*pokes head out from nowhere*

Why I haven’t touched the White Lady in months, you may wonder? Because yeah, that is exactly what happened. I haven’t touched her at all. I wish I could say something to the effect of: I’ve been diligently practicing this entire time, I just haven’t had the time to blog about it.

Alas, I¬†can’t. Let’s be honest: the White Lady has been collecting dust on the wall while my carefully and patiently built callouses have softened themselves to smithereens.

Why?

All because a day before my last blog post I went on a date. And then on another. And another. And then maybe some more? And all with the very same guy. Who turned out to be amazing. And who now turns out to be my boyfriend. What can I say… stuff happens. And sometimes the stuff that happens is actually good stuff.

So – I’ve been… distracted. And it’s only been very recently (- last weekend, to be exact) that I have felt the itch to play come back to me. And so I grabbed her again and tentatively caressed her body… played on her heartstrings a bit… and what can I say: she didn’t take well to being ignored on the wall for months. She cut me. And cut me deeply. Ouch, I’ve got blisters on 3 fingers that make it hard even to type this. I also found it very hard to pick up my lessons where I left off, so instead I used the feature that allows me to find songs for my current skill level, and played around with that for a bit.

Currently, it’s the Super Mario Bros. theme that keeps me busy, as well as Stairway to Heaven. Despite the blisters, though – I really feel it coming back to me now, and I solemnly swear… I will be better about sticking to my practice again, albeit knowing it won’t be quite as intense as it used to be, owing to the fact that I am not spending every waking moment that I don’t spend at work at home anymore. But such is life(tm)… and love!

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A good day to gold-star Stuff

I haven’t blogged despite practicing – except for yesterday: yesterday I neither blogged nor practiced… lol. (I’ve been on a date yesterday, hooray!)

Today was a good day for me and the White Lady. I’ve managed to gold-star stuff that I’ve gotten myself hung up over for days now: the entire Knowledge Path is now clad in gold, I managed that bitch of part 3 of “12 Steps” in the “Keys and Grooves” mission that gave me so much grief last week, and which I didn’t think I’d manage anytime soon. Feels good. ūüôā Part 2 of “Triplets”, which wasn’t really hard but managed to screw with me regardless, is now golden, too. Rhythm Path’s “Broken Chords” Part 5 of “Playing in the Part” took me like 30 times, but eventually – I got through without a mistake. Frustrating stuff! What’s even more frustrating? This mission’s “Livewire” – not because it’s too hard, but because Yousician doesn’t recognize chords nearly as neatly as it does¬†melodies and arpeggios. I can’t get through this – because when Yousician recognizes one G, it proceeds to randomly not hear the one I play right thereafter, despite me not changing anything about either my fretting, nor my strumming. Drives me up the walls.

The “Strumming Challenge” mission, therefore, is just as hard to gold-star. None of the songs are hard… but I can’t get any of them right, because of that recognition issue. Try as I might: “El Condor Pasa”, “Funky Tractor”, “Bard’s Rock”, “Rest Now, Human”. Impossible. Going to try these on the acoustic tomorrow, maybe I’ll have better luck with that one on getting these chords to register. What I managed to gold-star from this misson today though is “Stardomite” and “La Bamba”, phew.

Also played 3 of the 4 new challenges for the week: “Luthier Sam” – Basic Melody Level 2, “Funky Madman” – Basic Chords Level 4, and “Luthier Sam” – Full Melody Level 6. That one is actually a lot of fun to play – will probably get back to it tomorrow to do it better than today.

All in all, I played well over 2 hours today. It helps to keep my mind off of… stuff. I am so glad I decided to get back into this.


