Quote: Farelli wrote in post #8 I'll do some moving around the neck on the spiders. That's a good idea.
You know, deltadiscos bought up a great point, and I'm glad to see you caught on to what he was saying. I was actually going to mention this, but I figured you were just showing your exercises in one position for the sake of saving video time.
Anyway, I'll do these from Low E to High E, then back, and then move up a fret...I'll usually go to the 12th fret, and then I reverse everything.
Again, it's ALWAYS great to go back and drill these exercises, because no matter how good you are, or how many years you've been playing, the spiders and X patterns will ALWAYS separate the men from the boys! LOL!!!
Left-Hand Form is SPOT-ON, and your timing is excellent (once you dialed in the tempo accordingly). I really like how you were able to make adjustments "on the fly," and quickly dive right back in -- KUDOS to you, Sir!!!
That's AWESOME that you came to your realization! To build upon Paul's idea to try to create a "drone" and play along, another good way to practice how the modes "fit" or "sound" in a certain key is to download the free MP3's that Pebber has of one note being played for the entirety of the track.
If you have trouble locating these, please let me know, as I can just send them over to you!
I have always maintained that 10 minutes of practice per day is better than NOT practicing at all. Do whatever feels comfortable to you, but I will say that if all you have is 10 minutes, work on the same exercise, if possible.
Also, for something like Sarod picking, it can take 6 months to a year, or even longer, to really develop it enough where you can incorporate it into your playing.
Some students are able to pick up things a lot quicker than others, but typically, the more time you put in to an exercise or technique, the greater the rewards!
There really isn't a "right way" or "wrong way" to play those Long Pattern Pentatonic Scales. Me? I will typically assign 1 finger per fret, meaning that is I am playing frets 5 & 8 on the low E string, I will play 5 with index and 8 with pinky.
For a stretch like frets 5, 7, 10, I will adapt my fingers accordingly: 5 = index, 7 = middle, 10 = pinky and move on to the next string. Now, if you are then playing fret 12 on the same string, you can work on sliding 5-7 with index, 10 = ring, 12 = pinky, OR 5 = index, 7 = middle, 10 - 12 = slide with pinky. If the 4 notes are close to each other, say on the high E string, I will play 12 = index, 15 = middle, 17 = ring, 19 = pinky, OR again, incorporate a slide in there somewhere.
You see? There is no definitive way, so practice ALL possibilities.
As far as descending from high E to low E, and whether or not to pick up your entire hand and place it on the next string, it depends on whether or not you are using a slide in there somewhere, or a long stretch. Again, play whatever is comfortable for YOU.
I concur entirely with Farelli: You need to be your own gauge of what is comfortable versus what is "too much." Having said that, you do NOT need to "dig in," or press "super hard," as that will inhibit your ability to play fluidly.
If it gets to a point where it is "tingling" or "numb," then you are pressing way too hard and need to completely stop the exercise. Sometimes, all you need is 5-10 minutes and a good shake-out in order to be able to continue, and sometimes, you'll need to put everything down until the following day.
Well,,,I look like a peeled shrimp, but at least I am feeling a LOT better! Never even knew sun poisoning was a thing until the doctor diagnosed me. It's like a mild form of radiation sickness --- Been to the beach (with my beloved old Kay acoustic) at least 20 times this year, yet the ONE DAY I forget to bring sunscreen ---- WOW! I didn't even feel it until HOURS later, when I was sitting in my room, literally COOKING from the inside out!
Anyway, what a TREAT it was to log back on today and see you kind words! Bill, THANK YOU for checking in and for sharing with my pals, here in the Forum! It took a lot just to type that short response to you the other day, but I really appreciate you reaching out to me like you did!!
Farelli, I cannot wait to check out, and try to play along with, your videos!! Thanks for the support, my Brother!!
heyman, I'm staying positive, indeed, my little Bro!
OK, my Friends --- BACK TO BUSINESS!! ---I WISH YOU ALL LOVE & LIGHT!!!
Welcome to the Forum!! Yeah, the vids you receive do not follow the Daily Practice Routine. There are corresponding .PDF's for the DPR. Just click on "Lesson PDF/MP3 Files" and then click on Guitar "Student PDF files..." underneath the Private Student Lesson Download Pages.
heyman makes a good point: Pebber will expect you to upload a video (doesn't matter if you've been playing for 20 days or 20 years -- Upload a 3-4 Minute video (TOPS, no more that 4 minutes, showcasing 3-4 exercises). Everyone in this Forum is very supportive. I am an administrator here, and a really good friend of Pebber's, so please do not hesitate to ask any questions. The more you ask, the more you learn!
I removed those 2 photos from my post, because I realized that if somebody clicks on them, they can go right into my photobucket account and can delete or edit ALL of my photos,,,WITHOUT having to actually sign in to photobucket!!
Quote: BillyRae wrote in post #9Hand is coming along thx Adam...bought another Strat (1989 Blacky, Sensor PU's, Mint) to which I will apply those lessons. Can't play/why not fix. Should be back on strings this week. BTY what stain did you put on the SG neck that would match up with the Cherry.
Hi BillyRae! I'm glad to hear that your hand is improving! Good Stuff!!
Another Strat, huh? LOVE IT! I've got an '07 American Standard Strat..gorgeous!!
As far as the SG, I had these particular repairs done by someone other than myself. I can clean, set up, and intonate just about anything, but not a glue job. Since it's the back of the neck, I didn't care about it matching, as I only did it to see if it improves playability. I LOVE the way it feels!
Quote: disruptor wrote in post #8 LOL about the 10 min vid. I'm sure Pebber had some choice words about that. :)
Actually, he didn't say a word about it,,,BUT that was just before he started pursuing his Doctorate and his time became even that much more limited. I didn't really get an "appreciation" of the quantity of videos he gets each month, until I started helping him with the overflow.
I just reviewed some over the weekend that were PERFECT in terms of length-of-video-time AND distribution of exercises. If I had permission to post them here, I would, but that's a no-no. I've repeatedly ask 2 of the students to PLEASE upload here in the Forum, but we'll see.
Anyway, just go with the flow, and do NOT be all caught up in anything other than doing YOUR thing! I love checking out others' vids, because I will often play/practice along! Remember disruptor, we are all here to help and support each other, so don't be afraid to ask questions and dive right in!