Saturday, October 24, 2009

Some progress...

I have to be content with small steps of progress. Real life just doesn't allow me time to sit and play the guitar, fiddle and whistle for hours at a time every day, which is what one must do to be a good musician. So, I enjoy the small steps...


I was a little frustrated at the sloppy, scribbled lyrics and chords I had for "Crimson Stream" and "Psalm 62", so I took the time to find good versions online and printed them out. I found lyrics for "Psalm 62" in one place and good "chord cheats" to make it easier for me to play in another place, so I spent a good deal of time typing the chords in over the lyrics in Wordpad. It worked out really slick and I attached copies of the chord diagrams for the "cheat" chords. Ready to really practice!

Played through both of these songs several times.


Played "Old Joe Clark" a couple of times.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Crimson Stream by Paul Oakley...

Psalm 62...


I began to work on the chords from "Psalm 62" by Aaron Keyes. Not easy since he has more of a classical style on this song and plays lots of individual notes rather than chords. But he did mention some chords, so I'm working from there. I may look online for chords also.

I also went through "My Savior, My God" and "Beautiful Blood".

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Sheesh! I'm gettin' pretty bad about practicin'!


But I'm not giving up! =0)

Today I've practiced:

My Savior, My God-I watched the video tutorial and wrote down the basic chords and played it through several times in my simple style. Aaron Shust does a lot of little extra notes (and uses more fingers than I can!) but at least I'm getting a simple version worked out and I'm practicing changing chords and I'm singing my way through it.

Beautiful Blood I tried this with the capo on the 2nd fret. It's a little high on a couple of notes and a little low on a few, but it's about as much in the middle as you can get. Here again, I'm playing it very simply. You change chords just about every other word, so that's enough to think about right now. I love the message!

I started to do "Through the Motions", but I don't really think this is a song I'm going to do in "real life". Nice message, but I'll let him do it. LOL! Probably same story with "East to West". I'll listen to them a lot, but probably won't play them. Just not ready to learn all those chords with slashes in the middle. ;)

Take Me In Strummed through this to practice the chords and sang through a couple of times.

You Are My Hiding Place Strummed and sang through a couple of times. Need practice on B, B7 and Bm chords.

Pioneer Played and sang through.

I'm not learning lots of new things as far as technique on the guitar, but I want to at least "tread water" as far as practicing the chords I know and trying to figure out simple versions I can actually play. And I'm keeping the callouses tough so I don't have to start from scratch. Very important! =0)

Saturday, October 10, 2009

My Soul Finds Rest-Psalm 62 Aaron Keyes...

Like this song! Tutorial at New Song Cafe

Also practiced "Take Me In", "Pioneer", and "You Are My Hiding Place".

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Better practice before I lose my callouses!


Haven't picked up the guitar for a few days. Since I put it in the case with the "humidifying device" (ziploc bag containing damp washcloth, bag opened slightly) I just don't pick it up like I would if it was sitting there in the stand. Maybe I'll leave it out more and put it in the case at night?

Today I played through:

Take Me In
You Are My Hiding Place

Trying to figure out "East to West". The chords I found are a little different for me. Going to look for a tutorial.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

East to West...another good song!

I listened to this song over and over, trying to get the tune down.

Also practiced:
Take Me In
You Are My Hiding Place
My Savior, My God.