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Comment by Denny Baer on February 7, 2014 at 10:31pm

Congratulations Mark! I've been learning for a couple years now and after a few beers I might muster up the nerve to play at a campfire now and then. Think about getting up at an open mic but just can't seem to find the nerve. Good for you, keep it up!

Comment by Mark on February 7, 2014 at 10:25pm

Well It finally happened....

First let me preface this by saying that I am just barely a novice player and an even worse singer.   I cannot play any lead at all, nor can I do barre chords.  My "set list" is limited to very simple, open chord songs which I play badly and may or may not actually sing in the correct key (I have no idea and pretty much rely upon other people to tell me whether or not I'm singing in key to the music)

Anyhoo...   Last week I was at an open mic which I have been frequenting.   As I was up there playing, someone requested a song.   I played it .   After I was finished he came up and handed me a $10 tip...  

I mostly feel guilty.  But on the other hand, I'm also pretty elated.   Does this mean I'm now officially a "pro"  ?   (He said, with tongue firmly planted in cheek...)

Comment by Walt Pilcher on February 6, 2014 at 2:40pm

Sounds like a good start, Steven.  I'm sure the routine will change and evolve as you improve and find a groove.  Also, you'll find lots of advice about practice here in the forum.

Comment by Steven Donovan on February 5, 2014 at 12:16pm

Thanks for the welcome. Been at it for 5 months.  Trying to get a steady schedule of when and how long I practice.  Sometimes I hit it an hour each night for a week, then don't pick up my guitar for three or four days.  Still searching for that perfect practice routine.  20 minutes on chords, 20 minutes on progressions, 20 minuets on songs.  Trying to mix things up and keep it fresh.   

Comment by Walt Pilcher on February 5, 2014 at 11:59am

Steven Donovan, welcome to the Newb group.  I see you've already been having some dialogue in the Seagull group, and I hope the Newb group will also prove helpful to you. 

Comment by Edward Sparks on January 30, 2014 at 10:00am
You're welcome rosemary! I thought so too!
Comment by Rosemary j. Lambin on January 29, 2014 at 10:05pm

Hey, Ed, thanks for posting the article about strings. Lots of useful information.

Comment by Mark on January 28, 2014 at 6:59pm

Wow Denny !    That was fantastic!   :-)

Comment by Denny Baer on January 28, 2014 at 5:03pm

A twist on Elton John's Rocket Man:

Comment by Walt Pilcher on January 18, 2014 at 12:21pm

Paul Haldane, Welcome to the Newb group.  I see you've been perusing the discussions and participating already, which is great.  We haven't had much activity in this group for a while, and I hope it will pick up.


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