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  • This Month's Live Streaming Guitar Lessons: TUESDAY FEBRUARY 4TH - BRAZILIAN JAZZ GUITAR WITH DUOVERSAL. Brazilian guitarist, Paulo Oliviera brings his exciting duo to give a taste of Brazilian Jazz guitar. Paulo will show how to arrange songs on guitar and show his amazing chord and harmonizations. SPECIAL LEARNING SERIES: TRIADS! FEBRUARY 11th, 18th, and 25th. Steve Krenz will be teaching a special three week series on Major, Minor and Seventh Triads. Learn these helpful forms and how to use them to break out of open position playing and take your chord and fingerboard knowledge to new places. Watch LIVE on our Guitar Gathering YouTube Channel. It's going to be a great month! Learn all you can!

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  1. 11 points
    it was about five years ago my brother had gone through a nasty divorce and lost everything. he was 57 years old. he had been playing guitar since he was 12. I saw a guitar hanging in the window of a guitar shop. so I bought him that guitar hoping that playing guitar would bring him out of his funk. he gave the guitar back to me told me it needed work, so I took it back to the guitar shop and the guy was a real jerk to me. so l left and figured i could fix it. I was a general contractor and owned Anderson log homes. I figured hey it's wood I can fix it. next thing I know I went to work for this guy in the guitar store for free to teach me how to work on guitars. then i thought maybe I could play guitar. so I bought a guitar started taking lessons 4 1/2 a half years later I'm still not that good at guitar. I really struggle at playing. i am 60 years old. so why do I play guitar? pure stubbornness and sheer determination to be efficient at learning songs and playing guitar because for some reason 4 1/2 years later I struggle at playing Guitar. last week I was ready to give up and never play again. as I sat there and contemplated my struggle. I looked over and I saw a course that I purchased five years ago. By Steve Krenz Gibsons learn and master guitar. so the first song I learned was last Saturday before church ode to joy. Sunday morning at church I played ode to joy😀The beginner lesson in Gibsons learn and master guitar by Steve Krenz and I even sang the words while playing the guitar who knew I had never sang before in my whole life. thank you Steve I don't know why I didn't start learning these lessons along time ago. 🤔😀
  2. 10 points
    Neil reminded me on last Tuesday's guitar lesson that I bought a few more guitars that I haven't posted. I bought the first one in October but never got around to posting it. Here is the Mega-NGD thread! First up - 2008 Dark Fire. It is Gibson's 2nd Generation Robot guitar. This one wasn't working when I got it, but I'm pretty good with electronic equipment. It runs perfect now! The next one is a surprise find. My wife saw it sitting behind the counter and asked them to pull it out. There is almost nothing original on this guitar. It has even been refinished. Here is my 1976 SG Standard: The next Guitar was one that I was looking at when my wife spotted the SG. I decided that I really didn't need another guitar but she surprised me with it for Christmas. It's a 2019 Classic Lite: The last one is the biggest news of all! It's true - I've finally gone over to the Dark Side. Here is my new Limited Edition Fender American QMT Telecaster with the Pale Moon Ebony fingerboard: I'm hearing that they only made about 350 of this guitar. It was a Black Friday special. I guess I'm probably set with new guitars for a couple of months. 😛 Ben
  3. 10 points
    I love playing guitar for many reasons. Grandpa bought my 1st Kay in 1959. I learned chords to play along with dad in the kitchen. In 1966, my dad bought a Chet Atkins Home Studio Album. I was turned upside down, 10 yrs. old in love with Chet's style. I discovered the Beatles and rock music, and then I went to college in 1975 and played country/bluegrass. One of my buddies who had taken lessons from Joe Pass showed me some chord progressions and I got bit by the jazz bug. I just loved it. I went to seminary and became a pastor and played worship and gospel music. I've attended CAAS in Nashville for several years and my fingerstyle playing improved 100%. Since 1997, I've been playing guitar for a gospel group called Singing Churchmen of Okla. In 2003, our group was invited to tour Sydney Australia and played the Sydney Opera House. I'll never forget the sound check there. I played classical gas and a Tommy Emmanuel tune. That was awesome experience that I would never have dreamed of in my life. I'm writing this (too long I know), but hopefully, some young kid is holed-up in his/her room holding their guitar and dreaming. I would encourage all guitarists at any level to discover the "gifts of Steve's instruction" and eat and sleep with it. Hopefully, and prayerfully, the guitar will become your friend and with the good Lord's help, it will take you around the world. That's why I love to play guitar! Sorry for being too wordy. Pastor Randy Parker
  4. 9 points

    Version 1.0.0

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    The 10 page PDF book for lesson 1 of the special teaching series Triads. Let me know how it works for you and if you have any questions. Just comment below. The video is below. Learn all you can! - Steve
  5. 8 points
  6. 8 points
    Started with goal to play/sing (strum) gospel. First "gig" was rest home then church. Fast forward about twelve years, and like Randy120: Play everyday or almost everyday, love it, and have gone further than ever imagined. Recently started a small band. We play gospel hymns, gospel bluegrass, contemporary, folk, and 50's. Now I'm looking at trying some very basic finger style blues and Chet Style but at a very elementary level. I only do what is FUN. Music Is Life.
