Week 21. Summary

Another week has passed, wow. This week I kinda went through three modules (23-25). Well, Module 25 is not really a module, so two, actually πŸ™‚

I have an experience in playing and singing at the same time, so Module 23 was not an issue for me and I basically just recorded one of the songs to show what I can do.

Module 24 was fun, but honestly I half-assed id, ’cause I’m not a big fan of the acoustic stuff and really want to get to the more interesting parts of the course. So I tried all the techniques and managed to apply them semi-decently to the melody Brandon recorded.

Next week – the fun stuff πŸ˜€

The goals for this week were:

  • Hey Jude chords, singing and melody at the original speed
  • Two more songs from the list playing and singing

My goals for the next week:

  • Module 26 routines

Practice time

Day 141 β€“ 55 min
Day 142 β€“ 148 min
Day 143 β€“ 85 min
Day 144 β€“ 64 min
Day 145 β€“ 15 min
Day 146 β€“ 38 min
Day 147 β€“ 40 min
Total β€“ 7 h 25 min

Strumming

Module 24 – Chords
Module 24 – Arpeggios
Module 24 – Palm muting
Module 24 – Muted strumming
Module 24 – Adding notes
Module 24 – Different voicings
Module 24 – Root connection – 120 bpm

Songs

Lazlo Bane – Superman
DREAMERS – Sweet Disaster
Set It Off – Catch Me If You Can

Ear training

Intervals – 14 intervals β€“ 130 of 140 – 92.86%

Day 144. Playing riffs

Today I repeated all routines from yesterday and also managed to play Sweet Disaster and Catch Me If You Can over the original songs.

Practice time β€“ 64 min

Strumming

Module 24 pattern

Chords

Arpeggios

Palm muting

Muted strumming

Adding notes

Different voicings

Root connection

120 bpm

Songs

Set It Off – Catch Me If You Can

DREAMS – Sweet Disaster

Ear training

14 intervals

Day 143. Sweet Disaster

Today I started learning Sweet Disaster by DREAMERS and continued accompanying the melody. Also I set up a new record for ear training this time which I’m really glad of.

Practice time – 85 min

Strumming

Module 24 pattern

Chords

Arpeggios

Palm muting

Muted strumming

Adding notes

Different voicings

Root connection

100 bpm

120 bpm

Songs

Set It Off – Catch Me If You Can

100 bpm

DREAMS – Sweet Disaster

60 bpm

70 bpm

80 bpm

87 bpm

Ear training

14 intervals

Day 142. Catch Me If You Can

Today I started practicing melody accompanization and learnt the riff from Catch Me If You Can by Set It Off.

Practice time – 148 min

Strumming

Module 24 pattern

Chords

Arpeggios

Palm muting

Muted strumming

Adding notes

Different voicings

Root connection

100 bpm

Songs

Set It Off – Catch Me If You Can

80 bpm

Ear training

14 intervals

Day 141. I’m no Superman

Today I kinda finished Module 23, because I really know how to play and sing at the same time. Also I’m not a fan of Hey Jude and Beatles at all, so I decided to play a song I know and like better – Superman by Lazlo Bane.

After recording the song I watched through Module 24, so tomorrow I’ll start its routines.

In the ear training I now practice 140 intervals per day in order to get 10 of each. Somehow the distribution is not completely uniform so I got one interval with 9 tries and one with 11.

Also I decided to count practice time not by the video length, because some things like pre-practice remains off-camera and I need to count the time I spend doing it as well.

Practice time – 55 min

Songs

Lazlo Bane – Superman

81 bpm

Ear training

14 intervals

Day 120. New horizons

Today I started practicing all this new scales stuff. Mixolydian shape, scales in 3rds and in 4 note pattern… It was fun and I still have some time to play something less technical πŸ™‚

Scales

A mixolydian

8th notes @ 150 bpm

D major (A string)

8th notes @ 150 bpm

A major in 3rds

8th notes @ 70 bpm

A major in 4 note pattern

8th notes @ 70 bpm

A major pentatonic

8th notes @ 150 bpm

https://youtu.be/8X3R0j6eA_Y

A major pentatonic in 3rds

8th notes @ 70 bpm

A major pentatonic in 4 note pattern

8th notes @ 70 bpm

A minor pentatonic

8th notes @ 150 bpm

A minor pentatonic in 3rds

8th notes @ 70 bpm

A minor pentatonic in 4 note pattern

8th notes @ 70 bpm

Ear training

3-11 intervals. Finally looked up a Minor 3rd reference and the result is much better now.

