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  1. @DianeB The only riff I've tried sounding out was the intro to "Windy" but I have to say trying your major scale idea was one of the most interesting things I've ever done with a guitar. Between going through the first 4 sessions and now starting on session 5 along with that suggestion you made actually makes me feel like I'm gaining some sort of understanding for the instrument, not just the how-to of playing. (even though I have barely scratched the surface) That was a fantastic suggestion thank you!
  2. Thank you for the ideas! I'll give them a try today.
  3. Hello all. I recently saw this video even though I'm on session 4 of the main course (and I'll probably dip into session 5 a little bit before I feel 100% in 4). I've been following a routine for awhile now that uses most of the tips Steve has in the lesson books, but this is the first time I remember the Creative free Play section being mentioned and I'm not really sure how to go about doing it. Usually the last few minutes of my session have been devoted to running through sharps and flats to try and get those solid. Every once and awhile I'll maybe try to figure out some song melody by trial and error. I was just wondering if anyone had any suggestions on where to start for the creative free play part? Or is this something I should worry about after a few more sessions?
  4. Hi, I apologize for the late response as a lot has been changing for me, but I've still been practicing. Still on Session 4 but I am able to play through all of the regular material at the suggested bpm and 90 percent of the bonus stuff. I've hit a block where I can play well with no metronome but when I add one to try and play it, I do horribly. Slightly terrified that means I am building sloppy bad habits because of that. And Fur Elise is killing me. I know the notes, and most of the finger choreography but I can't get it to sound good. @pkotof Those sound like some good practice ideas! I think I'll try to work them in to my routine. I might have to move to start session 5 while finishing up the last bits of material in session 4. Not worrying about the timeline and making sure the material is solid is exactly what I've been trying to think about.
  5. @DianeB @Oldjock @John WellsThanks all for the responses and the advice! I took today off.....mostly. Just ran through some stretches and warm up type things and a few songs from Easy Pop Melodies. I think maybe next week I'll switch to practicing on the electric for a couple days. Hopefully I can break out of the routine and move on in Session 4. The standards piece is something I hadn't thought about before, but it makes a lot of sense, now that you all have mentioned it. And on a side note, @IanD I actually taught beginner horseback riding for a couple years and never would have thought that and guitar playing could be related!
  6. Hi All, Thought I'd put this here since it's pretty general, but I'm currently struggling through the first half of session 4 (for about 2 months) in Learn and Master Guitar and session 3 in the Song Hits, and although I practice every day I seem to be becoming sloppier and less productive. Sometimes I play something perfectly the first run through, then I can't do it again. Or no matter how slow I go or how much I review individual measures, I cannot play something right that I've practiced correctly 50 something times. I have no one to blame but myself, but I'm also not sure what I'm doing wrong as I don't consciously do anything differently. I was wondering if guitar practice was almost like working out. Do I need "recovery days" where I just do some finger stretches and run through some Session 1 material? Have I hit a plateau and need to change my routine? Wasn't sure if anyone else did anything similar and how they managed it? Any input appreciated, this is starting to really discourage me, but I don't feel I'm ready to move onto Sharps and Flats yet.
  7. Thank you all for the replies! Focusing on the melody right now definitely took some of the stress out of learning the Session 3 Song Hits material. I still have the Sharps/Flats exercises and songs to work through in the LEarn and Master Course before session 5, so I have redirected my chord learning efforts towards making sure I have the C, G7, Am, and E chords down from the lesson book.
  8. Hi, I am working my way through the first few sessions of the Song Hits and I am still on Session 4 of Learn and Master Guitar. I looked ahead a bit and saw that session 5 is chords. How much time should I be spending on the chords in the Song Hits at this point? The ones in Session 1 and 2 were straightforward, but the ones in Eye of the Tiger and Bye Bye Love are giving me trouble. I can't decide if I should come back to them later or keep wrestling with them?
  9. @NeilES335 @Wim VD1 Thank you for the responses! I think my current plan is to continue on with the course as normal and practice the song hits thoroughly, especially since I haven't started on chords in the Learn and Master Guitar course. Since the first batch of songs in the Hal Leonard book seem to be somewhat simple I'll use that as sight-reading practice.
  10. Hi All, I tested myself today and feel pretty ready to start session 4 today, after a return to practicing for about 2 weeks after a month or so of slacking off. I've been doing some reading in the forum and understand that I need to split this session up. I actually have a question about resources though. I've obtained the first book in the Hal Leonard series that Mr. Krenz recommends, and I have also been working from the Song Hits (of which I am on session 3). I feel like I have a lot of material to work from now and want to go through it all at once, but know that's not realistic, yet I always feel that I am practicing one song at the expense of another. Has anyone else had a similar experience?
  11. Sounds good! Thank you both for the input.
  12. Hi all, Yet again, I have failed to stick with the course for a few months. I trailed off in the middle of session 3 of Learn and Master Guitar and the same in The Song Hits. I'm guessing it's worth starting from the beginning since I wasn't very far in. This might be a dumb question, but I was hoping for anyone's thoughts about where to start again? I really miss playing music, as I played trombone for 9 years, just struggling to make it past the beginning.
  13. Hi all, I moved onto session three over the weekend, and I am well on my way to working through it (session four is where I gave up on my first attempt to go through the course). I was wondering if anyone had any tips when playing open string notes that are followed by other open strings or fretted notes on a different string. For example the B-G in "Yankee Doodle" or the first few notes of "When the Saints Go Marchin' In." I can play the first note fine, but when I move to the next one or the next string, the initial note either rings through the second one (which does sound interesting, especially on "Amazing Grace"), or I mute the initial one and play the second, but there is an awkward split second of silence between the two. Am I just not fast enough? I know Mr. Krenz talked about muting strings in session 2 or 3, but I can't seem to make it work for the session 3 songs
  14. Hello Everyone, I'm about a week and a half into session 2 and I have started to find that I play better when I play at 65bpm than 60. Although I know that hitting notes quickly is important to make music more fluid, I don't want to just become a "fast" player (I know I'm only on session 2 of a very long journey). I wasn't sure if anyone had a similar problem or if this was something I shouldn't worry about right now?
  15. Thank you both!! I will move on to the next session ASAP.

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