I've figured how to read the music bar. I was so used to treble that switching to bass was a little tough. But I did it. Cool.
The practice piece is 16 measures long. It's pretty easy. It's all open strings (no fretting). Fine.
The beat is 4/4 for each measure. For those who don't know what that means, it's 4 beats per measure and each beat is a quarter note. Easy.
The tempo is 100. That's 100 beats per minute. No prob.
Set the trusty metronome up and begin.
Now, I have to count out the beats as I am hitting the strings. So, I have to say "1, 2, 3, 4, 1, 2, 3, 4, etc." til the end of the piece. Goody.
I can only use fingers 1 and 2. That would be 1 is the pointer and 2 is the middle. And you must alternate. 1, 2, 1, 2, etc. Cakewalk.
Here is go.
1, 2, 3, 4, 1, 2, 3, 41, 2
1, 2, 3, 4, 1, 2, 3, 4, 1, 23, 4
It's not just the tempo I keep screwing up, it's the alternating of the finger plucking.
1, 2, 1, 1, 2, 1, ,1 ... crap
This goes on for over 30 minutes.
This happens each time.
I admit, the duration is getting longer and longer between mistakes. If I can complete the piece ten times in a row without a mistake, I know I've pretty much mastered it.
The next step is fretting.
Then I get to do the mistakes all over again.
Okay, more interesting post later.