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ssseneca · 2 years ago
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Day 35
Well, how to start
I wanted to have a pretty elaborate and aesthetic consistency with this blog, but I went so overboard I completely forget the format and go to shit. So from now on I’ll just post the date and the year, and the month and thing learned in the hashtags. Way more simple, and I can always look back depending on the month and the technique I tried to learn.
Today I practiced tapping and singing to Fiona Apple’s “Why Try to Change me Now”
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ssseneca · 3 years ago
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Day 34
I’ve been practicing singing, a multitude of songs and also playing guitar while doing so.
I can’t play piano, but I can play guitar tapping while playing chords and singing over it. It’s pretty cool, and I feel like it defines who I am as a musician. It’s also fun as fuck.
The songs that I have been practicing this on, are on some of my originals, and also “Why try to change me now” by Fiona Apple. Soon I’ll try Slow Dancing in the Dark by Joji, and Coffee by Beabadoobee, to see if I can branch out on bedroom rock and indie.
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ssseneca · 3 years ago
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Day 33
confected a backing track for a song I want to improvise on. It’s original and made by me, I’ll post the chords later. I want to play guitar on it but I think the mood fits fretless bass solo better. I can put in maybe small guitar effects to add to the weird feeling it has. like some echoed chords on the “2/4″ part lol.
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ssseneca · 3 years ago
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Day 32
random guitar fidgeting, i forgot exactly what i did.
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ssseneca · 3 years ago
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Day 31
Recorded myself playing guitar and singing “Piledriver Waltz”, going through different iterations, I noted down things I should do if I wanted to improve my pronunciation and make it sound more british and native. 
In the end, the general rule is that whatever I want to say “in my normal way of singing”, I should slur the words a bit and soften the sound I make con consonant letters, especially if they’re in combo and I can connect them with the words following them.
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ssseneca · 3 years ago
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Day 30
more guitar practice. Played the major scale all the way through and practiced emphatically on the picking motion using my thumb, and also on the upper strings, which is where I tend to play more often.
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ssseneca · 3 years ago
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Day 29
Guitar chords and picking. I’m starting to feel comfortable holding a pick now! so I’ll be grinding more and more. Practicing my favourite songs with picks to get the hang of it is great too.
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ssseneca · 3 years ago
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Day 28
Fiddled with bass and guitar, reviewed some parts of “Teen town” at slow speed but without metronome.
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ssseneca · 3 years ago
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Day 27
Played guitar scales non-rigorously for about 40 minutes. I’m gonna have to ask a teacher about proper picking technique, or if my technique is okay-ish and not degenerate and harmful on the long run. I want to make my future guitar-playing be as crisp and bad-habits-free as possible. I want to cover “Concentration” from the GT3 Soundtrack, but for that I have to listen to them well. 
Maybe I can discern between casual music-listening (while outside or at college) vs focused music-listening (trying to catch intricacies and learn from the recordings), so that my studies don’t get mixed between the daily stress of college and life, but rather it’s a separate subject which I will attend on specific times and days
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ssseneca · 3 years ago
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Day 26
Bass and guitar fidgeting. Listened to some casiopea, for bass and drum fills I can use on my music
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ssseneca · 3 years ago
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Day 25
Practiced scales and also consciously focused on my picking hand, trying to get comfortable with some mechanisms and patterns
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ssseneca · 3 years ago
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Day 24
Fidgeted with guitar. Not super productive, but still practiced consciously trying to get used to picking and fingering, getting proper hand coordination.
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ssseneca · 3 years ago
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Day 23
Practiced guitar picking and was inconsistent. I want to see if calibrating makes playing easier. I know right off the bat i’m not even close to good with guitar, but bar chords lately have been extremely difficult to pull off
I’ve tried reading some books today, but didn’t put too much attention into it.
Paying close attention to the sound others make vs the sound I make, I can sort of listen to my “bad technique”. I’ll work on that and see what’s up.
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ssseneca · 3 years ago
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Day 22
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Practiced guitar picking and fretting
did a 1-2-3-4 exercise with the fretting hand, where the 2 would alternate to another string, then do 1-2-3-4 on that string and play the 2 on the original string. bigger skips make it difficult but practices perfecting the height of the pick vs the string you’re trying to strike.
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ssseneca · 3 years ago
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Day 21
Besides the fact that I never log in to my blog before going to sleep, countless entries have been lost, mainly because I get stupid tired and fall asleep before I get to even pop up tumblr.
So I have been practicing chords, songwriting, singing, bass, and even piano. Today, Thursday 18th of April, I spent close to 40 minutes playing piano, and trying to find the chords from songs I lost my files to, so I’ve been practicing some ear training too.
This “finding out the old chords” exercise is pretty good for ear training, so I’ll try to do it more often, and recover the sheets of my old songs.
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ssseneca · 3 years ago
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Day 20
Practiced guitar for 30 minutes. The Major scale again throughout the neck. I want to try playing the major scale using only the first four strings, which are the ones that differ greatly from the bass tuning. If I can get comfortable with those strings and the patterns that surround them, maybe I can move on to other exercises.
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ssseneca · 3 years ago
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Day 19
Practiced bass and guitar for 30 minutes each. For guitar, I practiced the major scale throughout the neck, I’ll try to get it learned so I can progress on with connecting it flawlessly, especially in the higher strings, where my unfamiliarity is still crippling.
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