  7. 8 points
    I've taken a bit of time to think of an answer.. the question is: Form the idea into 1 sentence. Answer.. to make people smile. we go through stages of learning. Prt 1 is we hear something pleasing and go I'd like to try that (we're smiling). Prt 2 is trying to learn/play beginner style (we're not so smiling). Prt3 when we start to make private practice progress (we have a few smiles, but many frowns), Prt 4 is when we start playing out in front of others. once we've been "on stage" in part 4 is where it all comes back around, hopefully our playing makes others smile, which in turn makes us as musicians smile. (the giving back if you will) I don't get much feed back from my choir playing, but I hope that what ever I've played for the kids in the choir (good and many bad's), I've started a spark in them to enjoy making music and in turn pass it forward
  8. 7 points
    Dave, Great question and I knew when I talked about it last night that there would be some confusion on it. So, here we go. I'll try to make this as concise as possible. The Question: Why is the V chord in a minor key a dominant 7th? Shouldn't it be a minor? The Short Answer: Yes, technically the V chord in a minor key should be a minor chord. BUT, dominant 7th chords work so great at leading to other chords that we use them to lead to minor chords just like we use them to lead to major chords. The Longer Answer... Let's go on a little music theory journey... THE HARMONIZED MAJOR SCALE If I harmonize a major scale in triads you get this... I - iim - iiim - IV - V - vim - vii dim If I harmonize a major scale in four note chords (sevenths) you get this... Imaj7 - iim7 - iiim7 - IVmaj7 - V7 - vim7 - vii half-dim7 RELATIVE MAJOR AND MINOR KEYS Each major scale derives a key signature that is also shared by it's relative minor key. For example, a C major scale and A minor share the same notes and same key signature. They are the same combination of notes. A C major scale is C-D-E-F-G-A-B-C and an A (natural) minor scale is A-B-C-D-E-F-G-A. (The same pitches, just starting on different notes.) THE HARMONIZED NATURAL MINOR SCALE With this in mind, I could harmonize an A minor scale and it would end up with the same combination of chords as the harmonized major scale - just starting on a different note. Because it starts on a different note, the harmonized minor scale would be this... im - ii dim - bIII - ivm - vm - bVI - bVII or Am - Bdim7 - Cmaj - Dm - Em - F - G - Am (The same chords as the harmonized C major scale - just starting on A and named in relation to A.) So, the five chord is a minor chord. Playing chords like this sounds very modal and medieval. DOMINANT CHORDS ARE GREAT! LET'S USE THEM IN MINOR! So, along came some wild monk in the middle ages that said to himself... "Hey, these new fangled Dominant 7th chords work great going to major chords. Let's try using one to go to a minor chord!" So, he scratched out his Gm chord on his parchment and wrote in a G7th and promptly put it in front of a C minor chord. (He relished his forbidden musical concoction and somehow he escaped being burned at the stake for being a heretic.) A NEW HARMONIZED MINOR SCALE WAS BORN... Just changing one chord - substituting in a V7 for the vm, the new minor chords became... im - ii dim - bIII - ivm - V7 - bVI - bVII Then came along a fancy new version of the natural minor scale came along and it was called the Harmonic Minor Scale! in C it would be C - D - Eb - F - G - Ab - B - C We love this new leading tone (B) which resolves so well to C! So, that's my humorous take on why the V chord is still major in a minor key. Learn all you can! - Steve
  9. 7 points
    "I was down to St. James infirmary,..." This one is from Cab Calloway, in an arrangement I found at ActiveMelody.com. I listened to Earl Hines' version many times before recording this and tried to get a bit closer to his piano style by playing this fingerstyle. Wim.
