Well, my new years resolution is a solo a week.....
You would say hey but there are 52 weeks in a year, yeah. I know. As some of you might know i am 15 years old and i am going to school, i have 3 test weeks throughout 1 year (there are also tests between that) and thats about 9 weeks of time total because i start learning 2 weeks prior to a test week because the test's grades already count for my next year (My average grade will be my first grade for every class in the next year) so its important for my future that i try hard
. Enough about school haha, just to let you know though i am really focussing on school this year so yeah
I want to set an achievable goal, sometimes you just don't feel like practicing(for me it just doesn't work to sit down and practice) Or some days i might be sick, and of course there is vacation as well, in the vacation i might have extra time but i also work haha, i need to work hard in my vacations, how else am i going to buy a new guitar lol. I also want to get better at following chord changes in songs, sometimes i just lose it and i just play whatever haha, but i think this will come with some time by playing those songs so many times you know?
When i'm inspired to practice or feel like practicing i really go for it.
I didn't do anything for a couple days (i play a lot everyday, just not concentrated practice) and then one day i went upstairs and transcribed 3/4 of a Django solo in 3 hours(I am pretty new to working by ear but its going better and better and im getting faster and faster) I did take 15 minute brakes in those 3 hours. I don't know about you guys but im mentally actually really tired after i get done transcribing.
Now it looks like i only practice 3 hours 1 day in a week but what i actually do is this: i think i spent 4 hours a day with a guitar in my hand, in that time i just play all the solo's i know and when i am learning a new solo for example the part that i learned in 3 hours i will play that everyday till i can ****** dream it.
So, what are you guys planning for next year?
Do you have any Django solo's that i absolutely must learn(with great licks etc)?
My general practice goal is to do 1 solo a week.
Do you guys want me to record the process and give updates after 3 months per example of how it effected my playing etc? It will just be recorded with my phone i don't have any expensive equipment for those kind of things haha.
Do you guys have any tips for following chord changes?
Sorry if you could not understand my English, i am not a native speaker.
Cheers guys, Happy new year in advance.
This year was about finishing my carreer, i transcribed a lot of bireli solos and phrases too. Learnt more django solos and over all studying improvisation.
Next year i will make room for a Bebop trío proyect i've been wishing for and it seems it will get running soon, and i'll try to come up with at least 8 compositions for my manouche proyect, and if i get inspired maybe i'll do some more for the bebop trío.
You really should récord your self un order to have a registry of your progress, it does help a lot.
My best wishes to your playing & studying. Have fun!
Also, good luck with the bebop trio!
that's an ambitious goal. You'll do great even with half that. Either way my hat is off to you for having that sort of dedication and ambition. Important thing is that you play every day, which you do. And don't think you're not practicing during this time, you do. Most people, when they think about practice they visualize a chair, maybe a music stand with paper sheets, a metronome and endless repetition of scales, arpeggios, playing through pieces etc... And they're not wrong as this is practice, the wrong part is thinking everything else is not or can be practice. But it is. Even going to see a live concert is practice if you listen and watch actively in a way that you'll take what you saw and heard home and try apply it. Playing every day is definitely practice. Makes you a better musician, doesn't it?
Many times, I heard from the top players in this genre and outside that in their younger years they didn't "practice", only played a lot. Well, call it whatever but sounds like you're doing it right.
Regarding following the chord changes, what works for me is simply slowing down, with or without the backing track, enough to where I can stay with the progression and keep my mind at both places, my playing and the song itself. In some cases this can be 50% of original tempo or even slower if it's uptempo tune with more complex changes, if it moves between keys and such. All this applies when you're figuring things out at home, if you're jamming or playing a show you put yourself on autopilot and just try to make music.
Get yourself to that jam, it'll help you a lot. I'm not sure if you're in or around Amsterdam but Adrian is there, he'll welcome you and help I'm sure, he's the best.
My first year was a lot of learning guitar and picking lol, and also just learning la pompe. and also a lot of melody from the songs. I also played with Rino van Hooijdonk and i think he thought my la pompe was fine, i have some videos but if i would want to post them i would have to ask him first because it was recorded in the privacy of his home. I was also playing solo really bad there because the dot was on the 10th fret instead of the 9th fret that im used to and it was so confusing haha.
I live in "Hilversum" its 30 minutes by train to Amsterdam, so its pretty easy for me to get there
And if any of you guys have solo suggestions PLEASE comment them if i won't like them i won't play them don't worry :P