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  1. Quick history lesson: back in the mid 90s I bought my first guitar, learned a few chords, and jammed with friends. A few years later I was never playing, sold my gear and had nothing from about 2006-2010, started learn and master in 2010 but only stuck with it off and on for about a year…I never really progressed, my plateau was low, I just kind of stayed at the same level. then in Jan 2021 I said “that’s it, time to play” and made it my mission to practice daily, every day, and stick with it. here I am 18 months later and I finally feel like I can call myself a “guitarist” and while I still have a whole world of material to learn, when I watch a tutorial, or see how a friend plays, I understand what is happening and can use that for myself. for me, a big hump has always been the opening solo in Metallica’s song One. Hammer ons, pulls offs, bends, sweeps, all over the fret board from 2nd fret to the 19th. I finally can play it! thanks for all the encouragement it’s a journey and dedicated practice.
  2. so…I went back and figured out it was just a C barre chord at the 8th fret, and you’re just playing the higher strings. As usual the simplest answer is the right answer!
  3. Hi Steve, yes, the 12 bar blues example starting at 4:12. It sounds really cool with all the different chord voicings and I'd like to use that to kind of springboard myself to playing up the neck a bit more. I can see you started with a C barre on the 3rd fret, then went to a standard F shape, then up to a higher C which looked like you slid into it from the 6th fret (~4:18) which is where I start to get lost what you're playing specifically. At ~4:38 after the turnaround you go into a much higher voiced C that looked like the 8th fret...I think you're just playing the highest notes of the chord there? Thanks for taking the time to look over and provide a couple keystones to help guide the way. BTW - I appreciate all you do for the guitar community, I picked up Learn and Master 10 years ago and unfortunately just dabbled a bit from ~2013 to until Jan 2021 when I made it a new years resolution to play again...and it stuck!
  4. Great live lesson, really enjoyed the progressions and the little songs played. Now I do not have the greatest chord library in my head, and beyond the open chords, the F-shape barre chords, and the B-shape barre chords I do get a little lost at first. Can someone point me in the right direction for the shapes that Steve used when he played the backing track? I will also try to transcribe it myself as I look/listen to the video on repeat, but if anyone recognizes it right away I would appreciate knowing it so I can practice moving up the neck in my progressions like this. Thank you!
  5. Input gain is set to 0 on the Audiobox. It’s clipping in the way in before it hits anything else I did some research on the unit (after purchase of course) and it appears to have a fairly low ceiling and can’t handle active pickups (EMG 85). I now just have my input gain at 0, and my volume at 7 and I get -9 to -6db.
  6. I have the gain all the way down on the Audiobox and the red light shows clipping on the box if I have the guitar volume up at 10 and hit some heavy palm mutes. If I dial it back to 7 I’m good to go. In the DAW I’ll be around -3db and red.
  7. Hi Mohammed, hope you’re still sticking with it. A couple tips I’ve found and it applies to everything in life not just guitar. 1) it takes about 21 days to make something a habit so work on consistently practicing every day for 21 days will make it become part of your routine. 2) schedule the time to play, if you say “I’m practicing every day at 8pm” it will help you build that consistency. 3) 15 mins of focused practice will yield more results than an hour of noodling the same things over and over and 4) don’t forget why you’re playing guitar…to make music so make sure after you put in the work you’re still having fun playing the songs you like!!!
  8. It’s right about 5 months since I setup my home studio / practice area. I’ve done a few modifications since my last post and thought I’d write out a little more detail of what I’ve learned and what I’m doing now. On the physical setup: I now have a computer desk (freecycled) that is setup for a corner. I have my computer, my audio interface, and a powered USB hub. The desk allowed me to put some hooks for guitar cables and headphones, space to have the computer and interface always setup, and had enough surface to add a midi keyboard in the future. The powered usb hub solved some of the inconstant power issues going to my audio interface. I’m still using the PreSonus Audiobox 96. I’ve found it does start to clip with my emgs so I had to turn my guitar volume down (it’s at about 7 now). If I upgrade in the future I’ll likely go with an interface that can handle hot pickups better. In order to minimize latency I have the Sampling set to 64 samples. I have not noticed any dropouts. My computer has 16GB ram and an SSD, i5 processor. It’s 8 years old but seems to be running with no issues. I would suspect that a newer computer would run perfectly. Using PreSonus Studio One as the DAW, and I’ve tried a few different plugins with the DAW. Ampire and Ampire High Density from PreSonus are ok. A few free amp sims, and the. neural dsp which is pricey but seems the best to my ears. in all, the learning curve was a bit steep but end of the day I’m extremely satisfied and it’s a joy to go play, practice, jam, learn, etc.
  9. Thought I'd share a short update. A week ago I received my audio interface and started to setup my area. Audio interface is a presonus audioblx USB 96. It's been ok, and handles my guitar with emg pickups without clipping. The biggest drawback to the interface that I found is that the laptop either must be plugged in or if unplugged and running on battery the power settings need to be set to performance. Otherwise the interface does not recieve enough power and introduces noise in the form of clicks and pops. I've been toying with location and settled on my old corner with a shelf to hold the equipment and have the laptop on top easy to reach in order change the settings and run the DAW. Just running through headphones now, will get some powered speakers so I can play and others can hear. There's space to setup monitors or similar in my dedicated area. Thanks everyone for the suggestions and advice!
  10. Thanks @DianeB. Yes the space is already sacred...trying to next level it but its a small space! I checked Steve's post and will make sure any mods I make to the space satisfy those tenets. It sounds like my ideas for the space are headed in the right direction. @matonanjin i wish I had a big space. That's great! I also learned a lot from articles on sweetwater.
  11. Howdy y'all, I picked up the Gibson Learn and Master guitar series 8 or 10 years ago, was a member of the old forum, life happened my playing slowed WAY down, and I've reacquainted myself with making music again over the last few months. I've tried a few other forums but they always end up turning toxic fast, and anyone with the "wrong" way of thinking get's ridiculed...I always loved the community Steve fostered and thought this is the place to ask! My current struggle other than playing the right notes at the right time, is my practice space. Sorry no pics, picture a combo stool/guitar stand, music stand, and a combo amp in a corner (2.5' x 4'). I don't have a good spot for gear/tools/books, I do hang 2 guitars on the 4' wall. I'm also wanting to expand to a laptop+interface+daw and some monitors or headphones (depending on how much noise I want to make) to do some playing or recording so I can capture my own rhythm tracks, and use some amp sims. I'm looking at one of the Presonus combo packs (like $329 for interface, monitors, headphones, mic, some cables). I don't gig, I just like to record myself and would like a little better than using my phone to make rhythm tracks. I also want to start exploring the world of amp sims. I'll be recording my electric through the interface most of the time and the actual space is a bit larger, it's just the corner will most things will reside. Guess I'm wondering how to make a corner a little more useful, and how to keep it under $500 (to start lol) including the combo pack. My thought is to get something like an ikea kallax or other 13" cube setup in a 6 cube (2x3) configuration (either hack an ikea one, or get a 13" cube shelf knockoff from other big box store). That's 44" wide and 30" high, and 15" deep. Should hold music books, gear, and have a spot on top of the shelf for laptop + monitor speakers for when its time to play or record. Anyways...any thoughts, advice, ideas?

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