  10. 7 points
    Well said, Neil, and I echo every point you made, plus: The further I go, the more I enjoy playing with other people. I hope I can be good enough at some point to sit around with great players and jam. I'm learning that music breaks down walls. I can disagree with someone and still sit down and agree on a piece of music. It's almost too cliche to say that music is a universal language, but I'm starting to see how true that is. I've read in several places that learning music keeps the brain fresh and well as you age. I'll just call that a bonus. I hope I can be good enough to share my playing with other people. I'd love to be able to play for people in nursing homes or hospitals. I guess most of all I love the challenge and the confidence that playing music brings. Learning a song, then interpreting it yourself is a blessing.
  11. 7 points
    I'll phrase it this way: I want to speak the language that everyone understands.
  12. 7 points
    I am learning guitar as a means to express myself, my feeling and emotions, through music. When I first picked up a guitar many years ago, I just wanted to repeat songs that I liked...that only lasted a very short time. I decided that I wasn't musically inclined and quit because I couldn't play like Eddie Van Halen after a couple weeks of trying. Now as an adult, I love to see musicians play with passion and feeling. The desire to translate my feelings and passion into music is what drives me. I've been using the L&M Guitar course for a year now and supplementing with the Blues Guitar course. I appreciate the music theory that Steve provides in the courses...I am a "Why?" type of person...I have to understand the scales and the layout of the guitar to understand why each note is used in each instance. With the instruction I am beginning to build a foundation from which I can develop my personal style of playing. Through this I hope to be able to express myself through music, in addition to being able to play songs that I enjoy.
  13. 6 points
    Why do I play guitar...hmmm. Well let's see The love of music has to be number one. The challenge of learning, which for me has been a life long pursuit, would be another. When I'm playing and practicing, it's a chance to do something just for me, and escape for a while from the pressures of life and business . I think of nothing else while doing it and relish the moment. Hopefully when I play, others find it enjoyable too. One of the nicest things about learning guitar is you can take it as far as you wish. Now I've been at it a while, and beyond the "beginner" stage, there's still so much more to learn, and this propels me forward. I hope to be doing so as long as God gives me strength. I hope you do too. All the Best; N
  14. 6 points
    Session 3 is all about playing intervals and Teri's song (from the course) is a nice little tune using 10ths. I like it so much that I decided to record it. Wim.
  15. 6 points
    This is a great lesson. It resonates with me because I have heard some of this advice on the bass course and a banjo course that I am doing at the moment. It is not only applicable to those of you who are playing on stage or in church but also for learning lesson material and songs from books. Although it is written from the perspective of a bass player it is just as applicable to playing chords or melody. Lesson
  16. 6 points
    Ahhh… your practice space – the place where learning gets done. You can dread and avoid your practice room like a prison... Or you can savor your time there as a sanctuary away from the demands of life – a refuge to get away from the stresses of the day and focus on what YOU want to do and be. Make the physical environment around you as helpful as possible in helping you become a better musician. Let’s learn what items should be around to help you learn. Music Stand A solid place to hold all of your learning materials. Get a good, solid, metal stand. Avoid the inexpensive, fold up portable wire ones which can’t hold much weight and will inevitably bend and break when you trip over them. For day-to-day use in one location, get a solid metal stand like this... MUSIC STAND. If you need something portable to get to jam sessions or other playing situations, here is the best portable music stand I’ve found... PORTABLE MUSIC STAND Metronome The best tool for measuring and improving your rhythm. There are many options for metronomes from a basic “tick-tock” type to those sounding complex multi meters. All you need is a basic metronome. (More is not better when talking metronomes.) Avoid the ones that give a “beep” sound and choose one that gives a “tock” sound. For a good mechanical metronome, this one works great… METRONOME You can also get a metronome app for your phone. My favorite is… METRONOME APP Guitar Stand The safest place for your guitar to be when not in a case. Don’t lean your guitar up against a couch or chair where it can easily be knocked over. Use a quality guitar stand to hold your instrument secure. A good choice is the Hercules stand that locks your guitar when it is in the stand… HERCULES GUITAR STAND You can also hang your guitar on the wall with a wall hanger. Hanging your guitar on the wall is a great way to have your guitar close by and also to appreciate how cool it looks. A good wall hanger is… WALL MOUNTED GUITAR HANGER Comfortable Chair Use a stool or chair that is comfortable. Avoid practicing hunched over on a couch. Find a comfortable padded stool or chair (without arms) so that you