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  • This Month's Live Streaming Guitar Lessons: TUESDAY MAY 12TH - PEDALS and CABLES AND GEAR OH MY! WHAT DOES THIS PEDAL DO? If you've got questions about what pedals do, what pedals do you need, or how something works, then let's get some answers. Steve will guide you through his gear, setting up a pedal board, and how each pedal sounds. WEDNESDAY WORKOUTS: MAY 13TH Tired of not being able to play barre chords? This three week series on Wednesday Workouts will guide you through... 1) Knowing Where to Put Your Chord 2) How to Form Each Chord Correctly 3) Strengthening the Fingers for Successful Barre Chords Bring your guitar and I'll guide you step by step as we play together. You can do it! Let's finally master these and move forward in your music! 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. Usually what folks are told to do is move up the neck to where you can play the shape you want, then gradually start moving down the neck to the correct location. I can also remember reading where old timers would sleep with spacers between their fingers to help their finger stretch. Tough chord, I’ve often wondered if I had the correct scale length guitar.
  2. Tell me it’s not true and that Steve was only joking when he said he doesn’t know the song Colorado Christmas🎅 P.S. Do I dare ask about “Moon over My Hammy”
  3. “You stop growing on the guitar when you quit exploring” Phil Keaggy “Practice until you prove you can’t play” Les Paul
  4. I’ve noticed over the years that members have asked about when to start the fingerstyle course.The answers always seemed to be about the same, after session 10 or when you can play barre chords. I am beginning to think that you can start anytime. There is plenty of material that you can play that doesn’t require barre chords. It just seems to that it would help in gaining hand dexterity. There are also many interesting exercises that would help you in the main course. Session 3 for example has you spending more time on 3rds 6ths and 10ths. It also has 3 or 4 songs, one of which is Steve’s arraignment of Blackbird.
  5. I wish I could try out some smaller fingers.
  6. I am starting to realize that I do press to hard. The indentations really do seem to be too deep.Just another thing that requires my attention.
  7. Most of the time I don’t mute other strings.Then there are times when my fingers get at a angle to the string that causes problem. I notice in fingerstyle playing that every mistakes seems to be multiplied and string vibrations also becomes a factor. Yea, It would be nice if one could exchange poorly designed fingers and thumbs.I notice that most women have a longer index finger than their ring finger. I always wondered if that gave them an edge when playing.
  8. Glad to hear from someone with larger fingers than myself.
  9. When you fret a note how close to your fingernail is the string? When I look at the indentation made on my fingers it is about 3/16 from the nail. I am beginning to think, in my case, it’s too far. How many of you wear a size 14 or larger ring on your ring finger?
  10. I’ve heard some folks refer to simile marks as percentage signs, but like you I have never seen the percentage (%) used. I assumed the % was used in this thread because it was close to what simile marks look like and the author was limited to the keyboard, The double %% used would be very misleading.
  11. I don’t think Steve introduces simile marks until late in the course. I guess I better take another look at Guitar Pro, I didn’t know about their songs. Thanks!
  12. 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...😇
  13. Thanks, I just bought another one of those fake books and this time I read the copyright information. It got me thinking about Cover Bands, juke boxes, karaoke, street performers, school sponsored bands and teachers, especially those on the internet.
  14. I have a couple of hypothetical question! 1. Can Steve teach a song on his live lessons as long as he keeps the lesson plan to less than 10 percent of the song? 2. What does it cost a music teacher to use copyrighted material for educational purposes on line or in a classroom?
  15. A few years ago I bought the Hal Leonard Real Book. It has some interesting songs and the melodies are fairly simple. At the time I knew they were called Jazz Standards and that was confusing. I thought Jazz was supposed to be difficult and here were about two hundred Jazz Standards that were pretty easy to play. It wasn’t until I played around in session 18 did I get a better idea of what one did with these beginner melodies. Now, I realize that these “Real Book Songs” along with the exercise “Swing’n” in session 18 are actually called lead sheets. I will never look at Autumn Leaves the same again, especially now that I have been looking at a 13 page arrangement based on that 1 page lead sheet. I just got “The Real blues Book” and just browsing through it for a few minutes I already have a dozen questions, but at least I know I am looking at Lead Sheets.

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