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.

Practice Log 2015.07.19-25

Sunday 07.19
~15:45-16:40 (start time approximate; about an hour practice)
Instrument(s): Chapman Stick
“Fix It” with special attention to left hand bass part for lead break, and some work on lead break with both hands together.
“The Monster Song” with special attention to left hand lead break, and some work on lead break with both hands together.

Sunday 07.19
20:55-21:40 (45 min)
Instrument(s): Chapman Stick
“The Monster Song” with special attention to left hand bass part for lead break, and some work on lead break with both hands together.
“Fix It” mostly playing the vamp and singing, and some work on lead break with both hands together.

Monday 07.20
21:20-21:55 (35 min)
Instrument(s): Chapman Stick
“The Monster Song” with special attention to lead break with both hands together.
“Fix It” mostly playing the vamp and singing, and some work on lead break with both hands together.

Tuesday 07.21
21:47-22:26 (39 min)
Instrument(s): Chapman Stick
“The Monster Song” mostly work on lead break with both hands together. Also some work on the outchorus and some practice playing the main verse and chorus.
“Fix It” mostly work on lead break with both hands together, and some practice playing the main section.

Wednesday 07.22
I’m a lazy asshole.
The closest I got to practicing tonight was listening to “Riding Tigers” by Slapp Happy on YouTube three times in a row, paying close attention to the instrumental. This song is on the list of pieces I want to learn and perform on Stick, though it is a more advanced tune than the ones I’m currently working on.

Thursday 07.23
21:47-22:34 (47 min)
Instrument(s): Chapman Stick
“The Monster Song” primarily worked on lead break with both hands together; some work on verse/chorus and the chord break between chorus 2 and verse 3.
“Fix It” worked only on lead break.

Friday 07.24
22:35-22:55 (20 min)
Instrument(s): Chapman Stick
“What I’ve Done” lead line and left hand chords.
“Fix It” a couple of minutes on lead break both hands.
“The Monster Song” only a couple runs through the lead break.

Saturday 07.25
08:41-09:00 (19 min)
Instrument(s): Chapman Stick
“What I’ve Done” mostly left hand chords and some coordinating with right hand
“Monster Song” about a minute on lead break.

Saturday 07.25
21:09-21:46 (37 min)
Instrument(s): Chapman Stick
“What I’ve Done” lead line and left hand chords; also playing lead line over single-finger bass to facilitate finding left hand chord positions by touch.
“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.

Tomorrow (Sunday 07.26) will be last opportunity to practice until August (Monday 08.03); other obligations prevent setting aside any time.