Songs

MGMT – Kids [Solo] – My version

118 bpm. I changed two wrong notes and played 4th bar as triplets.

Here’s the video with the sound from Garage Band.

Routines

Scales – A mixolydian β€“ 150 bpm – 8th notes – 3 min
Scales – D major (A string) β€“ 150 bpm – 8th notes – 4 min

Scales – A major in 3rds β€“ 70 bpm – 8th notes – 6 min
Scales – A major in 4 note pattern β€“ 70 bpm – 8th notes – 4 min

Scales – A major pentatonic β€“ 150 bpm – 8th notes – 4 min
Scales – A major pentatonic in 3rds β€“ 70 bpm – 8th notes – 5 min
Scales – A major pentatonic in 4 note pattern β€“ 70 bpm – 8th notes – 5 min

Scales – A minor pentatonic β€“ 150 bpm – 8th notes – 4 min
Scales – A minor pentatonic in 3rds β€“ 70 bpm – 8th notes – 3 min
Scales – A minor pentatonic in 4 note pattern β€“ 70 bpm – 8th notes – 3 min

Ear training – Intervals β€“ 3-11 intervals – 15 min

MGMT – Kids [Solo] – My version β€“ 118 bpm – 5 min

Total β€“ 61 min

Week 17. Summary

Hello there! Another week has passed. I finally finished Module 19 routines, which is great, and watched Modules 20-21. Whew, there’ll be a lot of scales next week πŸ˜‚

Anyway, briefly on all the goals for this week:

CAGED system shapes are MUCH more comfortable to play now, I’m switching all of them without any struggle. The only one that is not doing well is Gm7 shape as an open chord. But as I understood there’s nothing in the world that would force anyone to play this voicing instead of barre shape on the 3rd fret. So I’m not worried about it.

All of Me and Autumn Leaves were fun to play in the different keys. This time I’ve been playing them on the acoustic to add some challenge. And yep, these chords are quite easy for me to play now.

Kids solo was at the same time pretty decent and not great this week. At the very first day of the week I managed to play it not at 175 bpm but at 180 bpm as well pretty clean. But then I just couldn’t repeat that even once. So I decided to finally drop it and come up with something else instead. In the video there is a solo which I composed over the original chord progression. I’m note sure if all the notes are correct, but I think there are no dissonant ones. Correct me if I’m wrong 😊

I’m excited to start practicing something new. These scales in 3rds or in 4 note pattern look pretty tricky to play, and I’m really looking forward to try playing them.

See you next week, guitar chefs!

The goals for this week were:

  • [Done] CAGED shapes at 60 bpm with clean sound
  • [Done] All of Me in D at 120 bpm
  • [Done] Autumn Leaves in Gm at 70 bpm
  • [Done] Kids by MGMT solo at 175 bpm consistently

My goals for the next week:

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

Practice time

Day 113 β€“ 120 min
Day 114 β€“ 80 min
Day 115 β€“ 20 min
Day 116 β€“ 52 min
Day 117 β€“ 56 min
Day 118 β€“ 59 min
Day 119 β€“ 63 min
Total β€“ 7 h 30 min

1234 exercise

1234 on the 1-12 frets β€“ 16th notes @ 90 bpm

Scales

Major scales – 1-12 frets – EADG strings β€“ 16th notes @ 90 bpm
Minor scales – 1-12 frets – EA strings β€“ 16th notes @ 90 bpm

CAGED system

CAGED β€“ Major chords β€“ 60 bpm
CAGED – Minor chords β€“ 60 bpm
CAGED – Major 7th chords β€“ 60 bpm
CAGED – 7th chords β€“ 60 bpm
CAGED – Minor 7th chords β€“ 60 bpm

Strumming

All of Me in D – 120 bpm
Autumn Leaves in Gm – 70 bpm

Ear training

Intervals – 3-10 intervals β€“ 272 of 300 – 90.67%
Minor 2nd, Major 2nd, Minor 3rd, Major 3rd, Perfect 4th, Tritone, Perfect 5th, Minor 6th, Major 6th, Octave

Songs

MGMT β€“ Kids [Solo] β€“ 8th notes @ 170 bpm β†’ 8th notes @ 180 bpm
MGMT β€“ Kids [Solo] – My version – 118 bpm

Day 119. Solo consistency

Today I repeated every routine from the previous day and have been working on the consistency of my Kids solo version in order to get closer to the recording day.

