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  1. Great, thank you! I will try playing without a metronome for a few sessions and then add it in slowly like you mentioned.
  2. Hi Everyone, I started session 3 over the past week and am struggling with some of the exercises even at 60 bpm. For the initial stages of getting used to the new notes and patterns, do I need to use a metronome? I think trying to keep up is hurting me at this point. Would it be better to practice the exercises, then when I’m able to do them properly, add in the metronome? Thanks in advance for the advice!
  3. @NeilES335 thank you for the advice. I’ve been trying to play clean and won’t move up in bpm until I can play it without error consistently. Moving to intermediate falls in line with 8th notes (session 3) in the main course, so I guess it’s good timing (bad pun, I know).
  4. Took me a little while to get the chromatic scale, but I’m able to hit all the basic exercises at 192 BPM well. Planning to start the intermediate tomorrow. I figured if I could get to 192 bpm, starting intermediate would be like a warm up and I could work from there. I’m a little intimidated by keeping time at the higher rates especially when I get to the 16th notes, but as I’ve learned with the chromatic scale, practice/repetition is key.
  5. I hit the “ready to move on” requirements for session 2 last night. Planning on starting the session 3 exercises tonight. Skimmed the material and I know I’ll be here a while. Steve mentioned getting the Easy Pop Melodies series. Should I get those at session 3 or would session 4 be better?
  6. I finally was able to complete the chromatic scale with no mistakes at 60 bpm (basic). I’ve noticed with moving up or down a fret/string, I’m ok, but I miss the string pick sometimes. Just need to keep drilling at 60 bpm or lower until I can consistently hit it.
  7. @Eracer_Team-DougHits definitely a workout. I can get everything but the chromatic scale at 120 bpm. I always end up tripping up on the 2nd and 3rd strings. I’ll keep at it. I’ll get it eventually. In the mean time, I’ll keep increasing the bpm for the others so I’ll have a little head start for intermediate.
  8. @grzyman12 Looks like we’re on the same path. I’m also using LMG with JustinGuitar. I’ll take a look at the book you mentioned as well, thanks for the recommendation. Started playing with a metronome and can hit the exercises at 65 bpm and the song notes at 90 bpm, but I’m struggling with the chords at 90 bpm, so I’ll be camping here for a while. Have fun learning man!
  9. I had less trouble reading while playing than I thought I would. I’m sure that will be challenged a lot more as I incorporate the remaining 4 strings. I’ve been going through the exercises while counting so far. Planning on incorporating the metronome with my practice tomorrow to have a better feel for where I’m at. The C and G7 chords are a little tricky. I feel like my fingers know where they’re supposed to go, but I have to think about it and reposition to make sure I’m not accidentally touching another string. Hopefully that will come with time as well.
  10. Haha that’s true. I’ll get there eventually. I’m consistently hitting everything at 120 bpm except for the chromatic scale which I can barely get 100% correct at 60 bpm. I’m going to try slowing it to 48 tomorrow to see if that helps at all. I just need some repetition so my fingers know where they’re supposed to go.
  11. Attempted the exercises tonight. I was able to keep up to 120 bpm on basic for the 1st and 2nd exercise, but I have some work to do on the back 4 and chromatic scale. I wonder how long it would take someone to be capable of hitting the 16th notes at 120 bpm. Seems impossible at this point haha.
  12. @William NelsonRight, I was thinking the musical timing. I think I may be overthinking it a little bit. I was thinking moving down the strings should be one fluid exercise all the way down, but even Steve uses a small rest when moving to the next string for this exercise.
  13. @William Nelson Great, thank you for the info! I do have another question if you have the time. I watched through the basic video on my lunch break. In the intro, he mentioned a stretching exercise (1-2-1-3-1-4-1-5-1-4-1-3-1-2-1). I was wondering how the timing was with that, but noticed he didn’t do that in basic. Does that come back in intermediate or advanced? Thank you in advance.
  14. @DianeB Thank you for the response. I'm sorry, I should have worded that better. I got the bundle you mentioned and the Major Scale Master 1&2, Money Chords, and Jazz Chords all came with a PDF, but the Speed and Agility videos did not. I was just hoping there was a PDF because I like reading, then watching the videos, but if that's not possible, I'll just write everything down during the first pass through. Thank you again!

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