M2M Day 125: It took me one hour to learn 41 seconds of this song…
This post is part of Month to Master, a 12-month accelerated learning project. For March, my goal is to play a 5-minute blues guitar solo.
Today, in an attempt to start absorbing blues licks*, I planned to learn the entire song Lucille, one of B.B. King’s most iconic songs.
(*a lick is just a series of notes that can be packaged together and reused as a contained musical idea)
To clarify: For me, “learning” a blues song doesn’t mean memorizing the entire song note-for-note, but instead playing through the whole thing, analyzing what the artist is doing, and determining how I can incorporate some of the artist’s musical ideas into my own playing.
Today, I thought I could easily work through the 10-minute Lucille in an hour, since, for much of the song, B.B. is talking and not playing.
However, after 60 minutes of practicing, I made it 41 seconds into the song, most because I severely underestimated the density of musical inspiration. This isn’t a bad thing, but does mean that I’ll need to reassess my original lick-learning strategy.
Originally, I planned to spend about a week playing through dozens of my favorite songs, in an attempt to absorb as much musical inspiration as I could. Then, I would spend subsequent weeks digesting, interpreting, and converting this material into my own.
In theory, this seems like a nice idea, but one that just isn’t accomplishable in the timeframe I have.
Instead, I’ll need to be much more strategic upfront about which source material I use for inspiration. I’m not sure how this new strategy should work, but I’ll figure it out tomorrow.
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