Archive for October, 2012

Week 5 – Daily deadlines are broken. :-/

October 28, 2012

TOTAL HOURS LOGGED: 2555

The usual. You know… Deadlines, let’s leave it at that. I’ve just been going through motions, with little passion, I think I’m having a loss of motivation with music right now and I’m wanting to do a lot more writing. Not even musical writing, just writing in general. So that’s what I did, but I still got some playing done. I completed my goals, I now know the Crazy Train solo, pieces of the Help the Poor solo (I couldn’t be bothered to learn the whole thing), Feeling This, and I’ve learned the lyrics to Francis by Coeur De Pirate (I’m not french so that’s why ;)). I do have part of a song written, it’s not done—but I will finish it for sure, it’s not something I’m going to be putting on the backburner. Anyway, here’s some video footage…

Wasn’t really satisfied with my vocals on a lot of the recordings I did, but I just want to get them out of the way and move on to new stuff. I’m learning to sing at the same time… so, yeah.

But now down to the new goals.

Goals of Week 6:

– Be able to play the following material: Take me Away (oasis), Help! (the beatles), Strawberry Fields Forever (the beatles), and We’re Going to be Friends (jack white).

– Learn the notes on the low E string.

– Learn one new technique on the guitar.

– Learn more about the recording process and recording techniques.

– Write and record one song for showcasing here.

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Week 4 – Where’s all the Videos?

October 16, 2012

TOTAL HOURS LOGGED: 2545

 
It appears sorry seems to be a reoccuring theme with my updates. Again, I’m sorry for missing the week deadline, it makes me feel like I’m not at that “professional” level yet, which I know I’m not even close to yet. So, right to business like a professional. Everything from last week is still in the works. Yep, I said it, I basically went through motions over and over again, which needs to be done. So the goals will remain the same from last week. But I do have a video update, I got a chance to record Peter Green’s need your love so bad solo, and viola.

See you all next week with a new update.

Sincerely,

Ali MacLennan

Week 3 Update – Do work.

October 10, 2012

TOTAL HOURS LOGGED: 2535

 

Sorry guys for the late update, I did learn a lot but I didn’t get a chance to record much video footage and therefore don’t really have much to show per se. My full-time job has also been getting in the way, I highly dislike working in the normal world which is why I’ve started some entrepreneurial tasks to hopefully rid myself of the 9-5 world and allow me to work for myself. Anyway, down to the business of this site.

So with respect to last weeks personal goal lists, I failed, and I failed bad. STILL working on the Crazy Train solo, and Help the Poor is filled with ridiculously difficult licks that I’m still learning. The solo to Need Your Love so Bad is done, and I will post up a video log of that ASAP. Still learning the lyrics to Francis by Coeur De Pirate, but the melody is mastered — just so everyone knows it’s a French song, which is why it’s take such a long time. I didn’t write any music, I was actually suppose to jam with a friend, but that fell through. Regardless of all this, I must push forward and add new goals to this weeks list or I wouldn’t be progressing…

 

Goals of Week 4:
– Be able to play the following material: Crazy Train Solo, Help the Poor Robbin Ford Solo, Francis by Coeur De Pirate, Feeling This (Blink 182),

– Have 1 song written (no matter what!)

– Know every note on the high e and b strings.

– Learn one new interesting technique on the guitar

– Listen to a lot of new music and try to synthesize it down into something I can use with my playing.

 

See you all next week with a new update.

Sincerely,

Ali MacLennan

Week 2 Update

October 1, 2012

TOTAL HOURS LOGGED: 2524.15

So… Here’s the latest update! I did a bit more playing this week then the previous week. I got some stuff recorded, that I’ve attached below for progress updates. I’m still having difficulty with the Crazy Train solo (the fact that I’m playing it through a fender and a crappy amp is no doubt making that worse)–regardless I will struggle on and attempt to master it. ALso I have forgotton about Jimi Hendrix’s fire, right now my Stratocaster is having some tension problems with the A string near the 12th fret, so I’ve tossed that song until I get this fixed. Anyway, so I’ve learned Peter Green’s Need Your Love So Bad… but I also want to learn the lyrical parts more so I will continue to study this piece. I did write a new song, which I’m really proud of. 🙂 I’ll post that up soon as well; and I did learn some new licks and more notes on the guitar.

Here’s some video footage updates!

Seize the day solo:

Unwind the Chainsaw theme:

So down to business for week 3 goals…

Goals of Week 3:
– Be able to play the following material: Crazy Train Solo, Help the Poor Robbin Ford Solo, Need Your Love so Bad by Peter Green (singing it as well, not JUST the solo), Francis by Coeur De Pirate.

– Have 1 song written

– Know every note on the high e and b strings.

– Learn one new interesting technique on the guitar

– Listen to a lot of new music and try to synthesize it down into something I can use with my playing.

See you all next week with a new update.

Sincerely,

Ali MacLennan