Amy Mantis


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Practice Schedule Part One

I'm working on a video for "When Love Comes To Town" by U2 an B.B. King and it's taking much longer than I thought.  It's for the solo, and the breakdown of it is troubling me because I keep forgetting the order of it.  I know, bad fan/guitar player for not remembering a B.B. King solo.  He'll understand I'm trying to do it right.


About that schedule.  Here's the 60 minute breakdown:

10 minute warmup (finger exercises, 40BPM two minutes each of quarter, eighth, triplets, and 16th notes, then one minute of quintuplets and sextuplets)
10 minutes of a major scale in random key, three octaves, modal, etc (50 to 80BPM)
10 minutes of sight-reading (Reading Studies for Guitar by Bill Leavitt, 46BPM)
30 minutes of whatever song I'm working on.  Lately it's been "Power To Love" by Hendrix/Band of Gypsies

That's what it is now.  I try to do it before 12PM, but I don't always.  I do find it's harder to squeeze it in afterwards though.  There's probably a study on that matter.

Consistency Is Everything

Isn't it?  This is a thought that has been on my mind as of late.

I like to think I'm a pretty consistent human being.  There are times where I have completely neglected things, but on the whole, I think I'm consistent.  Now, this blog has had its ups and downs as far as consistency is concerned.  I write daily.  I don't blog daily - which is somewhat surprising to me because I've been blogging since 2001 or 2002 thanks to Xanga, Blurty, LiveJournal, DeadJournal, Blogspot, tumblr, WordPress, and eventually this.  I don't think I blogged every day back in the day either.  The point is, over the course of the past 12 years or so of my life, I have been a regular blogger.

I keep telling myself that I want to blog every day.  And maybe I do, maybe I don't, but I'm going to.  I might blog every day for a long period of time, I might do a 30-60-90 day test window to see what comes of it.

I want to be consistent.  I want to be dependable.  I want to be counted on to do what I say I'm going to do.

And on that note, I must be off.  I'm playing at the Lizard Lounge for the fourth time in five weeks (I missed one week to go skiing).  I don't know what I'm going to play yet, and I'm probably not going to stay until the end because I want to get up early tomorrow.  But I am going.  Because I want to play my guitar and sing for people.

And because I want to be consistent.