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JTaylor
post Dec 27 2011, 10:50 AM
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Hey everybody!
I'm not really sure how to word this but I will give it my best shot. I picked up my first guitar in 1988 and have played with them for the better part of two decades. Notice I said "played with" not "played." During that time, I learned a couple of things, the most when I was in the Marines and stationed on Okinawa in 1990 and was friends with some guys that were very good. There are some things I can play pretty proficiently but lead is not one of them. To put it lightly, I suck at it and have always avoided it like the plague.
I joined GMC a few weeks ago and, not knowing where to start, I decided to start from the very beginning with Andrew Cockburn. I am now on Bear Rose's series #14. Playing in front of anyone makes me extremely nervous (even after 8 years of being married, I still get nervous playing guitar in front of my wife) and being in front of a camera is just as bad if not worse. However, I have decided that I am going to learn how to play and I am going to get comfortable playing in front of people. I have submitted two REC's, both the same lesson as it is one I am struggling with and I have also put a video on this board of the same lesson.
I did not pass the first time and I may or may not pass this time. However, that is okay! My submitting these videos, I am getting great feedback and advice which I am doing my best to follow. If I do not put my playing out there, I could be in la-la land and thinking it is fine when, in truth, it is not. Eventually, it will help me get over my paralyzing fear of playing for people.
To those who are too scared to submit their playing, I would advise you to re-consider. The instructors are here to help and they cannot help you if they cannot see what you are doing. If you do not receive a passing grade, it's okay! I do not consider any of my attempts failures, as long as I am learning something. I have tried the whole "self-taught" thing for many years and, finally, I am done with that. I want professional advice and judgement and that is what I get with my REC's. Again, I would like to encourage you to submit a REC. You cannot fix something until you find out what is wrong! smile.gif


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post Dec 27 2011, 11:09 AM
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That's it mate.... It's the only way to get better.

No point sitting around at home playing with bad technique and horrible tone.... The REC program is the best feature on here and it will help 'guide' you on the musical path you choose. Everyone should be a part of the REC program IMO.

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post Dec 27 2011, 12:21 PM
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Hey man! Welcome to the site! That's a great advice to beginners and new guys here! wink.gif


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post Dec 27 2011, 06:49 PM
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Hey JT, this is exactly the way I view the REC.. you've echoed my sentiments perfectly. Any feedback is valuable. Passing all the time is great, but if there's no points of improvement to consider then it's just a 'well done mate' kind of thing which is good for self esteem but there's no information to take with it. I believe REC is there to help people get better smile.gif


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post Dec 27 2011, 07:06 PM
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You cannot fix something until you find out what is wrong!


I totally agree, not passing shouldn't be viewed as a failure at all.

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post Dec 27 2011, 07:11 PM
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QUOTE (dark dude @ Dec 27 2011, 06:06 PM) *
I totally agree, not passing shouldn't be viewed as a failure at all.


Soooo True man. I did a take of one of Jonathan's lessons a while back, and the feedback I got from that lesson was very helpfull, made me go back and examine phrasing and vibrato more carefully.... It all hopefully leads to the "BREAK THROUGH" moments when your almost there, then....bang, a lil advice and a nudge in the right direction and you got it smile.gif


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post Dec 27 2011, 07:18 PM
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Wise words man! and welcome smile.gif


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post Dec 27 2011, 10:05 PM
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yeah, I think the rec takes are such a valuable way to receive honest feedback,

You shouldn't wait till you have things perfect, just submit and correct


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post Dec 27 2011, 10:51 PM
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Wise words man, indeed REC program offers a change to see what are good and bad sides in your playing. Good advice for everyone! smile.gif


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post Dec 27 2011, 10:54 PM
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Well, it's very hard to manage to make two steps back and look in the mirror smile.gif I think this is the miracle of the REC biggrin.gif it's your mirror smile.gif if you don't look sharp enough yet, no trouble, go back and arrange things a bit more until you are shining in the mirror!


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post Dec 28 2011, 03:17 AM
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Very well said!
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The instructors are here to help and they cannot help you if they cannot see what you are doing.

I've been at GMC almost a year & I have had this little nagging voice in the back of my head (I have a feeling it might be Ben wink.gif ) telling me "it's time to do a REC, man!" Like you said, the instructors can't help us if they can't hear us!

Uh oh ohmy.gif , now I've done it...I have said something on the forum...I mean...the forum is like concrete...once it's there, it's there forever...now I REALLY do have to do a REC!!! smile.gif See you on the REC board!

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post Dec 28 2011, 04:30 AM
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QUOTE (Blister @ Dec 28 2011, 02:17 AM) *
Uh oh ohmy.gif , now I've done it...I have said something on the forum...I mean...the forum is like concrete...once it's there, it's there forever...now I REALLY do have to do a REC!!! smile.gif See you on the REC board!

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haha yep you do now bro haha


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post Dec 28 2011, 04:37 AM
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Recording yourself is the best way to improve. Good choice coming here.


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post Dec 28 2011, 03:01 PM
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QUOTE (Blister @ Dec 28 2011, 02:17 AM) *
Very well said!

I've been at GMC almost a year & I have had this little nagging voice in the back of my head (I have a feeling it might be Ben wink.gif ) telling me "it's time to do a REC, man!" Like you said, the instructors can't help us if they can't hear us!

Uh oh ohmy.gif , now I've done it...I have said something on the forum...I mean...the forum is like concrete...once it's there, it's there forever...now I REALLY do have to do a REC!!! smile.gif See you on the REC board!

Gary


Heheheheheehehe, there's no escape now !!!! ph34r.gif


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post Dec 28 2011, 03:07 PM
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Great words!! Now all I gotta do is record a take. I do admit I tend to wait until it's about perfect before submitting.


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