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19 Mar 2017
Original lesson: Basic Rock Rhythm #2 by Darius Wave

Before moving on to some level 3 or 4 lessons, I wanted to record this one because I totally dig the intro part. smile.gif

17 Mar 2017
Ever since I first picked up a guitar, there was one issue I always avoided: Playing a clean major bar chord with a 5th string root, let's take B Major for example. Not because of the index finger barring the chord but because of the other fingers. Whenever I can I choose the root on 6th string version because I just can't pull it off on the 5th string. But I'm determined to change that now!

I think there are two textbook ways to hold a 5th string bar chord: The first is to use the middle, ring and pinky fingers to fret the D, G and B strings. I find this very awkward because of the index finger stretch and because there's not enough space on the fret to make all the fingers fit comfortably, leading most often to a buzzy D string. And it feels like taking ages until all fingers are finally assembled in the correct position to start strumming. Ugh. dry.gif

The second way is to bend your first ring finger knuckle backwards, so that the whole first phalange (I think that's the word?) bars the D, G and B strings. The backwards bend is required so that the ring finger doesn't mute the high E string. And that's exactly the problem. I'm physically unable to bend my ring finger in that way. I googled a bit and there seem to be two camps: The ones say it's genetic and there's nothing one can do about it, the others (helpfully) say: "practice". rolleyes.gif

So my question is: Has anyone tried (and succeeded) in learning to bend that knuckle backwards by stretching it daily? How did you do it? I imagine it would be easy for a kid, but it feels very challenging as a grown-up. My finger already hurts from just gently trying for a minute mad.gif

Or do you have other recommendations how to tackle those pesky chords? smile.gif
23 Dec 2016
Original lesson: Beginner Power Chords Strumming by Darius Wave

Sneaking this in before Christmas smile.gif

I'm not so sure about my tone. I tried to find something with low gain but in the end I think I made it a bit too dry? At least I didn't include any reverb or delay.

Thank you for all your constructive comments so far!

8 Dec 2016
Since it's going to be Christmas soon, I realized that I don't have any Christmas songs in my repertoire and decided to change that. So I started to find out the chords and melody to Silent Night and learn it on piano. That's when I thought it'd be fun to make some kind of collaboration or challenge out of it.

So here's the deal:
- Learn to play Silent Night on any number of instruments
- Record a video of yourself playing and post it until 24th December

Anyone can join (instructors too!) and it can be as simple or complex as you like. Just the melody, or just the chords and singing, jazzy version, with solo etc. Be creative. It can be a single-track or multi-track recording with multiple instruments. The only requirements are:
- It must contain the Silent Night melody at least once
- Record all instruments yourself (or create synths, drum patterns etc), don't use backing tracks

Anyone interested? smile.gif
We might even make one of those slick collab medley videos in the end cool.gif
8 Nov 2016

I had very mixed feelings about my last REC:

On the one hand, I was very happy to have finally nailed the timing (at least I think I have...), which for me was the most important thing this time. On the other hand, a lot of other stuff is falling short. Somehow I expected a much better rating considering I worked on that lesson for several weeks now. I don't want to complain because I think I got exactly what I deserved smile.gif , it's just that I was pretty convinced that I had visibly improved only to find out that (just one example) somehow my pick moved to the back of my index finger (as correctly pointed out by Ben) over the last weeks without me even noticing. dry.gif
Darius also hit home when saying that I could have detected most issues by myself. And to be honest, when I set my mind to make a REC last Sunday and wasn't happy with any of the takes (and there were a lot), I knew deep inside that I wasn't ready yet but I just wanted to get it over with anyway.

At this point I'm pretty much torn apart between just letting that lesson be (I'm really starting to get sick of it) and finally having a lesson really nailed. What's better here? "Finished, not perfect?" or "As good as I can possibly make it?". I believe that perfecting a lesson would push me forward a great deal but I just don't know how to find the motivation to do it. I think I have a natural tendency to move to the next best thing when I'm getting annoyed by something. I'm not lacking motivation to play guitar, I'd play all day long if I could, but somehow that doesn't translate to playing the same thing over weeks and weeks just to make it perfect.

This is not about motivation in general but that very specific motivation to push through until the end.

So how do you guys do it? Some of you get high ratings consistently. Does it come kind of easily to you to work on a lesson until it's perfect? Do you concentrate on a single lesson or do you work on other stuff in parallel?

As a sidenote: Why is it forbidden for the poster to reply to a REC thread? This would make asking questions easier because otherwise you have to write several PMs or create new threads.
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