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Another Week, Another Dollar

Posted by Cohumulone on Friday, January 24, 2014

Hey hey! Another week gone by, and lookie here. Another post.

This week I’ve extended my backup practice quite a bit and it now takes up the majority of my practice time. Slower, faster, moving my hand around to find the best sound for what I’m trying to do. I’ve found I can’t quite play right where the neck meets the pot (forgive me if I’m not using the right terms here but I think you know what I mean). About 2 inches back is my sweet spot for the “y” position. At the moment, I’m trying to train my brain to make my fingers play the D and F licks the same way every single time. I can branch out later, but for now, I think I need to nail these at a foundational level first.

Vamping! Is there anything more boring at all?! I’ll say though, that I’m not ignoring this, but instead, using it as a tool for not only backup, but for learning where *all* the chords are. The problem I have right now with this is that I’m memorizing where my fingers go, and not necessarily the names of the corresponding chords. I know that I will eventually understand both simultaneously, but it’s driving me nuts not being able to spout the name of the chord off.

Lastly, I wanted to touch on materials overload! Since starting, I’ve purchased 3 Murphy Method videos (love them), I have my instructor’s book, Scruggs’ book, and Hatfield’s backup techniques book. I feel like All of these things are valuable, but I can’t concentrate on that many things at once. This leaves me ignoring most of them, much of the time. There was a thread on BHO this week which contained many backing tracks. Some people got in a little tiff over it, but ultimately, I think lots of material is good, as long as you have a primary focus and aren’t jumping around too much.

See ya around!

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