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Hi Phil!! Thanks for the update!

I think that it’s good to combine your work on 30 great blues with other stuff since that’s a monster lesson.

I also think that setting some sub goals could be positive. For example what about focusing on a shorter section for a while instead of thinking all the time on the whole thing?

While reading your posts I was thinking that maybe seeing this one as an endless lesson can be frustrating. If you divide it in fragments, you can work on other lessons or stuff for a while before getting into the following part.

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Thanks Gab,

It's not really frustrating, more daunting but I'm enjoying it and really want to complete it. As you say, it is a monster lesson and harder than learning a full song really because that can be just verse, chorus, bridge repeated. I actually started recording videos of each riff this week (only had time to video the first two though). As I said, I feel it might be better to concentrate on one riff at a time, get it up to speed then work on the next one, then, using the riffs I've got up to speed as a warm up and to get the transitions right.

At the moment this seems to be working, the other thing is, I was rushing, I know, I know, I shouldn't but, I have to fight that so hard as it's in my nature rolleyes.gif I was trying to learn newer riffs while I hadn't completely internalised the earlier ones and even thought they were up to speed, they were very scruffy and I still relied on the TAB. WRONG WRONG WRONG.

The hardest parts are the chordal parts, basically I'm a complete novice with chords and moving them around and playing individual strings of the chord while moving it down the neck is an even bigger challenge for me.

The Ben Higgins thing, if I get time to fit it in I'll have to see how much time it needs, might be a good sub goal, it's only ten days, I've also got Todd's Bootcamp which I really enjoy.

Once work settles down in a few weeks I'll be back on it big style but it's an unavoidable time I'm afraid, I explained to Todd HERE if you want to get the lowdown.

Also, that lesson you said to try and add to my DAILY practise (https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/30-Blues-Greats/) is very hard for me, maybe this might help instead https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/SRV-Chordal-Licks/

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Hello Gab,

Well, I'm back hopefully full time, I had the first good go in a long time last night, on the 30 riffs lesson. I picked up some great tips from Ben's little course and it only took about fifteen minutes per night so it fitted well with the chaos that was going on.

All the points in the message above still stand but I am more focused now and am really trying to address my impatience, the way I was learning before was like spinning plates. I was getting a riff kinda down then moving on to the next but neglecting the previous one etc etc.

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Hello Gab,

I'm struggling to get back into the 30 riffs lesson after having a couple of weeks of chaos, I think I'm going to switch to THIS lesson and then go back to it, there are many reasons, one being it is such a mammoth lesson it may be daunting, it's actually harder than learning a whole song as nothing really repeats like verse/chorus/verse etc.

I hope you are okay with this, I need to get up and running again by tackling something shorter. I "couldn't" get passed bar 30 in the 30 riffs lesson, even breaking it down into tiny chunks (see PM)

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Hi Phil!! Here I am mate!! Thanks for the update. I've also received your PM, so I'll answer it soon.

I think that going for a shorter lesson is a GREAT idea. That's why I was starting to suggest a break or something. I felt that you need something fresh, new that keeps you motivated. I think that 30 greats has been positive for your playing, but we all need short term goals as well to stay inspired. (at least that's how it works for me.)

This is not exactly on topic, but I find inspiring the talk between Kiko and Andy about guitar practice. If you have some free time, check this video:

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Thanks Gab,

I'll watch that video this evening after my practise when I'm with my wife wink.gif I've made a start on the SRV Chordal lesson, never played tuned down a whole step before, it feels and sounds strange at the moment.

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Cool! Let me know what you think about it!

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Late day back from work today but I managed to watch half of that video last night. So far very interesting, I like the way Andy said he never learnt whole songs but the "cool" bit from lots of songs. In summary, points noted, internalising something until you know it without thinking, enjoying your practise, not getting too stressed about struggling or making mistakes, breaking down into component parts, SLOWING DOWN in order to find your way. Next half when I get chance.

Regarding playing while tuned down a whole step. I don't think it actually sounds funny as i said in my message above, I've realised that in all my years of noodling/practising etc, I've always played standard and my brain is struggling to comprehend the sound from the guitar in regards to when my hand is on the neck laugh.gif


Cheers buddy, times are still hard as per PM, even more so now with this Covid19 on the scene. Customers are chasing stuff like crazy to get their stuff before their customer no longer need it because racing gets cancelled. The phone is red hot!!!!!!

