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post Apr 18 2008, 04:03 AM
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Hi.
My Name is michael, and im from the U.S., North Carolina to be exact. Im 17 and been trying to learn how to play since last september (When i got my Epiphone les paul standard)...I've used this site for a little while, i can play a few of the heavy metal for begginers lessons and some other easy stuff, but i seem to have hit a roadblock...and i dont know what to do....I cant figure out how to get past this hump ive hit, either everything i like and really want to learn seems out of my leaugue, or the stuff it seems i can learn that i try i cant play it was fast as the lesson, or i keep messing up(even if i put substantial time into practicing..) anyone know any lessons that could help me get past this?...(im very sorry if this question was inappropriate to put here, im very tired and didnt feel like putting up two topics)
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post Apr 18 2008, 04:18 AM
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Whats up Michael, I live in Charlotte and there a few other N Carolinians that I'm sure will chime in. The best lesson is not a lesson, it's time my freind. You started 6-7 mo ago man! Take it easy on yourself. Just keep practicing and ask lots of questions when they arise. I've learned that this is a journey and nobody is going to be an overnite sensation with the guitar.

Go back and start over. Start with Kris's beginner lessons. There are 6 of them I think. Once you have them down, Pick some one-on-one lessons that you feel comfortable with, learn those,then move on. Keep asking questions!

Keep it FUN! Don't make it out to be a task or you will burn out. PM me for any questions you have and if I can't answer them, I'll find someone who can!

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post Apr 18 2008, 04:26 AM
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Hi mike smile.gif We North Carolinians are going to take over GMC one day, just as soon as we have a few more to join our cause biggrin.gif

Anyway. Congratulations on picking up a guitar, finding GMC and practicing! You're already ahead of 99% of other beginners, if I can say so (and I say so from experience myself).

I know it can be really frustrating to hit a roadblock and can't seem to figure out what to do. You just have to keep playing. You may think you aren't going to improve, you may consider giving up thinking you suck or whatever, but you have to keep playing. EVERY guitar player goes through more than one of these phases on the way to greatness.

So, to emphasize, you may feel like you're not progressing (sometimes even for months at a time), or that you never will, but you have to hang in there and have faith because one day you're going to wake up and realize that maybe you weren't quite doing something right, or weren't thinking from the right perspective. You will get past it and you will improve, it's simply a fact. This website is based on the premise of hard work over natural talent (ask Kris!). Someone has a quote I've seen on these forums saying look left---->----->---->I SAID LEFT!!

oops.. wrong quote.. curse you jukeboxhero!

The right one goes something like.. working on accuracy leads to perfection.. if you make a mistake, you're practicing too fast. ALWAYS.

Maybe not the exact quote but I like that one. It's true. Let me give you a few tips:

1) Practice slowly and correctly. Speed will come with time. There is no faster way.

2) Learn rhythm. You seem to be doing so smile.gif Good rhythm is necessary for lead stuff, so at first work on easy riffs and the like.

3) Keep practicing no matter what! I hope I made this clear above.

Good luck.

And yes to add to what Skennington said, keep it fun! Always keep it interesting and challenging, just remember not to push yourself too hard smile.gif


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post Apr 18 2008, 04:47 AM
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Thanks alot guys.
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post Apr 18 2008, 04:54 AM
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QUOTE (skennington @ Apr 17 2008, 11:18 PM) *
Whats up Michael, I live in Charlotte and there a few other N Carolinians that I'm sure will chime in. The best lesson is not a lesson, it's time my freind. You started 6-7 mo ago man! Take it easy on yourself. Just keep practicing and ask lots of questions when they arise. I've learned that this is a journey and nobody is going to be an overnite sensation with the guitar.

Go back and start over. Start with Kris's beginner lessons. There are 6 of them I think. Once you have them down, Pick some one-on-one lessons that you feel comfortable with, learn those,then move on. Keep asking questions!

Keep it FUN! Don't make it out to be a task or you will burn out. PM me for any questions you have and if I can't answer them, I'll find someone who can!

Best of Luck,
Steve


First off welcome man.

Second all I can say is I have to agree with Skennington here. It will take time and practice so just stick with it.

EDIT:I also want to add that I have been playing for 3 or 4 years now and I still have a lot of trouble with certain things and I know it can be really frustrating, just feel free to ask questions. This is a place for all of us to learn from each other also not just the instructors.

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post Apr 18 2008, 06:06 AM
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post Apr 18 2008, 06:58 AM
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post Apr 18 2008, 07:22 AM
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post Apr 18 2008, 07:30 AM
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post Apr 18 2008, 08:17 AM
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post Apr 18 2008, 08:39 AM
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post Apr 18 2008, 10:19 AM
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post Apr 18 2008, 10:38 AM
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