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So where were you...
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Hey Guys,So it has been about 5 months of group lessons (once a week). I try to practice everyday for 45-60 minutes. This is where I am:Chords (good)E, A, Em, Am, G, Bm, A7Chords (Decent)D - still…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by T. Neil McKaig Jun 25, 2013.

Suggestions for beginner practice schedule
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Hey Guys,I've been taking group lessons for the last 4 months.  Having a lot of fun learning how to play. I'm in Chicago taking lessons at the Old Town School of Folk Music. The way that the classes…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Miles Walton Mar 10, 2013.

Guitar Update...
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Hey Guys,Thought I would give you guys an update on my road to musical history.  LOLStarted class this Monday. A lot of fun. Left class with both my fingertips and ears hurting a bit.  The class…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ray Nov 28, 2012.

Wall Hanger for guitar
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Hey Guys,So I did buy a floor stand for my guitar but it is just not working out. It is always in the way of either the wife, kids, dog or my dresser drawers. I want to purchase a wall hanger like…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Alan Edmunds Oct 23, 2012.

 

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T. Neil McKaig replied to Les's discussion So where were you...
"don't give up, after 50 years I am still learning.  it is a process that takes a lifetime but you will find many friends and much solace when you need it.  I do remember my first group lesson... pretty miserable.  My suggestion…"
Jun 25, 2013
Jon Lloyd replied to Les's discussion So where were you...
"1.  It really sounds like you are coming along great. Don't get in a hurry.  Keep doing what you are doing you are on the right track. One thing that you might do to help with your strum pattern is put on an ipod or play some music…"
Jun 10, 2013
Iain Brennan replied to Les's discussion So where were you...
"I'm probably stating the obvious here, but, I found when I was learning to play guitar, you progressed gradually, practice, practice, and more practice, build up these calluses on the tips of your fingers, boy,did they sting sometimes, but it…"
Jun 3, 2013
Adam replied to Les's discussion So where were you...
"It's funny, my playing really took off a couple years ago when I started finding a bunch of songs that all use the same chords and when I learned I could just transpose songs to use chords that I like to play them. Here's an example of…"
May 21, 2013
Craig MC replied to Les's discussion So where were you...
"Not at all weird, Les. I can't make clean barre chords to save my life. My hands are relatively small to start. And, when I was a teen 40 years ago, I crashed a dirt bike and dislocated all four fingers on my left hand. It has never been the…"
Mar 16, 2013
Les replied to Les's discussion So where were you...
"You guys have some great suggestions.  Every now and then I will strum with my fingers but I feel more comfortable with the pick. I've been trying different ways to hold the pick and seeing how they work with my "style".…"
Mar 15, 2013
Phil Manuel replied to Les's discussion So where were you...
"Oh, I got what you meant, I'm just saying it's not uncommon for plectrumists (sp?) to lose their grip. That's why you see so many artists on stage with "extrees". It doesn't matter whether you use a plectrum or…"
Mar 15, 2013
Craig MC replied to Les's discussion So where were you...
"I didn't mean "accidently misplace the pick" I meant get rid of it, don't use 'em, ditch ''em, deep-six 'em etc...that's just me, not a fan of the plectrum."
Mar 15, 2013
FloridaGull replied to Les's discussion So where were you...
"Ahem... ;-)"
Mar 15, 2013
Phil Manuel replied to Les's discussion So where were you...
"Craig, #1 Lose the Pick?  I don't know of any performing musician that has never lost a pick.  Take a look at some concert footaage of videos and you'll probably notice a collection of picks hanging from a mic stand. …"
Mar 15, 2013
Craig MC replied to Les's discussion So where were you...
"Les, sounds like you are making good progress. Three suggestions: 1. lose the pick. I had some similar trouble when I started, but partly it was wanting to play quieter because I was shy about my poor playing. I'm much better now, but i still…"
Mar 15, 2013
Phil Manuel replied to Les's discussion So where were you...
"Well, Les, yes I can remember my first days and months learning to play "guitar".  I bugged my parents for a guitar for 2 years, when finally I got a birthday present, a toy plastic "guitar".  I was a bit disappointed…"
Mar 14, 2013
Les replied to Les's discussion So where were you...
"Yeah most people would say that I should have no intention of becoming a singer either.  LOL I have to say though, for the most part they do pick popular songs.  Most of them I'm pretty familiar with the lyrics. Les"
Mar 13, 2013
AJ Ouellette replied to Les's discussion So where were you...
"Okay, the F chord is really hard for beginners. That's just a matter of building up hand strength, though. (It took me a really long time for that chord, but if you want, move that same chord shape the higher notes around the 5th or 7th…"
Mar 13, 2013
Les replied to Les's discussion So where were you...
"JB, I like the idea with the metronome. That's the only thing that I wish they did a little more during my group lessons, give me a little more guidance setting up my practice time. With that said, I really am enjoying my time with the group.…"
Mar 12, 2013
JB Maddox replied to Les's discussion So where were you...
"I use the song method too when teaching.  You can get a metronome online.  Once you have the chord progression of a song, write it out like C-Am-F-G for the whole song.  Then put the tempo for the metronome way down--80 is good, then…"
Mar 12, 2013

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