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Hello buddy,

Haven't had chance to watch the second half, (see above) but tonight I have seen something major happen. I haven't really been looking at the SRV Chordal lesson, I think I was "afraid" of the D7#9 chord so I had a mental block, kept saying "Oh no, not another type of 7 chord that I can't play". Tonight I said to myself, "You'll never play it if you don't play it, just like you'll never learn to run if you don't run", anyway, long story short, my fingers are now landing on the chord, I'm not walking the chard (one finger at a time), I'm landing on it. It just happened after about 20 minutes, it's not super quick and the slide is still tricky but I can play the first four and a half bars at 50% in a scruffy manner. Bar four seems to have some tricky timing; if you could explain what's going on there that would be great wink.gif

Just as work was settling down, I have a man out with suspected Covid19 though he is in his last two days of 7 day isolation, we're approaching total lockdown but really need to get a £40k job out this week as the customer pays into our bank as soon as our van pulls up, that's going to be a BIG help through these hard times.

Anyway, I just thought I'd let you know, I've turned a corner with my mindset, and remember that Dominant A7 chord I really struggled with? I can now play it on my SRV strat with that big fat neck and I haven't been trying to play it for a long time, strange eh?

Cheers buddy.

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Hi Phil!!

Strange days here too. We are with mandatory quarantine here and this seems to be like these for many weeks. At first the government said that this would be until March 31th, but we know that this will be extended.

The good part is that our president has taken this seriously very soon so fingers crossed that we don't experiment what countries as Italy, Spain and even USA are experimenting. Remember that Argentina is a relatively poor country so having that type of impact would be like the end of the world. Again... fingers crossed!

Nowadays I'm using my lockdown time to work on new GMC stuff, compose and practice guitar, so great things are coming! smile.gif

How is the future for you? Are you staying at home? Working from home or your company will slow down during lockdown.

Nice to know that you are enjoying Andy and Kiko's talk. Yeah, their approach are very different but both interesting.

And about that chord, yeah! sometimes our brain needs some time to assimilate things.

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Thanks Gab,

We are closed for three weeks at the moment, all of my lads are worried about losing their jobs, we are doing our best to arrange financial help from the government which is difficult from home. I have 15 employees and four directors including myself so a lot of wage is being paid, officially they only have to have statutory sick pay but we are trying to pay them in full as they are a good work force. The government are looking at contributing 80% to a maximum of £2500 per month and are arranging loans of up to £ five million interest free for 12 months and they will guarantee to the lender that they will cover 80% should the borrower be unable to pay.

Most of our staff, including me, can't work from home as we operate machines.

Regarding that D7#9 chord, it was the Ben Higgins course I did that changed my mindset. I was "frightened" of that chord and I said to myself, "You're never gonna play it if you don't fuckin play it" and lie and behold it started to come together. As for the Dominant A7 and being able to play it even on my SRV baseball bat neck, that has amazed me as I haven't been practising it.

Regarding my work, have you seen THIS thread? It features your truly


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The word "experimenting" that you are using, should be "experiencing", look then both up wink.gif

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Hi Phil!

The good side here is that your government can help, that's not a small thing. Fingers crossed this pandemic that we are experiencing is stopped soon. biggrin.gif

Checking that thread now!!

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Well done buddy, I'm glad you learnt from my experience wink.gif

Did you like the interview with me? I was as nervous as a long tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs but I got through it.

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QUOTE (Phil66 @ Mar 27 2020, 01:25 PM) *
Well done buddy, I'm glad you learnt from my experience wink.gif

Did you like the interview with me? I was as nervous as a long tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs but I got through it.

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Oh yeah! I've seen the whole thing! It was a very nice experience to see you talking that much. I think that I haven't heard your voice before, or at least not that much.

You don't look nervous at all, you look relaxed, and it's clear that you really know what you are talking about. I like the mix of wisedom and calm that you have during the interview.

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Thanks Gab,

I'm glad you liked it, I wanted people to see it to get more of the real me, hear me talking and see me smiling and being serious all in one video. I have to say, I've never had the word "wisdom" (no "e" after the "s" wink.gif ) attributed to me before, made me proud of myself, thank you smile.gif

I don't know if you've seen THIS thread, but I've been so stressed, my stomach has been like a washing machine and my chest very tight, mainly about keep my business and staff safe. The last post of mine in there explains why I am now feeling a little better.

Hard times buddy, but I am getting further very slowly in the SRV Chordal lesson, it might as well be a level 8 for me with those chords, Dom7 chords seem to be my Achilles Heel but it is what it is.

Speak soon.

Safe safe, keep others safe.

Phil

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I created THIS post in my revision folder and when I was reading about the chords (not thinking bout the drop tuning) it says about the second one that "In this part we are transferring to the IV chord (G), and playing regular G7 triad (without the fifth)" obviously without the drop tuning that becomes an A at the same fret. Can try to explain in simple words what this means please.

Thanks Gab

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