Practice Log 2015.08.10-16

Monday 08.10
20:55-21:45 (50 min)
Instrument(s): guitar, Chapman Stick
Guitar: 15 min practicing chords from songs “We Could Share”, “Beautiful in Black”, and “Swamp”.
Chapman Stick: 35 min practicing “Fix It” playing both hands and singing, and trying to incorporate lead break in its proper place. Mostly practicing changeover from vamp to lead break and back to vamp. Also a couple of minutes playing “Night Ride Home” left hand chords.

Tuesday 08.11
21:30-22:15 (45 min)
Instrument(s): guitar, Chapman Stick
Guitar: 25 min; don’t remember what (typing this Thursday 8.13)
Chapman Stick: 15 min; got tired and went to bed.

Wednesday 08.12
21:00-21:30 (30 min)
Instrument(s): Chapman Stick
“Fix It” main chord sequence, work on switching to and from lead break. Also a little time on “The Monster Song” lead break.
Before instrument practice, some work on stitching together a drum arrangement for “Peter’s Lament” in Audacity.

Thursday 08.13
21:30-22:05 (35 min)
Instrument(s): Chapman Stick, guitar
Stick: 30 min, “Fix It” main chord sequence, work on switching to and from lead break. Also a little time on “The Monster Song” lead break.
Guitar: 5 min; random noodling and riffing, and lead line to “Peter’s Lament”.
Before instrument practice, another attempt to stitch together a drum arrangement for “Peter’s Lament” in Audacity. Better than last night’s effort, but still needs fine-tuning.

Friday 08.14
21:30-22:05 (35 min)
Instrument(s): guitar
random practice before bed, after coming home from seeing a movie.

Saturday 08.15
19:30-20:00 (30 min)
Instrument(s): guitar
Noodling through AmpliTube to settle on a tone, and rhythm guitar riff, for the “Ralph Bakshi” remix.

22:15-22:45 (35 min)
Instrument(s): Chapman Stick
“Fix It” practice switching between main chord sequence and from lead break. “The Monster Song” main verse/chorus sequence and some practice of lead break.

Sunday 08.16
18:00-18:30 (30 min)
Instrument(s): guitar
More work on the “Ralph Bakshi” remix, settled on an auto-wah tone and recorded some rhythm strumming of two different voicings of chords.

Practice Log 2015.08.03-09

Monday 08.03
Fuck-all. Still recovering from a week of County Fair Hell; no time to practice.

Tuesday 08.04
21:24-21:54 (30 min)
Instrument(s): Chapman Stick
“Fix It” playing both hands and singing, and trying to incorporate lead break in its proper place.
“The Monster Song” playing both hands and singing, trying to incorporate lead break in proper place.
A couple of minutes playing harmonic minor scale on treble strings starting with first finger.

Wednesday 08.05
21:25-22:05 (40 min)
Instrument(s): Chapman Stick
A couple of minutes playing chords of “What I’ve Done”.
“Fix It” playing both hands and singing, and trying to incorporate lead break in its proper place.
“The Monster Song” playing both hands and singing, trying to incorporate lead break in proper place.

Thursday 08.06
21:35-22:05 (30 min)
Instrument(s): Chapman Stick
“Fix It” playing both hands, practicing change from vamp to lead break and back again.

Friday 08.07
20:45-22:25 (40 min)
Instrument(s): Chapman Stick
“Fix It” playing both hands, practicing change from vamp to lead break and back again.
“The Monster Song” practicing lead break, particularly left hand, sometimes also playing whole-note right hand chords.

Saturday 08.08
21:30-22:02 (32 min)
Instrument(s): Chapman Stick
“Fix It” playing both hands, practicing change from vamp to lead break and back again.
“The Monster Song” practicing lead break, particularly left hand, sometimes also playing whole-note right hand chords.
A couple of minutes practicing left hand 2-octave scales starting with first finger, major and harmonic minor.

Sunday 08.09
14:40-15:10 (30 min)
Instrument(s): guitar
Practice fingering open position and barre chords, and playing 2-octave major scales. Some attempts to work out fingering for harmonic minor scales.
Half-assed attempts at pieces of “Medusa”, “Peter’s Lament”, and “Innocent Victim”.

17:58-18:14 (16 min)
Instrument(s): guitar
Practice fingering open position and barre chords (changes to “Beautiful in Black” and “We Could Share”), and playing 2-octave major scales.
Half-assed attempts at intro to “Innocent Victim”. Also noticed slight buzz on B string. 😦

21:46-22:18 (32 min)
Instrument(s): Chapman Stick
“The Monster Song” lead break, some outchorus.
“Fix It” lead break, practice integrating lead break, run through of whole song.

No Excuses

Just a quick note here before turning in for the night, that I bought an electric guitar today. I went to Portland Music Company’s store on Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway to check out the selection of used guitars, and tried out one that was tagged $140 – a nice one with pointy symmetrical horns and what looked like dual-coil (humbucker) pickups, two of them. But my wife pointed out that some of the new guitars were even cheaper, so I settled on a white Squire “bullet strat” with three single-coil pickups, for $130. Adding a strap, gig bag, and spare set of strings, brought it up to just under the $200 budget.

For some months now I’ve been thinking of the half-written material I’ve had on the back burners, some of it as old as when I was in high school, and telling myself “I could work on that if I had a guitar.” Now I have a guitar and I’m out of excuses.