What are you practicing these days?

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  1. basher

    basher Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

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    So all our gigs are cancelled and my band is inactive for the duration, and I don't have any new repertoire to learn. I've focused on the band so much over the last few years that I'm feeling a little lost when it comes to playing for myself. The stuff that's appearing under my fingers has gotten weirdly random. I sat down last week and learned the solo to "Hit Me with Your Best Shot" by Pat Benetar. Over the weekend I started trying to work up a jazz arrangement of the Star Trek theme. Yesterday I turned up the repeats on my delay pedal and zoned out on repetitive minimalism for an hour. I no longer know what kind of guitarist I am. I'm thinking this afternoon I might take a guitar outside and learn some bird calls. I don't know.

    So what are you guys working on? I can't be the only one feeling a bit musically adrift in isolation. What are you practicing when there's nothing to practice for?
     
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  2. teletail

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    You can always work on the fundamentals and learning new licks/lines/solos in your preferred genre. I've been working on my technique and Lars Schurse's burning country series on Truefire. I'm also taking Skype lessons.
     
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    I started a remote recording project with a friend, so I’m practicing my mixing and mastering skills.
     
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    JL_LI Friend of Leo's

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    I haven’t played in a band for 50 years so I haven’t run into that roadblock. I play country for my own enjoyment but I don’t find much of the new stuff appealing. I took another look at Act Naturally. You can sing and strum it but it’s not interesting that way. Years ago, I learned it with a pick. Now I can do a lot more on a single guitar finger style. I’m also paying more attention to the notes I want to play. Is the song in a major key or mixolydian? Where should I play a b7 or b3? It’s forcing me to really “hear” what I’m playing and find the best way to play it. I’m also trying to adapt the CHVRCHES version of XO for a single make vocal and guitar. CHVRCHES played it in a BBC live performance with a piano and classical guitar. I love the guitar part but it can’t stand alone. I have to think about what I can keep from it and how I can cover the piano and guitar parts simultaneously in an unfamiliar genre. I’m working from home. I’m not complaining. This gives me a little more time for playing, exploring, and learning. The world passes you by if you stay fixed in place.
     
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  5. Old Deaf Roadie

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    Technique and chasing tone. I did manage to stumble across a song I forgot that I knew just last week. That was fun for a few minutes.
     
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  6. StevesBoogie

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    Hybrid picking. So much free and high quality stuff on YouTube, no joke. Also subscribed to a TrueFire package to learn Josh Smith who is just insanely good with hybrid picking. Also going to finally learn the opening riff to Can't You Hear Me Knocking in open G tuning, it's one of my favorite, if not all time favorite, riff. I know it's not immensely difficult but a blast to play and drive my wife and daughter batty! LOL
     
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    I thought with working from home I’d have more time to practice, but with the kids homeschooling, making 3 meals a day and odd work hours In between it hasn’t been the case. I have been working on triad inversions all over the neck and learning 2-3 new songs to sing each week.
     
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    Peegoo Friend of Leo's

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    The Theremin.

    I don''t know if I'm making any music with it yet, but I can dang sure make a dog howl!
     
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    While the gig venues are closed, I'm working on switching from using a traditional amp setup to going direct to the board. Very frustrating! Lol. But I'm learning and getting closer to the tones I want.
     
  10. StrangerNY

    StrangerNY Friend of Leo's Gold Supporter

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    I started an online project where I'm producing tracks and getting my friends to sing and play on them. So I've been doing everything from Aerosmith to Dylan to Depeche Mode to Glen Campbell to The Wildhearts. Arranging and programming all this different stuff is definitely keeping me sharp while the gigs aren't happening.

    - D
     
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    I am really directing my practice towards playing from my mind instead of my hands. Really working on listening and playing ideas driven from inside not just some known finger pattern. This in conjunction with my picking hand and sync in general. I am also working on really getting inside the HW diminished scale. I have known it for years but have never really truly owned it.

    This along with various tracking projects
     
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    I'm trying to get good at figuring out my kids video game songs while they're up. When they aren't, I'm trying to replicate steel vibes in licks on a regular 6string, and when I'm too tired to haul the kids upstairs when they fall asleep in the living room, I'm trying (and not yet succeeding) to program non-pentatonic scales into my muscle memory. I think it's the phrygian? The Spanish sounding ones. I cant quite get there without consciously thinking on it, at least some. Infuriating. I can arpeggiate major and minor chords and run through blues scales while falling asleep and not miss notes until I start to slouch over the guitar. (Checked with recorder and live witnesses). But I can't get that autonomous with other stuff. My thinking is I've been doing this too long to not broaden what I can do without thinking. But my autopilot doesn't "record" new scales or 7th/9th chord arpeggiation.

    I haven't gigged in so long I'm worried I'll forget how to speak "drummer" and require a translator ;).

    (Oh, and I remembered the annoying jeopardy theme while waiting for my kids to switch video games. That's good for making people angry...)
     
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    Bebop.

    And musical introductions.
     
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    A lot of Glenn Campbell especially Glenn’s take on the William Tell Overture.
     
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    We play mostly classic rock covers, but the down time has me practicing more and trying to master solos that I thought were too difficult before. Using YouTube more than in the past. Been spending a lot of time watching Guthrie Trapp's videos.
     
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    I am practicing getting good at super mario world kaizo hacks. That is fun, and almost as rage inducing as practicing with a metronome.
     
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    Triads and small chords....
     
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    Too many things!!

    But it's fun
     
  19. basher

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    Now, there's an instrument I've been wanting to try.

     
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    I had forgotten all about that RATT "Round and Round" until I saw the commercial having it, and now I can't get it out of my head. It was one of my favorites in the 80's, but I hadn't played it since spandex went out of style. So I figure it was just as good as any other to learn again.
     
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