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Gabriel Leopardi
post Mar 8 2014, 06:24 AM
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Hey guys! We are starting the third month of 2014, and I'm interested in knowing if you have been doing the first steps to achieve the goals that you planned for this year.

In my case, I can say that this has been my first steps for 2014 goals (at least the ones that I remember now):

- Diary guitar sessions covering the topics that I plan every 15 days.
- I've composed around 10 songs between January and February.
- My days are much more organized. I'm more effective and productive at work and with my band.
- I'm reading 2 books.


What about you?


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post Mar 8 2014, 06:46 PM
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Meditate
Write and release my first solo album
Stop smoking
Learn Spanish
Study polyrhythmic subdivisions untill I can change them on the fly
Complete overhaul of left and right hand technique through "tai-chi"-like practice sessions
Reading three books at the moment(Effortless Mastery(again), Beyond war - The Human Potential for Peace, The Evolving Self)
Call my sister(the hardest on the list for sure).

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post Mar 8 2014, 09:54 PM
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QUOTE (verciazghra @ Mar 8 2014, 02:46 PM) *
Meditate
Write and release my first solo album
Stop smoking
Learn Spanish
Study polyrhythmic subdivisions untill I can change them on the fly
Complete overhaul of left and right hand technique through "tai-chi"-like practice sessions
Reading three books at the moment(Effortless Mastery(again), Beyond war - The Human Potential for Peace, The Evolving Self)
Call my sister(the hardest on the list for sure).


That's a very nice list. This steps can show that your goal is to evolve as a person and professional. Very inspiring. smile.gif


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post Mar 8 2014, 10:33 PM
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QUOTE (Gabriel Leopardi @ Mar 8 2014, 09:54 PM) *
That's a very nice list. This steps can show that your goal is to evolve as a person and professional. Very inspiring. smile.gif

I like your list too!


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post Mar 9 2014, 07:51 AM
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I am reading everyday, practicing guitar every day, working out and training with the sword, eating fruit, meditating and drinking tea. I have built the healthy habits and now it's time to see the exact aims of each set for this year. I didn't want to push myself into something I wouldn't be ready yet, so I just took the first important step: Setting the daily habits.. and it worked smile.gif


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post Mar 9 2014, 05:12 PM
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One of my goals is to learn all the notes on the neck. I am following The professors theory lesson on it and applying his method.So hopefully by dedicating time to it everyday I should be able to tick this goal of the list in no time smile.gif
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post Mar 9 2014, 08:02 PM
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QUOTE (Cosmin Lupu @ Mar 9 2014, 03:51 AM) *
I am reading everyday, practicing guitar every day, working out and training with the sword, eating fruit, meditating and drinking tea. I have built the healthy habits and now it's time to see the exact aims of each set for this year. I didn't want to push myself into something I wouldn't be ready yet, so I just took the first important step: Setting the daily habits.. and it worked smile.gif


Great news friend! It seems that you are changing those habits that are definitive to have a healthy, more productive and happy life. Congrats Cos. smile.gif


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One of my goals is to learn all the notes on the neck. I am following The professors theory lesson on it and applying his method.So hopefully by dedicating time to it everyday I should be able to tick this goal of the list in no time smile.gif


Excellent decision! If you add some ear training workout to connect your mind and ear with your fret board, your will master the 2 most important things that a guitarist should learn to be a great player and composer.


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post Mar 10 2014, 12:06 AM
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no more new kids
play and record technical difficulties and black star
stopping physical work and be a full time developer
Love my wife better
spend more time with my kids(dang they grow up quick)

The hard part, everything on this list, takes time away from everything else on the list
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post Mar 10 2014, 08:27 AM
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Excellent decision! If you add some ear training workout to connect your mind and ear with your fret board, your will master the 2 most important things that a guitarist should learn to be a great player and composer.
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This is also something I am trying to learn Gabriel. I am really looking forward to being able to look at the fret board in a new way and be able to connect chords, scales ect . I really need to work hard on the theory side to guitar this year smile.gif
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post Mar 10 2014, 08:27 AM
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Thanks Gabi smile.gif You know, I realized something - anything is possible if you stop inventing excuses and just get to it wink.gif We're always picking up something that keeps us in the comfort zone. It's true it's not a general conclusion and there are some people (a lot actually) whose lives are really demanding and time is really an issue for them. But eventually with a lot of perseverance anyone can get through with their dreams smile.gif That is what I believe!


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post Mar 10 2014, 10:43 AM
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QUOTE (jstcrsn @ Mar 9 2014, 08:06 PM) *
no more new kids
play and record technical difficulties and black star
stopping physical work and be a full time developer
Love my wife better
spend more time with my kids(dang they grow up quick)

The hard part, everything on this list, takes time away from everything else on the list



You goals are very nice mate. I think that you will be able to do everything every week if you are organized, and you ask yourself every time you find yourself doing something... "Is this helping me to achieve my goals?" "Is this connected to my main interests?" "Is this the best thing I can do right now to?". Use notepad (and yes, a pencil tongue.gif ) to right down your diary plans and always ask yourself about what you are doing.. smile.gif


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post Mar 11 2014, 09:11 AM
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And to add at Gabi's great suggestions - ALWAYS take a step back and notice yourself when you are procrastinating smile.gif believe it or not, this is one of the most important reasons because of which people waste time smile.gif


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post Mar 11 2014, 12:55 PM
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QUOTE (Cosmin Lupu @ Mar 11 2014, 05:11 AM) *
And to add at Gabi's great suggestions - ALWAYS take a step back and notice yourself when you are procrastinating smile.gif believe it or not, this is one of the most important reasons because of which people waste time smile.gif



Great addition Cosmin. It's something normal for us to postpone important things and occupy ourselves with less important stuff. It's a must do exercise to fix it, if you want to achieve your goals.


