Practice Log for Thursday, 31 May 2018

I practice string crossing with triad arpeggios May 31, 2018 music
Topic Start Time End Time Notes
warm-up 16:48 16:56 h=40
scales 16:21 17:44 3-1 and triads
repertoire 23:36 00:00 under the bridge


Same as usual. The three-note-per-string patterns need some work, especially when going down in pitch. I’ll need to put some special attention to this next time.


Last night I decided I needed to look for ways to practice crossing between strings 2 and 3, and it looks like practicing triad arpeggios are going to be the way to go. There are some awkward shapes specifically, like this shape:

Playing things like this feels like a sort of “tongue-twister”. I’ll have to find some more to add to my practice routine.


I practiced “Under the Bridge”’s intro and outro, paying close attention to making sure the single-note runs transition smoothly into each chord. This is pretty challenging to get done right—I should have paid more attention to John Frusciante’s playing when I was younger. He really knew (and knows) what he was doing.

Next time

  • three-note-per-string economy picking
  • triad scale patterns, with focus around strings 2 and 3
  • new song? “Rock and Roll” by the Velvet Underground
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