Practice Plan, Week of 27 November 2022

With Thanksgiving AND getting a new puppy (longish story – maybe I’ll post about it sometime), I didn’t post (or make) either a practice plan or update videos. I did make it to Taborgrass, so had several new things to work on last week. The thing is, sometimes it ends up this way and practice isn’t that great for a week. We just pick up again this week.

Practice Plan for 27 November 2022

Lesson:

No lesson this week (was rescheduled to next week).

Playing With Others:

I didn’t make it out to play with others last week (we went to Washington to spend Thanksgiving with my parents – my mom has terminal cancer). I want to try to make it out to the old-time jam on Thursday, but we will see. Might be the Vancouver jam on Tuesday.

1) New Material

  • Chinquapin Hunting
  • Angeline the Baker
  • Squirrel Hunters

2) Developing Material

  • Bluebirds Are Singing for Me (words – always the words)
  • You Won’t be Satisfied that Way
  • Bury Me Beneath the Willow (Michael Daves class)
  • Road to Columbus (learning Bill Monroe break on “Kenny Baker Plays…”)
  • Cold Frosty Morn
  • Bill Cheathum
  • Cluck Red Hen
  • Goodbye Liza Jane
  • Old Joe Clark

3) Performance Material

  • Jenny Jenkins
  • Cindy
  • Make Me Down a Pallet

4) Techniques

  • Chord tone scales
  • Double stops (again, again, still)
  • Cross-picking Potatoes

5) Musicianship

  • Transposing (using the key signature spinner)
  • Standing while playing
  • Ear training
  • Transcribe (my own recording): Ricky Ricardo
  • Writing: Dollar Store Frankfurter

What I’m Listening To

Shopping the holiday sale on vinyl at MerchBar, and I came across the Longest Johns. They have a really neat sound.

I love this blacksmith shanty.
The harmonies on this arrangement of Wayfaring Stranger. 🥺

It won’t embed for some reason, but “Bones in the Ocean” is my favorite so far from these guys.

Practice Plan, Week of 13 November 2022

I know I got super excited about practicing the guitar when I made my practice plan last week, but ultimately that both muddied the entire plan AND was pointless because I am not and do not plan on being a guitarist. I would like to be a little better, but not nearly enough to do the work to become so.

As such, this week is a return to just a mandolin practice plan.

Practice Plan for 06 November 2022

Lesson:

No lesson this week. I moved to every-other-week lessons at the end of October.

Playing With Others:

Last week I went to the Wake Up Rounder jam at Tomorrow’s Verse. It was ok, but not quite my thing. This week is Taborgrass, so if I do go to a jam during the week it will just be supplemental.

1) New Material

  • Take a Sniff on Me (The Cocaine Song)
  • Amazing Grace (I just need to learn all tue words)
  • Cindy
  • Fare Thee Well, O Honey (Dink’s Song)
  • Cripple Creek
  • Bill Cheatham

2) Developing Material

  • Bluebirds Are Singing for Me
  • Bury Me Beneath the Willow
  • Road to Columbus

3) Performance Material

  • Jenny Jenkins
  • Clinch Mountain Backstep
  • Whiskey Before Breakfast

4) Techniques

  • LH position (Sill struggling with this, but could be cleared up once I have my forever mandolin)
  • Double stops (again)
  • Bluegrass box (exploring other solo shapes)

5) Musicianship

  • Transposing (using the key signature spinner)
  • Standing while playing
  • Ear training
  • Writing: Dollar Store Frankfurter

Practice Plan, Week of 06 November 2022

I know that I already posted that I won’t be posting a practice plan for this week, but I can’t sit around and not practice just because I’m sad. (I mean, I totally could, and I fully support a person’s right to just be sad and do nothing. But not practicing is actually doing the opposite of help).

One difference this week, I am also indicating practice for the guitar, which I really should be keeping as sharp as I can, even though I am not principally a guitarist and have no intention of becoming one. And this has little to nothing to do with a crush on Molly Tuttle.

You may notice that a lot of my practice list is very similar to two weeks ago. One of my big goals this week is to move this material off of my practice plan (by learning it). It’s just been a hard couple weeks. 🤷🏻‍♂️

Practice Plan for 06 November 2022

Lesson:

Mandolin: 09 November 2022

Guitar: I don’t currently take guitar lessons. But if I could find someone to teach me bluegrass styles – especially claw hammer guitar – I would totally jump at that.

Playing With Others:

Other than lessons, I haven’t made it out to play with others in a couple of weeks. I intend yo go to the Wake Up Rounder jam at Tomorrow’s Verse Taproom (4605 NE Fremont St in Portland)

1) New Material

  • Mandolin Tune: Road to Columbus
  • Mandolin Tune: Cripple Creek
  • Guitar Tune: Cripple Creek
  • Guitar Song: Amazing Grace

2) Developing Material

  • Mandolin: Bluebirds Are Singing for Me
  • Mandolin/Guitar: Bury Me Beneath the Willow

3) Performance Material

  • Jenny Jenkins
  • Clinch Mountain Backstep

4) Techniques

  • Mandolin: LH position
  • Mandolin: Double stops
  • Mandolin: Bluegrass box
  • Guitar: Intro to Bluegrass Rhythm Guitar (Banjo Ben)

5) Musicianship

  • Transposing (using the key signature dice)
  • Standing while playing
  • Ear training