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!


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)