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ninworks
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Too Much GAS
Feb 14th, 2019 07:37 AM   Edit   Profile  

I am taking this week off work due to having some vacation time I needed to use before it expires. My wife is working so I have lots of time to myself. Been playing guitar for hours and hours every day. I think I played for about 9 hours total yesterday and probably that much every day this week. I can't remember the last time I had the opportunity to do that in decades. I've been working little household projects in between practice sessions.

I've been learning sax lines this week. I don't really like saxophone but, some of those guys can really tear it up. I'm not really a legato guy which is how a lot of guitar players execute sax lines. (Alan Holdsworth-ish) I'm mostly a pick every note player. That stuff is not easy to play that way. Well, it's not easy to play the other way either but, figuring out the fingering so it works with my picking techniques is a challenge. I'm discovering all kinds of little things to help with that. Some are very subtle but make a big difference.

I even put up a mirror so that I can see both hands while I'm playing. That has helped me see some things and helped me correct some problems. I highly recommend doing that. It gives another visual perspective that you can't get while playing without it. Videoing it would provide the same advantage but I didn't have to plug the mirror into anything and I can watch it in real time. :o)

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Butterscotch Blues
Feb 14th, 2019 08:14 AM   Edit   Profile  

ninworks, that’s great.

My wife is never gone that long. When she leaves I head for the guitar. I play when she’s home too but it’s not the same as when she’s gone.

ninworks
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Middle Tennessee

Too Much GAS
Feb 14th, 2019 10:54 AM   Edit   Profile  

I even pulled one of my amps out of the closet and played through it. I never do that. I always play through a modeler with headphones. I can play as loud as I want that way and not get a knock on the wall from the other room.

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Northwest Missouri

Butterscotch Blues
Feb 14th, 2019 11:41 AM   Edit   Profile  

I hear you! Well not actually.
If I play too loudly my dog will come in the room and bark at me.
I think my wife taught him that trick.

ninworks
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Middle Tennessee

Too Much GAS
Feb 14th, 2019 12:02 PM   Edit   Profile  

Yeah. My Malamute will start howling if I play loud through the amp. As long as it's quiet enough to hear my electronic metronome he's okay with it.

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Northwest Missouri

Butterscotch Blues
Feb 14th, 2019 12:08 PM   Edit   Profile  

Sometimes I just really get going in my own groove and he starts in. Drives me crazy and he won’t stop until I do.

5Strats
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GospelBilly!
Feb 14th, 2019 03:50 PM   Edit   Profile  

Ryder - That's super funny! But I do get the distraction aspect too.

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Northwest Missouri

Butterscotch Blues
Feb 14th, 2019 05:50 PM   Edit   Profile  

One dog I had wouldn’t even come in the room...unless I was playing in E major pentatonic. So weird.

I would do it on purpose and in he would come, plop himself down and just lay there. Change keys and up he got and out he went. No other dogs I’ve had would do that.

He was a Bernese Mountain Dog.

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