LEAD | Start The Lead Guitar Path (51/51) | Fret Master (45/45) > Level 2 > Fretting Positions (39/39) | Fretboard Workout (39/39) > Level 3 > Four Fingers (42/42) > Pinky Challenge (57/57) > Level 4 > Picking Down & Up (51/51) > Picking Control (48/48) > Level 5 > Hammer & Pull (60/60) > Legato Lead (51/54) > Level 6 > Slides  (in progress)

KNOWLEDGE | Start The Knowledge Path (24/24) | Ear Puzzles: Up & Down > Level 2 > The Musical Alphabet (30/30) > Ear Puzzles: Smaller Steps > Level 3 > Sharps & Flats (27/27) > Ear Puzzles: Melodies > Level 4 > Know Your Fretboard > Ear Puzzles: Half Steps > Level 5 > Keys & Grooves (54/54)

RHYTHM | Start The Rhythm Guitar Path (48/48) | Cowboy Chords 1: E, Em, Am (30/30) > Level 2 > Cowboy Chords 2: C (51/51) | Cowboy Chords 3: G (36/36) > Level 3 > Power Chords (57/57) > Cowboy Chords 4: D & A (117/117) > Level 4 > Moveable Power Chords (69/69) | Cowboy Chords: F & Dm (63/63) > Level 5 > Broken Chords (57/66) | Strumming Challenge (57/90) > Level 6 > Fancy Chords (in progress)

Stiff and clumsy…

It’s been a bit rough today… after I gave my fingers a few days break, I found them to be really clumsy today. I assume, though, that is nothing to do with the days off – more with the fact that my left index finger has been hurting quite a lot all throughout the day today, and I think I’ve been subconsciously trying to not strain it too much because of it. Along with the pain there was a weird sense of stiffness in the first joint – ¬†very uncomfortable. I am not sure where it came from, but I think¬†this is probably a flare-up of my old issue, which may or may not be the early stages of arthritis. It hasn’t bothered me in years, actually… but then I also haven’t used my fingers the way I do now in years. Really hope it won’t get any worse.

I tripled my daily goal alright… but it doesn’t feel like I’ve done much of anything at all, for some reason. I finally finished the Knowledge Path, albeit not gold starring everything. Mission “Keys & Grooves”, exercise “12 Steps”, Part 3 – WHAT THE HELL, seriously??? Yousician hasn’t managed to frustrate me this much ever since starting on this journey… EVER. My fretting hand is hopelessly overwhelmed – completely confused, and absolutely unable to do what it’s supposed to. Even in practice mode, at 30% speed. It’s absolutely ridiculous. I had to stop before starting to scream in frustration with this exercise.

Let’s try this again tomorrow.

I have, by the way, updated my subscription today – to a yearly one. So exciting!


LEAD | Start The Lead Guitar Path (51/51) | Fret Master (45/45) > Level 2 > Fretting Positions (39/39) | Fretboard Workout (39/39) > Level 3 > Four Fingers (42/42) > Pinky Challenge (57/57) > Level 4 > Picking Down & Up (51/51) > Picking Control (48/48) > Level 5 > Hammer & Pull (60/60) > Legato Lead (49/54) > Level 6 > Slides  (in progress)

KNOWLEDGE | Start The Knowledge Path (24/24) | Ear Puzzles: Up & Down > Level 2 > The Musical Alphabet (30/30) > Ear Puzzles: Smaller Steps > Level 3 > Sharps & Flats (27/27) > Ear Puzzles: Melodies > Level 4 > Know Your Fretboard > Ear Puzzles: Half Steps > Level 5 > Keys & Grooves (52/54)

RHYTHM | Start The Rhythm Guitar Path (48/48) | Cowboy Chords 1: E, Em, Am (30/30) > Level 2 > Cowboy Chords 2: C (51/51) | Cowboy Chords 3: G (36/36) > Level 3 > Power Chords (57/57) > Cowboy Chords 4: D & A (117/117) > Level 4 > Moveable Power Chords (69/69) | Cowboy Chords: F & Dm (63/63) > Level 5 > Broken Chords (51/66) | Strumming Challenge (89/90) > Level 6 > Fancy Chords (in progress)

So many things today!

