Welcome to the first weekly review! The daily dispatch helps me keep track of things on a day-to-day basis, but I don’t get to revisit all of the things I learnt. Here’s an attempt to revisit the entries, collect everything I learnt during the week, and hopefully process it better.
What I learnt
- Use voice leading and chordal melody to make chord changes less jarring and more musical
- Guitarmonies: harmonise with your root note by using 3rds as a starting point in licks.
Technique and tricks
- Pattern recognition is a huge part of learning how to play in scale
- immediately being able to find 3rds, 5ths, relative minors, and go up the neck to other octaves is huge.
- the 2 chord is the secondary dominant for the 5 chord: clearly why 2-5-1s work so well! Tension -> release+tension -> full release.
- Look where you’re going: if your eyes stay ahead of your fingers, you’re much more likely to land on the right notes
- Fret with confidence: while recording WL5, I realised that unsure fretting was causing some buzzing and string noises. Confidence is huge in playing smoothly.
- keep ideas simple and short – longer episodes are great but rather painful to edit
- I didn’t fill out a daily dispatch for most of last week thinking it wasn’t necessary to put them out, but without the pressure of sharing the work online, I ended up not filling them out at all. Bad call. Daily dispatches return starting tomorrow.
- remove friction from doing the things you want to do by templating everything that you do do. Hah. doodoo.
Ideas on improving the weekly review:
- make it more informative! Use it as an opportunity to ‘teach’ and make ‘guides’. Will help you in the long run.
How I’m applying what I learnt:
- WL5 will be filled with chordal melody and small changes rather than jarring ones
- WL5 will have a lick and a harmony!
- Keep a track of more patterns and observations while practicing
- Bringing back daily dispatch