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really early to bed

I am trying to reset my internal clock here. I have an edit due at 7 in the morning and so I needed to be up by 3 because I don't edit during the day if I can help it. I ended up going to bed a little after 5pm and waking up a little after midnight--I hope my body can stay awake on seven hours of sleep. it should--I've been sleeping a lot the last few days. it is time to wake up.

I have a song going through my head and I thought about blipping it but if I do that I will get sucked in there for hours. I think it would be a better idea to play my own guitar, don't you? not to worry about the neighbors: headphones after hours. and since I'm mostly playing scales and practicing licks, I'm not banging out loud chords that everyone can hear without amplification.

I am trying to get good enough at improvising to go play out on the street, but it seems I need quite a bit more practice. the hard part is keeping all the patterns straight at first. I am concentrating on minor scales for the time being, with a blues scale thrown in when i get bored. blues have a predictable pattern to them but the minor scale is similar enough in all five positions (I have five. I don't know how many the rest of you have) that it is a bit confusing. I'm slowly learning the names of the notes on the fretboard but that is slow going. when you are old, rote memorization is not as easy as it once was! I need some sort of flashcard system. looking from my fretboard to the map I printed out is very slow.

ok. first caffeine.

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daisydumont
Aug. 2nd, 2009 11:08 am (UTC)
no, rote memorization is harder and harder to manage. i despair when trying to learn languages now.

yes, i think not getting sucked into blip is a good idea. though i love doing just that. :D
eriktrips
Aug. 3rd, 2009 05:28 pm (UTC)
it's really annoying! the memory thing, not blip. :)

stuff just won't stay in there. I've got everything in place one day and the next I pick up my guitar and play a random note and think "ok. ok...
ok..... well shit" and I'm counting frets to try to figure out where I am.

I have a handle on C. now I am trying to pin down E. there are twelve notes and, depending on the guitar, each string will have one or two places where you can play that note. there are six strings, so each of twelve notes can be played at 6-12 positions. granted everything repeats after the 12th fret, but that end of the fretboard doesn't look anything like the lower end, so that only barely helps.

I miss the piano.
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