Week 24. Summary

This week I’ve been mostly working on the Pinch Harmonic Solo, trying to start playing it consistently and adding palm muting in order to get the sound similar to the original. It doesn’t really work, but I’ve managed to record an attempt which is pretty okay. It’s been three weeks now, so I’ll drop this solo as it is in order to start Module 27.

The other stuff was easier, so I’ve been practicing Chords Using Thumb and Santa Monica Intro as well. They sounded decent the last time, so now they are okay as well.

Next week – Bending solo. I listened to it and it’s really cool. Can’t wait to learn it!

I beat my record of interval ear training. Now it’s 138 of 140 correct guesses. Soooooo close to 100%… 🙂

Yeah, also my friend and I finally released the cover for Kids by MGMT. So if anyone haven’t seen it, you may do it here: https://vskolos.ru/covers/mgmt-kids-guitar-cover-with-seva/

The goals for this week were:

  • [Done] Clean up Pinch Harmonic Solo
  • [Done] Clean up Chords Using Thumb
  • [Done] Clean up Santa Monica Intro

My goals for the next week:

  • Bending Solo with the metronome

Practice time

Day 162 – 15 min
Day 163 – 15 min
Day 164 – 107 min
Day 165 – 25 min
Day 166 – 35 min
Day 167 – 39 min
Day 168 – 55 min
Total – 4 h 51 min

Solo

Module 26 – Pinch Harmonic Solo – 120 bpm

Strumming

Module 26 – Chords Using Thumb – 130 bpm

Songs

Module 26 – Santa Monica Intro – 70 bpm

Ear training

Intervals – 14 intervals – 138 of 140 – 98.57%

Day 168. Unsuccessful solo attempts

Today I failed to get a single perfect take of pinch harmonic solo in order to finalize the week. So I’ll drop it for now and maybe return to it later.

Practice time – 55 min

Solo

Module 26 – Pinch Harmonic Solo

120 bpm

Strumming

Module 26 – Chords Using Thumb

130 bpm

Songs

Santa Monica Intro

70 bpm

Ear training

14 intervals

Day 167. Adding palm muting

Today I tried adding some palm muting into the solo. It went quite well but needs some practice. Hopefully, tomorrow I’ll manage to make some decent attempts to finalize the week.

Also I beat my ear training record. Now it’s 138 of 140 intervals guessed right.

Practice time – 39 min

Solo

Module 26 – Pinch Harmonic Solo

120 bpm

Strumming

Module 26 – Chords Using Thumb

130 bpm

Songs

Santa Monica Intro

70 bpm

Ear training

14 intervals

Day 166. Trying out new tones

Today my friend and I finally released our MGMT – Kids cover. Also, I continued practicing Module 26 routines trying some different tones.

Practice time – 35 min

Solo

Module 26 – Pinch Harmonic Solo

120 bpm

Strumming

Module 26 – Chords Using Thumb

130 bpm

Songs

Santa Monica Intro

70 bpm

Ear training

14 intervals

Day 164. It’s getting easier

I really feel how pinch harmonics are becoming more natural for me to play. Hopefully by the end of the week I’ll be able to play the solo more consistently than ever.

Also I finalized my part of the cover me and my friend have been working on for a few months now. It will be released soon.

Practice time – 107 min

Solo

Module 26 – Pinch Harmonic Solo

120 bpm

Strumming

Module 26 – Chords Using Thumb

130 bpm

Songs

Santa Monica Intro

70 bpm

Ear training

14 intervals

Week 23. Summary

Well, that week had a lot of holidays and family stuff in it 🙂 So, unfortunately, I only had time to practice 4 of 7 days. Other 3 times I did only ear training. But anyway, let’s summarize what I’ve managed to do.

Still struggling with pinch harmonics. In order to get two takes which are in the video I had to record myself for 40 minutes straight. And these two attempts are not even perfect – just close to being perfect. So I’ll continue practicing this solo next week.

Playing that chord progression with the thumb was fun and almost not hard at all. Fun stuff, I’ll be playing it a few more days just ’cause it sounds pretty cool.

Fun fact – I haven’t heard the original Santa Monica Intro, just repeated what Brandon was playing in the video. So if it’s incorrect, my hands are clear 😀

The goals for this week were:

  • Clean Pinch Harmonic Solo at 120 bpm
  • [Done] Chords using thumb
  • [Done] Santa Monica Intro at the original speed

My goals for the next week:

  • Clean up Pinch Harmonic Solo
  • Clean up Chords Using Thumb
  • Clean up Santa Monica Intro

Practice time

Day 155 – 15 min
Day 156 – 15 min
Day 157 – 15 min
Day 158 – 60 min
Day 159 – 93 min
Day 160 – 46 min
Day 161 – 49 min
Total – 4 h 53 min

Solo

Module 26 – Pinch Harmonic Solo – 120 bpm

Strumming

Module 26 – Chords Using Thumb – 130 bpm

Songs

Module 26 – Santa Monica Intro – 70 bpm

Ear training

Intervals – 14 intervals – 136 of 140 – 97.14%

Day 160. Almost perfect intervals

Today I practiced everything again and got almost perfect attempt of ear interval training. I’m so close to it at this point 🙂

Practice time – 46 min

Solo

Module 26 – Pinch Harmonic Solo

120 bpm

Strumming

Module 26 – Chords Using Thumb

130 bpm

Songs

Santa Monica Intro

70 bpm

Ear training

14 intervals

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 🙂

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 😀

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 – 55 min
Day 142 – 148 min
Day 143 – 85 min
Day 144 – 64 min
Day 145 – 15 min
Day 146 – 38 min
Day 147 – 40 min
Total – 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 – 130 of 140 – 92.86%