My Development Log (Baseline: Clip 1)


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03/25/2016 4:08 pm
I just started playing about 5 days ago. In order to document and chart my progress, I intend to make a clip every 100 hours or so of practice. This will serve as the first entry. https://soundcloud.com/user-171319036/first_riff
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03/25/2016 5:19 pm
Amazing idea! Please keep them coming!
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03/26/2016 11:09 pm
Yes it is a great idea indeed! Tracking your progress is always a great idea! The fact that you're doing this puts you ahead of many musicians!
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04/09/2016 5:37 am
I decided that I needed a benchmark that would yield true relative improvement over time. I've been working on the intro to "Classical Gas" over the last two and a half weeks. After about 35 hours of total practice time with guitar I can do this much: https://soundcloud.com/user-171319036/cg-04-08-16
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04/09/2016 5:47 am
I agree that this is a very good idea. There is nothing more encouraging to continue than looking back at your own progress.

You are off to a great start.
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04/13/2016 3:25 am
https://soundcloud.com/user-171319036

Worked out the main passage to Classical Gas. I think I will make a clip at every 50 hours of practice.
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04/13/2016 4:16 pm
How long have you been using Guitar Tricks for? Did you play guitar previously to joining us?

Your progress is amazing! I am looking forward to hearing more!
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04/13/2016 5:47 pm
Originally Posted by: Guitar Tricks AdminHow long have you been using Guitar Tricks for? Did you play guitar previously to joining us?

Your progress is amazing! I am looking forward to hearing more!


Thank you! I'm feeling like maybe I have a little right hand ability. I have been here almost 1 month. I am a complete beginner.

I played the ukulele for about 2 months when I was 14. I picked up a friend's guitar once in a while in college, but never bothered to learn anything.
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04/23/2016 6:38 am
https://soundcloud.com/user-171319036/cg-04-23-16

Here's the clip after a little over 50 hours total guitar time.
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04/25/2016 4:58 pm
You are rockin' it! Thank you for keeping us posted! Would you ever play a gig?
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04/26/2016 12:31 am
Originally Posted by: Guitar Tricks AdminYou are rockin' it! Thank you for keeping us posted! Would you ever play a gig?


Thanks! And funny. No gigs today but....I have an inside to a big band (6-8) guys. If I can show them a little something in a few months I can easily have 2-3 songs to start. They like singers of dubious quality that can sing songs in English. Especially ones that won't dig into their paychecks 8-^)
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04/26/2016 4:40 pm
Nice! What are you planning on playing to try out for the band? Haha that's true, it sounds like you're in it for the music and not the pay though!
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04/26/2016 6:57 pm
Originally Posted by: Guitar Tricks AdminNice! What are you planning on playing to try out for the band? Haha that's true, it sounds like you're in it for the music and not the pay though!


I don't think it's accurate to describe it in terms of a "try-out". I'm pretty sure I literally "have these guys at hello". For these guys it will be enough that I THINK I can play. I'm sure they will be content to let me "rockstar" it unplugged if I can sing a couple of a good songs for a few style points. I really have no idea at this point as to a particular song. In only a few months time the most I could reasonably expect to do is keep up don't you think. Off the top of my head though, "Sweet Home Alabama", "Turn the Page" & "Hotel California" might fly. Learning the 12 string intro to Hotel California (henceforth HC) would probably make them happy. I have reluctantly sung HC more than 50 times.

This group of Mexican musicians plays primarily "tropical". Salsa/cumbia mostly. They like the oportunity to rock out a little when they get the chance. That's where I come in. So there's "them" and then there's southern/classic rock, wants to be more country me. I dunno. The right fit? Maybe I can (eventually) be the white boy that plays the funky music. Or some other "Brickhouse" kinda thing. Be nice to have that kinda virtuousity. Mexican people dig the disco sound a little. Like the Bee Gees.

For me this would be like the ultimate Tenacious D (special shout out to Gables & Cage if you're accidentally reading this) Gig Simulator 2.0. Also, this group is a full-blown "...damn...trumpet playing band". Horns and sax. Thinking ambitiously, how cool would it be to put out some old school Chicago? "Old Days". Something like that.
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04/28/2016 4:05 pm
That's awesome! It sounds like an interesting mix of people, that sounds like fun! Nice Tenacious D reference, I rarely hear people mention them (but I'm a big fan).

I hope to hear how it goes! Show them how rockin' is done!
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05/19/2016 6:11 am
Originally Posted by: jspyattI decided that I needed a benchmark that would yield true relative improvement over time. I've been working on the intro to "Classical Gas" over the last two and a half weeks. After about 35 hours of total practice time with guitar I can do this much: https://soundcloud.com/user-171319036/cg-04-08-16


Thanks for posting this song! I grew up in a musical family, and my mom had a book with great songs from I think the 70's. Two of my sisters used to play this song a lot on the piano; great song.

You are progressing fast! It's impressive how clear your playing is after just starting. It's also inspiring how you are so committed to documenting your progress. That's a great way to look back and see how much you've grown.
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06/18/2016 7:44 pm
Originally Posted by: seattle2Thanks for posting this song! I grew up in a musical family, and my mom had a book with great songs from I think the 70's. Two of my sisters used to play this song a lot on the piano; great song.

You are progressing fast! It's impressive how clear your playing is after just starting. It's also inspiring how you are so committed to documenting your progress. That's a great way to look back and see how much you've grown.


Thanks for the kind words. I was working pretty hard. I sort of surprised myself to tell the truth because I didn't expect to bang it out like that.

I need to do another clip, but I've kinda learned that I hate recording because it seems to waste time and makes me crazy when I make mistakes. It tends to take more time than it should.

I've also been busy working on my strum and getting two songs ("Margaritaville" and "Sweet Home Alabama") "campfire performance ready" for the end of the month. Maybe three songs. "A Horse With No Name" looks like a two chord song.
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03/23/2020 2:15 am

I stopped doing the Classical Gas because it was too labor intensive for a beginner. I still play almost every day though. I still hate recording, but....

Hehe


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03/23/2020 11:35 am

Hi JS,

you look very comfortable on the guitar and clearly enjoy what you are going. I ready through your story line as well.

All the best.


This year the diet is definitely gonna stick!

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03/27/2020 7:44 am
Originally Posted by: William MG

Hi JS,

you look very comfortable on the guitar and clearly enjoy what you are going. I ready through your story line as well.

All the best.

Thanks man!


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