Well, hey-hey! It’s been a good day to play some music, I can tell you that.

a) I got a cool weekly email, detailing my accomplishments of last week. For instants: I played for¬†352 minutes¬†and earned 46 gold stars –¬†93 stars in total – and finished¬†7 tasks. Cool beans.

b) I didn’t want to practice at all tonight, but then I couldn’t resist the call of the White Lady, and succumbed to her. And it was good – because…

…like it was nothing.¬†Seriously. 4 days after starting this. Not too shabby, eh… in fact, in hindsight this wasn’t nearly as hard as I thought it would be based on the big deal that was made around this song in the FB group. A challenge, don’t get me wrong… but my expectations based on what I read raised this up on a level that in the end it really wasn’t on. Either way – on to further challenges…

c) …the weekly challenges, for one. “Cafe Olvido” (Lead Level 2) & “Yellowstone” (Rhythm Level 4) – as¬†well as some dappling in the Lead Level 6 challenge without any results.

d)¬†I gold starred some more stuff, too: Rhythm Path Level 5, Mission: Broken Chords: “Hammer Song”; Mission: Strumming Challenge: “Dame Mas Reggae”, “Stardomite”, “Robot Walk”. Yay!

e) I reached Level 6!!! Woo-hoo!!!


(Unfortunately I took the screenshot a few minutes after midnight, so my stars reset – but I was told I tripled my daily goal today.)

LEAD | Start The Lead Guitar Path (51/51) | Fret Master (45/45) > Level 2 > Fretting Positions (39/39) | Fretboard Workout (39/39) > Level 3 > Four Fingers (42/42) > Pinky Challenge (57/57) > Level 4 > Picking Down & Up (51/51) > Picking Control (48/48) > Level 5 > Hammer & Pull (60/60) > Legato Lead (49/54) > Level 6 > Slides  (in progress)

KNOWLEDGE | Start The Knowledge Path (24/24) | Ear Puzzles: Up & Down > Level 2 > The Musical Alphabet (30/30) > Ear Puzzles: Smaller Steps > Level 3 > Sharps & Flats (27/27) > Ear Puzzles: Melodies > Level 4 > Know Your Fretboard > Ear Puzzles: Half Steps > Level 5 > Keys & Grooves (in progress)

RHYTHM | Start The Rhythm Guitar Path (48/48) | Cowboy Chords 1: E, Em, Am (30/30) > Level 2 > Cowboy Chords 2: C (51/51) | Cowboy Chords 3: G (36/36) > Level 3 > Power Chords (57/57) > Cowboy Chords 4: D & A (117/117) > Level 4 > Moveable Power Chords (69/69) | Cowboy Chords: F & Dm (63/63) > Level 5 > Broken Chords (42/66) | Strumming Challenge (89/90) > Level 6 > Fancy Chords (in progress)

I AM going to Scarborough Fair, after all!

Aaaah! I didn’t reach my daily goal today, but I did manage to gold star 2 out of 3 parts of Scarborough Fair.

I use Yousician on my phone, so part 1 was gold-starred while one of my best friends suddenly called me… and my phone rang all throughout me playing. And that didn’t throw me off… I guess I focused so hard on the song to not get distracted by Star Wars’ “Binary Sunset” (- which is my ringtone), that I managed¬†it without a single mistake. Ha! I called my friend back… and returned to Yousician right afterwards, only to fly through part 2 like it was nothing. Insta-gold-star!

I was on a roll, convinced I’d do the same with part 3… alas…

…no.

Thwarted again!!! Ugh.


