Week 16. Summary

So, where should I start… What a crazy week! I decided to count how much time I’ve spent practicing and the result for this week is really mind blowing – 7 h 48 min 🀯

It’s a great pace and hopefully I’ll be able to maintain this excitement and desire to practice in the future. I’m still not done with the Module 19 routines though, which is even more surprising. Maybe I’m overdoing these exercises, by I want to play everything I need to decent before proceeding further.

Anyway, the scales are not much better, but still better, I think. Almost the whole week I sucked at them at this speed but suddenly today I’ve just felt that it’s the day for some dexterity and managed to record some decent attempts.

The CAGED goal transformed the very first day. I started using the metronome to control how fast can I make chord transitions. I’ve started with major chords at 60 bpm and then been adding other types of chords every day. So the goal became to play all of them for C, A, G, E, D chords at 60 bpm. Unfortunately I got to Minor 7th chords just today so I switched them every other beat instead of every one. But I’ll fix this the next week.

At the beginning of the week I was really upset about my Kids solo progress. I couldn’t beat the 160 bpm wall no matter how hard I tried. So I dropped this routine and told my friend that we’re gonna improvise in this part instead or play something else. But today I felt that I could give it a second chance and managed to play in at 165 bpm quite easily. Then I switched to 170 bpm and there were quite a few successful attempt so I’ll count it as an achieved goal and will continue to increase the speed in the following weeks.

Also I returned to 1234 combination and use it as a warm-up before anything else.

Next week I really want to finish Module 19 routines and finally proceed to the next module. The fun stuff is awaiting me in the following modules so I really want to get there as soon as possible. I really haven’t played almost anything but the routines to prioritize the course, but this module appeared to be quite heavy on exercises πŸ™‚

The goals for this week were:

  • [Done] Scales as 16th notes at 90 bpm consistently
  • [Done] Kids by MGMT solo at 170 bpm consistently
  • [Done] CAGED shapes for each kind of chords in less than 1:20

My goals for the next week:

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

Practice time

Day 106 – 48 min
Day 107 – 45 min
Day 108 – 10 min
Day 109 – 75 min
Day 110 – 78 min
Day 111 – 80 min
Day 112 – 132 min
Total – 7 h 48 min

1234 exercise

1234 on the 1-12 frets – 16th notes @ 90 bpm

Scales

Major scales – 1-12 frets – E string – 16th notes @ 90 bpm
Major scales – 1-12 frets – A string – 16th notes @ 90 bpm
Major scales – 1-12 frets – D string – 16th notes @ 90 bpm
Major scales – 1-12 frets – G string – 16th notes @ 90 bpm
Minor scales – 1-12 frets – E string – 16th notes @ 90 bpm
Minor scales – 1-12 frets – A string – 16th notes @ 90 bpm

CAGED system

CAGED – Major chords – 60 bpm
CAGED – Minor chords – 60 bpm
CAGED – Major 7th chords – 60 bpm
CAGED – 7th chords – 60 bpm
CAGED – Minor 7th chords – 60 bpm (half pace)

Ear training

Intervals – 3-11 intervals – 275 of 300 – 91.67%
Minor 2nd, Major 2nd, Minor 3rd, Major 3rd, Perfect 4th, Tritone, Perfect 5th, Minor 6th, Major 6th, Minor 7th, Octave

Perfect pitch – 3-4 notes – 229 of 300 – 76.33%
A, C, D, E

Songs

MGMT – KidsΒ [Solo] – 8th notes @ 160 bpm β†’ 8th notes @ 170 bpm

Week 15. Summary

This week was kinda relaxed due to the holidays, so the main achievement is that I finally get through all the 1234 combinations and will now leave this exercise for a while πŸ™‚

Also, one of the main things this week was to use that technique Brandon told me to use – holding the pinky on the guitar body under the strings. I’m not completely used to it and there are some questions on it in today’s video.

Anyway, have a great week everyone!

