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12 Dec 2012
This question is directed to Cosmin, but can be answered by anyone. I am working on Stacotto Power Chords, and It's pretty easy, but I am having issue playing with the backing track. I don't know how to sync it up. Its not something I have learned in my year of local instruction. So this leads me to my next question. I notice almost all exercises here have backing tracks. How do I practice with them? I have a GDEC 15 AMP, Guitar Pro 6, and a crappy laptop. I have a HD camcorder for recording.
I was hoping through analysis, I could develop a sound way to practice so I can make steady progress. It's amazing how some excel faster than others, you can attribute it to many things, time, skill, teacher,environment, but if we presume all things equal between two people,but give them different lessons, one will invariably standout, to a lesser, or greater degree. What I believe is it's the bridge lessons that make you better faster. A bridge lesson is a lesson just a little bit outside of your ability, but not so much where you either give up after a time of frustration, or you persevere, you finally get it, but in the mean time you could have learned 2-3 other bridge lessons, and been that much better.

My dilemma is finding those bridge lessons, and incorporating the right way to practice to gain the full benefit of that bridge lesson. The bridge lesson builds confidence in the young (young in playing time) guitarists playing to keep going, and not give up in frustration.I think eventually you reach a point in confidence that gives you momentum to keep going. Some people reach a level of skill where they are a decent guitarist, and don't push themselves much afterwards, and stop bridging. I feel like Mozart in my head, but a 1 year old trying to play stairway to heaven on guitar. One thing I think instructors do very well here is find those bridge lessons, go ahead and coin the phrase if you want. wink.gif

So people don't misunderstand me, I am simply trying to make the most of my lessons, and give people some food for thought. I feel like my confidence in guitar is wavering, and unless I do something to solidify, and build on it, I won't reach that momentum phase. So I realize its all in how I practice.

I look forward to your thoughts.
29 Nov 2012
Hey everyone,
I am back. Some bad stuff happened to my daughter, and now she lives with me full time. So I took some time deal with that adjustment. I have continued my guitar instructions with a local guitar teacher. Not the progress I would like to have made, but it is still progress. I have learned since my absence, more is not better, and keep it simple when learning anything is paramount. I am currently learning Cannon rock, and Green Sleeves in bite size digestible pieces. I plan to be more active here on the forum, and will share my progress soon. I am thinking of for now limiting my guitar learning to one guitar instructor so I don't overload, and burn myself out. I want to align myself with a teacher that is strong in the style I want to play, and can guide me using that music style as examples. Breaking Benjamin, Chevelle, Foo Fighters, Silver Sun Pickups, and Dead Letter Circus to name a few. I am learning Cannon rock, and Green Sleeves to have some nice Christmas music to play for the holidays. I know its a departure from my listed music artist selections. Who can guide this rhythmically challenged guitar enthusiast?

29 Apr 2012
Guys I have been away for a week due to a recent tragedy that hit my family. We are recovering, and I expect to be active with guitar tonight. i even went to my guitar lesson yesterday, and even though it felt like my heart wasn't totally into it, I was glad I went. By the end of the lesson I forgot about my troubles even if it was just for a little while.On the bright side, I have plenty of raw emotional sludge to draw from now.
8 Apr 2012
I think its safe to safe if you have a 1000 hours under your belt, you have a good understanding of what you are doing. I am going to be using this for my progress. I have come up with a fun way of reaching goals. I would like to invite the instructors to give their input, but I have come up with dividing up the hours from 0-1000 into 7 levels.

Hours Title
0-10 Guitar Hero Defector
11-50 Air Guitarist
51-100 Guitar Not A Zero
101-300 Ax Grinder
301-500 Shred N Butter Man
501-750 Guitar Virtu-So-So
751-1000 Guitar Hero

What I would like to know is given the average person what things should the know at the various levels? Do you think we could quantify? I like the idea of having a measuring stick to strive to meet, and beat. I have made the hours not to be too long between titles. People can get to Ax Grinder pretty fast. We could create a chart to show what kind of techniques, scales, chords, songs would be equivalent at this level. We could take this beyond 1000 hours, if others who are past this want to develop this further.

To me, its about the practice time, the good practice time. I can riff away aimlessly and not get better. I think if we record, observe, and evaluate our practice time. We will see great strides in progress. We all know its not how long you have owned a guitar, or had access to one, but how long you have been playing, and pushing yourself to get better.I would like to hear your thoughts. I think this could be a lot of fun.
6 Apr 2012
I think we have good coverage on practice area. I would like to open this thread on the process of practice.
Some of my thoughts, there is practicing to get better, and then there is playing your guitar within your known ability, and not making marked improvements.

Practice should be focused.
Concepts should be clear, and concise.
Exercises should not be long, to allow you to focus on the technique, lick, scale, and get as many repititions in as possible.
Focus on your trouble spots.
Repitition, slow, good timing (my weakness), good technique will pay off to faster progress, and speed.
timely feedback is important to make adjustments. Using backing tracks, metronome, or videos to play with help attune, and correct as you go. Playing without these will hinder your progress.
Getting daily feedback from instructors is crucial.
Also practicing consistenly. Set aside some time every day to practice. Have goals of what you want to accomplish.Long term, and short term.
Utilize software that can slow down songs, rip audio from video so you can turn them into practice loops.

I use Converterlite, and Songsurgeon. Both are free to download, but the SongSurgeon has a limited trial.
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