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Hey all,

So, what's the scoop? What are you all doing with your time here. As crappy as it is, it is a perfect time to work on something new, or really dig down hard on something.

For me I have been working on my precision with picking and working with faster tempos. Lots of metronome work. I am also doing Frank Gambale's Chopbuilders workout - which is awesome for maintaining technique. I have also been drilling down a bit harder on the H/W diminished scale. I have always wanted a deeper, second nature style understanding of it as I love the whole Robben Ford trip. So that has been on the docket.

You?

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Rebuilding my picking technique.  I realized that this is a good time to reinvent myself a bit.

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19 hours ago, Mark Wein said:

Rebuilding my picking technique.  I realized that this is a good time to reinvent myself a bit.

Funny that is exactly my issue right now too. It's always picking with me. Mind you I am a Left Handed person - playing a right handed guitar. So my weak hand is the picking hand. Explains some of it I am sure.

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On 5/8/2020 at 8:23 AM, jeremy_green said:

Funny that is exactly my issue right now too. It's always picking with me. Mind you I am a Left Handed person - playing a right handed guitar. So my weak hand is the picking hand. Explains some of it I am sure.

I've always struggled with this.  I feel like it's taken my 35 years to finally get some where with this stuff.

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I've been finally really learning solos that I've been covering for years.  Figure might as well learn to play them correctly.  Been on the "that's good enough" train for a long time!

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I've spent a fair bit of time with my funk rhythm playing (inspired by Vulfpeck!) and as usual, I find that it really improves other aspects of my playing, particularly fast alternate picking. I'd highly recommend practising this style to any guitar player regardless of genre. 

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On 5/9/2020 at 2:42 PM, TrickyBoy said:

I've been finally really learning solos that I've been covering for years.  Figure might as well learn to play them correctly.  Been on the "that's good enough" train for a long time!

It's funny you know, a long while back when I had kids and took a long break from playing. When I came back to it, I was trying to recapture the love, so what I decided to do was go back to my roots and relearn all the songs from my childhood - except note perfect this time. At the time I was into Ozzy and Sabbath but I didnt have the skies to really nail the faster stuff (especially the Roads stuff!). So it was a crap ton of fun to do it. Before long I was happily back at it but more excited than ever.

Going back to the basics is a really good thing to do. It's amazing what you may have missed.

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On 5/8/2020 at 10:23 AM, jeremy_green said:

Mind you I am a Left Handed person - playing a right handed guitar. 

Me too.

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And to answer the original question - I'm working on learning some Wes Montgomery solos as well as writing tunes.

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1 hour ago, Jasco said:

And to answer the original question - I'm working on learning some Wes Montgomery solos as well as writing tunes.

Love Wes man, he's amazing. So many great lines, so little time lol. I went on a Grant Green trip for a bit. That was pretty enlightening and really made me realize how generally terrible I am at jazz!

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Te past week or so I've been working on some Tony Rice bluegrass stuff, trying to remember some jazz standards (Stella by Starlight and Tune Up this week) and whatever sounds like fun to mess with.

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Every once in a while, I feel like my practice routine is in free-fall. When this happens, I try to develop some sort of system, to make sure I am checking all the boxes. Problem is - I also hate being stuck inside a routine. So this week, I tried something new - with some nice progress.

I did exactly what I said above "checking all the boxes". I took a piece of paper and wrote down a bunch of the items I wanted to catch up on - or at least things I felt I should incorporate in my weekly practice. Here is what I built:

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So each vertical column represents one practice day. When I practice, as I get bored of whatever I am doing - I check it off and pick something else. Check it off and on I go. When I run out of columns I will draw up a new sheet and start all over again adjusting as I go. It has created some nice momentum for me and I am feeling more balanced in my practice. If you are floating, give this a try. When you are feeling dry, a systematic approach can be just the ticket.

 

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On 5/20/2020 at 8:09 AM, jeremy_green said:

Every once in a while, I feel like my practice routine is in free-fall. When this happens, I try to develop some sort of system, to make sure I am checking all the boxes. Problem is - I also hate being stuck inside a routine. So this week, I tried something new - with some nice progress.

I did exactly what I said above "checking all the boxes". I took a piece of paper and wrote down a bunch of the items I wanted to catch up on - or at least things I felt I should incorporate in my weekly practice. Here is what I built:

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So each vertical column represents one practice day. When I practice, as I get bored of whatever I am doing - I check it off and pick something else. Check it off and on I go. When I run out of columns I will draw up a new sheet and start all over again adjusting as I go. It has created some nice momentum for me and I am feeling more balanced in my practice. If you are floating, give this a try. When you are feeling dry, a systematic approach can be just the ticket.

 

The pictures aren't showing :(

 

I'm still working on Tony Rice ("Your Love i Like a Flower", "Jerusalem's Ridge" and "Red Haired Boy") and reviewing some jazz standards since I haven't been playing much jazz and the tunes start to fade a bit for me.  I am adding "But Beautiful" this week though.

 

 

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2 hours ago, Jasco said:

Not seeing your picture yet here.

 

How about now? It's odd because I see it on my end so I am flying blind

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