The goals for this week were:

  • [Done] 4123, 4132, 4213, 4231, 4312, 4321 as 8th notes at 150 bpm across the neck
  • [Done] Practice ear training at tonedear.com daily
  • [Done] Kids by MGMT solo at 160 bpm consistently
  • CAGED shapes for each kind of chords in less than 1:20

My goals for the next week:

  • Scales as 16th notes at 90 bpm consistently
  • Kids by MGMT solo at 170 bpm consistently
  • CAGED shapes for each kind of chords in less than 1:20

1234 exercise

4123 – 8th notes @ 150 bpm (on the 5th fret β†’ on the 1-12 frets)
4132 – 8th notes @ 150 bpm (on the 5th fret β†’ on the 1-12 frets)
4213 – 8th notes @ 150 bpm (on the 5th fret β†’ on the 1-12 frets)
4231 – 8th notes @ 150 bpm (on the 5th fret β†’ on the 1-12 frets)
4312 – 8th notes @ 150 bpm (on the 5th fret β†’ on the 1-12 frets)
4321 – 8th notes @ 150 bpm (on the 5th fret β†’ on the 1-12 frets)

Scales

Major scales – 1-12 frets – EADG strings – 16th notes @ 90 bpm β†’ 16th notes @ 80 bpm (more consistent)
Minor scales – 1-12 frets – EA strings – 16th notes @ 90 bpm β†’ 16th notes @ 80 bpm (more consistent)

Ear training

Intervals – 268 of 300 – 89.33% β†’ 275 of 300 – 91.67%
Minor 2nd, Major 2nd, Minor 3rd, Major 3rd, Perfect 4th, Tritone, Perfect 5th, Minor 6th, Major 6th, Octave

Songs

MGMT – KidsΒ [Solo] – 8th notes @ 150 bpm β†’ 8th notes @ 160 bpm

Week 14. Summary

This week I started to learn and apply CAGED system. It’s really cool how many voicings of the same chords exist. I’ve been playing C A G E D chords in every position with every shape and doing it for Major, Minor, Major 7th, 7th, Minor 7th chords. In the PDFs and the lesson itself there were no 7th chords shapes for CAGED system. Is there any reason for that? Anyway I figured them out myself and have been playing them as part of this routine as well.

Above that the common routines continued. 1234s are preserved as always and I’m getting closer to my ultimate goal: next week I’ll play the 4*** combinations as 8th notes at 150 bpm across the fretboard and it will conclude my long journey of playing each of 24 combinations that way. I have some ideas how to improve this exercise even more after that, but I’ll tell about it the next week.

I’ve been practicing scales as well, but I’m not better at playing them at all, so next week I’ll decrease the speed and try to increase it bpm by bpm. This leap of 10 bpm at once (or 5 bpm if we’re talking about 16th notes) seems to be crucial and too hard, so I need a step back. No scales videos in the summary this time πŸ™‚

Merry Christmas everyone and a Happy New Year!

The goals for this week were:

  • [Done] 4231, 4312, 4321 as 8th notes at 150 bpm on the 5th fret
  • Practice ear training at tonedear.com daily
  • Kids by MGMT solo at 170 bpm consistently
  • [Done] Implement Modules 19-20 routines

My goals for the next week:

  • 4123, 4132, 4213, 4231, 4312, 4321 as 8th notes at 150 bpm across the neck
  • Practice ear training at tonedear.com daily
  • Kids by MGMT solo at 160 bpm consistently
  • CAGED shapes for each kind of chords in less than 1:20

1234 exercise

4231 on the 5th fret – 8th notes @ 120 bpm β†’ 8th notes @ 150 bpm
4312 on the 5th fret – 8th notes @ 120 bpm β†’ 8th notes @ 150 bpm
4321 on the 5th fret – 8th notes @ 120 bpm β†’ 8th notes @ 150 bpm

Scales

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

CAGED system

CAGED – Major chords – 1:34
CAGED – Minor chords – 1:39
CAGED – Major 7th chords – 2:05
CAGED – 7th chords – 1:41
CAGED – Minor 7th chords – 1:35

Ear training

Intervals – 175 of 200 – 87.50% β†’ 268 of 300 – 89.33%
Minor 2nd, Major 2nd, Minor 3rd, Major 3rd, Perfect 4th, Tritone, Perfect 5th, Minor 6th, Octave

Songs

MGMT – KidsΒ [Solo] – 8th notes @ 160 bpm β†’ 8th notes @ 150 bpm (more consistent)

Week 13. Summary

This week was kinda relaxed on practice. I mean, I still practiced daily, but All of Me and Autumn Leaves are not that hard and are fun to play. So to spice it up a bit I concentrated mostly on the Kids by MGMT solo.

