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  • #24824

    PaulWolfe
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    So far this year, January is kicking my butt with a nasty flu. Doc’s got me on like 7 different medications! And that’s on top of the 3 different heart meds I normally take…

    However, I set up a guitar plan for the month…

    1: Finally finish, film and post the Stage 5 solo from the ’07 course

    2: Learn 3 complete songs

    3: Learn the live solos from Shock Me on Alive ll

    4: Memorize the modes in 3-note-per-string forms

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  • #24826

    Sarah Spisak
    Keymaster

    Looks good!  Are you learning the modes in the nine-note block system?  🙂

  • #24829

    PaulWolfe
    Participant

    Are you learning the modes in the nine-note block system?

    What I’m using is this system where you memorize the 3 note pattern on the 6th and 5th and then use a formula to complete the pattern. I did this with the Natural Minor scale and can play up and down the neck with it. I can do the Major scale as well to a lesser degree. I’d like to memorize the rest of the modes now… then work on Melodic Principles and memorize all the intervals so I won’t need patterns 😉

     

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    • #24853

      Sarah Spisak
      Keymaster

      With that system are you able to comfortably and easily play any mode in any key in any octave?  Or starting on the G string,  not the E or A?  🙂

    • #24891

      PaulWolfe
      Participant

      Actually, yes. Say I want to do F# Phrygian, I start on F# on any string and play the pattern for Phrygian. If I want extend it an octave, I can just follow the rule of which pattern comes next.

      To climb the neck, I play the 2 string pattern, then the next note on the adjacent string which leads me to F# and the sequence starts over.

      Combining that with the patterns in a box and it’s all covered. That’s why I need to refresh myself on the note names – to make sure I know where my tone center is.

    • #24905

      Sarah Spisak
      Keymaster

      That’s why I need to refresh myself on the note names – to make sure I know where my tone center is.

      That will be time well spent!  🙂

  • #24852

    PaulWolfe
    Participant

    Okay, so when you’re fighting the flu, the hardest part about this practice plan is getting out of bed at 4:45 AM to get an hour of practice time in before getting ready for work… but I did it this morning and I feel good about myself for doing so.

  • #24863

    Doug Marks
    Keymaster

    That’s a lot to learn in a month!  Maybe more modest goals?  Look at each goal and decide how much time you’re able to spend this month to accomplish it.  When you add up the total for all goals there’s a pretty good chance that you’ll see there isn’t adequate time.

    I’m dealing with a similar issue myself.  I have several projects that I “absolutely need to accomplish”.  As I look over these goals I realize that I’m going to need to remove some of the lesser projects and save them for later if I’m going to accomplish anything.

    Metal Method Guitar Instructor

    • #24896

      PaulWolfe
      Participant

      That’s good advice, Doug, thank you. It does look like a lot, doesn’t it?

      Full disclosure: I already know half of the Stage 5 solo, parts of all 3 songs (and they are KISS  songs, so not too tough) and the first 5 measures of Ace’s live solo.

      This month is to get me in the groove of regular, steady practice. When I take on DJs DNA or those Jazz Progressions I’ll work on smaller chunks at a time.

    • #24912

      Doug Marks
      Keymaster

      Sounds like a good plan Paul.

      Metal Method Guitar Instructor

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