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What are you practicing this week?

Discussion in 'Tab, Tips, Theory and Technique' started by Jules78, Dec 6, 2017.

  1. Jules78

    Jules78 Tele-Holic

    Dec 12, 2016
    Northern VA
    Im practicing my speed and mode knowledge running through exercises that shift through the major scale modes. Im also trying to get my speed up on a descending 5 note pentatonic Eric Johnson style lick. Still working on learning a dire straits song. I work on finding triads as it helps with my fretboard memory. Finally I am working on my note recognition skills by singing notes to pitch and checking em on my guitar. I break my practice time up and devote 15-30 minutes to each concept.
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  2. Televised

    Televised Friend of Leo's

    Apr 26, 2009
    Portland, OR
    Been working on soloing with Mixolydian, Dorian, Minor Pents, and just a touch of flat 5ths, all mashed up together until the muscle memory finally kicks in and they are faster and automatic. See if this old Duck can learn new tricks.
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  3. brookdalebill

    brookdalebill Telefied Ad Free Member

    Nov 15, 2009
    Austin, Tx
    Forum member Klasaine's Ted Greene short lessons.

  4. MDent77

    MDent77 Tele-Holic

    Jun 13, 2016
    New England
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  5. Pineears

    Pineears Tele-Holic

    Jun 25, 2016
    Practicing PA setup. Seems like every time I bring it back from a gig I spend a week tweaking it. Including the guitar amp sound.

  6. Frontman

    Frontman Tele-Holic

    Jul 10, 2014
    Some fingerstyle playing on my acoustic. My daughter's school is having an assembly tomorrow, and some of the parents are musicians who will be demonstrating different instruments. One is studio musician who works for Sony, another plays in the symphony orchestra in Yokohama. Normally I would not not imagine performing in the same room as people like these, and I have been practicing a lot so as not to sound too bad.
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  7. troy2003

    troy2003 Friend of Leo's

    Mar 30, 2010
    Central Minnesota
    Trying to learn songs by ear, at least the chord progression anyhow. After pushing through for a while I am better than I thought I was at it. Also playing different voicings of chords and partial chords.
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  8. Count

    Count Friend of Leo's

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  9. JL_LI

    JL_LI Tele-Holic

    May 20, 2017
    Long Island, NY
    I put up a thread about using a capo with an electric guitar yesterday. I've been practicing with it using it to re-voice chords for a few songs. It's harder than I thought. I'm not using the capo to change key. I'm using it to change voicing and timbre. This will require some work. I'm an engineer during the day and I find this to be much more mentally challenging than my day job.
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  10. cabra velha

    cabra velha Tele-Afflicted Platinum Supporter

    Jan 21, 2016
    estados unidos
    trying to arrange a chord melody version of wichita lineman, which oddly has led to playing bass lines on my archtop to pandora jazz-guitar channel
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  11. Dismalhead

    Dismalhead Poster Extraordinaire

    Feb 16, 2014
    Auburn, California
    Playing my band's set list and jamming to some of my favorite winter CDs. Just found my old Rush Hemispheres and Jethro Tull's Aqualung. Man what great albums, lots of fun to jam along with.

  12. tfarny

    tfarny Tele-Afflicted

    Sep 4, 2008
    Hudson Valley, NY
    Bunch of Chuck Berry tunes - Carol, Nadine, etc. plus working on better rhythm playing while singing - adding fills, not looking down, etc.
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  13. Obsessed

    Obsessed Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Nov 21, 2012
    I am working on quite the list right now as the days get shorter.

    Yet another Robert Johnson song note for note. Standard tuning. One RJ song a year is my motto.:p
    A hybrid picking version of, "Paint It Black" with the sitar sound included. Just about nailed.
    Open E "Gimme Shelter" ... Keefer's part.

    Yeah, okay, a fingerpickin' version of, "Carol of the Bells".:rolleyes::lol: A set of background Xmas coffee shop gigs is in the works, but kinda hoping for next year at this point.:oops:

    An open D original on the new reso. It is friggin' cool.
    A few bassline backing tracks for originals that I am recording.

    I'm just about to give up on the Jorma's Hot Tuna version of Rev. Gary Davis', "Death Have No Mercy". I am clearly missing something in my DNA.:mad::(
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  14. Clifford1

    Clifford1 TDPRI Member

    Nov 26, 2017
    I’m working on major scale and minor scale stuff with swapping between the two. Also need to expand my chord knowledge.

  15. Peregrino69

    Peregrino69 Tele-Holic Silver Supporter

    Dec 12, 2016
    Funkin' around. Got to tighten up the band, and to do that my own timing needs to be a lot tighter.

  16. LP26

    LP26 Tele-Meister

    Nov 5, 2017
    Earth (Part-Time)
    Chord/Melody arrangements of My Funny Valentine and I've Grown Accustomed To Your Face.
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  17. ac15

    ac15 Poster Extraordinaire Ad Free Member

    May 9, 2005
    Have a gig this Saturday, a sold out gig with many of the best Chicago musicians getting up and doing a couple of songs by various artists. It’a a gig where you want to make a good impression. I came up with two pretty complex guitar arrangements of Mel Torme tunes to play as accompaniment for a singer. Both of the arrangements were based on recordings that have either little or no guitar, so I am replicating the entire orchestral arrangement on guitar. Working solely on those two arrangements.
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  18. schnulli

    schnulli Tele-Meister

    Aug 22, 2010
    Fingerpicking country blues: Charley Patton's "Down The Dirt Road Blues"("34 Blues").

    Seems to be one of Patton's "easier" numbers, but some cool licks in there, so worth the effort.

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  19. blowtorch

    blowtorch Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    May 2, 2003
    Two weeks to get it down pat for our punk show with Digibot and Mhos and Ohms

  20. Sounds Good

    Sounds Good Tele-Meister

    Oct 2, 2017
    Luton UK
    I have been working on Eric Johnson as well, that hybrid picked lick in the intro then it is played again towards the end of the song.

    I dont do it hybrid myself i cant do it that way, so i need to skip the strings cleanly, and in time it is just thoose two top skips on the D string that get me, because i have tiny fingers so need to release the bar on the high e string a little but will get it in the end just needs time i suppose.

    That is good practise what you are doing btw! i find going down the strings is hardest towards the high e string, when covering loads of notes on all six strings and also picking each one clean many use legarto, also that 5 note one you mention is good practise is played at around 12 nps btw.
    Last edited: Dec 7, 2017
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