can practice for a length of time without getting sore or stiff. Pencil Don’t write in ink unless you never plan on making a mistake. Make sure to have plenty of pencils around. (Avoid using pen.) When something is important to remember then write it down. Writing things down increases your retention of the material. Notebook/Tablet/Paper Keep a practice journal of things you work on. Things that aren’t written down are easily forgotten. Start a practice journal. Write down new chords learned and new concepts. Write down your progress in learning technique. Review your notes often to see how far you’ve come. Ipad/Smart Phone There’s a world of knowledge only a few clicks away. Nowadays, you can easily find a video on anything you would like to learn. Have an ipad close by – maybe even one that can sync to a wall-mounted TV – to pull up a helpful YouTube video or jam track. But be careful, it’s easy to get distracted and start watching videos instead of practicing. Use your practice space ipad for learning – not surfing. Practicing Tip: If you want to practice soloing, record yourself playing the chord changes into your phone and then practice soloing over your track. One Final Thought... Motivation Mission Statement Write out your goals on guitar and put on your music stand. Take a moment and write out your goals or dreams for your guitar learning. In one or two sentences, create your guitar learning mission statement. Once you have the wording like you want it, then print it out and post it on your music stand. It will serve as a quick reminder of why you want to play. Update it often. Creating an inviting practice space can lead to more productive practice times and greater improvement. What are some ideas that you've found helpful in your practice space? Let us know below in the comments. I hope these ideas help you create a practice space that works for you. Learn all you can! - Steve
  17. 6 points
    Playing guitar, for me, cannot be separated from my inherent love of music. Instilled early in my life by parents who surrounded me with music on the radio and phonograph, a sense of rhythm took root in me...tapping my feet, drumming with fingers and pencils, bobbin my head. Picking the guitar as my instrument was a product of the 60's music explosion. There was a long lapse for family and career, but discovering LMG with Steve opened the door to actually learn music, develop untapped skills, and not just replay the rudimentary maneuvers of my distant past. I play guitar because that is who I am and is part of what gives my life joy. Playing for and with others has only fueled my passion for sharing my joy. Greg
  18. 6 points
    I play guitar to share the joy in my heart.
  19. 5 points
    Ahhh.... String Squeaks - the curse of playing wound strings. WHY DOES IT HAPPEN? When you rub your fingers along the wound strings (usually the 2nd-6th strings), the ridges on your finger rubs against the ridges on the wound string and it causes the squeak. Notice how your fingers don't produce a squeak on the 1st or 2nd string because those are not wound strings. HOW CAN I MINIMIZE IT? Avoid sliding your fingers across the strings when you change chords. When you play a chord put the pressure down onto the fretboard to get the note or chord and then, after the note or chord, remove the pressure straight up without shifting one way or the other. You have to be much more careful when you shift between chords. Don't keep your fingers against the strings when you shift. Make sure they are not touching the strings as you shift. So, why doesn't Tommy Emmanuel squeak as much? Because he's Tommy Emmanuel and he is VERY good at not rubbing his fingers on the strings when he shifts between chords. Practice shifting between chords by moving your fingers completely off the fretboard and not letting them still touch as you shift between chords. OTHER FACTORS Certain types of strings can certainly make squeaking more pronounced. But, overall, the issue is more about paying more attention when you are shifting between chords to not have your fingers make contact with the strings. You can always use flatwound strings and you will not squeak at all. BUT, your sound will sound very muffled because it is the winding on the strings that makes the strings sound sparkly from the higher frequencies. I hope this helps. It takes practice. You'll get better at it.
  20. 5 points
    This guy built a guitar using clear epoxy resin that looks and sounds great!
  21. 5 points
    I found this article interesting, it includes some wisdom from Mr Jimi Hendrix. It is so true. It is easy to make a mental note of all of the "mistakes" that we make while playing but as the article says "Art is supposed to be free, not perfect". Article
  22. 5 points
    with in-trepidation, I've put aside learning songs for now, in hopes that concentrating on what might not sound very musical will help expand my playing ability. I still what to get a 10 song set list together (other than my 150 songs for church), but I feel the need to concentrate on more skills before I can make it happen. I really like playing live and that's what the church choir does for me.. but I want more.. who doesn't want to run a riff on stage like Hendrix or SRV (just not in church) Not practicing Take'n Care of Business, Pretty Woman, You Got it and Day Tripper from the Song Hits add-on and really going to try to stay with this Truefire course.. I've really starting to get used to running the Truefire app to work on the course.
