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Discussion in 'Streamliner Gretsch Forum' started by wvincagold, Jan 19, 2018.
Heck Im not even in the same galaxy.
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Tnx! No idea if I tore anything. It was a pretty recent discovery by a physiotherapist I consulted.
I had intense muscle cramps for over 2 months, thinking it was a side effect of my bloodthinner and anti cholesterol meds. My house Doc said this was normal and said to stick with it...
I practiced about 10 minutes today but I’ll play a little more later. I wish I had more time for it
Woa, this thing of mine is nothing. YOU get better!
Frozen shoulder. Not fun. I've had it twice in the last two years. Constant pain for about 2 months at a crack. Playing guitar doesn't make it worse, thank goodness.
So much to learn and so little time.
Sucks having ailments or limited time that prevents folks from practicing and playing. If I'm crushed for time I pick up my acoustic and bang away for what ever time I have. I can get sound out of my streamliner as well unplugged.
I urge folks to jump on over to https://www.justinguitar.com/ and start on the beginner course. Watch the videos and support him by donation and/or by purchasing his training materials. He lays out great study/practice schedules depending on where you are in the process. He's an excellent teacher and you'll move ahead quickly and develop good habits. Go at your own pace and stick with it.
A couple of keys to practice for me is to do musical things as much as possible, and really SLOW things down at first. Slow would be one down strum per beat on a chord, 60 BPM on scales with a backing track/loop/metronome. DO things right before moving on and then add speed or complexity.
My groove right now is with rhythm playing, so I'm mucking around a bit with triads and alternate chord voicing. I'm grooving on "Jane Says" at the moment, which is a simple G to A chord progression. I lay down the framework in a looper with power chords and then use alternate chord voicing and start linking lead parts or arpeggios with those triads and various scales, while trying to find the melody. Great fun and completely adventurous, musical exploration. Learning to build layers, muck around with tone, learn the fret board, and record with a simple two chord progression! Time flies when you're having fun with a cool looking and sounding Gretsch Streamliner.
I'll be picking up Justin's intermediate course soon. Enjoy!
Went to a motorcycle swap meet, drank hella beer, no practice. Played for about a hour.
I tinkered with the truss rod on one of my guitars and ran a few scales and chords testing for fret buzz. Got frustrated. Bid on a guitar that i dont need on eBay. Got declined. Spent more time looking at guitars than playing. Could have done so much more with my day.
The frozen shoulder has affected the use of my entire arm, including lower arm, wrist and hand. Particularly suffering with extreme bends and twists(of the arm). I tried to play around the 7 th fret which is the least uncomfortable position, but my fingers are powerless, the glorious slow and wide vibrato is gone, and I can't even make a single note sound good, and without that I might as well give up.
Nah Rich. You can't ever give up. All you'll get is regret that you stopped practicing.
And that makes it so much harder to get back into the groove.
Yep - we all get physical hassles. But there's always been a way to get around them.
Osteoarthritis for me. But so far I've managed.
Wishing you well.
Sorry. It sounds a bit patronizing. Didn't mean it though.
If I didn't get any more than three hours a day into practice I'd be very unhappy.
About 2-1/2 hours a day on technical stuff is definitely required for me. I think I'm getting somewhere, but I don't know where.
At some stage we all have to understand where the tech. stuff stops and the enjoyment starts. If I can achieve 1-1/2 hours on polishing, revising and just enjoying the instrument I'm generally pretty happy.
Four hours (at least) would be my target.
So far it's been difficult to maintain a four hour routine.
Gotta get up earlier. And stop fooling around. You know, eating, cleaning up, business, that sortta non-essential stuff.
When I worked on the scales, voicings and arpeggios in the Smith book, it was hard work, but the triads really helped to knit it all together. Once I learned those, I started to find it easy to apply what I had learned to the songs I enjoyed playing. After that, it was a lot easier.
Just wondering maybe slide guitar? But that requires linearly moving back and forth. How about a lap guitar? I know my time down really impacted me and my development. Chords tend to stay but for whatever reason C is screwing with me as of late. but picking strumming and my rythem all but disappeared. So coming from that place I can say its allot harder later on to come back. I hope that they are able to operate on it soon.
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I just pick up a guitar and hope I come up with something fun and maybe something new. Sometimes, maybe often, my starting place is something I saw on youtube or somewhere that pushes me to try something as a starting point. My choices are: which guitar, which amp channel, which pedal if any, diatonic or blues as main harmonic approach, major or minor, try some new chord voicings, play with a track from my Boss recorder or just play. I might even mess with a song chord progression but I have never tried to master a complete arrangement. Never played the same song the same way twice: my strength and my weakness.
Its a nice idea for a thread and likely to get at least one more practice session out to plan....
So lunchtime, snuck out with my gold top traveler to the park. This has an onboard amp for headphones. I take a lesson once a week on Wednsday so trying to make progress in anticipation.
Did minor penratonics, triplet picking in five positions, then did a blues shuffle pattern with a turnaround, and a bit of boom boom. Bending to pitch, half and whole step.
My piece for my lesson is T bone walker, t bone jumps again. Did the rythem part, trying to play upstrokes on the off beat. Sounds like cats making love at the moment but i persevere and every now and then a chord sounds clear. Then the lead line in the transcription, its a bit of a pastiche of what the brass and guitar played in the original. I try to memorise the line, get the fingering, add the swing and then add speed. Its the fun part really. Grab some lunch and race back to work. I get about twenty minutes playing in these sessions and I find it does help.
Eveining time. Now its the Yamaha Revstar with P-90,s, although on the weekend did this part with my 5420. Sounds quite fair through a Yamaha THR10 for blues I think. Did the moving shuffle rythem with turnarounds. Revised Jigsaw Puzzle blues, rythem and melody, a bit scratchy. Then dug back into T bone jumps again. Finished up about 49 minutes in. I have been doing some accoustic stuff lately, Thats Allright Mumma rythem, finger picking Your cheatin heart etc, using my Jim Dandy, but last nigh5 I was tired. Tonight for sure.
From what i have read 20 minutes is about a humans prime learning. Anything more we tend not to learn.
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