Week 26. Solos and fails

Guitar chefs!

This week I’ve been working mostly on Bending and Glissando solos trying to polish them. Well, the result is better than the last week, but I still need too much time to record a decent attempt. This lack of consistency is pissing me off.

Also I learned the solo from The Kids Aren’t Alright by The Offspring and played it at 80% speed. Still rough, especially the double stop bends, but I’ve been practicing it for 2-3 days now, so basically just started, so it’s okay.

On the top of that, I haven’t managed to record any perfect attempt since the roasting on the livestream, so I had to insert the same videos here. That’s unfortunate…

Next week I’m going snowboarding, so there will be only 2 days to practice. I won’t count that week and will record the video from Kirovsk mountains. It will be fun πŸ™‚

The goals for this week were:

  • [Done] Clean up Bending Solo @ 90 bpm
  • [Done] Clean up Glissando Solo @ 108 bpm

My goals for the next week:

  • Clean up The Kids Aren’t Alright Solo
  • Module 28 Solo with the metronome
  • Have fun snowboarding πŸ™‚

Week 25. Big Change

Hey guitar chefs!

I gave up on daily uploads and recording in order to get more fun during the practice and spend less time preparing for it. In the video I explain why I’ve done this in details.

This week I’ve been practicing Bending and Glissando solos and managed to play them both at the original speed. My fingertips are a mess though, so the recording is not perfect. Hopefully, the next week they’ll heal and I’ll polish the solo to the perfect state.

Also I tried to spice up the video by a bit more editing. Hopefully, it will be easier and more fun to watch. Have a nice week. Cheers!

P.S. This report format will be simplified as well, as I don’t like how it looks and feels without daily practice stuff. I’ll think more about it during the next week.

The goals for this week were:

  • [Done]Β Bending Solo with the metronome

My goals for the next week:

  • Clean up Bending Solo @ 90 bpm
  • Clean up Glissando Solo @ 108 bpm

Solo

Module 27 – Bending Solo – 90 bpm
Module 27 – Glissando Solo – 108 bpm

Ear training

Intervals – 14 intervals – 137 of 140 – 97.86%

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%… πŸ™‚

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 β€“ 15 min
Day 163 β€“ 15 min
Day 164 β€“ 107 min
Day 165 β€“ 25 min
Day 166 β€“ 35 min
Day 167 β€“ 39 min
Day 168 β€“ 55 min
Total β€“ 4 h 51 min

Solo

Module 26 β€“ Pinch Harmonic Solo – 120 bpm

Strumming

Module 26 β€“ Chords Using Thumb – 130 bpm

Songs

Module 26 β€“ Santa Monica Intro – 70 bpm

Ear training

Intervals – 14 intervals β€“ 138 of 140 – 98.57%

Week 23. Summary

Well, that week had a lot of holidays and family stuff in it πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ˜€

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 β€“ 15 min
Day 156 β€“ 15 min
Day 157 β€“ 15 min
Day 158 β€“ 60 min
Day 159 β€“ 93 min
Day 160 β€“ 46 min
Day 161 β€“ 49 min
Total β€“ 4 h 53 min

Solo

Module 26 β€“ 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 β€“ 136 of 140 – 97.14%

Week 22. Summary

Well, this week I’ve been only practicing pinch harmonic solo. It took me in total 4 hours and 32 minutes playing only it. Despite that I’m not tired of it or something. It sounds cool and it’s fun to play this solo. I’m not very good at pinch harmonics though…

I can play all the pinch harmonics that are there one at a time or even in row. But when picking normally it’s much harder to implement them correctly. So I’ll be working on it next week as well.

Also I set myself a new record in ear training – 132 of 140 intervals. I’m so close to the perfect result, but it will take a lot of time still to be able to guess the intervals right away without any hesitation. I’m patient about it and will slowly but surely get there.

Next week I want to implement other routines from the module to diversify my exercises.

The goals for this week were:

  • [Done] Module 26 routines

My goals for the next week:

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

Practice time

Day 148 β€“ 80 min
Day 149 β€“ 35 min
Day 150 β€“ 85 min
Day 151 β€“ 60 min
Day 152 β€“ 49 min
Day 153 β€“ 43 min
Day 154 β€“ 19 min
Total β€“ 6 h 11 min

Solo

Module 26 – Pinch Harmonic Solo – 120 bpm

Ear training

Intervals – 14 intervals β€“ 132 of 140 – 94.29%

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%

Week 20. Summary

Well, I’m back. Returning to the daily practice after a vacation was kinda rough but after a week it feels as usual again πŸ™‚

This week I’ve been practicing only 6 levels of rhythm and ear training. The hardest one for me was the third bar of level 4. I even had to decrease the speed to 80 bpm in order to wrap my head around it. Other patterns were not as hard at all.

I also watched Module 23, so the next week practice will be on it. Anyway, here’s the video.

The goals for this week were:

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

My goals for the next week:

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

Practice time

Day 134 – 10 min
Day 135 – 35 min
Day 136 – 34 min
Day 137 – 37 min
Day 138 – 25 min
Day 139 – 24 min
Day 140 – 27 min
Total – 3 h 12 min

Rhythm

Rhythm – Level 1 – 100 bpm β†’ 120 bpm
Rhythm – Level 2 – 100 bpm β†’ 120 bpm
Rhythm – Level 3 – 100 bpm β†’ 120 bpm
Rhythm – Level 4 – 100 bpm β†’ 120 bpm
Rhythm – Level 5 – 100 bpm β†’ 120 bpm
Rhythm – Level 6 – 100 bpm β†’ 120 bpm

Ear training

Intervals – 14 intervals – 82 of 100 – 82.00%
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

Week 19. Summary

I have a plane in 10 hours, so this summary will be short πŸ™‚

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 β€“ 45 min
Day 128 β€“ 45 min
Day 129 β€“ 45 min
Day 130 β€“ 45 min
Day 131 β€“ 45 min
Day 132 β€“ 45 min
Day 133 β€“ 45 min
Total β€“ 5 h 15 min

Scales

Scales – A mixolydian β€“ 16th notes @ 80 bpm β†’ 16th notes @ 90 bpm
Scales – D major (A string) β€“ 16th notes @ 80 bpm β†’ 16th notes @ 90 bpm

Scales – A major in 3rds β€“ 8th notes @ 80 bpm β†’ 8th notes @ 150 bpm
Scales – A major in 4 note pattern β€“ 8th notes @ 80 bpm β†’ 8th notes @ 150 bpm

Scales – A major pentatonic β€“ 16th notes @ 80 bpm β†’ 16th notes @ 90 bpm
Scales – A major pentatonic in 3rds and 4ths β€“ 8th notes @ 80 bpm β†’ 8th notes @ 150 bpm
Scales – A major pentatonic in 4 note pattern β€“ 8th notes @ 80 bpm β†’ 8th notes @ 150 bpm

Scales – A minor pentatonic β€“ 16th notes @ 80 bpm β†’ 16th notes @ 90 bpm
Scales – A minor pentatonic in 3rds and 4ths β€“ 8th notes @ 80 bpm β†’ 8th notes @ 150 bpm
Scales – A minor pentatonic in 4 note pattern β€“ 8th notes @ 80 bpm β†’ 8th notes @ 150 bpm

Ear training

Intervals – 7-14 intervals β€“ 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

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

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