Was up nearby and at a loose end so drove over for the day. Went to the foot of “Bla Bhein” a famous mountain (and got eaten alive by midgies!), then drove to the Talisker Whisky distillery before heading back to Sligachan and partial views of the Cuillins (really famous mountain ridge) although it was pretty cloudy. Looking forward to going back in September! 4 months ago
“Duolingo” is a great.There are currently 5 languages available (French, German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese) with plans to extend it further.
The App is a series of modules broken down into stages – for example Spanish has 64 modules, each broken into anything from 2-10 stages each. Each individual stage only takes a few minutes to attempt. You have about 15 questions and four lives per stage. It’s kind of “game-ified” in that you earn coins, can compete against friends and also level up. It’s completely free as well!
So far I’m on about the 29th module, so getting towards halfway (just under 800 words learnt so far). Knew a reasonable amount of Spanish before so that helped! 4 months ago
A 12 mile run today took me over target.
Have also climbed 28 mountains this year! :) 4 months ago
May come back to it later but not playing much golf these days creating room for other goals… 4 months ago
Covered G7, C7, B7, Fmaj7, & A (with a mini barre hold) chords.
Practicing chord changes as recommended.
Things to concentrate on especially are:
-Rhythm guitar practice (with metronome)
-Ear Training exercises (particularly struggling with telling the difference between C & C7 but otherwise not too bad) 4 months ago
Doing this along with my beginners guitar lessons on the site. So far I’ve done the first two (of five) lessons – learnt to distinguish the Perfect 4th & Perfect 5th & Major 2nd & Major 3rd intervals so far! 4 months ago
Another short 2 mile run today should be done within the week :) 4 months ago
Jan: 61 miles
Feb: 84 miles
Mar: 104 miles
Apr: 122 miles
May: 70 miles
June: 24 miles
July (so far): 25 miles
Total: 490 miles 4 months ago
Really can’t believe how well I’m progressing! Can play quite a few songs (although need to work on my rhythm and slightly faster chord changes!) including “Mad World” and “Hit Me Baby One More Time”. Also enjoying looking up songs, finding the tabs and playing them (surprised I can play so many already with the chords I have!). More work needed on my rhythm and also struggling a bit with changes on the Dminor chord but otherwise fine! All chord changes up to over 40/minute, about half now over 60/minute. 4 months ago
Have now learnt my first 8 chords. Progressing pretty well although I have had a couple of big multi hour practice sessions and also practice some every day. Guitar lying out so I pick it up and have a shot whenever I can. Have done all the online exercises, just need to practice my chord changes (particularly finding Dminor changes difficult, so will practice). Also going to do more songs using my metronome app to keep time. Starting to work on rhythm guitar too :) 4 months ago
Started the second stage of lessons. Now learnt the A, D & E minor chords (as well as the major ones learnt in stage 1). Have sort of learnt to play some songs, practicing getting my chord changes quicker. Also going to work with the metronome and work on some more songs with these first six chords. :) 4 months ago
Yeah hard work going up but great at the top. Have done 53 so far, means only (only!) 229 to go! Haha! 4 months ago
Doing the A, D & E chords. Practicing changing between the chords quickly and also learning some basic songs. Will look to move onto stage 2 when I have my chord changes fast enough and a few songs learnt. :) 5 months ago
Did Beinn Narnain & Beinn Ime yesterday, couple with Ben Vane & Ben Vorlich last year means the “Arrochar Alps” Munros are now all climbed! 5 months ago
Ordered the beginners songbook that accompanies his free online course.
http://www.justinguitar.com/en/BC-000-BeginnersCourse.php 5 months ago
May as well start at the beginning. Have a basic guitar already.
Here’s the link:
http://guitar.about.com/library/weekly/aa071200a.htm 5 months ago
Parked nearby and ran further up the course of the “Braid Burn” to Bonaly and back. Great wee park, cracking weather too! 5 months ago
A couple of epic days out with Four Munros each.
First a couple weeks back did two lots of two Munros each on Liathach and Ben Alligin, reputed to be some of Scotland’s best mountains (Liathach pictured). It took 10.5 hours to walk the four summits on both these mountains! 16 miles, 2500m accent. Tough day!
And on Monday, walked 22 miles and 2000m of accent (and 2000m decent!), through the Larig Ghru hillpass and then up another 4 Mountains (including 3 of the 5 tallest in Scotland!). You knew it was going to be a hard day when we had to walk 4 hours before we even started climbing the first mountain. Total time 11.5 hours. Completely shattered at the end but feel good for it now! 5 months ago
Climbed 3 Munros with my sister today – Beinn Ghlas (repeat), Ben Lawers (42), An Stuc (43).
If anyone would like to read my report/blog of our day, here it is: http://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/Forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=32414 6 months ago
The last three marathons have been run with older friends and also my brother and sister in their first ever marathon at the weekend. I’ve really enjoyed doing these but feel the time has come for me to step up the pace!
I ran a 1:37 half marathon three years ago, today I am slightly less fit and carrying slightly more weight but still ran a 10k in 45 minutes a fortnight ago (very hard going tho!)
So I know I’m capable of running faster over shorter distances, the challenge is stepping that up to Marathon distance!
When I key my recent 10k time in an online run calculator it says I should be capable of running a 3:27!!! Although I would say I am definitely stronger at shorter distances than longer ones. Link for pace calculator below…
http://www.walkjogrun.net/training/marathon-pace-calculator.cfm?distance=10&distanceunit=k&duration=0%3A45%3A04 6 months ago