Archive for November, 2012

Week 9 – Mega updates, not a lot of actual work done though.

November 29, 2012

TOTAL HOURS LOGGED: 2585
So I didn’t actually do a lot of work this week, but I managed to get a lot done. So I learned After Hours and I just don’t know what to do with myself, and wrote some mega lyrics. On top of that I met someone who has taught me quite a bit about the record producing process and how that works. I still need to learn more about the printing process itself and I plan on making some calls this week to answer the questions I have regarding that. I didn’t get much time to record takes, but I’ll try my best to get that up this sometime this week. I’ve also decided to make an album, and set a deadline for myself. March 23rd, I want to release it. Furthermore I plan on doing some work on this site next week and spicing things up a bit, after all I’m pouring quite a lot of energy into this so I should make it my own. 🙂

 

So let’s get down to it for next week, here’s some goals I’ve set out:

– Be able to play the following material: With or Without you, The Man who Sold the World, Swing Guitar lessons.

– Learn more about the printing process/recording process in general.

– Write songs.

– Brainstorm album art ideas for upcoming release.

That’s it for this week, looking forward to seeing you all next week,

Sincerely,

Ali MacLennan

P.S. I did type and post this reply last night, but my Internet decided to crash, and I was too lazy to rewrite it all out that night. But I am on time with my updates accordingly.

Week 8 – Memory work. Doing the motions.

November 22, 2012

TOTAL HOURS LOGGED: 2580

 

So I’m on time with my update, that is something new, and that I would promise myself I would do. (Even though I have other things to do.) So this week was essentially a memory week, going over the motions again and again. The With or Without you fingerstyle verison I want to sing with as well, so that’s adding to the difficulty—I have completely learned I don’t know what to do with myself (will post a video up soon), I learned all about how vinyl records are made, but I still need to research more the recording process itself. I’m planning to call some studios and recording companies to actually figure out this process more. I started as well to brainstorm album artwork ideas that I have for something I’m working on in my head. Of course this is all still just an imagintive blueprint but you need to start somewhere right. Anyway, as far as songwriting goes, I came up with a really nice melody that I can write too… which is mostly thanks to the Drop D tuning of With or Without you. As well I’ve scrapped learning Everlong by the Foo Fighers, the rhythm of the song is simply to frustrating to captive me and I can’t get it to sound good to my ear. I wish I was Dave Grohl HA.

So here’s the goals for week 9:

– Be able to play the following material: With or Without you, After Hours by the Velvet Underground.

– 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 lyrics and finish the melody I have.

– Post and record the work I have done here.

 

See you all in a week or so,

Ali MacLennan

Week 6/7 – Thinking about turning the titles to just “updates”.

November 14, 2012

TOTAL HOURS LOGGED: 2570

So I’m thinking about changing the titles from weeks to updates as with life getting in the way, it’s difficult to post each and every week. I will give myself one more chance at this and if it doesn’t work, I will change it to “updates”. Some changes that happened with me though; I’m focusing more on writing at the moment and actually going out and playing live—that in itself is an act that must be mastered. So I’m taking up planned gigging. I will go on weekends and gig at bars if the situation presents itself. I’ve also scrapped all my previous goals, turns out those songs weren’t clicking with me and I just didn’t feel them.

Here’s some new goals for week 8:

– Be able to play the following material: I just don’t know what to do with myself, With or Without you (fingerstyle arrangement), Everlong.

– 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.

 

Thanks, see you next week (hold me to it?). 😉

 

Sincerely,

Ali MacLennan