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Comment by Mark on November 17, 2014 at 8:35pm


Anybody home???

Where'd everyone go?  

Comment by Denny Baer on May 18, 2014 at 3:48pm

Even though I sit down to play guitar, acoustic or electric, I still wear a strap. Most times after several minutes, sometimes longer, the middle, ring and little fingers on my left hand (fretting hand) starts to tingle and go numb. My strap is 2-1/2" wide and attached to  to the guitar near where the neck fastens to the body. I'm thinkin' either a wider strap or attaching the strap near the nut. Anyone else experience this numbness? What did you do about it?


Comment by Walt Pilcher on April 22, 2014 at 3:37pm

Welcome to you too, Marty.  I hope you find some helpful and fun stuff here!

Comment by John Zemler on April 22, 2014 at 10:28am

Hi Walt, Thank you for the welcome.  I am finding a of of joy as I learn more about acoustic guitar.  I really do like the Seagulls, one is spruce-topped and the other has cedar.  Very friendly guitars for me to learn and play with.  The music helps a lot in the PTSD world, both my own and for others.  Semper Pax, John

Comment by Walt Pilcher on April 22, 2014 at 8:48am

Welcome to the group, John Zemler (Dr. Z).  I see you've been active in the Seagull group too.  Thank you for your work on PTSD.  I think it's really important. 

Comment by Ken Rhodes on April 15, 2014 at 8:28pm

I understand how you feel. In my own teaching practice I don't teach songs, which sometimes disappoints prospective students. I am happy to help a student learn any song they are interested in learning, but I view that as being secondary to learning how to play in general. Using songs to teach the concepts is a good way to do it, but it needs to have more structure than what you are describing. My preference is to give the students the skills they need to play and learn songs on their own, and then guide them through whatever questions they might have about it during the process.

Comment by Scott L Ritchie on April 15, 2014 at 2:53pm

Thanks for the encouragement and the comments Ken. I am having fun with my guitar and spending anywhere from 1 - 4 hours per day practicing and working on the course materials. It is well structured with a solid and clear teaching approach.

I was a bit surprised about the one on one lessons and how the three different people I had lessons with were all stating the same concept of instruction. That being... bring in a cd of some songs you want to learn and we will work on them. You will learn to play the guitar by playing songs.

I suppose for people with little time to practice are fine with that approach but I wasted to begin with theory and getting to know the guitar and how to play it from reading sheet music or making my own annotations instead... compared to what they offered. Most seemed to care very little about theory, sight reading, transposing etc. and if they did teach it they only taught it to those who already played well but needed to round out their knowledge and skillsets to progress.

So I am digging deep into the old mental-hard-drive to get back what I had learned when I played the trumpet as a teenager. Lots of practice and working on 're-learning' music theory how I am doing it now and probably will be for quite some time.


Comment by Ken Rhodes on April 15, 2014 at 6:20am

Scott, welcome to the group! It's always nice to connect with other players here in Utah. While I'mnot personally familiar with the Gibson L&M series, it sounds to me like you're taking the right approach. What I am familiar with is the effect of a consistent practice routine. You can listen to a teacher talk all day long or watch a million hours of instructional video and the quality of that instruction will not meananything if you don't practice. I tell my own students that short practice sessions done frequently will help A LOT more than long practice sessions with low frequency. I tellthem to practice at least every other day. You can't always practice every single day, but try not to miss more than one day in between practice sessions. Even if all you have time to do is a warm up exercise, do that. It will at least keep your hands on the guitar. I think too many beginners underestimate the importsnce of muscle memory for learning how to play in the beginning, and frequency is the key to building that.

Comment by Dennis Younkin on April 15, 2014 at 5:35am

Welcome Scott,

My wife Picked me up Learn and Master Guitar back in the summer of 2011. I have learned alot from Steve and the program. On alot of Tuesdays at 8eastern standard time He holds free live lessons on line.

Comment by Scott L Ritchie on April 10, 2014 at 12:43pm

I, too, am surprised by the number of people who have posted what amounts to Hundreds of Dollars worth of lessons via YouTube and other sources online. Pleasantly surprised I must add! I am truly enjoying learning a new trick. Being "an old dog" isn't so bad after all you know. ( heh heh heh)

I look forward to interacting with others who have set out on the journey to playing a truly magical instrument.



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