm – 8th notes – 3 min

Ear training – Intervals – 7-14 intervals – 15 min

Total – 45 min

Day 127. Working on dexterity

Continued working on these scales and ear training.

Scales

A mixolydian

16th notes @ 85 bpm

D major (A string)

16th notes @ 85 bpm

A major in 3rds

8th notes @ 90 bpm

A major in 4 note pattern

8th notes @ 90 bpm

A major pentatonic

16th notes @ 85 bpm

A major pentatonic in 3rds

8th notes @ 90 bpm

A major pentatonic in 4 note pattern

8th notes @ 90 bpm

A minor pentatonic

16th notes @ 85 bpm

A minor pentatonic in 3rds

8th notes @ 90 bpm

A minor pentatonic in 4 note pattern

8th notes @ 90 bpm

Ear training

7-13 intervals

Routines

Scales – A mixolydian – 85 bpm – 16th notes – 3 min
Scales – D major (A string) – 85 bpm – 16th notes – 3 min

Scales – A major in 3rds – 90 bpm – 8th notes – 3 min
Scales – A major in 4 note pattern – 90 bpm – 8th notes – 3 min

Scales – A major pentatonic – 85 bpm – 16th notes – 3 min
Scales – A major pentatonic in 3rds – 90 bpm – 8th notes – 3 min
Scales – A major pentatonic in 4 note pattern – 90 bpm – 8th notes – 3 min

Scales – A minor pentatonic – 85 bpm – 16th notes – 3 min
Scales – A minor pentatonic in 3rds – 90 bpm – 8th notes – 3 min
Scales – A minor pentatonic in 4 note pattern – 90 bpm – 8th notes – 3 min

Ear training – Intervals – 7-13 intervals – 15 min

Total – 45 min

Week 18. Summary

This week was all about scales and ways of practicing them. There’s not much to say, I’ll better just show the results.

Ear training is much better, I’m not struggling with Minor 3rds anymore, now the issue is with 6ths, 7ths and 9ths. Need to come up with some examples I’m used to, because I’m not familiar with the PDF ones.

The next week I’ll work on dexterity for these scales and patterns. It might be quite confusing in the beginning but hopefully I’ll manage to fulfill my goals.

Anyway, here’s the video.

The goals for this week were:

  • [Done] Mixolydian scales as 8th notes at 150 bpm
  • [Done] Major scales with root on the A string as 8th notes at 150 bpm
  • [Done] Major pentatonic scales as 8th notes at 150 bpm
  • [Done] Minor pentatonic scales as 8th notes at 150 bpm
  • [Done] Major scales with root on the E string in 3rds as 8th notes at 70 bpm
  • [Done] Major pentatonic scales with root on the E string in 3rds as 8th notes at 70 bpm
  • [Done] Minor pentatonic scales with root on the E string in 3rds as 8th notes at 70 bpm
  • [Done] Major scales with root on the E string in 4 note pattern as 8th notes at 70 bpm
  • [Done] Major pentatonic scales with root on the E string in 4 note pattern as 8th notes at 70 bpm
  • [Done] Minor pentatonic scales with root on the E string in 4 note pattern as 8th notes at 70 bpm

My goals for the next week:

  • Mixolydian scales as 16th notes at 90 bpm
  • Major scales (A string) as 16th notes at 90 bpm
  • Major scales in 3rds as 16th notes at 75 bpm
  • Major scales in 4 note pattern as 16th notes at 75 bpm
  • Major pentatonic scales as 16th notes at 90 bpm
  • Major pentatonic scales in 3rds as 16th notes at 75 bpm
  • Major pentatonic scales in 4 note pattern as 16th notes at 75 bpm
  • Minor pentatonic scales as 16th notes at 90 bpm
  • Minor pentatonic scales in 3rds as 16th notes at 75 bpm
  • Minor pentatonic scales in 4 note pattern as 16th notes at 75 bpm

Practice time

Day 120 – 61 min
Day 121 – 54 min
Day 122 – 45 min
Day 123 – 45 min
Day 124 – 45 min
Day 125 – 45 min
Day 126 – 35 min
Total – 5 h 30 min

Scales

Scales – A mixolydian – 16th notes @ 80 bpm
Scales – D major (A string) – 16th notes @ 80 bpm

Scales – A major in 3rds – 8th notes @ 80 bpm
Scales – A major in 4 note pattern – 8th notes @ 80 bpm

Scales – A major pentatonic – 16th notes @ 80 bpm
Scales – A major pentatonic in 3rds – 8th notes @ 80 bpm
Scales – A major pentatonic in 4 note pattern – 8th notes @ 80 bpm

Scales – A minor pentatonic – 16th notes @ 80 bpm
Scales – A minor pentatonic in 3rds – 8th notes @ 80 bpm
Scales – A minor pentatonic in 4 note pattern – 8th notes @ 80 bpm

Ear training

Intervals – 7-13 intervals – 269 of 300 – 89.67%
Minor 2nd, Major 2nd, Minor 3rd, Major 3rd, Perfect 4th, Tritone, Perfect 5th, Minor 6th, Major 6th, Minor 7th, Major 7th, Octave, Minor 9th

Day 126. Intervals improved

Today I’ve just repeated yesterday practice.

Scales

A mixolydian

16th notes @ 80 bpm

D major (A string)

16th notes @ 80 bpm

A major in 3rds

8th notes @ 80 bpm

A major in 4 note pattern

8th notes @ 80 bpm

A major pentatonic

16th notes @ 80 bpm

A major pentatonic in 3rds

8th notes @ 80 bpm

A major pentatonic in 4 note pattern

8th notes @ 80 bpm

A minor pentatonic

16th notes @ 80 bpm

A minor pentatonic in 3rds

8th notes @ 80 bpm

A minor pentatonic in 4 note pattern

8th notes @ 80 bpm

Ear training

7-13 intervals. Managed to get through 12 intervals once again!

Routines

Scales – A mixolydian – 80 bpm – 16th notes – 2 min
Scales – D major (A string) – 80 bpm – 16th notes – 2 min

Scales – A major in 3rds – 80 bpm – 8th notes – 2 min
Scales – A major in 4 note pattern – 80 bpm – 8th notes – 2 min

Scales – A major pentatonic – 80 bpm – 16th notes – 2 min
Scales – A major pentatonic in 3rds – 80 bpm – 8th notes – 2 min
Scales – A major pentatonic in 4 note pattern – 80 bpm – 8th notes – 2 min

Scales – A minor pentatonic – 80 bpm – 16th notes – 2 min
Scales – A minor pentatonic in 3rds – 80 bpm – 8th notes – 2 min
Scales – A minor pentatonic in 4 note pattern – 80 bpm – 8th notes – 2 min

Ear training – Intervals – 7-13 intervals – 15 min

Total – 35 min