Day 2

Well, first things first.  I learned that trying to create a blog post on an iPad from the comfort of my bed is a recipe for disaster.  My last post was fraught with typos and formatting issues.  Will certainly have to stick with the desktop as a means in which to document my journey.

It feels good to get two consecutive days of deliberate (mostly deliberate) practice in. Though I haven’t really played in quite some time, I feel like my dexterity is there and my fingers haven’t been too sore. Despite my high level of comfort with the instrument, I’m going to take things slowly.  My son (a bass player, himself) had to remind me to engage with the metronome.  I don’t know how many times I’ve told him that over his years of practice.  The student has now become the teacher.

On another note, got another hour in tonight.  Would have liked to have gotten more in, but I had a late night at school.  Nonetheless, here’s what my practice looked like today.

Agenda for October 22, 2018

  • Alternate picking exercise
    • E harmonic minor scale on the open E string
    • 16th notes, no metronome (need to use one)
  • String skipping exercise
    • Skipping strings through the 6th root minor pentatonic shape
    • 8th notes, no metronome
    • C root, G root, D root, A root, E root, B root
  • Legato exercise
    • Hammer-ons through the 6th root minor pentatonic shape
    • 8th notes, no metronome
    • C root, G root, D root, A root, E root, B root
  • Song Practice
    • Everybody Hurts – REM
    • Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran

Today’s Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 2 hours

Time Remaining: 9,998 hours

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