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User ImageBillyJack
8:50 am Saturday
February 3, 2007
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As most of you know that have read anything I've posted, I'm real big into charts, graphs and training exercises. These are great but, I'm learning the hard way that although practice, practice, practice (as it applies to theory) will take you a long way, you still have to stop and soak in the academics as you go as well as continuing to just play.

Balance is the key. You can't study theory without practicing the mechanics. You can't focus on mechanics without understanding application. Application is useless without practical experience (playing songs). You can't just play songs without studying theory if you plan on improving.

Point is, don't lock yourself in on one aspect of training. With all the information available to us on the web now a days, it's easy to get tunnel vision and not maintain a balanced routine in our practice regiment. At least it was for me because, since relocating I've been playing solo.

I stopped playing all together the instant I was introduced to modes and realized they were the Major scale extended to its fullest form. I really wanted to know the Major scale! Shortly after starting to learn the function of modes, I made a trainer to learn the mechanics of each mode. With the trainer, I was able to practice every mode from every position on the neck. In time, I was able to play any given mode, without giving thought to the pattern anywhere on the neck I chose. One heck of an accomplishment I thought. Well, it was in it's own right but, I screwed up. Once I was saticfied with my ability to play the major any way I damn well wanted to, I realized I didn't know how to use it. That sucks! Worst yet, I couldn't be creative because everything I played was locked to those patterns.

I don't regret knowing those patterns. Plus after all the practice I can hear and relate a mode to the feel of a composition. My playing overall has improved dramatically. I'm just having to learn to let go of the patterns and study up on application.

Maybe I'm just weird and obsessive but, I thought it worth sharing.
User Imagejeremy
9:56 pm Saturday
February 3, 2007
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There's nothing wrong with being obsessed. We're all guilty of being obsessed about the guitar and music one way or another. I know what you mean about being balanced. Right now I'm obsessed with transcribing. I can't seem to stop doing it. There's nothing wrong with transcribing but that's kinda like all I've been doing lately to the point that I'm not playin' as much as I want to. But as soon as I finish my current project I sweat to God that I'm gonna play a lot.

I'd like to know the major scale as well as you seem to. Maybe one day I'll get obsessed about that.
User ImageBillyJack
7:09 am Sunday
February 4, 2007
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Quote From Mallard:
I'd like to know the major scale as well as you seem to. Maybe one day I'll get obsessed about that.


Well, the Speed Game I posted is the after birth of my tunneled obsession. I was going to remove the Mode version and put up Scales but, I think I'll let it set there awhile. It's a great tool for learning the Major, just don't get so caught up in the mechanics that you forget application. That was my mistake. I'm gonna get a little selfish and go back to pick things up from a more classical perspective for a bit. Between that and playing (trying to learn) Bluegrass, it's taking up much of my time so, the Scales version has been put on the back burner for awhile.
User Imagejeremy
12:27 am Monday
February 5, 2007
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That Speed Game thing kinda scares me a little bit. It looks like a lot of work. I'm gonna hafta hit that eventually though. I'm just gonna hafta... just 'cause it's there...
User ImageBillyJack
10:06 am Monday
February 5, 2007
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Print off the practice sheets. All the frames for each mode set are on there. Knowing what's coming up takes most of the work out of it.
User Imagejeremy
10:50 pm Monday
February 5, 2007
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I'll start looking at that later tonight. And figure out where I should start printing.
User ImageBillyJack
12:41 pm Tuesday
February 6, 2007
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This might save you some time.

Ionian Practice sheet-- http://members.cox.net/speedgame1/ionian.jpg
Dorian Practice sheet-- http://members.cox.net/speedgame1/dorian.jpg
Phrygian Practice sheet-- http://members.cox.net/speedgame1/phrygian.jpg
Lydian Practice sheet-- http://members.cox.net/speedgame1/lydian.jpg
Mixolydian Practice sheet-- http://members.cox.net/speedgame1/mixolydian.jpg
Aeolian Practice sheet-- http://members.cox.net/speedgame2/aeolian.jpg
Locrian Practice sheet--http://members.cox.net/speedgame2/locrian.jpg
User Imagejeremy
12:08 am Monday
February 12, 2007
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Dude... thanks! I didn't get around to this that other night. I tend to do that. I have a plan but sometimes it takes a few days 'til I put it into action. But anyway... I'll print these out.
User ImageFenderBender
11:40 am Friday
April 20, 2007
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I hear ya on the plan thing Mallard...

I always do that (billy jack can attest to that one) I plan to do things and the wife, family, life dealio gets in the way and pushes all my things back...

oh well - I'll have to sit back, have a cold one (or 10) and print out these sheets..

thanks Billy!!!!!
User Imagejeremy
9:21 pm Wednesday
April 25, 2007
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That's funny. I eventually did print these out but now I'm all about the DVD.

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