Where does the time go? I joined the forum on the night of April 24 and started this course in the morning on the 25th of April. I remember that because I didn't know there were live lessons and the night of the 25th the guest was Jason Eskridge. It's hard to believe it's only been a few months.and how much I have progressed. Part of that is because parts of each session so far I remembered from 35 to 40 years ago before I played bass I learned open chords, a handful of notes and a couple of finger picking patterns and played along with LP albums and 8 track cassettes.Maybe I'm a glutton for punishment but I have been looking forward to hitting this session because I never learned Barre chords. It's brand spanking new material for me, Nope, I am not including me watching others play them as part of my experience. I am really starting to have fun and glad I picked this course. I already know to expect to hear muted strings and fret rattle tomorrow morning.
People that have cruised the forums have noted in places where I have mentioned how much time I am practicing the material in this course and when you are spending 6 to 8 hours a day between two practice sessions you are going to progress at a pretty good clip. Anyone would. I want to bring to peoples attention my biggest improvement that I have noted has taken place in the last 3 weeks what I changed that helped with this improvement. So that perhaps they may want to incorporate any, all or maybe even none of the parts of it into their practice routine. It's not patented and there is no big trade secret or anything like that. Prior to my change my two practice sessions were alternating tha session material between acoustic classical guitar in one session and electric guitar in the other because of the difference in the fret boards..What I have done is about 3 weeks ago I began taken 1/3 of each practice session and use it for a warm up and speed and agility workout in each session. For me I'm doing two 3 hour sessions so the first hour of each session.
The reference materials I use is Steve's speed and agility training with extra frets added in here and there in places, the 5 pentatonic patterns and a drawing of the c major scale of the whole entire fret all the way to the 24th fret that I made. The only part I am not using a metronome on is .the C major scale because that exercise is to memorize the notes of the fret board. I play each position where you typically find a fret mark or inlay and I say the notes aloud as I play each position from open string to the 22nd fret 3 times up then back down the fret board. Then with metronome the 5 pentatonic patterns. I make one pass of all 5 patterns then I go back to pattern 1 do it 3 times, then pattern 2 thrre times and so on until I have done all patterns 3 times each then kick up the metronome and do it again and keep doing it til you have done this 10 times. The next day start with the metronome set 5 beats faster to start off then you did the day before. I then start doing Steve's speed and agility. but I don't dial down the metronome. I start what what the metronome was set at when I finished the pentatonic scales. There is a part in Steve's video where he does a two string run up on the B and high E string from the 5th fret up to about the the pinky hits the 12th and then back down. I do the same thing except 1st fret to 22nd fret then back down, then do the same thing on the D and G and then the A and low E string. I continue the rest of the same exercises Steve demonstrates. My final exercise is something similar to what Steve does in moving up one fret however I do it on all 6 string from first fret to the 17th fret. Low E first fret chromatic to the 4th then 5th 1st fret to fourth and keep going then after you hit the 4th fret of the high E slide up one fret then play down and switch strings at the 2nd fret and keep going down. when you hit the second fret on the 6th string slide up then run back up to the first string and keep on going until you max your fret board all the while kicking up the metronome 2 and 3 beats here and there as you feel comfortable. That is what I have been doing as a warm up and then 2 to 3 hours of the classwork.
Anyone is welcome to try any part of it or none of it. I just put what I been doing out there. If you try it from the very first day write down what bpm you start and end at. Then after a week see where you are at and look at the noticeable difference. The toughest part and most time consuming part is the first day or two. Also since I started and I got the pentatonic scales forms down I started doing different things like go up 2 strings and back one string, up 2 strings and back one string or up 3 notes back down onw note, up 3 notes from there then back on note.....use your imagination with different note patterns in the pentatonics..After I feel confident I have the C scale committed to memory which wonj't be much longer for me. I'll stop the C scale and I will probably start on Steve jazz chords videos. and booklet.