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Less over-complicating, more doing.

July 23, 2012 Leave a comment

While it is important to constantly re-evaluate where you are and what you should be doing to move forward, don’t overwhelm yourself by constantly trying to design and carry out the “perfect routine”. Such worrying will leave you with the impression that if you aren’t doing something that has been meticulously tailored to produce maximum efficiency, then it isn’t worth doing. You will actually end up doing less, dismissing doing X or Y as “not optimal and therefore shouldn’t be done”. We cannot always be doing what is most rigorous.

You’ll come to realize that, doing what is most “optimal” is usually also the most taxing on your concentration and over-use of such routines could easily lead to burnout. It is better to do a whole lot of something, anything really, as opposed to short concentrated spurts of awesome. Even ignoring that i+1 concept that you’ve been longing to digest and running through familiar routines is still a step in the right direction. It is the lack of doing that will set you back, like trying to boil water but constantly turning off the heat.

You don’t have to cycle 4-finger tapping min7b5 arpeggios up and down the fretboard through the circle of 5ths on two guitars while simultaneously trying to tune a piano with your pinky toe to be productive. Relax and play through some modes, or just one, in a single position, or on a single string. Develop some well-trodden neural pathways. Take your fingers for a little walk.

If you are constantly trying to leap, you are setting yourself up for burnout.
Consistent hopping or even crawling is orders of magnitude more “efficient” than the sporadic and dogmatic adherence to over-complicated utopian fretboard marathons.

Leap where you can and when it is painless to do so, but make sure you are crawling in between. Kick, kick, coast.

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Fingerpicking ideas

July 23, 2012 Leave a comment

Some fingerpicking ideas. Chords presented in order of convenience, not in the order in which they should be played.

Mostly fingerpicking each string individually with some two-finger squeezing on 1&6 and 2&5, emphasis on open high and low E strings to ring out when plucked. Some tapping between transitions.

Add some hammers and pull-offs on strings 5, 2, and 1.

3-finger trem picking on high E.

Pretty disorganized for now.

E|–0—0—0—2—0–
B|–3—0—3—3—3–
G|–4—4—0—0—0–
D|–2—2—4—4—4–
A|–3—3—2—2—2–
E|–0—0—0—0—3–

E|–2—3—0–
B|–0—0—3–
G|–2—2—0–
D|–1—1—2–
A|–2—2—1–
E|–0—0—0–

E|——————7——–
B|—3—5—7—7—10—
G|—3—5—7—9—7—-
D|—2—3—5—9—9—-
A|—3—5—7—7—9—-
E|——————8——–

E|—2—-7—-
B|—3—-8—-
G|—4—-9—-
D|—5—-10—
A|—————
E|—————

E|—10—7—–7——7—7—5—3—2—2—
B|—0—–0—-10—–5—5—3—3—0—3—
G|—9—–9—–9——7—7—0—0—0—4—
D|—10—10—10—-5—4——————5—
A|——————————————————-
E|——————————————————-

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