#ProgressLog | Guitar (Y1/W1)

Hey everyone,

so here’s my weekly progress entry. For the better part of the week I’ve been stuck with Für Elise which is a real blast! It is probably the most difficult piece I’ve studied so far. That’s the reason why I haven’t managed to fully learn it but I will keep it in my plannings for the next “Classical week”, when I will most likely finish it completely and record what I’ve got! However, I’ll make sure to upload regular updates on how I progress on that piece.

My practice schedule so far was pretty straight forwards. I figured out the chords and basic patterns that I needed for this piece and isolated them in my practice. So far the changes go relatively smoothly, however, there are still some that require futher practice (in particular those who require a three-string-barring with a single finger).

Year 1 (2017) – Week 1

Guitar | SUMMARY

  • Repertoire
    • Classical:
      • “Für Elise” by Ludwig van Beethoven (Part A + B finished, although B not recorded yet)
  • Theory
    • Scales:
      • Major Scale (D, A, F, B) ==== Theoretically I know these scales now by heart.
      • Minor Pentatonic Scale (2nd box) ==== Didn’t manage to get this one done.
    • Chords:
      • Am, E, F ==== Done!
    • Key signatures
      • Repeating C, D, E, F, G, A, B ==== I managed to learn C, D, E and F but not the rest.
    • Intervals
      • Root to perfect 8th ==== Done!
  • Technique
    • Spider exercise ==== Done!
    • Scale practise
      • Major Scale(D, A, F, B) ==== I only managed to practice D, A and F
    • Chord Practice
      • Am, E, F ==== Done! Although some inversions require some stretches.
    • Rhythm Practice
      • Standard 4/4 fingerstyle pattern (4) ==== Done!
    • New Technique
      • Basic percussive elements ==== Done but not yet repeated. Probably the upcoming week!

Alright that was quite something! As I once said I will most likely be able to do vLog summaries of my weekly practice sessions at the start of mid-february since I’ve got a huuuuuge exam coming up and I can’t find the time to set up everything properly for that yet. So until mid february you will get these pure text-based lessons with some clips of the pieces that I recorded so far.

Here’s part A of Beethoven’s “Für Elise”! Sorry for that one mistake! I promise once I finished the piece I will record it without any mistakes at all ! :^)

Year 2 (2017) – Week 2

Guitar | PLANNING

  • Repertoire
    • Classical:
      • “Für Elise” by Ludwig van Beethoven (practicing the current two parts)
    • Spanish / Flamenco:
      • “Study in Dm” from “Spanish Guitar 1” by “Guita-in-a-nutshell.com”
  • Theory
    • Scales:
      • Major Scale (D, A, F, B)
      • Minor Pentatonic Scale (2nd box)
    • Chords:
      • Am, E, F
    • Key signatures
      • Repeating C, D, E, F, G, A, B
    • Intervals
      • Root to perfect 8th – Repetition
  • Technique
    • Spider exercise (Warm up)
    • Scale practise
      • Major Scale (D, A, F, B)
    • Chord Practice
      • [to be announced]
    • Rhythm Practice
      • Standard 4/4 fingerstyle pattern (4)
    • New Technique
      • Basic percussive elements

Basically my practice remains unchanged with the exception of the chords, the patterns and the song that I will be practicing. 🙂 Stay tuned for more!

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