  23. 5 points
    I think music is the ultimate expression of freedom of speech; be it lyrics, passion, or just creative ways to explore sound. I truly believe music brings out the best in all of us. It allows us an escape from the daily norm of work, politics, and whatever is troubling us. Long Live Music!!
  24. 5 points
    I play guitar because it makes me feel good. There is no other instrument that sounds as good as guitar, except the human voice. So I play whenever and wherever I can, and the better I get, the more fun it is.
  25. 5 points
    I play everyday because I love it. Thanks to Steve's instruction I continue to improve beyond my wildest dreams. Ten years and still playing guitar.
  26. 5 points
    Neil, I think that word for word you have expressed my feelings. The only thing that I could add is, at the beginning (66 years old, 5 years ago) I had the luck of joining the Guitar Gathering (L & M). As Steve guides my journey, I am constantly helped and encouraged by a group of devoted and really nice members. Thank you all. Henk
  27. 5 points
    I started playing guitar when I was 9, playing at school assembly. By the time I was 14 I was part of a group leading worship at our church, making lots of mistakes but learning a lot at the same time. I play for the pleasure it brings me and those that benefit from my playing, whether that be on stage entertaining others or in church, leading others in sung worship. Of all the players Steve has introduced me to through the live lessons, I would love to meet Will McFarlane as there is something about his attitude and playing that I feel I identify with, although being in Europe I doubt I will get the chance.
  28. 5 points
    I started playing, because one of the teens in my youth group wanted to learn to play. So, we started having a portion of time set aside for everyone to pick up an instrument to learn it. We had guitar, bass, keyboard and drums. One of the teens plays for a worship and praise team now doing bass. I'm still progressing and learning. Rocksmith and Bandfuse allowed me to learn in an interactive way, and helped to make it fun for the teens. Now I'm learning with L&M Guitar to help learn how to read sheet music and more fundamentals. I play now, because I just enjoy playing the guitar. I might play with the worship team at times on Bass, and a little guitar. For the most part, I keep to playing at home for the enjoyment of it.
  29. 4 points
    Following @Steve Krenz advice, I have started to pay much more attention to moving my fingers off the fretboard and trying not to let them touch when schifting between chords. This gets me a long way already trying to avoid string squeaks. Today, I also bought an old fashioned pumice stone to reduce the callouses on my fingertips. I know this does not sound very rock and roll, but I noticed after the pumice stone treatment a further reduction of unwanted squeaks when playing. My problem is getting solved. Wim.
  30. 4 points
    These triad lessons have such great application in group play. I play in different ensembles where it is important to look around and find where other people are playing their guitars to find a place where they are not. Triads are a terrific way to find a voice in the mix when coupled with the appropriate space and rhythm of the song. Arpeggiating , playing only on the snare 2 and 4 , sliding into the triad position , finger plucking etc, all can add unique character to the song when others are playing bigger or open chords. I seldom play more than 4 note chords in these groups and sometimes even condense down to a 3rd ( or minor 3rd) and a 7th dyad just to be present somewhere in a quieter tune. Important stuff to learn for group play. The easiest way for me to learn them was to just break down the bigger chords into smaller pieces, and as Steve said, know the roots. Great lessons here from Steve! Greg
  31. 4 points
    Recently I’ve read some new books that might be of interest. These are oriented toward general self- or skill improvement, not necessarily music, although music skills are well represented. I found valuable nuggets in each. One of these might perk up your practice, as they did for mine. If you enjoyed the late George Leonard’s Mastery (1991), I encourage you to follow up with his equally concise companion volume, The Way of Aikido (1999). It provides the backstory to the aikido lessons in Mastery, and we learn what it’s like to become a newly minted black belt. (Hint: You start over.) From the NYT best seller list we have James Clear’s Atomic Habits (2018) — build good habits and break bad ones. Chapter One alone is worth the price. Also well reviewed is Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise (2017) by Anders Ericsson and Robert Pool. And we have a pair from co-authors Brad Stulberg and Steve Magness, who have made new careers of studying the research on performance: Peak Performance: Elevate Your Game, Avoid Burnout, and Thrive with the New Science of Success (2017). In writing that book, they discovered that burnout was a subject in itself. They tackle the issues that arise specifically from following your passion in The Passion Paradox (2019). To borrow author Tom Peters’ phrase from a related context, “there is an eerie similarity of language” among all these authors’ findings and recommendations. I heard the same themes echoing again and again: Deliberate practice. Consistency. Self-awareness. Tradeoffs. Challenge. Warnings abound: The object of your passion can consume and crush you. Feedback is healthy, but pursuing external validation is a fool’s errand. Rest — short, medium, and long term — is a biological necessity for growth. The principles apply to learning guitar or improving at almost anything. The links above go to Amazon, but first check your local library. Enjoy!
