We are surviving the sudden cold weather AND or new puppy, and I was still able to learn all three new tunes and the one new song on my practice plan for last week. As a reminder, I am on an end-of-year sprint, trying to add an additional twelve tunes and six songs to my repertoire.

Practice Plan for 11 December 2022


No lesson this week (lesson was last week, and we’re currently on an every-other-week schedule).

Playing With Others:

Between the puppy and the weather (and my partner’s work schedule), I didn’t make it out to play with other people (again). While working on my end-of-year blitz, I may focus more on at-home practice over playing out.

1) New Material

  • Forked Deer
  • Eighth of January
  • Squirrel Hunters
  • Worried Man Blues
  • East Virgina Blues

2) Developing Material

  • Chinquapin Hunting
  • Angeline the Baker
  • Cripple Creek
  • Road to Columbus
    • Bill Monroe break on “Kenny Baker Plays…”
    • Adding double stops
    • Getting that Kenny Baker groove
  • Bury Me Beneath the Willow

3) Performance Material

  • Jenny Jenkins
  • Cindy
  • Make Me Down a Pallet

4) Techniques

  • Frailing Texture
    • Cripple Creek
    • Cluck Old Hen
    • Angeline the Baker
  • Potatoes Several Ways (and in at least D, G, and A)
  • Chord tone scales
  • Double stops (again, again, still)

5) Musicianship

  • Ear training
  • Transposing (using the key signature spinner)
  • Standing while playing (this is one that I have had on my practice plan for a couple months, I think, but I keep forgetting it’s here)
  • Transcriptions
    • Ricky Ricardo (my own recording)
    • Goodbye, Liza Jane
    • Road to Columbus (my simple version + version with stops)
  • Book of Exercises
  • Writing
    • Dollar Store Frankfurter
    • Ricky Ricardo

6) Placeholder for Next Week/Next Lesson

  • Creating kick-offs, introductions, and endings for tunes and songs
  • Writing
    • Tikka and Ricky
    • Brindle Curry with a Side of Billy Beans
    • Bill Monroe
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