Monty’s Guitar Journal

Discussion in 'Fred's Barcalounge' started by Monty_piglit, Oct 15, 2019.

  1. Monty_piglit

    Monty_piglit Electromatic

    Oct 9, 2019
    I like to keep notes on things that I’ve learnt so I can a)see how I am/am not improving and b) so I can remember stuff and c) circle back round and re-practice older stuff.

    So, this is going to be the start of my guitar journal...

    Up to yesterday I had learnt

    A, D, C, G, E, Em, Dm, Am

    Strumming patterns
    Whole, Half, Quarter, Eighth, Ska(is there a proper name for this? Off beat?)

    12 bar blues in various keys

    Songs(very badly)
    Hey joe
    Chasing cars(rhythm and lead)
    Wild thing
    Twist and Shout
    Highway to hell

    Last lesson 14/10/19

    I added ‘Zombie’ and (a journey song that I forget the name of but isn’t ‘don’t stop believing ‘)

    I also started learning the F chord.

    Also looked at the chromatic scale and how to work out where you can play an E on any string. (Homework is to do the same thing with an A)

    I’ve also been told to come up with some songs that I want to learn so I need to find some rock n roll and rockabilly stuff to learn. Might throw some Cramps in there as well

    I like leaving the lesson with a smile on my face and I certainly did last night.
  2. Jelly Roll Horton

    Jelly Roll Horton Synchromatic

    Nov 10, 2017
    Portland, OR
    Good plan. Whenever I start a new phase, whether it be genre, style,riff, or new song, I keep a log of start date and daily time spent on the problem. It is encouraging to look back and evaluate progress and realize that even though it has seemed at times like I was "never gonna get it!" that in fact change and improvement have come.
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  3. LivingMyDream

    LivingMyDream Friend of Fred

    I like the journal idea, because by tracking your progress you'll be able to refer back and see how far you've come on the days when discouragement tries to sneak in.
  4. wabash slim

    wabash slim Friend of Fred

    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
    Keep at it. Set small goals.
    When you get frustrated, move to something else for awhile, then come back to it.
    If you must, leave it for a day, go do something else. Try again tomorrow.
    We've all been thru what you're going thru now.
    The most important part is to have fun.
  5. Monty_piglit

    Monty_piglit Electromatic

    Oct 9, 2019
    Thanks for the support :)
  6. loudnlousy

    loudnlousy Friend of Fred

    Oct 18, 2015
    Hildesheim, Germany
    Having a plan never hurts. It takes some discipline to stick to it.
  7. Andrew Griffin

    Andrew Griffin Synchromatic

    Oct 22, 2015
    Good idea: I keep telling myself I'm going to do that to help me with my focus so tht I get the most out of every opportunity I have to play. Mine ought to start with
    1. Rain, by the Beatles, in open G
    2. She's Woman, Beatles, in open G
    3. Across the Universe, Beatles, open D
    4. Those Were the Days, Mary Hopkin, open D
    5. California Dreaming, Mamas & Papas open D
    These are all arrangements I'm figuring out and a journal would keep me focused.
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  8. tdtom

    tdtom Gretschie

    Oct 26, 2018
    new zealand
    are you also keeping recordings of your playing? I find that having something on video, even if just on a tablet or phone, helps me, if I have forgotten how I played part of a song and want to come back to that or improve on it.
  9. Monty_piglit

    Monty_piglit Electromatic

    Oct 9, 2019

    Do it, Do it

    Perhaps we could get a special section for journals? (Any mods listening ?)
    Last edited: Oct 16, 2019
  10. Monty_piglit

    Monty_piglit Electromatic

    Oct 9, 2019
    Not at the moment, I don’t like the idea of vids but I have an Audio interface for my MacBook so could record the noise
  11. Sabato

    Sabato Synchromatic

    Mar 22, 2019
    Today you can write, "Somebody bought that Pawn Shop Gretsch right out from under me."
    No doubt a good thing that they did!
  12. Free Bird!!!!!

    Just saying you need to get used to hearing that.
  13. Monty_piglit

    Monty_piglit Electromatic

    Oct 9, 2019
    Today’s lesson we looked at some ‘movable’ chords

    started learning Shotgun by George Ezra.

    I’ve also been given some pentatonic scales to practice.

    More theory today than practical!
  14. Monty_piglit

    Monty_piglit Electromatic

    Oct 9, 2019
    Today’s session was a quick blast through the stuff I’ve been practicing at home.

    Then back to looking at pentatonic scales, this time finding the correct starting place for the scale in the same key as ‘shotgun’ and just playing notes within the scale to vaguely fit the tune.

    Next I was shown an exercise based on a classical piece (the name of which escapes me now). Starts with a C chord and you play the strings 2,3,4,5/6,5,4,3 then to G playing 1,2,3,4/6,5,4,3 and so on.

    Then back to the pentatonic scale but instead of playing the notes as a straight 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10 you play 1,2,3 2,3,4 3,4,5 4,5,6 5,6,7 6,7,8 7,8,9 8,9,10
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