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Gables Guitar Journal Entry #002

#002 MONDAY 04/14/14

Started off the new week right with a solid 5-hour practice session this morning. It definitely pays to get up early.

This morning I woke up at 5am. Every-other-day I do 35 min of cardio on the elliptical before going into the studio. So by the time I sat down with the Cordoba C9 (classical guitar) it was 6:45am.

Here is a breakdown of how I spent the next 5 hours:

[7:00-8:00am] : Classical Guitar :
– Arpeggios [15 min]
– Diatonic Scales w/ alternating rest strokes [15 min]
– Delcamp – Book D01 – Lesson 8 [30 min]

[8:00-11:00am] : Electric Guitar : (with Drum Machine @ 100bpm)
– Left Hand Solo Exercises – 1/4 Notes [20min]
– Right Hand Solo Exercises – 1/4 to T/16 [20min]
– Chromatic Exercises – 1/8 to 1/16 [20min]
– Diatonic Scales – 1/8 to 1/16 [30min]
– Pentatonic Scales – 1/8 to 1/16 [30min]
– Legado Scales – 1/8 to T/16 [30min]
– Blues licks w/ bends and dbl stops [15min]
– Arpeggios (up to 2 Octaves) – 1/8 to T/16 [15min]

[11:00-12:00] : Free Improvisation
– While working on arpeggios, I stumbled on a chord progression I thought sounded cool:
{ Dmaj7 – Dmaj7/B – Emaj7 – Emaj7/C# }
Kind of reminded me of something Stereolab would do. I recorded it into my loop pedal and improvised melodies over the strange changes for about an hour. Couldn’t really get any diatonic stuff working. I don’t think any one mode can be used over the entire progression, and my awareness (apparently) isn’t sharp enough to switch keys while doing anything I’d qualify as music. So there is something else that needs work:
PLAYING OVER CHANGES (especially uncommon ones).

A major / F# minor pentatonic sounded pretty great though. It sounded particularly good when I put some heavy phaser/reverb on the lead guitar.

I ended the practice session at 12 noon and went to eat lunch. Not sure if I’ll get more practice in today as I’ve got the afternoon full of lessons and a new episode of Game of Thrones in the DVR!

Oh, well. There is always tomorrow. I expect to get in 6 or 7 hours tomorrow as I don’t have to do cardio first in morning. Looking at what I ended up doing today, I should probably prioritize working on Jazz repertoire tomorrow (as I won’t get to it today).

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