Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Footage from Practice days 1 and 2

Feast your eyes and ears on the first and worst days of my advanced guitar skill training! This first video includes excerpts from my sweeping exercises that I learned from Rock Discipline (refer to post below for name-droppage). The actual notes played are chromatic in nature, meaning that the notes are theoretically right next to each other. Since I'm moving across the strings, I'm not playing notes that are exactly next to each other. It makes for a very boring sounding exercise, but it's always good to see where you came from. I can't wait to make this sound wild and crazy! I hope it doesn't take too long.

The next video is of an exercise also from Rock Discipline. It is a left-hand speed and accuracy exercise based on the fourth inversion of the A major scale. The lesson involves slowly fitting the notes into the spaces of the metronome as eighth notes (two per click), then moving to eighth note triplets (three per click) and sixteenth notes (four per click) which I do in the video. I started slowly, of course, and hope to dazzle by playing 16th notes as fast as 180 BPM. John Petrucci does them in 208 BPM in his video and it's absolutely mind blowing!

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Still working...

But I did some more practicing today. I worked on some sweeping and some speed and accuracy exercises. I'm using the John Petrucci - Rock Discipline DVD for exercises and little ditties to drill with. It's a fantastic video and worth every penny.

OK - I'll pick that name back up.

I'll upload some video tonight of me completely screwing up those exercises. I'll also post a compilation of my work from April 24, practice day #1.

Until then...

Sunday, April 27, 2008


I'm at work right now so I got nothin'. This will be the home of my guitar skill progression and any details on games that I choose to discuss! I will be posting videos of my daily practice in sweep picking, speed and accuracy training. I hope that my growth will serve as an inspiration for people of any age to improve on something they love to do!