Originally it’s played as 16th notes at 123 bpm. Last week I just learned the solo and played it as 8th notes at 123 bpm, recording every bar separately πŸ˜€ By the end of the week I managed to get to the speed of 8th notes at 160 bpm. It’s not consistent at all – I’ve been recording myself daily for 20-30 minutes and from that footage I only get 2-3 successful attempts. So I’m gonna change the approach and practice each part separately, increasing the speed. Then I’m gonna connect them all. Hopefully, this will help me progress faster.

Anyway, here’s the video. There are no questions this week, and also I tried to organize it differently for it to be shorter πŸ™‚

The goals for this week were:

  • [Done] 4123, 4132, 4213 as 8th notes at 150 bpm on the 5th fret
  • [Done] Get to the level with 7 intervals on ear training at tonedear.com 3 times
  • [Done] All of Me consistently at 150 bpm (both open and barre chords versions)
  • [Done] Autumn Leaves at 120 bpm

My goals for the next week:

  • 4231, 4312, 4321 as 8th notes at 150 bpm on the 5th fret
  • Practice ear training at tonedear.com daily
  • Kids by MGMT solo at 170 bpm consistently
  • Implement Modules 19-20 routines

1234 exercise

4123 on the 5th fret – 8th notes @ 120 bpm β†’ 8th notes @ 150 bpm
4132 on the 5th fret – 8th notes @ 120 bpm β†’ 8th notes @ 150 bpm
4213 on the 5th fret – 8th notes @ 120 bpm β†’ 8th notes @ 150 bpm

Scales

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

Strumming

Module 17 pattern [All of Me] – 120 bpm
Module 18 pattern [Autumn Leaves] – 70 bpm

Ear training

Intervals – 243 of 300 – 81.00% β†’ 175 of 200 – 87.50%
Minor 2nd, Major 2nd, Minor 3rd, Major 3rd, Perfect 4th, Tritone Perfect 5th, Octave

Songs

MGMT – Kids [Solo] – 8th notes @ 123 bpm β†’ 8th notes @ 160 bpm

Week 12. Summary

This week was quite successful. I got another six combinations of 1234 to the point of playing them as 8th notes at 150 bpm across the neck, increased my endurance in strumming with barre chords and substitutes, learned and played All of Me, watched Module 18 and started learning the solo of Kids by MGMT in order to make a cover of it with my friend.

So here is the video.

The goals for this week were:

  • [Done] 3124, 3142, 3214, 3241, 3412, 3421 as 8th notes at 150 bpm across the neck
  • Get to the level with 7 intervals on ear training at tonedear.com 5 times
  • [Done] All of Me consistently at 140 bpm (both open and barre chords versions)

My goals for the next week:

  • 4123, 4132, 4213 as 8th notes at 150 bpm on the 5th fret
  • Get to the level with 7 intervals on ear training at tonedear.com 3 times
  • All of Me consistently at 150 bpm (both open and barre chords versions)
  • Autumn Leaves at 120 bpm

1234 exercise

3124 β€“ 8th notes @ 150 bpm (on the 5th fret β†’ on the 1-12 frets)
3142 β€“ 8th notes @ 150 bpm (on the 5th fret β†’ on the 1-12 frets)
3214 β€“ 8th notes @ 150 bpm (on the 5th fret β†’ on the 1-12 frets)
3241 β€“ 8th notes @ 150 bpm (on the 5th fret β†’ on the 1-12 frets)
3412 β€“ 8th notes @ 150 bpm (on the 5th fret β†’ on the 1-12 frets)
3421 β€“ 8th notes @ 150 bpm (on the 5th fret β†’ on the 1-12 frets)