  32. 4 points
    🏰🎡Hello Everyone!🏜🛤 This months Recording Challenge comes from Freewill, it is "Places or Locations". Freewill said "Songs that would obviously fit would be "America The Beautiful", "Back in the USSR", etc. " You can also interpret this more loosely for songs including the word "home" like "My Hometown" or the word "place" like "We've Gotta Get Out of This Place" or "A Place in Your Heart" I look forward to hearing your recordings. 1) Wim VD1 playing "St. James Infirmary "
  33. 4 points
    Interesting @DianeB (was that a co-incidence or was he talknig about you? 😉) Here's a summary from this Podcast; Brent tells his story. Stop comparing yourself to others. Focus on your personal record. Play from where you are not from where you want to be. This means accepting where you are at on your musical journey all while working towards improvement. Don’t put all of your self-worth into music. You’re worth so much more. Don’t make this mistake. Remember that if music stops being fun for you, it means you took a wrong turn somewhere. Step back and re-evaluate. While I'd love to think I will eventually play like my jazz guitar hero's like Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass, or Frank Vignola, I know this isn't very realistic. These artists started very young and dedicated their lives to it. I do have goals and am always striving to be better. But I try not to "get down on myself" and remember that this is for me a passionate hobby, and if it's not fun then it's time to take a short break and refocus in a not so serious vein. "Be in it for the journey, and not the destination". - Brent Vaartstra
  34. 4 points
    Great job. Very musical. Now that you have the notes down, you can try to polish the sound a bit. The next step is to try to let each chord ring out as much as possible. This song is always special to me. Teri was a dear friend while I was in college. We were on the road touring together a few summers in a band that played jazz arrangements of hymns at churches all over the US. We developed a great friendship. Nothing romantic - just a good friend. A few years later she was going through a tough time and I went up to hang out for a weekend with her at her parents home. I'm not sure what the situation was but somewhere over the weekend I found myself at their place with no one home. So, I grabbed the guitar and eventually stumbled on this melody. Years later when we were creating the Fingerstyle course I included it because it illustrated 10ths well. I've since lost touch with Teri and haven't seen her since those days 30 or so years ago. I think of her from time to time and pray that she is doing well. -Steve
  35. 4 points
    I started playing with Steve's instruction about 11 years ago. A part time job became a full time job; that and my husband's care (dementia) demanded more of my time and I slowly stopped playing. Since my husband's passing, I have picked it up again, mostly to improve my mind and use my time constructively. A friend who was widowed shortly after I, wants to learn to play so it is also a gift to encourage her. So grateful for such a wonderful tool for learning. Thank you so much!
  36. 4 points
    Oh yea, it's a great escape even for those of us no longer employed.
  37. 4 points
  38. 3 points
    Let me mention something on string lubricants and oils... While their marketing may make claims to "improve your speed" and "reduce string noise", I have not found any of that to be true. -Steve
  39. 3 points
    Well- that sucked all the air out of the room! 😇 P....P.....P
  40. 3 points
    @kenneth It's good that you're mindful of pick direction. The choice depends to some degreee on what's happening in the music: alternating bass? string skipping? and such. At this stage I'd encourage you to use alternate picking (up-down-up-down) as much as possible. It's hard to acquire speed if one's picking is all up or downstrokes.
  41. 3 points
    Topic: TRIADS - Major Triads (1/3) I'm excited to start a new teaching series on Triads! If you're tired of playing the same old chords in the same old places let's learn some techniques to play great sounding guitar parts with chords all over the neck. This will be a three week series continuing on for the next three Tuesdays. Download the FREE 10 page book of examples, forms and progressions HERE. Watch on our Guitar Gathering YouTube Channel HERE - Steve
  42. 3 points
    I guess that I started playing as a teenager and did the self taught program, learning open chords and picking up a song here or there from an other self taught musician. It was driven by a love of music as well as a desire to learn and conquer a new discipline! Over time it was a challenge to put in the time and effort balanced with life, marriage, kids, career, self destructive thoughts and poor teaching technics (Self Taught). I never took lessons and it was and has always been about the journey. It is a part of my life and will continue to be until my family pulls my cold fingers off the neck! I WILL NOT GIVE UP!! I have even concluded that I must have a real hard head or a morbid sense of self inflicted mutilation of my ego! But alas, life continues and I have multiple guitars, equipment and lesson plans to prove that the journey continues. Besides that, I just have fun with what I can learn!
