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  1. Thanks Mandy, great read and on point! Ties in with your humor too. :-) I've always been a quality guy, but working with others taught me that quantity can lead to quality: a whole lot of quality. Back in the simpler, gentler days of the Cold War, I became a quality controller for others who transcribed what they heard in the Russian language into an ancient computer. One new transcriber had tremendous typing speed and a good ear for prioritizing. We stopped her when necessary and gave guidance, which she took and ran with. She soon left her peers behind due to the volume of material she processed! I often remember her with a smile while learning a new skill. I don't have to wonder about playing "as much materiel as possible" learning guitar. Ms. fast fingers showed me!
  2. Hi Kenneth, Hang in there! This stuff is challenging. I took a loong time in Session 4 and recently left for Session 5. I warm up by playing and naming all the first position notes including sharps and flats, then the octave jump exercise. As the chord speed improves with decent sound--I tend to be particular about the sound--I plan to return to individual note work with Steve's Fretboard workout. Rock On!
  3. Best is a practice area set aside with the instruments and accessories in place. I don't have that currently and the desert is a dry place. No guitars sit out of their cases, so I always have to get one out. But I have the same routine every time--plus amp or no amp?--so in a few minutes I'm playing in my living room. Best sound! Years of drumming and didging taught me that. Make sure it's a place you like; you'll be there for years. (It took placing drumming before everything but work for years to reach an advanced level.) If you want to learn to read music, but are resistant, what I did inadvertently was place the books far enough away in so so lighting. I couldn't read the tab, so I had no option (didn't care). Conversely, I bought some brighter bulbs and now would love a nice music stand light. (Any recommendations?) My music stand is of the solid leg orchestral type, which has saved me from a few spills. The one thing I wish I would have done in my drumming practice was use a metronome. The steady beat drives the train, which exposes inner resistance and helps build a sense of time. I also need to post my immediate goals and start a practice journal. The journal works well with training for any skill. No smart phone so far. My tech is still flip phone. Would "surfitis? prove irresistible? Probably. Usually I set up my practice area even when I feel lousy or don't want to play the same durn exercise for the umpteenth time. As Steve says, even 15 minutes daily gives better results than weekend or day off binging. Even if a practice session sucks, I keep going unless I feel the familiar "approaching burn out" sensations. Then I stop, wipe my guitar off and pick up. Rock On!
  4. pkotof

    Why Do You Play?

    I play guitar to share the joy in my heart.
  5. Awesome!!! I agree with others that you would be a treat performing.
  6. Steady as she goes for me. I've been becalmed for a few months, but things have settled down at work enough that I have a lot more energy. I realized that I've been playing to the standard, so I'm going to get moving on the chord sessions. I'll continue obsessing with notes on the side. :-) Currently I'm playing with getting my amp on the edge of breakup. I've been playing with getting a clean, round "jazz tone" for awhile. The advice holds true for me that time on the instrument guides the search. Rock On!
  7. Thanks all of you for sharing and supporting everybody. I find it inspiring. And sometimes amusing. And that IS one sparkly pink guitar.
  8. Thanks both of you for your input on this question. It's a timely nudge. I was about to move on to lesson 5 when the retail holiday scene required a lot more hours at work. I've played just enough to "swim in place" for a few months. Today I'm back to the routine. (He says.) I planned on ordering the fingerstyle course when I was well into Canon in D. However, thanks to Steve's including that F chord in session 3 I'm fine with all the chords up to and including sesson 8. The open chords were fairly painless and I mainly learned them for a quick foundation enroute to barre chords. I was WORRIED about barre chords. It turns out that for me the "magical chord forest" is like the Hotel California. I can check out any time I like, but I can never leave. Nor do i want to. :-) I'll see how the chord sessions go with an eye toward playing around in session 10 and maybe ordering fingerstyle. I'd prefer to be comfortable with fingerstyle before the blues course too. But I just ordered the Song Hits, so who knows? It'll be fun and a lot of work regardless. So it goes. Rock On!
  9. Glad you got a great deal. It's fun when that happens. Three of my guitars were used. Two came virtually unused. The acoustic's wood came aged and opened up! A third guitar--a dream guitar for me--came with wear on the case, no signs of use other than a dull area on the Bigsby and a tip that falls off the selector switch. After playing it I saw how the Bigsby sits directly beneath one's sometimes sweaty arm. Just part of the experience I suppose. The guitar was around eight years old and I knew about the condition. I had played awhile hour-wise and realized that my usual habit of being a tool user rather than collector applied to guitars as well. I take care of them, but I play them a lot. (The only reasonable solution is more guitars.) All three guitars came from reverb. One guitar was new on closeout sale at Sweetwater at a price still lower than the used market! My tube amp was on closeout as well. I pay attention to the Sweetwater emails!
  10. Thanks for the video demo Old Guy and thanks for the expansion Six String. It feels like the world of affordable electric guitar sonic options just exploded! Fortunately an unanticipated Starla purchase has me unable to pull the trigger on the current Sweet Water HX Stomp sale. :-) This will give me time to calm down and play around more with my simple single-ended tube amp, which is plenty right now. Back to those notes...
  11. It's fun to read of the diverse ways we ended up learning to play guitar with maestro Steve. One thing I look for in an instructor is how they walk their talk. Steve has been a working pro all his life and we can see this regularly most Tuesdays, at Gatherings, etc. So I study this material without holding back. The more I learn, the more habits I notice in more experienced players that I won't have to unlearn. I said hello elsewhere. (This thread was not open.) I started a few months after my 56th birthday and hit the "Session 4 wall." I restarted a few months after I turned 58. I am over the crest of Session 4. MOre sixth string exercises anyone? It's exciting to read those octave jumps and notice that sometimes they have been sounding without my thinking about it. Wait! How did that happen? Welcome to you fellow beginners and thanks for all the help from you more experienced players!
  12. Nutty 1 you are full of surprises!!! This is one song I did not expect to see here. Thanks! Thanks for the reminder and clarification of the ding-a-ling too. I worked with a guy who used to sing this regularly and loudly while stocking yogurt. Without explanation, of course.
  13. Thanks for the tips Diane! Simple and endless... I need to put play back in too. Lately I've been warming up by playing the frets up and down, then complete with sharps and flats, then on to session 4 practice. It's coming sloooooowwwly. I'm on my third or fourth nine volt battery for the metronome.
  14. Hi constancr: I'm working through the material with a metronome. I'm close, but not quite there. When the song doesn't sound right I go through it carefully with the metronome. That usually clears it up. I was suddenly puzzled about the eighth note e/c in the Entertainer. I found that I had started placing the beat on the c out of habit. Eighth notes are often on the offbeat, which is no big deal from my drumming. I love off beat stuff. Well, wrong! :-P Hang in there. Way to keep going with life goings on. Me too. I quit last time, but not this time. I love playing guitar. Correction: Before walking my dog this morning I wanted to say that I listened to Steve play the Entertainer multiple times last night. I had drifted from the correct way and back again. I counted with his playing the three e/c sections and found the second beat not played between the first and second e/c pairs. That makes four beats so I am relieved. Please let me know if I am once again wrong. I am a percussionist in rehab to become a musician, so it could take awhile. (How many players in a rock and roll band? Four: Three musicians and a drummer.)
  15. BluzCruz: Signals Music Studio made modes amazingly clear. Thank you. I'm glad I was able to watch this at the beginning of my guitar journey. At my stage "being limited to the little box" would be a big step forward. ShadowBoxer86: I wrote down your pneumonic. :-)

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