LEAD | Start The Lead Guitar Path (51/51) | Fret Master (45/45) > Level 2 > Fretting Positions (39/39) | Fretboard Workout (39/39) > Level 3 > Four Fingers (42/42) > Pinky Challenge (57/57) > Level 4 > Picking Down & Up (51/51) > Picking Control (48/48) > Level 5 > Hammer & Pull (60/60) > Legato Lead (49/54) > Level 6 > Slides  (in progress)

KNOWLEDGE | Start The Knowledge Path (24/24) | Ear Puzzles: Up & Down > Level 2 > The Musical Alphabet (30/30) > Ear Puzzles: Smaller Steps > Level 3 > Sharps & Flats (27/27) > Ear Puzzles: Melodies > Level 4 > Know Your Fretboard > Ear Puzzles: Half Steps > Level 5 > Keys & Grooves (in progress)

RHYTHM | Start The Rhythm Guitar Path (48/48) | Cowboy Chords 1: E, Em, Am (30/30) > Level 2 > Cowboy Chords 2: C (51/51) | Cowboy Chords 3: G (36/36) > Level 3 > Power Chords (57/57) > Cowboy Chords 4: D & A (117/117) > Level 4 > Moveable Power Chords (69/69) | Cowboy Chords: F & Dm (63/63) > Level 5 > Broken Chords (in progress)

Slides and Stuff

Started on the Slides mission today, after trying to gold-star stuff that I hadn’t managed to gold-star before. Needless to say: Scarborough Fair wasn’t one of the things I managed.

Currently unmanaged, other than Scarborough Fair:

Morning Mood: 9 out of 12 gold stars – all because 2 empty(!) strings don’t register… ever.¬†Not on the electric… not on the acoustic… not with the iRig plugged in… not without the iRig… not on the phone… not on the PC… not EVER. So frustrating! Because I do play them. And I have the video to prove it.

Mentatonic – Melody: 6 out of 12 gold stars – what I don’t manage is the very last part… and the best I can do at the moment is “almost perfect” – with one single mistake.

Scale: Minor: Don’t even get me started – wtf??? What is so hard about this??? Nothing, that’s what.

30 Years Later: Fun to play! Keep on messing it up somewhere. Will get there.

What I gold-starred today: Dark Eyes – yay! What a fun song to play, even though it took a while to get the app to register all of the chords. This seems to be an issue – and will make Scarborough Fair all that much harder. When Johnny Comes Marching Home – finally! This one took me a little while, but it’s done now. Real fun to play, too. Cowboy Exit Music – first song in the Slides mission, easy as pie.

My bass and guitar are finally up and mounted on the wall again, too – thanks to my dad. The reason why the bass would have come down eventually as it was before, was the fact that my ex somehow used screws that did not fit the dowels, and were therefore not able to expand them as they were supposed to. Yikes. Would have strangled him, had I not noticed the loose screw before anything actually happened. My dad now swears that the bass won’t go anywhere… let’s hope he’s right.


LEAD | Start The Lead Guitar Path (51/51) | Fret Master (45/45) > Level 2 > Fretting Positions (39/39) | Fretboard Workout (39/39) > Level 3 > Four Fingers (42/42) > Pinky Challenge (57/57) > Level 4 > Picking Down & Up (51/51) > Picking Control (48/48) > Level 5 > Hammer & Pull (60/60) > Legato Lead (49/54) > Level 6 > Slides  (in progress)

KNOWLEDGE | Start The Knowledge Path (24/24) | Ear Puzzles: Up & Down > Level 2 > The Musical Alphabet (30/30) > Ear Puzzles: Smaller Steps > Level 3 > Sharps & Flats (27/27) > Ear Puzzles: Melodies > Level 4 > Know Your Fretboard > Ear Puzzles: Half Steps > Level 5 > Keys & Grooves (in progress)

RHYTHM | Start The Rhythm Guitar Path (48/48) | Cowboy Chords 1: E, Em, Am (30/30) > Level 2 > Cowboy Chords 2: C (51/51) | Cowboy Chords 3: G (36/36) > Level 3 > Power Chords (57/57) > Cowboy Chords 4: D & A (117/117) > Level 4 > Moveable Power Chords (69/69) | Cowboy Chords: F & Dm (63/63) > Level 5 > Broken Chords (in progress)