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)

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Weekly Challenge Lead Level 6: Morning Mood (Edvard Grieg)

I have decided to put myself out there a bit, and take a video of myself playing every now and then. It’s a neat way for myself to monitor my progress – but it’s also fun to get feedback from the FB group, admittedly.

I ditched the White Lady for this, thinking my classical nylon string would be much better suited for this kind of music. Also, for some reason I can’t get my electric to sound good when I hook it up to the amp instead of running it through the iRig into my headphones… the strings keep on ringing, and overall it just sounds very sloppy. Anyway. I picked up my nylon string and started to finger-pick this, as I usually would on this instrument. And… failed. I guess I’ve gotten used to using a pick by now, which is weird considering how clumsy I always used to feel whenever I tried to use one before. And I don’t think I ever played anything on my nylon string with a pick before.

Well – looksie!

I got really nice feedback in the Yousician FB Group – even James chimed in… the guy who is narrating all the guitar lessons in the app. Can’t say that didn’t tickle me pink.

Of course it’s far from perfect, but it’s a nice start and I will probably do more recordings as the challenges come in!

I didn’t blog…

…but I did practice. Albeit little. On Saturday, my guitar was the first thing I reached for after I made it out of bed and had some coffee in my system – but then soon realized that practicing in the morning isn’t actually my cup of tea. I found that my fingers were extremly clumsy and sluggish, and I also couldn’t focus quite the way I should have – so I left it at that, and in the evening I had other plans. Didn’t make my daily goal.

On Sunday, though, I practiced quite a bit. Almost an hour in the afternoon… and it had that little extra awesomeness, because the sun was shining nicely, it was almost warm on my terrace. I took the White Lady outside, along with my headphones, and practiced under the blue sky and with the sun in my face. Really nice and relaxing. I also didn’t reach my daily goal that day, because all I did was try and gold-star a couple of Level 5 lead songs, which didn’t earn me any stars, because I kept on immediately terminating the song as soon as I made a mistake. (Of which I made plenty.)

So I also didn’t screenshot my progress.

New Weekly Challenge & Legato Lead Level 5

I am actually pretty pleased with myself: I have played through the new Level 6 Weekly Challenge “Morgenstimmung” by Peer Gynt today and silver starred it all on first attempt, and ending up ranking 105-th at the time of finishing. Very cool. I will go back and work on gold-starring it, of course – but considering that I am just a Level 4, I think I have performed this pretty well.

I have also finished 2 missions with all gold stars: Hammer & Pull (Level 5 Lead) and Movable Power Chords (Level 4 Rhythm) are now both finished in all sparkly gold stars. Especially the Lead Mission was extremely enjoyable, this stuff is right up my alley. I am also well in the middle of Legato Lead – and came upon the “Hall of the Mountain King”, which I coincidentally read about this morning from a user in the Yousician Friends Facebook Group. I was excited about it, and it’s a ton of fun to play. Gold starred part 1 almost instantly, also part 2 – am now working on part 3. Seeing at the challenge this mission is already, I can say that I am really excited to unlock Level 6 of the Lead Path.

The Rhythm Path, though… not so much. It’s already an almost unmanageable challenge at Level 4. I really have to put a ton of work into this in order to advance.


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 (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 (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 (in progress)