The Prodigal Altar Boy

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Prodigal Altar Boy Countdown - Don't Lighten Up, Tighten Up!

2011 – Last 100 Days
Prodigal Altar Boy Countdown
T-18 Days to Go
13 December 2011

Goal:  1 hour per day working on the film
Watched Karen Everett “Editing the Chracter Driven Documentary” – Module #2:  “Building Momentum in Act Two with a Midpoint, Backstories and Reversals”
 - Defining the Second Act
 - Second Act Challenges
  - Ramping up the action
- Getting lost
- The Midpoint
 -  Literal life and death crisis
-  A relationship crisis    
- Character transformation
- Statement of transformation
- Raising the stakes - ratcheting up tension 
- Backstory 
- Reversal - Catapults the story by forcing it to take a new direction

Total time:  1 hour

Goal:  30 minutes per day music practice
Warm up on the MojoCaster
Pat Metheny etudes exercise #1 bars 1-4 25X
Total time:  30 minutes

Goal:  15 minutes exercise per day
Elliptical Interval Training
15:15 Intervals
15 seconds > 140 rpm
15 seconds > 180 rpm
60 sets
Total time:  30 minutes

Goal:  15 minutes per day working on the score for the movie
“Granby Street” on the MojoCaster - focus:  Lyric work
 “Dies Irae” – 25X run-throughs of the entire piece
Focus work on dyads and octave runs.
Total Time: 30 minutes

Notes:  Eighteen days and counting.

Lessons Learned

Don’t Lighten Up, Tighten Up! – While keeping it loose (Semper Gumby) is important, equally important is laser-like focus when needed.  Today, I did my guitar work without the television on.  Usually I knock out the warm up exercises with the TV going.  Sometimes it is good just put check out and “let my fingers do the walking.”  The warm ups are part physical preparation, part self psych-out to let all the little worries of the day settle out of my mind so I can focus on the tasks at hand.  Lately I noticed I was getting sloppy with the lyrics to “Granby Street,” so today I started out practicing that song and kept the television off.  I worked through the rest of today’s music tasks with the television off as well.  The Pat Metheny etudes were smoother, and breaking them up into “sets” of five made the task of twenty-five repetitions go faster.  Ditto for “Dies Irae,” along with the focus work for that piece. Narrow focus, drilling down to the essence of tasks is the beginning of mastery.