Archive for September, 2012

Week 1 Update

September 25, 2012



So here’s the latest update, I honestly didn’t get in much playing because of family matters. BUT, I did get good value for what I got. Of the goals I have accomplished the following… I can now play the Seize the day solo, Summer of 69, and Unwind the Chainsaw theme. (Videos will follow shortly when I get a chance to upload them), I have learned two new licks that I can use, and I have progressed knowing the notes on the guitar, however I did not finish a song… I still have to piece the final piece together however it is coming along. Anyway, let’s get down to it.



– Be able to play the following material: Crazy Train Solo, Fire Jimmy Hendrix, Help the Poor Robbin Ford Solo, Need Your Love so Bad Peter Green solo.

– Have 1 song written

– Have learned two new licks that I can use

– Continue to learn the notes on the neck of the guitar



See you all next week with a new update.



Ali MacLennan


An Introduction

September 16, 2012

Here is a bit of background information about myself just to give you an idea of where I stand when I’m starting this quest/log. I’ve played guitar for about 3 years and a half pretty much everyday for a couple hours, I’ve never had lessons at all, everything I’ve learned I’ve learned myself. I didn’t discover guitar until late in life (I’m 23 years old), however I enjoy it very much and find it as a way of channelling emotions so I enjoy doing it everyday. I like logging hours as I’m a very methodological person and like to write task lists and check them off, I’m hoping this topic will serve as my online list.

Here is how I am planning on breaking things down with my approach:

– I do not plan on playing guitar for 10 hours a day, I plan on playing guitar for 3 to 3.5 hours a day everyday.

– I will post my weekly day by day log of exactly what I am going to do each day, and what my goals are for the day/week.

– I plan on breaking down my practice routine as such:

  • Song playing for 1.5 hours
  • Songwriting for 30 minutes
  • Music theory for 30 minutes
  • Technique study for 30 minutes (includes studying licks and riffs)
  • Actively listening to music for 30 minutes doing ear training

– I will try my best to learn as many songs as I can during the week (of different skill levels and styles) and write my own songs and post them in a video log at the end of each week starting now.

– I want to target all different styles of guitar, from Classical to Blues and will do my best to consistently switch it up. However I will say this, my heart is set on blues, pop, and jazz guitar.

– Lastly I do not plan on approaching this part of my journey with an ego, I plan on actively seeking a teacher and learning all I can learn from people.

With that being said, lets get down to business…..

TOTAL HOURS LOGGED: 2500 (will update weekly, and this will ALWAYS be the first note on the blog)

Week 1 Study Sheet:

– Be able to play the following material: Seize the day solo, Summer of 69, Crazy Train Solo, and Unwind the Chainsaw theme.
– Continue to learn the notes on the guitar neck (almost know all them)
– Have 1 song written
– Have learned 2 new licks that I can use


I will post a video update next saturday with what I accomplished.

Here is my current youtube channel:

Everything will be uploaded to that channel.

My current equipment:
– A Stage acoustic guitar (made if Korea)

– A Fender Stratocaster (made in USA)

– A Fender Frontman Practice Amp


No pedals at this time.



Thanks for reading, and I look forward to learning!

Hello world!

September 16, 2012

Welcome to! This is your very first post. Click the Edit link to modify or delete it, or start a new post. If you like, use this post to tell readers why you started this blog and what you plan to do with it.

Happy blogging!