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post Mar 11 2014, 05:54 PM
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I didn't actually make any goals for 2014, so I've not reached any of them yet tongue.gif

But I'll throw some in here:

- Become more familiarized with my mindset, how to work with myself rather than against myself.
- Getting a regular practice schedule put together
- Buying an 8 string
- Getting my cat sterilized (shortly!) for no more annoying cat-in-heat meowing.
- Perhaps redecorating my attic space for guitar practicing. There's no electricity up there though, so it would mean perhaps bringing an oil lamp up there along with my laptop, audiocard and so on. Bit of a hassle, but I reckon it would give me a nice place to practice without being interrupted by other things.
- Learn a lot of inversions of chords.

I think that was some of the goals from on top of my head.


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post Mar 12 2014, 09:09 AM
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QUOTE (Caelumamittendum @ Mar 11 2014, 04:54 PM) *
I didn't actually make any goals for 2014, so I've not reached any of them yet tongue.gif

But I'll throw some in here:

- Become more familiarized with my mindset, how to work with myself rather than against myself.
- Getting a regular practice schedule put together
- Buying an 8 string
- Getting my cat sterilized (shortly!) for no more annoying cat-in-heat meowing.
- Perhaps redecorating my attic space for guitar practicing. There's no electricity up there though, so it would mean perhaps bringing an oil lamp up there along with my laptop, audiocard and so on. Bit of a hassle, but I reckon it would give me a nice place to practice without being interrupted by other things.
- Learn a lot of inversions of chords.

I think that was some of the goals from on top of my head.


Mate, what I would come to ask you - why do you want to learn a lot of chord inversions? I don't say it's a bad thing, but it has to have a definite purpose smile.gif Usually, when we set a goal, we have to have a reason for it. It has to be means to an end, otherwise, we will most probably lose interest along the way smile.gif


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post Mar 12 2014, 11:19 AM
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QUOTE (Cosmin Lupu @ Mar 12 2014, 09:09 AM) *
Mate, what I would come to ask you - why do you want to learn a lot of chord inversions? I don't say it's a bad thing, but it has to have a definite purpose smile.gif Usually, when we set a goal, we have to have a reason for it. It has to be means to an end, otherwise, we will most probably lose interest along the way smile.gif


To cut it short I got talking with a friend of mine about inversions, and I just started looking at some for the fun of it, and some of these sounded better than the original chords I knew (I only really looked at 7th chords). I only really know the simplest chord forms, the barre chords and open chords and a few 7th chords, add9s and so on. I'd like to extent my range of chord knowledge so I can use it in my playing... in a djenty way.


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post Mar 12 2014, 03:30 PM
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QUOTE (Caelumamittendum @ Mar 11 2014, 01:54 PM) *
I didn't actually make any goals for 2014, so I've not reached any of them yet tongue.gif

But I'll throw some in here:

- Become more familiarized with my mindset, how to work with myself rather than against myself.
- Getting a regular practice schedule put together
- Buying an 8 string
- Getting my cat sterilized (shortly!) for no more annoying cat-in-heat meowing.
- Perhaps redecorating my attic space for guitar practicing. There's no electricity up there though, so it would mean perhaps bringing an oil lamp up there along with my laptop, audiocard and so on. Bit of a hassle, but I reckon it would give me a nice place to practice without being interrupted by other things.
- Learn a lot of inversions of chords.

I think that was some of the goals from on top of my head.


Write down this goals in a notepad and go deeper with them. Write what's the reason, where you are going with them. What previous steps you need to achieve them and use it a roadmap for the next weeks. Try to set bigger and smaller goals and your life will change drastically. smile.gif


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post Mar 12 2014, 05:24 PM
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QUOTE (Gabriel Leopardi @ Mar 12 2014, 03:30 PM) *
Write down this goals in a notepad and go deeper with them. Write what's the reason, where you are going with them. What previous steps you need to achieve them and use it a roadmap for the next weeks. Try to set bigger and smaller goals and your life will change drastically. smile.gif


It does feel nice to write down goals. I'm not too good with a notepad though. I tend to just end up throwing it away! laugh.gif


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post Mar 13 2014, 09:27 AM
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QUOTE (Caelumamittendum @ Mar 12 2014, 04:24 PM) *
It does feel nice to write down goals. I'm not too good with a notepad though. I tend to just end up throwing it away! laugh.gif


Ah, well mate, that's where you have to conquer yourself wink.gif Stick to the notes and be hard on yourself. As Gabi suggested, your goals have to have a reason - Why do I want to learn inversions? Because I want to write a song in which inversions will offer a nice interesting sound to the bridge in that song. See, this is a precise goal with a tangible end, having offered you knowledge on the long run (you will be able to use the inversions in other future contexts as well) and with spot on application - the bridge in the song.


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QUOTE (Cosmin Lupu @ Mar 13 2014, 09:27 AM) *
Ah, well mate, that's where you have to conquer yourself wink.gif Stick to the notes and be hard on yourself. As Gabi suggested, your goals have to have a reason - Why do I want to learn inversions? Because I want to write a song in which inversions will offer a nice interesting sound to the bridge in that song. See, this is a precise goal with a tangible end, having offered you knowledge on the long run (you will be able to use the inversions in other future contexts as well) and with spot on application - the bridge in the song.


That's a very nice way of putting it! I'll see if I can't find my old notepad and write some stuff down. Thanks smile.gif


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