Scales

Major scales – 1-12 frets – EADG strings β€“ 8th notes @ 170 bpm β†’ 16th notes @ 90 bpm
Minor scales – 1-12 frets – EA strings β€“ 8th notes @ 170 bpm β†’ 16th notes @ 90 bpm

Strumming

Module 15 pattern β€“ 140 bpm β†’ 150 bpm
Module 17 pattern [All of Me] β€“ 100 bpm β†’ 150 bpm

Ear training

Intervals – 286 of 350 – 81.71% β†’ 243 of 300 – 81.00%
Minor 2nd, Major 2nd, Minor 3rd, Major 3rd, Perfect 5th, Octave

Week 11. Summary

This week I mostly concentrated on strumming exercises in order to complete Modules 15-16. Also I got the next three 1234 combinations to 8th notes at 150 bpm.

I’m not feeling very good now and have a running nose, so I just want to upload my summary and finalize this week.

But I’ve still recorded a video though πŸ™‚

The goals for this week were:

  • [Done] 3241, 3412, 3421 as 8th notes at 150 bpm on the 5th fret
  • Get to the level with 8 intervals on ear training at tonedear.com 3 times
  • [Done] Implement Modules 15-16 routines
  • Implement left hand fingers movement reducing routine

My goals for the next week:

  • 3124, 3142, 3214, 3241, 3412, 3421 as 8th notes at 150 bpm across the neck
  • Get to the level with 7 intervals on ear training at tonedear.com 5 times
  • All of Me consistently at 140 bpm (both open and barre chords versions)

1234 exercise

3241 on the 5th fret – 8th notes @ 120 bpm β†’ 8th notes @ 150 bpm
3412 on the 5th fret – 8th notes @ 120 bpm β†’ 8th notes @ 150 bpm
3421 on the 5th fret – 8th notes @ 120 bpm β†’ 8th notes @ 150 bpm

Scales

Major scales – 1-12 frets – EADG strings – 8th notes @ 150 bpm β†’ 8th notes @ 170 bpm
Minor scales – 1-12 frets – EA strings – 8th notes @ 150 bpm β†’ 8th notes @ 170 bpm

Strumming

Module 15 pattern – 120 bpm β†’ 140 bpm
Module 16 pattern – 120 bpm β†’ 140 bpm

Ear training

Intervals – 255 of 300 – 85.00% β†’ 286 of 350 – 81.71%
Minor 2nd, Major 2nd, Minor 3rd, Major 3rd, Perfect 5th, Octave

Week 10. Summary

Black Friday got me busy for almost 3 full days. So I’ve still been practicing daily but the amount of time and willing to do it was not the best. So I sticked to the same routines I did last week in order to increase their consistency and get the better sound.

All went as usual – three more 1234 combinations are now played as 8th notes at 150 bpm, I practiced scales dexterity and a bit of note pronunciation, also kept trying to play the barre chord progression for longer period of time without the left hand fatigue. Also I’ve been practicing ear training almost every day in the bed before sleep.

I succeeded in almost every goal, which is great, but haven’t managed to proceed further through course. So that’s what I’ll focus at the next week – Module 16 and chord construction routines.

As always, here’s the video. I think I’m getting better at editing and it takes me less time to edit these summaries. So as long as I have at least some time I’ll try to keep them like this.

