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  • Fun with Drop D Tuning and Backyard Catch

    Posted by RudyB on June 23, 2022 at 7:13 pm

    This was a really fun exercise, and drop D has such a mellow sound. It only took me about 5 minutes to get the shapes and to play it at the 60 bpm level for the rest of my practice. Yay! I tend to be a “slow learner” and frequently struggle with exercises, so it’s always a good day when I can “get it” and play at the beginning speed — making it a very good, small win day. 🙂

    RudyB replied 1 year, 8 months ago 5 Members · 10 Replies
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  • stevieblues

    Member
    June 29, 2022 at 5:20 pm

    Congratulations on your win! Sounds like a good session. 👏🎸😎

  • Cadgirl

    Member
    July 1, 2022 at 4:45 am

    @RudyB , this is a good win for the day. Being comfortable to tune your guitar differently is a big win also. It will start opening so many doors for you.

    • RudyB

      Member
      July 5, 2022 at 1:57 pm

      Thanks, @Cadgirl. It was a fun day. I don’t have a major problem with tuning the guitar to a different key, but it seems like favorite guitar doesn’t “like” being changed as it takes a day or two after a change to stabilize again and stay in tune again. Changing strings, however, is a different story. Always stresses me out — particularly since I have only done a guitar a couple of times. 😵

      As I have two guitars, I decided to use my older, full-size guitar (an Ovation) to make changes to the tuning so I can leave my Taylor GS mini — which is a more comfortable size & my favorite — in my standard tuning. As I leave the Ovation in the guitar case most of the time, I just get it out and adjust the tuning to whatever alternate tuning is being used. It’s not as easy for me to play due to shoulder problems, but I can make it work for the current exercise and still have my mini to play other music without retuning it. 🙂

      I would like to buy a 2nd smaller size guitar but will have to wait until I have paid off another expense so I can save up and pay for another new one. 😉

      • Cadgirl

        Member
        July 5, 2022 at 2:13 pm

        @RudyB ,You don’t necessary have to spend a lot of money on a guitar to have an extra around. I bought a ½ size Cordoba (classical) off Amazon. Amazon gave me $100 off of a $165 guitar, ended up costing me $65. All I had to do is apply for their Visa. The Cordoba is a little smaller than my GS-mini and super easy on my fingers because it’s nylon strings. So I ended up using it for my alternated tuning guitar. I’m with you, I can tune my guitars, but I’m not fast at it. But, keep your eyes open for a used guitar because those small ones (typically a child’s guitar) go pretty cheap. Yeah, I know… just what I need another charge card laying around

      • RudyB

        Member
        July 6, 2022 at 4:20 pm

        I absolutely hear you on the charge card. I have all I need and some I don’t even use. I have an Amazon card that I use exclusively for Amazon purchases — don’t even carry the card at all. It helps me to track my Amazon purchases really fast that way.

        I have ukes, so I am familiar with the nylon strings, and they definitely are easier on the fingers. I have worked really hard to get solid calluses on my fret hand, but there are still plenty of times I just can’t play any longer due to finger pain from string fretting, particularly on barre chords which often cramp up my left wrist and hand with extended playing.

        Thanks for the suggestion on the Cordoba. 😉

  • Kitman

    Member
    July 1, 2022 at 8:43 pm

    Great wins @RudyB ! 😀

    • RudyB

      Member
      July 5, 2022 at 1:57 pm

      Thank you, @ Kitman! It was a fun day! 😊

  • pc4sun

    Member
    July 20, 2022 at 2:02 pm

    Hi! I love seeing other students excited about learning. Can you help me find the Fun with Drop D Tuning exercise you mentioned? I’ve looked all over the site ( I am a member) and can’t find it. Thanks in advance. Peggy

    • This reply was modified 1 year, 9 months ago by  pc4sun.
    • RudyB

      Member
      August 1, 2022 at 1:24 pm

      @pc4sun:

      The exercise was from a previous month, and we can only access the current month’s exercises unless they were marked as “favorites” before the older month ends and a new set of exercises are uploaded to the site for the current month’s challenge exercises — replacing the Daily Challenges.

      Sorry I am unable to help you locate the Drop D exercises. The good news, however, is that the exercise will more than likely be reloaded in the future as part of a “new” set of current-month exercises. I started with TAC during fall of 2020, as a total beginner, during the COVID lock down, and I see exercises from previous months show up — along with new exercises. That way I get to retry exercises that I did not master in previous exercises, plus trying-out new techniques too.

      I am a long way from what I would call “proficient,” but I have learned a bunch from my total “know nothing” from which I started. 😉

      Good luck in your learning as we all continue on our learning curve!

      Rudy B

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