With all the stress due to Covid 19 and not going out and playing live gig’s to just surreal. The normal stress of life seems to consume me. Sometimes I find it difficult to even want to play guitar some days. Sometimes this can go on for days in a row. Sadly I’m going through some life changing experiences to include deaths among friends and family.
One thing that’s been consistent is my guitar practice time. I admit I have only gone through two lessons days on my alternate and sweep picking exercises in about a time span of three plus months or so (Since I started Kikos workout strategy). It certainly showed me my weaknesses by going through the fundamentals.
I discovered that the alternate picking exercises is where I needed to focus the most on particularly with the pentatonics. The most difficult for me was just simply the two notes per string patterns. (I just learned these scales in all positions lol.) The sweep picking, strumming and the economy picking I have down quite well and felt quite natural to me as I used this type technique in my guitar playing alot.
I just finally started to add three more excersise routines to my daily practice and spent three hours on the alternate picking day three exercise alone (just the first 30 min). Although I already know the major scale, Natural and Harmonic minor in all the positions on the neck I found going into learning the modes to be the most beneficial for me as I learned all of the patterns and sounds. I have been playing them with different root notes and blasting them around all the positions on the neck… I spent so much time just improvising with these patterns, Awesome!!
I also spend alot of time joining in on the live lessons with Kiko’s Q&A and I have to say that these helped to inspire me to practice more consistently and I love the added support from these lessons and reading from the Guitar Hacks Website.
I found that taking notes and having a quick reference guide to help me with remembering which notes to flatten and augment when playing in modes and I am picking it up quite well.
As soon as I pick up and master the Alternate Picking day three, Legato day1 and the lesson I started from the moods and modes course I will finally then move to the next lesson. For me 30min a day everyday is better that 1.5 hrs every 3 days, and that’s not to say that I dont complete the whole one hour practice routine as I do on most days… And of course I will be also keeping my previous lessons that I got down in my exercises as well in my routine.
One thing I discovered yesterday on the alternate picking day 3 on the modes playing in a linear pattern against the A major scale is the when playing through all seven modes they seem to have a tonal center and when I completed each mode playing of the A major pattern in a linear fashion I noticed that for “instances” each mode wanted to end with a different root note or is that just a tonal center for each mode? Is each mode represented by a different root note or is that just a tonal center for the A major? I guess I will have to use my keyboard and sustain pedal to find out…
My question for the day to discover is after playing through the different modes is the tonal center for that mode in A major? These modes dont want to seem to end on A, playing from the A position, however a different root note all together playing off of the A note position on the 5th fret 6th string. I will write out what I’m trying to say below if anyone would like to shed some light in the subject.
Playing off of the A major scale in modes with a linear approach;
Ionian starts and ends on the A note (Root) So;
Ionian = A
Lydian = E Augmented 4th
Mixolydian = D flatten 7th
Dorian = G flatten 3rd and 7th
( Minor Modes…)
Aeolian starts and ends on A note (Root)
Aeolian = A flatten 3rd, 6th and 7th
Phrigian = D flatten 2nd, 3rd, 6th and 7th
Locrian = G flatten 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 6th and 7th
Anyways I just thought I’d share a thought and my experiences…
I did play guitar for over five hours working on my set list of songs aswell on top of the three hours of taking notes and studying guitar to also include 20 min vocal exercises… Playing guitar, singing and playing them tight Riff’s is what I love to do… I looks like lead guitar playing is something I’m goin to be adding to my skill set… If you want to play like the best, you have to learn from the best! Look, watch listen and try to undrstand with practice are the best qualities to use.
Very greatful to Kiko and the staff here for the tremendous amount of help… I hope to hear some feed back on this post
Best Regards everyone