Well just view it as exercise. For example Usain Bolt, one of the best 100m runners in the world runs a lot but thats not all he spends hours and hours in the weight room. While squatting wont make him a better runner per se generating more force per step will make him accelerate faster which could give him a faster 100m time. This relates to guitar as well. Strengthening your base will only make the peak you can reach higher. Ingraining good habits by exercising them so they become natural only makes you learn pieces in the long run quicker, better etc...Christopher Langley wrote: ↑Wed Sep 26, 2018 6:55 pmI don't have that kind of patience.
I'll keep the exercise banked and bring it back up if I ever encounter a piece where I think the exercise will help.
I don't see the point in learning skills if one doesn't immediately go on to apply them in a musical sense. I can't see the music behind that exercise so.. I don't have any motivation to stick with it yet.
I do appreciate your comment however, I'm sure with more time the exercise would get easier.. and I might eventually see a point behind it, even. I'm just focused on playing pieces.. specifically the first one on lesson 5 (I have recorded all the previous ones already). I'm so close I can taste it.
Polyphony is a trip.. sounds awesome, but very challenging at first, I must admit. I think it's a steep jump up when you have to start playing with thumb and fingers.
Skip them for now and make some music. You can come back and record them after you have one or all of the pieces down. No harm, no foul. I promise. That thumb stroke aint gonna make or break you til lesson 5.