|Topic||Start Time||End Time||Notes|
|warm-up||23:09||23:16||q=70, M.A. Batio’s warm-up|
|scales||23:16||23:30||q=96 1-3 top down in F/Bb, q=72 1-4 pat.|
|repertoire||23:32||23:53||under the bridge|
I hit my goddamn left funny bone while I was warming up.
I do a hammer-on variation of Michael Angelo Batio’s warm-up where I change fingering instead of changing positions first. (N.B. MAB reminds me very much of my high school weightlifting teacher, Mr Conroy.)
I started with the 1-3 patterns top-down. Only had time to do two scales, so I picked these two. In some places, the barring is still better, but my pinky doesn’t want to play ball. It’s a useless little appendage, sometimes. I’ll have to focus more slow, relaxed movements with it to get it up to speed.
I also got to a few fourths patterns. The fourths patterns are just generally difficult. There are two ways to play it: either using separate fingers for separate strings, or barring just like the thirds. I feel like the barring approach is more like something a bass player would do, but I like the feeling, and I think that learning to roll my fingers better will pay off in other areas like arpeggios.
Still on this song, but I was able to play through it more or less cleanly as long as I could look at the lyrics, although the lyrics to this song seem pretty memorable. I don’t think it’ll take too long to memorize them.
I spent a lot of today listening to random Rush songs on YouTube. Rush songs I think I could fumble through:
- “Tom Sawyer”
- “Closer to the Heart”
I should take some time one of these days this week to review some of the songs I’ve learned over the past two months.
For some reason, I was thinking about “More Than Words” by Extreme. I had a friend in China when I first came to Beijing, and she loved this song. Must have came to mind after my friend broke up with his girlfriend. It’s a good song, and I think that the words are true, so I’ll take a look at this one tomorrow.