The goals for this week were:

  • [Done] 3124, 3142, 3214 as 8th notes at 150 bpm on the 5th fret
  • [Done] Scales pronouncing notes using the random scale machine [under 5 min per string]
  • [Done] Consistently get to the level with 7 intervals on ear training at tonedear.com [4 of 6 times]
  • Implement Modules 15-16 routines

My goals for the next week:

  • 3241, 3412, 3421 as 8th notes at 150 bpm on the 5th fret
  • Get to the level with 8 intervals on ear training at tonedear.com 3 times
  • Implement Modules 15-16 routines
  • Implement left hand fingers movement reducing routine

1234 exercise

3124 on the 5th fret – 8th notes @ 120 bpm β†’ 8th notes @ 150 bpm
3142 on the 5th fret – 8th notes @ 120 bpm β†’ 8th notes @ 150 bpm
3214 on the 5th fret – 8th notes @ 120 bpm β†’ 8th notes @ 150 bpm

Scales

Major scales – 1-12 frets – EADG strings β€“ 8th notes @ 150 bpm (increasing consistency)
Minor scales – 1-12 frets – EA strings β€“ 8th notes @ 150 bpm (increasing consistency)

Major scales – E stringΒ –Β Pronouncing notesΒ – 3:44 β†’ 3:35
Major scales – A stringΒ –Β Pronouncing notes
Β – 4:21 β†’ 4:18
Major scales – D stringΒ –Β Pronouncing notes
Β – 5:20 β†’ 4:36
Major scales – G stringΒ –Β Pronouncing notes
Β – 5:47 β†’ 4:38

Minor scales – E stringΒ –Β Pronouncing notesΒ – 4:55 β†’ 4:33
Minor scales – A stringΒ –Β Pronouncing notesΒ – 5:49 β†’ 3:54

Strumming

Module 15 pattern β€“ 120 bpm (increasing consistency)

Ear training

Intervals – 207 of 250 – 82.80% β†’ 255 of 300 – 85.00%
Minor 2nd, Major 2nd, Minor 3rd, Major 3rd, Perfect 4th, Tritone, Perfect 5th, Octave

Week 9. Summary

This week I concentrated myself mostly on consistency. I played 2341, 2413, 2431 combinations across the neck the whole week and became much better at it.

The scales are much more reliable and precise right now too, which I’m also happy about.

I watched Modules 15-16 and now I’m really excited about implementing routines from them. Chord construction is so much fun! But I’ll be working on this topic the next week.

Anyway, the most major update is the video summary format. I decided to put everything in a single video so that it became more watchable and even more organized. There are time codes in order to separate the chapters and cards with links to the full routine videos as well.

UPD. There are no cards cause there’s a limit – 5 per video. I added all links in the description instead.

The goals for this week were:

  • [Done] 2134, 2143, 2314, 2341, 2413, 2431 as 8th notes at 150 bpm across the neck
  • [Done] 12, 13, 14, 23, 24, 34 as 8th notes at 150 bpm across the neck
  • [Done] Improved consistency of the scales as 8th notes at 150 bpm across the neck
  • [Done] All the scales pronouncing notes in less than 5 min starting on ADG strings
  • [Done] Get to the level with 7 intervals on ear training at tonedear.com

My goals for the next week:

  • 3124, 3142, 3214 as 8th notes at 150 bpm on the 5th fret
  • Scales pronouncing notes using the random scale machine
  • Consistently get to the level with 7 intervals on ear training at tonedear.com
  • Implement Modules 15-16 routines

1234 exercise

2341 – 8th notes @ 150 bpm (on the 5th fret β†’ on the 1-12 frets)
2413 – 8th notes @ 150 bpm (on the 5th fret β†’ on the 1-12 frets)
2431 – 8th notes @ 150 bpm (on the 5th fret β†’ on the 1-12 frets)
12, 13, 14, 23, 24, 34 – 8th notes @ 150 bpm (on the 5th fret β†’ on the 1-12 frets)

Scales

Major scales – 1-12 frets – EADG strings β€“ 8th notes @ 150 bpm (increasing consistency)
Minor scales – 1-12 frets – EA strings β€“ 8th notes @ 150 bpm (increasing consistency)
Major scales – 1-12 frets – A string β€“ Pronouncing notes β€“ 7:42 β†’ 4:55
Major scales – 1-12 frets – D string β€“ Pronouncing notes β€“ 6:50 β†’ 4:38
Major scales – 1-12 frets – G string β€“ Pronouncing notes β€“ 7:00 β†’ 4:50
Minor scales – 1-12 frets – A string β€“ Pronouncing notes β€“ 6:54 β†’ 5:02

