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For the struggling guitar student. Students having trouble learning guitar, or getting better, are invited to share their problems and experiences. Insight and solutions will be given by master teacher and player Jamie Andreas.

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Latest Activity: Mar 23, 2015

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Problems, problems, what's your problem? 8 Replies

Started by Jamie Marie Andreas. Last reply by Scott L Ritchie Apr 18, 2014.

Learning fingerstyle...or trying to 7 Replies

Started by Jan Auke OOST. Last reply by Joshua Kevin Fraser Mar 18, 2014.

Active group? 1 Reply

Started by Chris. Last reply by Jamie Marie Andreas Oct 9, 2012.

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Comment by Shane on July 31, 2011 at 8:20am
If you really want to see progress get some lessons from Jamie or post to the Workshop forum. My lessons with her have stopped from throwing the guitar in the closet and I haven't been the easiet of students. I can finally play things I only dreamed about and my family actually enjoys hearing the music when I am in the practice mode. They used to cringe when I practiced. hahahaha
Comment by bobby wells on April 25, 2011 at 5:49pm very new to acoustiic guitar...know several chords  just have problem with the strumming part if anyone has some advise please shear....thanks

Comment by Vern Pringle on January 13, 2011 at 9:05pm
Hey everyone. I'm Vern from Gainesville, VA. I've been playing now for about 6 years. Really got into it after I retired from the Navy in 2004. I've taken lessons and now kind of learning on my own but now I need a jumping off point. I mainly play rhythm guitar and do alot of back picking to add more to a song. I own a Fender 6 string acoustic, a Takamine acoustic- electric, a Seagull 12 string and a Godin electric guitar. Bluegrass and gospel bluegrass, blues are my favorites. I'd to learn more about chord progressions and want to learn more that just playing open chords.   
Comment by David Susman on July 25, 2010 at 7:06pm
I got my first guitar in 1975, took a couple of lessons in 1982 and really started playing (around) in 1991. I keep meaning to take lessons with the times never really work out for me with work, school and family. I never got the hang of holding a flat pick, so I play "ukulele style" using my index finger as a pick; I know the sound is softer but it's a trade off.
Comment by Jamie Marie Andreas on May 5, 2010 at 11:27am
You're welcome Michele! Now, if you want guidance as you work with that exercise (because there can be many pitfalls as you go), I will give you correction and advice if you wish, in my "Guitar Improvement Workshop", here...
Comment by Michele on May 5, 2010 at 10:47am
Jamie, this is a great link, very helpful, thank you so much!
Comment by Jamie Marie Andreas on May 5, 2010 at 9:48am
The F chord depends on the half bar. Many players do not have the proper muscle development needed to do it well. Here is a special exercise which will give you that development
Comment by Michele on April 1, 2010 at 8:25am
Eric, I'm having much the same problem with the F Chord...glad to know someone else is facing this challenge.
Comment by Eric Hamilton on March 30, 2010 at 6:48pm
F...I still have a hard time with the open F chord! I can play the Barre version OK. Just takes me forever to fret it. When I try to play the open chord F I can't get the B and high E strings fretted right without muting the G string or mass fret buzz! Other then "keep practiceing" what can help me to master the open F chord?
Comment by Peter Krizmanic on September 21, 2009 at 7:01pm
G'day Jamie and everyone at the AGC. This is a great combination of resources, the AGC and you! I just purchased your essays, great stuff and thanks again.

See you at the GP site, Pete (aussiepete)

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