  43. 3 points
    Steven Pressfield writes in Turning Pro: “A practice has a space, and that space is sacred. There’s a wonderful book called Where Women Create. It’s a compilation of photos of studios and workshops where various female artists do their magic. … Just look at those sacred spaces. What you’ll see is this: Order, Commitment, Passion, Love, Intensity, Beauty, Humility. … [These twenty-six women] all serve the Muse. And each has discovered in that service her unique and authentic essence.” Imagine your dream space. One that is uniquely yours. Let your imagination fly, put pencil to paper, then make it so.
  44. 3 points
    I think it's important to have some comfortable seating that puts you in a good position to play the guitar, too! I have a nice office-type chair with no arms in my space along with a small sofa, which works well depending on what or how I'm playing.
  45. 3 points
    @SteveT Remember that YouTube is full of wannabe guitar teachers, and contradictory and misleading advice is easily found. Steve K is a professional educator (and professor of music).. Stick to the advice in his course; you won't go wrong there. N
  46. 3 points
    No turns basically, You pull the string straight into the tuner, no slack, pull taught , screw lock the string in and tune up. You may get half a wrap on the tuner. If the string is very stretchy max one full wrap. Remember locking tuners are only to prevent string slippage in the tuner
  47. 3 points
    @Simira Congrats to you also on posting your first recording! Very haunting, but catchy and beautiful: I found that I kept playing your song over in my mind for awhile after I listened to it. I really enjoyed this experience: trying to get a track right requires some work (...and a few more "takes" than one would imagine...), but sharing the final product with others is rewarding. Another month; another challenge! No rest for the weary! Only this time I am not going to wait for the month to be almost over before I start recording... I am looking forward to hearing your next song. Take care.
  48. 3 points
    An hour along, my monthly acoustic jam had lost its vibe. Two guys were playing their guitars so timidly I could scarcely hear them. The other was a talented newcomer, but curiously nervous and hyper. No one else knew his songs, so as he played them, the rest of us gradually dropped out, leaving him and the bass player to finish his tunes. We meet in a tiny art gallery that occasionally draws a visitor or two while we play. I was heaving a sigh when two young women entered, pushed in their wheelchairs by their attendants. May we listen, they asked. Of course, we said, as we welcomed them. The attendants parked their charges next to me and pulled up seats. The women in the wheelchairs were severely disabled. I smiled at them as my heart ached. They couldn't smile back, but I sensed that they understood their surroundings. One extended her arm, reaching for the bass player, trying to touch the source of the music. I turned my chair to face them. It was my turn to pass out a song. As usual, I was overstocked with ballads. I need something upbeat -- okay, this will do, I thought: Bad, Bad Leroy Brown. Let's start a fight, I cheerfully announced, and kicked it off. I nodded to my jam mates and played for the new arrivals. What they heard or felt, I had no way of knowing, but the song got through. I could tell; don't ask me how. They lingered for another couple of songs, then their escorts said goodbye and wheeled them out. I fumbled with the music on my stand. For a few brief minutes, these young women, mute and immobile, lit up the room. Or so it seemed, from my chair.
  49. 2 points
    @Randy120 Good point Randy. While striving for perfection, we can lose track of what we've accomplished so far. The added stress we put on ourselves can block our creativity. So in those times it's best to take a step back and refocus. After all, learning guitar is for most of us a (passionate) hobby, and it's supposed to be fun! N
  50. 2 points
    Been through this same thing so MANY times at Rest Homes. You made a connection, and that connection may have lingered longer than you know. But as you said, there's no way to know. I played/sung once for a bedridden lady as I know her grown children. Pulled chair up close to her bed, she was a tiny lady curled up in the bed, she stared deeply into my eyes for the thirty minutes. When I was done, she rolled over and faced the wall and never said one single word nor made any facial expressions, just that deep look into my eyes. So what do you do? Keep on keeping on.

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