Hi all, happy to be here.
My name is Adrian, I've been at this just a couple months. Before that I was one of those directionless self-"learners" and honestly during that time I didn't learn crap except maybe I was able to get over the hump of the instrument being comfortable to hold. This was ~6months long. I never worked on timing, didn't own a metronome. Just open cowboy chords and one minor pentatonic shape (you know the one).
Signed up mid October. I put in ~2 hrs a day, weekends more, although admittedly I am still bad at focusing and end up doing unproductive things like practicing things I already know or just messing around, especially during long sessions. Here are some videos of my current skill level:
5.23 @ 50 bpm
First few spiders are now at 66bpm 1/16th notes, I recorded these @50. I haven't seriously attempted anything past 5.23. It was like rewiring my brain trying to get my fingers to move like this at even snail pace.
1-9 notes per 2 beats @ 100 bpm
After submitting this video to Pebber, one response was that I was asked to hold off on 7's until I watch and master doing quarter notes to seven. Anyone know where I can find that, on Youtube? Or is it something to come in a monthly lesson video? And finally, something I just did today, is attempt sarod:
My wrist slowly locks up as strumming goes on, I can feel it and try to relax it every few seconds or whenever I notice. I feel that I might at least be getting the "stirring" motion with my thumb and finger 1 down okay, maybe not tho.
I know I could definitely be farther than I am after 2 months. I just gotta get a grip on my focus. Any tips? I bought a standalone metronome so I can ditch my phone and the distractions that come with it. That helped. Still get sidetracked noodling or with other things around me.
Looking forward to your responses. Thanks in advance.