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)

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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)