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)

Are you going to Scarborough Fair…?

Well, are you? This song… Rhythm Path Level 5, Mission: Broken Chords… has been quite the hype in the last couple of weeks in the Yousician Facebook group. It seems to be some kind of rite of passage into the “real stuff” – and people celebrate their gold-starring it and are being highly praised when they do. It’s the club of the priviledged for those who have mastered it…

…so imagine how my  heart skipped a beat when this song came up next on my list, and how my palms became instantly sweaty. And that’s all without listening to it or looking at it even once – the power of the community and expectations! Ha!

Anyway… well… ouch.

Doesn’t look so hard at first glance… and I silver starred everything on first try. But that’s all I got out of this song, thus far. Damn. That Dm! That change from Dm to F! Impossible. For me, anyway. And then I actually hurt my fingers of my fretting hand from pressing too hard. Damn!

What a bitch! At least for today, there is nothing else I can do about it… and I am not even sure I will ever actually gold star even a single section of it.

Speaking of hurting my fingers:

To the left you can see the results of roughly one month of almost daily practicing.

Cool, huh? They are actual, real-life callouses. Going to have to lay low just a tiny bit now, I don’t want the skin to actually break.


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)