Just Cracked Open This Course

Discussion in '52 Rhythm Fills & Variations' started by JPsuff, Jul 29, 2020.

  1. JPsuff

    JPsuff Satisfaction is complacency

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    After having downloaded "52 Rhythm Fills & Variations" months ago, I decided today to finally open it up and see what's what.

    Boy have I got some learnin' to do! :confused:

    I've only gone through Section 1 and barely stepped into Section 2 and though I find that much of what's there is very familiar, much of it is nowhere as easy to play as I may have thought.

    Some of it is very simple and intuitive (and even some things I'm already playing on my own), but other riffs -- though simple in structure -- are surprisingly difficult to get under my fingers and will definitely take some time to learn. I like Griff's approach though in that he doesn't "insist" that something be played a certain way but rather that he wants to point out the essence of something -- it's vibe and groove and how understanding THAT is more important than exactly copying every note he plays.

    I also love the fact that he demonstrates variations of licks and riffs to show that there's more than one way to play something and still have it sound good (which I believe is going to work well for me and my "non-rock star" hands) :(

    As stated, I just cracked this open today and later on I tried to play some of the things I "learned" with various backing tracks I have and though most of it sounded like crap, some of it clicked and I get where Griff is going and I think that over time -- as I become more comfortable with all of this -- I will find what works for me.

    It is somewhat sad to realize just how much I DON'T know but at the same time it's exciting to think of how much my playing can improve if I stick with this. Of course "sticking with it" is the tricky part, but I think the payoff will be worth enough to keep trying.

    This is gonna be fun! :Beer:
     
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  2. sdbrit68

    sdbrit68 Student Of The Blues

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    cool, had the course for a few years but havent looked at it yet
     
  3. Silicon Valley Tom

    Silicon Valley Tom It makes me happpy to play The Blues!

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    I received this course in 2015, and started in the day it was received. It is a fun course, and I remember I enjoyed it very much. It gives you an introduction to many different forms of the Blues. Enjoy! :)



    Tom
     
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  4. Ted_Zeppelin

    Ted_Zeppelin Wot’s...Uh the Deal?

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    I’ve had it on my desk for a few weeks. I just have to get it cracked open:whistle:.
     
  5. PapaBear

    PapaBear Guit Fiddlier

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    I actually opened it years ago thought it was great, and then another shiny object must have come along, I need to get back to this one for sure!
     
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