Strumming

Module 15 pattern β€“ 80 bpm β†’ 120 bpm

Ear training

Intervals – 314 of 400 – 78.50% β†’ 207 of 250 – 82.80%
Minor 2nd β€“ 34 of 36 – 94.44%
Major 2nd β€“ 21 of 28 – 67.86%
Minor 3rd β€“ 11 of 25 – 44%
Major 3rd β€“ 38 of 49 – 77.55%
Perfect 4th – 9 of 14 – 64.29%
Perfect 5th β€“ 48 of 49 – 97.96%
Octave β€“ 48 of 49 – 97.96%

Songs

The Phantom of the Opera
Gravity Falls Opening

Week 8. Summary

This week I practiced mostly 1234s and scales. Nothing too special, just was trying to increase the speed and consistency of them. Something went well, something didn’t, but overall I’m gradually improving, which is great.

I kinda stuck with the 1234s. The half of my entire daily routine consists of them. But I can’t just leave them as they are now when there are still some which I haven’t practiced yet πŸ˜€ It’s still a long way to go but in 7 weeks I’ll get to the point when I’m satisfied and can play all of them as 8th notes at 150 bpm across the neck consistently-ish. Then finally I’ll let this routine go and use this freed time for something else.

Module 14 gave an idea of circle of fifths but really didn’t tell anything about its application. Hopefully there will be something about this in the future modules but for now I just found one useful way of using it: I noticed that all keys (despite F# and for major scales) with sharps are just notes which open guitar strings in standard tuning have. So I used that knowledge to remember which key has sharps and which has flats for now. In minor scales there are no such simple pattern so I just counted 3 semitones up and referred to the corresponding major scale.

Scales notes pronunciation is an interesting exercise. I underrated myself and set an easy goal for this week, which I managed to achieve on the second or third try. So next week I’ll try some different approaches to improve my fretboard knowledge and scales notes knowledge even more. I’ll be starting at different strings or maybe play each scale on every possible spot of the fretboard. We’ll see.

The goals for this week were:

  • [Done] 2341, 2413, 2431 as 8th notes at 150 bpm
  • [Done] 34s without moving my middle finger at least as 8th notes at 100 bpm
  • [Done] All the scales consistently as 8th notes at 150 bpm across the fretboard
  • [Done] All the scales pronouncing notes in less than 8 min [the first attempt was in 13 min]
  • Get to the level with 7 intervals on ear training at tonedear.com

My goals for the next week:

  • 2134, 2143, 2314, 2341, 2413, 2431 as 8th notes at 150 bpm across the neck
  • 12, 13, 14, 23, 24, 34 as 8th notes at 150 bpm across the neck
  • Improved consistency of the scales as 8th notes at 150 bpm across the neck
  • All the scales pronouncing notes in less than 5 min starting on ADG strings
  • Get to the level with 7 intervals on ear training at tonedear.com

As always, here’s the video.

1234 exercise

2341 on the 5th fret – 8th notes @ 110 bpm β†’ 8th notes @ 150 bpm
2413 on the 5th fret – 8th notes @ 110 bpm β†’ 8th notes @ 150 bpm
2431 on the 5th fret – 8th notes @ 110 bpm β†’ 8th notes @ 150 bpm
34 on the 5th fret – Quarter notes @ 100 bpm β†’ 8th notes @ 100 bpm
12-13-14-23-24-34 on the 5th fret – 8th notes at 130 bpm β†’ 8th notes at 150 bpm

Scales

Major scales – 1-12 frets – EADG strings β€“ 8th notes @ 130 bpm β†’ 8th notes @ 150 bpm
Minor scales – 1-12 frets – EA strings β€“ 8th notes @ 130 bpm β†’ 8th notes @ 150 bpm
Major scales – 1-12 frets – Pronouncing notes β€“ 8:35 β†’ 4:00
Minor scales – 1-12 frets – Pronouncing notes β€“ 9:27 β†’ 4:41

Ear training

Intervals – 314 of 400 – 78.50%
Minor 2nd – 61 of 67 – 91.04%
Major 2nd – 36 of 58 – 62.07%
Minor 3rd – 27 of 50 – 54%
Major 3rd – 41 of 73 – 56.16%
Perfect 5th – 73 of 76 – 96.05%
Octave – 76 of 76 – 100%

Week 7. Summary

Wow, that was a week and a half! I’ve reached all my goals and even more, got through Module 13 and Module 14 and had so much fun finally practicing something music theory related.

