|What I'm Focused On Now||
3 goals from the April ’21 Guitar Progress workshop
Learn 3 new songs: John Denver – Wild Montana Skies; Dave Alvin – King of California, TBD (maybe Townes Van Zandt – If I Needed You)
Post to TAC forum at least once a week
Get microphone and AI plus related equipment so I can make better recordings of myself than my iPhone and iPad
|This is How I TAC||
1. In my perfect guitar week I practice, play and sing music every day. Typically, I play once each day, a total of 7 times each week. Once in a while I can sneak in another playing session but that is rare.
2. I like to play in the evenings after we have cleaned up from dinner. I typically start around 8pm during the week. On the weekends my start times vary a bit and sometimes I play earlier in the day.
3. I play in our basement family room that I have converted to my music den with all my instruments, audio system, music and equipment. It is a great place to play. My home office is right off this music den and I can see all my guitars from my desk when I am working. This helps keep me motivated!
In a typical weekday session I will start with some warmups – often the Warm Up exercise from that week or another that I like. But sometimes I just play a couple of songs to loosen up. I then work on the Daily Challenge. Most of the time I invest 30-45 minutes into the daily lesson and I have started keeping notes on what I do well, what needs improvement and how fast I can play the lesson clean, clear and without mistakes. But some days I am tired or the lesson just isn’t clicking with me and I only get in 10 minutes. I still count that as a successful practice. I love this aspect of the TAC system. It has been fundamental in helping me develop a strong daily playing habit. After the Daily Challenge, I will work on songs I am trying to learn or develop guitar licks and embellishments to go with the rhythm. Afterwards, I just play and sing songs for fun. Many days I have to make myself quit around 10pm in order to get to bed at a reasonable hour. My weekend sessions are more free form. If I want to go over some of the lessons from the previous week I do. If I want to work on specific songs and guitar parts I do. But if I just want to play, sing and have fun I do that too. On the weekends, it its all good as long as I am playing guitar and immersed in music for a while. I am hoping that with covid restrictions lifting I will have weekend jams with friends and fellow TAC members soon.