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  2. so all you Tele owners, and Yes I too Have Squier Classic Vibe, But actually use it for more Jazz Sounds after watching a great You Tube Video on The Classic and Jazz. Any thoughts?
  3. Great advice. I'll be switching over to my acoustic for about a week. My Stratocaster goes in to the shop for a set up tomorrow (first time since I've owned it, it's due). I think that playing on a slightly wider neck for a while will be good for me. Bye for now.
  4. Thanks, forgot about these. They can cause an "owie" if not careful!
  5. It sounds like you are doing well! Taking it slow and steady is so important! As well as working with a metronome! It is a great feeling when you start getting songs and exercises up to the faster speeds. The bonus material adds another dimension to session 4, so definitely get the main material down. Maybe even just start taking on a few exercises at a time for the bonus ones. There may be one or two that will be a challenge - I remember one or two that were for me. Once you get to that point, if there are one or two that are just holding you up but the rest are good, remember you can move on to session 5 and still use those as warmup exercises. Have fun learning and practicing!
  6. Hello Guitar Enthusiasts! I am retired and want to develop the daily habit of playing my guitar. I am building up motivation to start the L&M course (again) especially with the onset of 2020. This is a big Bucket List Item for me. I have always loved music. Especially folk-type rock, which would be great to strum to as I hopefully progress!  On this forum, I am looking forward to some encouragement, as I will be lending encouraging words to all as well!

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  8. Thanks Neil and Diane for your comments. I will keep working on these exercises and will keep you posted on my progress. Hope this will also get my pinky to stretch away from my thumb as it always seems to go inward....at my tender age of 61... I figure may just take bit more time to get more flexibility...🎸🎼🎸 Thanks Chris
  9. Thanks so much for the words of encouragement. I've been wanting to do this for a long time and life always seemed to get in the way. I'm blessed with a wonderful wife who understands my desire to learn and leaves me to it (as well as talking me back from the ledge when I start getting frustrated). I have checked out the bonus material and I'm saving that for later. I did have some frustrating practice time recently. I was having trouble with fretting notes on the higher strings, most notably D on the second string. I realized that was letting the guitar "droop". Getting neck back to about a 45 degree angle seemed to help. Not as much of a problem now. Getting really good on Simple Gifts. I can play it at about 80 bpm and with some alternate picking. The other songs still need some work but I'm making progress.
  10. Danny, this is somewhat a more general message about the Tele. So maybe I should have started a new thread in the gear forum. But since you're our new Tele owner, and this thread is about that, I added to here. Musicians Hall of Fame founder and CEO, Joe Chambers, interviewed Steve Cropper and he discussed "Why I use a Telecaster". This is the 5 minute cropped (no pun intended) version. There is also the full 30 minute version for those that have the interest and the time.
  11. Hello Members Well our site continues to grow and become a valuable resource for all manner of guitar learning and music questions and comments. We appreciate and encourage your participation. It is that time of year again to "Clean house" however, and as, such you may noticd some now irrelevant posts are no longer there, or others have been moved to a more appropriate Forum or topic. We ask that in order to keep things tidy as possible, that you be sure you're posting in the MOST APPROPRIATE FORUM for your topic or subject material. And although no-one will scold you to severely if you stray off topic, please try to stick to the point! All the Best; study hard and play well Neil
  12. @ChrisJ032 Chris, here's the exercise by Phil Keaggy that Dave describes above.
  13. @ChrisJ032 You will find this information and more on my Forum Topic here:
  14. As guitarists, we know that playing guitar is a physical activity, and as such we should take a few moments to stretch our fingers and hands to prepare for this activity. This will warm up our muscles, provide flexibility, and help prevent injury. In this video, Steve Krenz demonstrates 3 exercises to help you get ready to play your best; In addition to this; Steve has also demostrated several times on our Guitar Gathering Live Lessons finger stretching flexibility exercise devised by the great finger style guitarist PHIL KEAGGY. I word to the wise; go easy on this at first. it could take you a few weeks of consistant work on this to acheive all the exersizes completely, but you will definately notice a difference! You can download a chart explaining this below... Phil Keaggy Flexibility Exercise (2).pdf
  15. Chris - I don't have a diagram of the exercise but below is (hopefully) a clear explanation: Start with your index finger on the high E string 10th fret, middle finger on the B string 11th fret, ring finger on the G string 12th fret, and your little finger on the D string 13th fret. Make sure each string rings out clearly (and at each step along the way). Move your index finger up two frets (it will now be on the eighth fret of the high E string); move your middle finger up one fret (10th fret on the B string); move your ring finger up on fret (11th fret on the G string); move your little finger up one fret (12 fret of the D string); and finally move your index finger down one fret (9th fret of the high E string). Each finger will have moved up one fret on the guitar neck. Repeat this process all the way up the neck until you run out of frets. You may not be able to make it all the way up the neck at first. It is best to do this exercise somewhat quickly or your hand will start to cramp up. If you feel any pain, give it a rest and try again tomorrow. Eventually, you will be able to make it all the way up the neck. One last tip - it helps to hold the neck of the guitar in an almost vertical position while doing this exercise. Good luck!
