Tuesday, May 09, 2006

From Tuesday:

I spent some good time with the metronome today. I'm still in the mindset that I have rebuild my fingers in some way. I don't think that is really the case. I think I've still got a good feel for the instrument, or least as good as it was before.
I revisited my Omnibook and switched tunes to spice things up a bit. I'm working on "Blues For Alice" now. It's a nice tune and I'm relatively familiar with it. I have two other tunes that I would like to be working on, but the ipod isn't feeling very well right now, so I'll wait for to be "restored"
I also took a 2nd glance at the Al Di Meola lick from yesterday. It's coming along nicer today.
After my class at Newton last night, I was walking through the halls and I think I passed some students learning how to speak english. The trick was the students were deaf. Their experience of repeating a phrase "how are you" over and over and over again reminded me of my guitar playing experieince. When I learn licks I learn them over and over and over again. The thing is, I rarely ever get right the first day. After I'm done practicing and my brain is making sense of the whole experience, does the lick sort congeal. Then or maybe the next day the lick will be reading. It's kinda funny when you think about it, yet also very simple. The thing that all this guitar playing has done for me is really instilled a sense of patience for development. Things don't happen over night. No matter how much we want them to.
Chromatic scales were also my friend. They are turning out to be a nice warm-up. I haven't had a warm-up in a very long time.


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