Nope didn't think so either. We all know parents don't get this.

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Thanks for the video! Anyways I think I figured it out! I'll just take it slow and enjoy the good guitar journey! smile.gif

Being an over thinker sucks but I just have to keep in mind I enjoyed and even progressed more when I actually just played the guitar for fun and learned the songs I wanted etc! smile.gif , I also think that if you're going to sit down and going to play 30 minutes of legato the first day you might start out at 40 bpm getting the pattern down and then end up at 70 bpm, that's a nice progress and the next day you might not even get past 70 bpm and you won't feel like you've progressed, what I mean is that it is so easy to become bored like that because you're only looking for progress where as just playing for fun you'll still progress if you try and learn new things but you'll also have fun.

Anyways not sure if it makes any since, but in that case I can try and re-phrase, I currently have the flue (I always get sick when I get holidays - feels ironic somehow...), so I'll try and get that Hey You recording done when I can play the guitar for more than 2 minutes without almost falling a sleep laugh.gif

But again thanks for the video it resolved some of my problems and along with your information I listened to a lot about what Mr. Gilbert says and he said when he was a teenager he just learned a bunch of songs and he made a rule that he had to learn a new thing each day, doesn't matter if it was a chord, phrase, lick or song and also he thinks that learning songs is one of the best things, also because it is a great motivator since first you didn't know how to play it and after you do, which is progress.

Some info from Paul that I found very useful and really relevant that helped me solve my frustrations! But he just played for 6 hours a day and tried to get a song to sound good, and I get that and he didn't force him to play for a specific amount of time and he just had fun, so I definitely like that idea! just have fun and try and learn a new thing everyday as he says in a year that's a lot smile.gif, imagine learning 365 new phrases in one year or 365 songs, for that matter tongue.gif .

This one in particular I really liked & the one below.

Can you hear and feel improvement in your playing? What kind of songs are you aiming for?

I must admit that I feel very lucky that I started to play guitar before Van Halen became famous. I was very happy to work on learning Beatles songs, and simple Led Zeppelin bending solos.

The most difficult situation that I find as a teacher is when a student says, "I've been playing for two years, and I really want to learn some Yngwie Malmsteen solos and some Dream Theater songs." The culture of rock music has a lot of the do-it-yourself spirit, which has led to some great and creative music. But the more complex stuff, really requires some serious time investment. No classical piano student would be working on Rachmaninov concertos until they had been playing for many years. No classical violin student would be working on Paganini Caprices until they had been playing many years.

When I was a teenager, I would spend months working on just one or two techniques to get them comfortable. I still find now that a new shape or technique can take a couple of years before it gains the same fluency as the rest of my playing.

How can I stand this slow progress? Because it IS progress. And I'm excited about how I will sound in the future.

Also, I don't also work on the most difficult things. Along the way, I learn lots of songs, and take time to enjoy music that can be played with my current technique.

Hang in there, and enjoy music and guitar!

A person asked about hes practice routine and it was a schedule and it was like 5 minutes of that and 5 of that, 10 of that, etc.

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I must admit, I'm curious to see if you get results and/or happiness from this kind of practicing. Please keep me posted.

I am completely open to the idea that everyone learns differently, but of course I can't help but favor the kind of learning that has worked best for me.

And that is: Learning and playing SONGS.

You have songs in your schedule, so that's good. But they are mostly at half speed. (?)

I would recommend choosing songs that you can play confidently at their real tempos.

The majority of musical elements that need to be improved in most students' playing have nothing to do with speed. My method of teaching is very much inflluenced by this. If everyone had perfect control of muting, dynamics, transitions, tone, meter, rhythmic vocabulary, groove, and endings, then I might have a course that focused more on playing fast, and I might recommend it more.

But from listening to my students (and myself), I realize that these other elements should be emphasized and practiced a lot. And what is the best way to do that? Playing songs! And choosing ones that are easy enough where you can relax and LISTEN to the music, almost as if someone else were playing it.

It's also good to record your playing (songs) and listen to it back. Listen critically, and try to see what could be improved.

But mostly, pick songs that can be mastered quickly. Achieving a small, but complete and excellently accomplished goal now, will feel better than "maybe" achieving a big one in the distant future.

To be more specific, I'd recommend doing a version of Steve Miller's "Jet Airliner" where you can play it with your eyes closed and control every nuance of the tone, and to wait for "Scarified."

I hope you have fun with your practice, no matter what methods you choose.


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Hehe! Glad you found a way for your own Way smile.gif ..and sorry about the cold man sad.gif I know how it feels not to be able to focus and perform, be it music or anything else. It just drains the life out of you.. ugh!

Now, I enjoyed reading Mr. Gilbert's words and I wanted to ask you where you found these? smile.gif BTW: I saw him perform last evening in Bucharest tongue.gif

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