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  1. Anyone have particular trouble with the Dm7 chord? I can easily form it and play it if I use my 1st and 3rd fingers, but for the life of me I can't form it with my 1st and 2nd fingers. Either the middle finger can't get curled/high enough to not mute the B string or when i try repositioning the barre doesn't let the E string ring out (pad of finger to soft/fleshy it seems like).
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    @matonanjin I'm happy with it so far, but I can't put it through the full paces yet at my skill level, so I'm looking forward to future sessions. In the future, I am pretty sure Mr. Mayer has said a Maple fingerboard option is likely and I think I saw a SE option might be coming at some point if they can figure out how to do the fingerboard leveling economically (has to be perfect with the 7.25 radius). So down the road, you might be able to justify an SE since you already have a strat, or depending on how much of a strat guy you are you can always go down the "I need a maple and rosewood S-type" :-D.
  3. I am pretty pumped about it, I was pretty set on one of the American Fender Strats, but at the end of the day, the silver sky had a lot of tangible and intangible things I couldn't pass up. Loved the sound and the dedication put into making it sound like the vintage strats, hearing JM songs probably inspires me to most to pick up and play guitar whatever I am doing so he's a big influence on my learning path, and it just feels right. I also live in Maryland and went to the same college as PRS, so having that connection and supporting the MD business as appealing too.
  4. As I was finishing up session 4 last month, I went ahead and treated myself to my first electric guitar and amp. It was more of a combined finish session 4/30th birthday/promotion gift from me, my family, and fiance, but after a month on backorder it finally came in today. Pretty excited about it and can't wait until I get to the later sessions and start learning some blues. I also got a Yamaha THR10C to go along with it so I have the option of some late night practice with the electric. Might use some of my Musicians friends points I earned on this purchase to buy a blackface type amp later this year once I make some more progress in the course.
  5. Yup got those down, after working on Chattahoocie (only at 80-90 bpm) the single notes seem to become a lot easier. @Triple-o I can finger all the chords, lucky I have the G (both 3 finger versions), C, and G7 down pretty well due to past attempts at learning guitar. The B7 and C7 are where I have the biggest issue with changes, but I can still get to them fine, just not fast. The 234 A I am picking up slowly, but I originally learned to use 213 for the A and prefer it in most cases because it feels more natural to me, but I'm learning both.
  6. Some of the people who stayed Session 5 past what the criteria of the book was, what was your goal? Was it playing the "All Basic Open Chords" exercises in the bonus book at 70 bpm (I'm sure it takes a while to get the E to B7 change down in #5 at 60-70 bpm)? I'm currently in Session 5 and could probably move on, I'm not great-to-perfect with all the changes yet, but I had some prior chord experience so getting a lot of the session down didn't take long, but now I didn't know what a realistic goal to shoot for was. I figured (as I just mentioned) getting perfect at 60-70 bpm on all chord changes in the bonus book might be a little too aggressive, but wanted to see some collective thoughts.
  7. Congrats! I just moved into Session 5 recently as well! The bonus book songs tripped me up for a bit when I thought I was pretty much done, but I was able to get to a place where I was happy. It's exciting to move onto Chords and session 5 is moving quickly. Although I previously tried to learn guitar a long time ago by sites that taught chords and not the comprehensive course. I got very frustrated when it came time to use my pinky for the 7th Chords and eventually lost interest after not much progress learning B7 and C7, but I think employing it for sharps and flats in L&M has built up some strength and I've made some great progress in just a week or two! Starting to feel like a guitar player!
  8. Hello all, I finished session 4 and am now in session 5, after looking at the course and song hits book, seems like it would be a good stage to get a looper pedal so I can record cords and try to play the notes over the chord rhythm. I was hoping to see what people recommended for a looper pedal? My main question is whether it's worth getting something with a separate dedicated stop button like the Ditto X2 or Electro-Harmonix 720. The second question is overall recommendations, I am personally someone who would rather pay a little more upfront for something quality with that I can grow into, rather than getting something cheap and upgrading as I go. Thanks for everyone's recommendations!
  9. I use the Justin Guitar Time Trainer app. Free download. I started his course a while ago before I started L&M https://www.justinguitar.com/products/time-trainer-metronome
  10. I still have a lot of issues with the eighths rests in the bonus workshops string exercises. When I get a new exercise, they always seem to mess me up and knock me out of rhythm. I know I'll get it down with time, but not sure if this will be something I should have down pat by the end of session 4, or it will take a while for them to become second nature.
  11. I'm in session 4 and at times I feel exactly the way you do, but part of me (someone can correct me if I'm thinking about this wrong) doesn't think memorizing some of the exercises is all that bad. By memorizing songs/exercises you are still looking at the notes and associating the correct fingering and tempo and eventually the more exercises you do it will keep building on that past association you have made. You may mess up more at first, but I wasn't long ago I was worried if I was memorizing Yankee Doodle and not reading the music, but I've gotten pretty good (relatively) at recognizing and not getting tripped up by notes on the first 3 strings, so memorizing Yankee Doodle hasn't really hurt me.
  12. I'm going to piggy back on this thread... I currently have an acoustic guitar I'm learning on, I haven't really look at the material ahead too in-depth, but is there a point where the session/lesson/material is more applicable to the Electric guitar rather acoustic (before session 15 Electric guitar)? I assume I'm nowhere near that point and I will probably buy one before that point anyway, but I was curious.
  13. Getting ready to head into Session 4, some very helpful advice before. What are some thoughts on the best way to split this up? Should I watch the videos and split it up into 5th & 6th String then the Sharps and flat? Or try to get comfortable with the 5th string and don't move to the 6th until somewhat comfortable with 5th string, then so on? Would love to hear what worked best for others.

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