I totally agreed with somebody’s comment under my When I Come Around cover – there is no need to look at the left hand all the time, especially while playing something easy and muscle memory related. So this week’s motto was “Don’t look there” and I practiced almost everything looking at the window πŸ™‚ This approach led to some mistakes which were not a thing before, but I think I managed to adapt to it more or less, so I’m happy about that.

The main issue with 1234s this week was 2314 combination. My brain just couldn’t comprehend it after playing 1423 for a couple of weeks before. I tended to switch to the next string after playing 23 part instead of 14 one. But by the end of this week I seem to get rid of this habit. The combination is not perfectly played yet, not at all. But this major issue is gone.

I still struggle with the 34s in 12-13-14-23-24-34 exercise. My middle finger lives his own life and moves around a lot. So I started practicing this combination separately keeping my middle finger on the G string and trying not to let him go away from the strings. I’m getting there at the slower pace, but I need much more practice to achieve the current speed I use for this exercise.

The scales are the fun part for me πŸ™‚ It may sound weird, but I haven’t practiced one before, so it’s really fun. After 1234s it’s something different and finally more music related. So I enjoy playing them and trying to do it consistently. Pronouncing notes while playing scales are really tricky for me. It takes a lot of time, so I only practiced it once this week. And I completely forgot about the circle of fifths, so I had to figure out myself whether this scale is with sharps or flats. It was really long, but it was fun πŸ˜€

I also practiced the intervals ear training at tonedear.com, but I only had time to do it once. I started from the easiest level and practiced for about half an hour non-stop. In that time the level increased only twice – Major 2nd and Minor 2nd were added. After that I didn’t succeed in increasing the level more by making mistakes too often to make any progress. But the final result is not bad – 78.27%.

The goals for this week were:

  • [Done] Play at least three 1234 combinations starting with 2 at 300 bpm
  • [Done] Increase my ring-pinky endurance and precision in 12-13-14-23-24-34 exercise
  • [Done] Find notes on all strings in fretboard knowledge exercise in less than 1:30
  • [Done] Watch through Module 13 again and start the ear training

My goals for the next week:

  • 2341, 2413, 2431 as 8th notes at 150 bpm
  • 34s without moving my middle finger at least as 8th notes at 100 bpm
  • All the scales consistently as 8th notes at 150 bpm across the fretboard
  • All the scales pronouncing notes in less than 8 min [the first attempt was in 13 min]
  • Get to the level with 7 intervals on ear training at tonedear.com

As always, here’s the video.

1234 exercise

2134 on the 5th fret – 8th notes @ 110 bpm β†’ 8th notes @ 150 bpm
2143 on the 5th fret – 8th notes @ 110 bpm β†’ 8th notes @ 150 bpm
2314 on the 5th fret – 8th notes @ 110 bpm β†’ 8th notes @ 150 bpm
34 on the 5th fret – Quarter notes @ 80 bpm β†’ Quarter notes @ 100 bpm
12-13-14-23-24-34 on the 5th fret – 8th notes at 120 bpm β†’ 8th notes at 150 bpm [Then made a step back to 130 bpm]

Fretboard knowledge

All strings at once – 1:35 β†’ 1:30

Ear training

Intervals – 317 of 405 or 78.27%

Songs

Ozzy Osbourne – Crazy Train [Ear training]
Cream – Sunshine Of Your Love [Ear training]
Europe – The Final Countdown [Ear training]
Arctic Monkeys – Do I Wanna Know? [Ear training]