1234 exercise

1234 on the 1-12 frets

16th notes @ 90 bpm

Scales

Major scales

16th notes @ 90 bpm

Minor scales

16th notes @ 90 bpm

CAGED system

Major chords

60 bpm

Minor chords

60 bpm

Major 7th chords

60 bpm

7th chords

60 bpm

Minor 7th chords

60 bpm

Strumming

Module 19 pattern

All of Me in D

120 bpm

Autumn Leaves in Gm

70 bpm

Ear training

Intervals

9 intervals

Songs

MGMT – Kids [Solo] – My version

118 bpm

Routines

1234 – 1-12 frets β€“ 90 bpm – 16th notes – 4 min

Major scales – 1-12 frets – EADG strings – 90 bpm – 16th notes – 8 min
Minor scales – 1-12 frets – EA strings – 90 bpm – 16th notes – 3 min

CAGED – Major chords – 60 bpm – 3 min
CAGED – Minor chords – 60 bpm – 4 min
CAGED – Major 7th chords – 60 bpm – 4 min
CAGED – 7th chords – 60 bpm – 4 min
CAGED – Minor 7th chords – 60 bpm – 6 min

Ear training – Intervals – 9 intervals – 10 min

MGMT – Kids [Solo] – My version – 118 bpm – 11 min

Strumming – All of Me in D β€“ 120 bpm – 2 min
Strumming – Autumn Leaves in Gm β€“ 70 bpm – 4 min

Total – 63 min

Day 118. My solo version

I composed the new version of the Kids solo yesterday and tried to play all parts at once today. Also I repeated everything else.

1234 exercise

1234 on the 1-12 frets

16th notes @ 90 bpm

Scales

Major scales

16th notes @ 90 bpm

Minor scales

16th notes @ 90 bpm

CAGED system

Major chords

60 bpm

Minor chords

60 bpm

Major 7th chords

60 bpm

7th chords

60 bpm

Minor 7th chords

60 bpm

Strumming

Module 19 pattern

All of Me in D

120 bpm

Autumn Leaves in Gm

70 bpm

Ear training

Intervals

10 intervals

Songs

MGMT – Kids [Solo] – My version

118 bpm

Routines

1234 – 1-12 frets β€“ 90 bpm – 16th notes – 4 min

Major scales – 1-12 frets – EADG strings – 90 bpm – 16th notes –7 min
Minor scales – 1-12 frets – EA strings – 90 bpm – 16th notes – 3 min

CAGED – Major chords – 60 bpm – 3 min
CAGED – Minor chords – 60 bpm – 4 min
CAGED – Major 7th chords – 60 bpm – 3 min
CAGED – 7th chords – 60 bpm – 4 min
CAGED – Minor 7th chords – 60 bpm – 5 min

Ear training – Intervals – 10 intervals – 10 min

MGMT – Kids [Solo] – My version – 118 bpm – 10 min

Strumming – All of Me in D – 120 bpm – 2 min
Strumming – Autumn Leaves in Gm – 70 bpm – 4 min

Total – 59 min

Day 117. Polishing CAGED shapes

My routines remain the same, I just repeated them all again to improve.

1234 exercise

1234 on the 1-12 frets

16th notes @ 90 bpm

Scales

Major scales

16th notes @ 90 bpm

Minor scales

16th notes @ 90 bpm

CAGED system

Major chords

60 bpm

Minor chords

60 bpm

Major 7th chords

60 bpm

7th chords

60 bpm

Minor 7th chords

60 bpm

Strumming

Module 19 pattern

All of Me in D

120 bpm

Autumn Leaves in Gm

70 bpm

Ear training

Intervals

8 intervals

Songs

MGMT – Kids [Solo]

8th notes @ 180 bpm. Still failing to play it, decided to skip this one today.

Routines

1234 – 1-12 frets β€“ 90 bpm – 16th notes – 4 min

Major scales – 1-12 frets – EADG strings – 90 bpm – 16th notes – 8 min
Minor scales – 1-12 frets – EA strings – 90 bpm – 16th notes – 3 min

CAGED – Major chords – 60 bpm – 4 min
CAGED – Minor chords – 60 bpm – 4 min
CAGED – Major 7th chords – 60 bpm – 4 min
CAGED – 7th chords – 60 bpm – 4 min
CAGED – Minor 7th chords – 60 bpm – 6 min

Ear training – Intervals – 8 intervals – 10 min

MGMT – Kids [Solo] – 8th notes – 180 bpm – 3 min

Strumming – All of Me in D – 120 bpm – 2 min
Strumming – Autumn Leaves in Gm – 70 bpm – 4 min

Total – 56 min