  16. Hi Neil, my search came up with a stretching exercise for Chris shapes by Steve and don’t think it was the one you were referring. If you have the link or copy of the exercise would be great...thanks for your feedback...🎼🎸🎼
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  18. Neil, very off topic, I know. Hopefully the mods won't notice.😉 Since you're our resident 335 guy, did you ever see 5 Watt World's "Brief History of the 335"? Very interesting. I know "ES" stands for "Electric Spanish". But I had been told that the "335" was the suggested retail price when it came out but he contradicts that.
  19. That was a lovely piece Maria, very nice playing! Your puppy dog is cute. I watched your video, imagining how nice it must have been to be playing out in the sunshine. I found myself thinking, spring WILL come again! (It was zero degrees in St. Paul MN this morning)
  20. Hi Maria, I am slow to respond to this, but I am happy to see you back here on the forum and on the live lessons! I often wondered about you. I am sorry to hear about your dad, but it is nice that you were able to spend time with him in his last years. I had the same situation with my dad, and I treasure the time I had with him. One of the great things about this guitar course, is that you CAN leave and come back, as I think many of us have done over the years! I find that with regular practicing, it doesn't take too long to get back to where I was when I left off. I also play other stringed instruments (mandolin, violin, ukulele), and I find that they help my guitar playing and vice versa. They complement each other somehow. Welcome back! Mary, AKA Alice
  21. Anyone can play the guitar. Play the 5th string open, then the fourth string open, then the open 5th string again followed by the open 6th string open. WOW! you just played a I IV V progression. Congratulations, in about 60 seconds you just learned to play the guitar. Now I know why they say anyone can play the guitar. 😁That’s about how the Great Courses start their guitar course. It’s about an 8 hour course of instruction with about 4 hours of story telling. It’s on sale now for $35 dollars. I watched the entire course and it’s not bad. Wirth a lot more than than sale price, but perhaps not worth the regular price of $ 269.95 dollars. It is presented different than the learn and master course.A lot of fingerstyle playing.I found it informative and enjoyable to watch. I’ve been wanting to change the way I hold the guitar, but I thought after all these years it would be difficult to change. Following along this course for 8 hours I managed to switch to a classical guitar position and now it feels a lot better to play. Assuming you have Amazon Prime Video you can watch the course free, providing you do it with-in the 7 day free trial period given by the Great Courses Signature Channel. Now that I can play the guitar I guess I’ll watch another one of their courses “Death, Dying and the Afterlife”. Perhaps it will answer that age old question. Can I take my guitars with me or will the “ Grim Reaper” with its mighty scythe, just mow them down, like blades of grass? Since, it’s assumed that psychopomps have only one task, guiding the soul to the afterlife with no guitars...😇
  22. I'm finding that a lot of jazz improvization is in Dorian (starting on the 2nd "degree" ie note) minor scale... it does take a bit of getting used to...
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  24. Thanks so much Wim! Yes it's so nice playing in the warmth.....this month is a wee bit different. But at least we have a beautiful tree to look at!!
  25. @Stefan Hi, Stefan, at this stage, having learned the key signatures, you should be also able to identify all the relative major/relative minor pairs (B major -> G# minor, Eb minor -> Gb major, and so on). I made my own flash cards for this. It's also time (I think) to start learning, in some way, the circle of fifths (here's my recommendation). Steve does not take up this topic directly; he covers an absolute minimum of music theory in the course itself, probably to make it seem less intimidating. Session 9 introduces intervals. This subject, too, is diluted: all the exercises deal with intervals above a pitch; none ask about intervals below a given pitch; and the student is not required to locate any of them on the staff. I see what Steve is doing: he's preparing the student to spell chords in the shortest (ahem) interval possible. But Session 13 is a long time to wait to understand what a triad is. Around this point in the course, I suspect, each of us decides just what our relationship with music theory should be. As for me, I've completed all the theory topics in the course and more. It's worth it. Carry on!
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