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    I think this fits in well with this part of the book. I played through the cycle of 5ths, chord and then the dom 7th arp. I did this where I stayed in the same part of the neck so as to hit all five positions that Elliot shows in the book. I went far enough to hit all positions and then some. I took liberties at the end including a penatonic run which I think lives just fine along side the arps.

    I hope this is self explanatory for those that want to go in this direction. If not, let me know and I'll explain further.

    My blues sensibilities/tastes are more in line with Robben Ford and Larry Carlton than with the jazzier blues players. I don't think that matters though for this.

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    Frank (aka fep)

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    It's gone a bit quiet here but I'm just piping up to say I'm still plugging at it. Have now moved onto Chap 5 trying to do the ii-V-I exercises. Slow progress but necessary.

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    I'm still at it as well; I've got all four situations relatively smooth, though slow (60-70bpm).

    I'll be off travelling for a few weeks so won't be checking in, but will continue on when I get back. Happy practicing!
    Jay

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    I'm still starting my practice sessions with the major ii-V-I connecting game on page 15 at 60 bpm.

    I've also been trying the connecting game over a Bb blues (also 60 bpm) since I'm working on blues stuff for my weekly lessons. It's tough, but I'm getting better at it.

    This may just be due to my lack of skill, but it feels like I'm getting more ear training out of this than anything. You start to hear the interval needed to make the change and do it instinctively...or by muscle memory I suppose. This is obvious, but still seems strange to me. All this work to get away from noodling and playing by ear, but really it's just training us to noodle and play by ear better.

    I feel bad for not having posted a video yet, so I'll try to do that soon. Not sure what that video will be yet.

    Things have gotten quiet, but it seems that most of us are still working on the material in some capacity. Would we like to get back together on a specific 'assignment' for the upcoming week?

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    Hi Ben, All,

    Just joining this thread and study group. I am new to the forum. I have been working on Situations 1-4 in F and A. Based on this study group I decided to go back and work on chapters 2 and 3 this week.

    Thanks for all of the good information so far.

    Joe

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    Quote Originally Posted by morroben View Post
    I'm still starting my practice sessions with the major ii-V-I connecting game on page 15 at 60 bpm.

    I've also been trying the connecting game over a Bb blues (also 60 bpm) since I'm working on blues stuff for my weekly lessons. It's tough, but I'm getting better at it.

    This may just be due to my lack of skill, but it feels like I'm getting more ear training out of this than anything. You start to hear the interval needed to make the change and do it instinctively...or by muscle memory I suppose. This is obvious, but still seems strange to me. All this work to get away from noodling and playing by ear, but really it's just training us to noodle and play by ear better.

    I feel bad for not having posted a video yet, so I'll try to do that soon. Not sure what that video will be yet.

    Things have gotten quiet, but it seems that most of us are still working on the material in some capacity. Would we like to get back together on a specific 'assignment' for the upcoming week?
    It's more fun with assignments and group goals, even if they're purely arbitrary -and even if people are late etc.

    Make a tentative schedule. Feel free to backpedal and adjust as you go. The most successful old study group threads have very clear benchmarks, goals, timelines etc...

    I did a lot of work on the minor 1625's the last few weeks, as I hadn't done them much at ALL the other times. It's good stuff. Having done this material before, I really consider most of it ear training.

    If you're new to this process, I think it's important to understand that the practice room thought/mindset that you use in the beginning isn't the same as how you eventually do these. It's not merely a faster version of the thought process later. It's a completely DIFFERENT process.

    It's somewhat helpful to just let go and let the exercise be what it is without judgment.

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    Hi everybody,

    I am still hanging in here and practice my arpeggios. I typically practice them all over the fretboard and do triads as well as 7-chords with either a backing track or a metronome. Backing track is more fun (I tried a few things from jazz to hard-rock for the fun of it). The muscle memory definitely returns but the chops still aren't what they once were. There is no time for a video at the moment, but I am definitely continuing to study.

    I have decided that I don't want to stick to strict alternate picking. It took me such a long time to get rid of it (and it has overall helped me a lot) that to untrain what I did train seems counterproductive. I have tried something version of economy and gypsy picking. The economy is more precise, the gypsy picking is faster. I went up to 180 bpm but then it falls apart rather quickly and most of the time I do 90 - 110 bpm.

    have fun everybody!
    Cheers,
    Frank