#Let’s Play | Heyho Blues (I’m new to you) | Original Fingerstyle Blues

Hey everyone!

This is the very first fingerstyle blues piece that I’ve written. It was inspired by one of my favourite fingerstyle blues players: David Hamburger!

This fingerstyle blues combines some basic elements that I’ve learnt while working on fingerstyle blues. It consists of a steady base that keeps going and only at times alters from the usual 4/8 pattern. This, combined with a cool chord progression I’ve received, two small licks and a call and response theme gave birth to “Heyho Blues (I’m new to you)“. Once my vocals improve I can also add the lyrics to it!

I really hope you like it and enjoy listening to it. If this video reaches 10 likes or 200 views I’m going to publish the sheet music on my website. 🙂 See you soon!

 

#PROGRESSLOG | VIOLIN (Y0/W3)

Year 0 – Week 3

Violin | SUMMARY

  • Repertoire
    • Basic etudes to practice bow division and basic rhythm pattern
  • Theory
    • Repeating the fundamentals from above
  • Technique
    • Warm-Up:
      • Open bow strings
    • Bow & violin hold
      • Playing in the middle of the Bow
      • Playing at the Tip of the Bow
      • Bowing at the Frog
      • Playing at the Frog and Tip
      • Thumb and Left Hand Placement
      • Finger Action of the Left Hand
      • String Crossings
      • Whole bow strokes

 

I’ve started with some guided practice (i.e. with a backing track and sheet music). I feel that my tone improved over this week and by working with that backing track. That’s pretty cool. However, there are still some slight mistakes. I’ll try to improve upon it by adding a small, very easy piece to the next week. It’s a violin duet so I can easily play the second violin. I’ll see if I can get the permission to record that piece. That would be great!

 

Year 1 – Week 4

Violin | PLANNING

  • Repertoire
    • Basic etudes to practice bow division and basic rhythm pattern
    • “Little Suite” (Bordun-Marsch) by Franz  Kanefzky
  • Theory
    • Repeating the fundamentals from above
  • Technique
    • Warm-Up:
      • Open bow strings
    • Bow & violin hold
      • Playing in the middle of the Bow
      • Playing at the Tip of the Bow
      • Bowing at the Frog
      • Playing at the Frog and Tip
      • Thumb and Left Hand Placement
      • Finger Action of the Left Hand
      • String Crossings
      • Whole bow strokes

#PROGRESSLOG | PIANO (Y1/W3)

Year 1 – Week 3

Piano | SUMMARY

  • Repertoire
    • Film Music:
      • “Misty Mountains” by Ramin Djavadi
  • Theory
    • Repeating proper right hand and left hand technique
    • Basic chords (without extensions)
    • Sight reading
  • Technique
    • Legato
    • Chord Practice: [to the announced]
    • Basic rhythm pattern:
    • Major Scale: C (up and both with each hand individually and then synchronized)

I’m pretty happy to announce that I managed to fullfill my whole plan for this week on the piano! The next week will still be mainly about getting my technique right. Plus, I will work on Honor Him by the legendary Hans Zimmer! I’m really looking forward to it! 🙂

Year 2 – Week 4

Piano | PLANNING

  • Repertoire
    • Film Music:
      • “Honor Him” by Hans Zimmer
  • Theory
    • Repeating proper right hand and left hand technique
    • Basic Major Chords
    • Sight reading
  • Technique
    • Legato
    • Chord Practice: [to the announced]
    • Basic rhythm pattern:
    • Major Scale: C (up and both with each hand individually and then synchronized)

#PROGRESSLOG | GUITAR (Y1/W3)

#PROGRESSLOG | GUITAR (Y1/W2)

Year 1 (2017) – Week 2

Guitar | SUMMARY

  • 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

 

This week was the “Spanish week” which means I studied one of those pieces in the Spanish Guitar Course by Guitar-in-a-nutshell.com. It’s a course I can really recommend to every single one of you! Below this article you will find the video to the piece. It will be uploaded the upcoming days since I didn’t manage to do so due to a cold.

The next week will be the Blues week, consisting of another Fingerstyle Blues piece as well as some further exercices on percussive elements on the guitar. I’ll try to record a small beat consisting of basic elements such as the base drum and snare.

Year 2 (2017) – Week 3

Guitar | PLANNING

  • Repertoire
    • Classical:
      • “Für Elise” by Ludwig van Beethoven (practicing the current two parts)
    • Blues
      • A small fingerstyle blues study by David Hamburger & Truefire.com
  • Theory
    • Scales:
      • Major Scale (D, A, F, B)
      • Blues Scale
    • 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)
    • Rhythm Practice
      • Standard 4/4 fingerstyle pattern (4)
    • New Technique
      • Basic percussive elements
      • Blues Turnarounds

 

 

 

#PROGRESSLOG | PIANO (Y1/W2)

Year 1 – Week 2

Piano | SUMMARY

  • Repertoire
    • Film Music:
      • “Blood Ritual / Moonlight Serenade” by Klaus Badelt
  • Theory
    • Repeating proper right hand and left hand technique
    • Basic chords (without extensions)
    • Sight reading
  • Technique
    • Legato
    • Chord Practise: D (2nd inversion), E

 

Alright then. I managed to finish the piece “Blood Ritual / Moonlight Serenade”. I do like it alot and will probably plan on learning another awesome piece from the Pirates of the Carribbean movie series as well.

I’ll also start over again with an old piano book of mine. “Russische Klavierschule” will be the one I will revisit to practice my basic piano techniques. The schedule for the next week is therefore going to look like this:

Year 2 – Week 3

Piano | PLANNING

  • Repertoire
    • Film Music:
      • “Misty Mountains” by Ramin Djavadi
  • Theory
    • Repeating proper right hand and left hand technique
    • Basic chords (without extensions)
    • Sight reading
  • Technique
    • Legato
    • Chord Practice: [to the announced]
    • Basic rhythm pattern:
    • Major Scale: C (up and both with each hand individually and then synchronized)

#PROGRESSLOG | VIOLIN (Y0/W2)

Year 0 – Week 2

Violin | SUMMARY

  • Repertoire
  • Theory
    • Repeating the fundamentals from above
  • Technique
    • Warm-Up:
      • Open bow strings
    • Bow & violin hold
      • Playing in the middle of the Bow
      • Playing at the Tip of the Bow
      • Bowing at the Frog
      • Playing at the Frog and Tip
      • Thumb and Left Hand Placement
      • Finger Action of the Left Hand
      • String Crossings
      • Whole bow strokes

So far the week has been pretty good. I managed to do some exercices to practice the different parts of the bow. Now I do feel ready to move on to the guided practice schedules where I get accompanied by a piano while doing basic bow strokes to practice different rhythm pattern.

Year 1 – Week 3

Violin | PLANNING

  • Repertoire
    • Basic etudes to practice bow division and basic rhythm pattern
  • Theory
    • Repeating the fundamentals from above
  • Technique
    • Warm-Up:
      • Open bow strings
    • Bow & violin hold
      • Playing in the middle of the Bow
      • Playing at the Tip of the Bow
      • Bowing at the Frog
      • Playing at the Frog and Tip
      • Thumb and Left Hand Placement
      • Finger Action of the Left Hand
      • String Crossings
      • Whole bow strokes

The upcoming week will be about consolidating what I’ve learnt so far and getting more used to holding the bow while focusing on the accompaniment of another instrument. Furtherfore I’m going to revise the other basics and test myself to make sure that I fully understand the theoretical concepts before moving on.