I’ve clumped a few days together – not necessarily through laziness – but because it was all pretty samey, the way the sessions went and the feelings that went with it. With one exception though which made the week fairly worthwhile in the end.
Most of the issues are my issues, and I’m at the stage where I know I could quite easily quit trying to play again, and have done in the past. Why? Because it’s hard. And that’s a lame excuse really. One thing the game does is when you get to an ability level and maintain it, when you start a new song you start at a higher level. You can change this in the riff repeater, but sometimes when you click on a new song you’re completely unaware of what it’s going to be like. This week’s song of the week – Mary Jane’s Last Dance by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers – chucked me in at such a high level it was an inevitable mess. I tried to slow it down, I ramped the mastery level right back to the start, but it was always sounding a mess. It does have Em in it though, which is a chord I can actually play (not hard though)
So I did what had been recommended to me a few weeks back. I switched to emulated bass mode. Played through the song. Thoroughly enjoyed it.
I think what appealed is the lack of chords, and actually this may be a really good way to get me more acquainted with the strings and the fretboard. It actually saved the session for me because I really wasn’t having fun up until that point.
I’ve also gone over a few more lessons, specifically palm mutes and harmonics, as Mary Jane starts wil harmonics and one of the other songs I often play – I Can’t Hear You – is mostly palm mutes and I can’t really do them. Harmonics were fun and sound really good when they work. I’ll have to go back to plam mutes because the mastery was too high and I ended up just watching the second half of the practice track go by without playing a note…