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you feel like this??? 1:50 is me at the moment rolleyes.gif and also at 3:00 is exactly what I say to myself mad.gif

I've put the link as well as the embedded because some tablets won't play embedded videos smile.gif

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I'm currently feeling like this most practice sessions biggrin.gif so any tips on how to get through it would be good.

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Sir Higgins kicks chairs! laugh.gif

I just put the guitar down and go outside and toss the ball for my pup then come back in and start where I left off.


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Tried that mate, come back in and then I am that bloke rolleyes.gif biggrin.gif


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post Nov 7 2014, 07:37 AM
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yikes!
I dunno, is the dude just trying to record something he really cant play properly yet? Im not sure shouting / punching your hands makes them play better, it would be cool though biggrin.gif
besides, if you're not passing through the towns of failure, hardship and frustration on your guitar learning journey then you're not moving forward ( pretty deep for 6:30 in the morning, huh! ) cool.gif


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Never too deep for me, awake since 3am sad.gif


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post Nov 7 2014, 09:09 AM
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QUOTE (Phil66 @ Nov 7 2014, 08:34 AM) *
Never too deep for me, awake since 3am sad.gif


LOL! That's so early its practically last night! is that a work thing or an insomnia thing mellow.gif
its a great time to be playing guitar though smile.gif


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post Nov 7 2014, 09:21 AM
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Insomnia sad.gif I'm in work at 6:30 until 5pm. I don't get up and play guitar though as I don't want to disturb my wife wink.gif I just lie there thinking about my current A Minor lesson I'm struggling to master mad.gif
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post Nov 7 2014, 10:37 AM
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Phil smile.gif I am here and I mean what I said in all our discussions about patience. In order to drag you over to the Lights Side once more, I will share this little story, from the Japanese folklore which I shared with Yash, who is also a very impatient little fellow:

https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/guitar_fo...st&p=697247

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post Nov 7 2014, 11:54 AM
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Thanks Cosmin,

I know you are here for me wink.gif I put this on to get various ideas and also it might help others that don't venture into the instructors area, also to keep the forum buzzing biggrin.gif I'm not ignoring your advice mate cool.gif
I am hoping it's a case of the better you get, the quicker you get better wink.gif.

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post Nov 8 2014, 04:37 PM
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QUOTE (Phil66 @ Nov 7 2014, 10:54 AM) *
Thanks Cosmin,

I know you are here for me wink.gif I put this on to get various ideas and also it might help others that don't venture into the instructors area, also to keep the forum buzzing biggrin.gif I'm not ignoring your advice mate cool.gif
I am hoping it's a case of the better you get, the quicker you get better wink.gif.

Cheers

Phil


No worries, mate wink.gif I understand the idea, but I just wanted to make sure you are conscious about the moment in time where you are actually at - the beginning, in which everything seems so close and yet so far wink.gif Just enjoy the journey and don't raise the bar in an exagerrated manner for yourself. Practice hard, but don't try to compare yourself with anyone, simply because you are yourself and not someone else smile.gif Deal?


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post Nov 9 2014, 09:54 AM
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Deal sir cool.gif
I am enjoying the journey but I don't like it when I'm stuck in a one way system and the exit routes are blocked or I manage to get through an exit only to be diverted back into the one way system. The scenery starts to get less enjoyable sad.gif
Do the the hills get easier to climb as your engine gets tuned or do they get steeper to keep the difficulty the same? biggrin.gif
Why does an hour seem like ten minutes when you're practicing?
Why, when you get over one hurdle does another appear that wasn't even there before? rolleyes.gif
One thing I must say though. Shockingly, the guitar is initially easier than the harmonica, that was so hard to get a single isolated note, constantly getting two notes, and the breathing to get your sharps and flats and keep in time was so hard, I gave up after a month blink.gif
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post Nov 10 2014, 08:03 AM
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I say something is as difficult as you make it seem smile.gif If you constantly think - THIS IS SO DIFFICULT! I want to do it faster! Others are already doing it - why am I slower? You are only making things difficult for yourself - we all do this to ourselves at one point or maybe more often, but hey, if everything would be that easy, you would get bored pretty quickly I think smile.gif

Our society is based on instant gratification - life isn't smile.gif Simply put - this is not a competition and it shouldn't feel that way. Remember, good Sir - your attitude towards the things you practice is the actual game changer wink.gif


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post Nov 10 2014, 11:11 AM
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I know Cosmin but it's hard to change your mindset sometimes unsure.gif I seem to be able to get things OK pretty quickly but the last 10% of accuracy seems to take a disproportionate amount of time. Its the same in engineering, the rough cuts are quick and roughly resemble the finished piece but the fine, accurate cuts are slower. The thing is I always manage to get the last few microns right in engineering but the guitar is a different ball game and I do find myself saying "I haven't got what it takes". I can strum a few chords around the camp fire biggrin.gif and sometimes I think that's my limit rolleyes.gif
I think a big part of it is having had guitars for years and noodling with no direction but somehow expecting to improve, if that makes sense to you.
I guess that's where a lot of my impatience comes from, the annoyance at the realisation of wasting all those years and making a futile attempt to catch up.
I hope I've made sense there biggrin.gif
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post Nov 10 2014, 09:23 PM
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QUOTE (Phil66 @ Nov 10 2014, 10:11 AM) *
I know Cosmin but it's hard to change your mindset sometimes unsure.gif I seem to be able to get things OK pretty quickly but the last 10% of accuracy seems to take a disproportionate amount of time. Its the same in engineering, the rough cuts are quick and roughly resemble the finished piece but the fine, accurate cuts are slower. The thing is I always manage to get the last few microns right in engineering but the guitar is a different ball game and I do find myself saying "I haven't got what it takes". I can strum a few chords around the camp fire biggrin.gif and sometimes I think that's my limit rolleyes.gif
I think a big part of it is having had guitars for years and noodling with no direction but somehow expecting to improve, if that makes sense to you.
I guess that's where a lot of my impatience comes from, the annoyance at the realisation of wasting all those years and making a futile attempt to catch up.
I hope I've made sense there biggrin.gif
Cheers
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I can actually relate to a lot of what you said and have been / am in the same boat. I think its even more easy to get disheartened when you have been playing for a long time ( without ever getting to the 'next level' ) where you are used to playing things and learning things quickly because they are probably within your zone. I get disheartened because of a lack of progress however as Cosmin pointed out to me there is a danger whereby you are simply not progressing as fast as you think you should be progressing. but how fast you think you should progress and how fast in reality progression occurs for the average dude are two different things. I asked myself a few questions and came up with this........ It takes as long as it takes! I used to hate that I couldnt play fast alternate picking but how long was I actually practising it? how long am I spending with a guitar in my hand? Turns out it wasnt nearly enough!
That last 10% of accuracy is the hard part though, the previous 90% is probably not beyond your current level so you will nail that quicker.... that's my experience anyway.
I've been working on this one lesson for a frickin year now! Im still about 5 BPM off the pace! some folks may have given up that lesson by now but Ive not and I will be playing that lesson at full speed.......... but they wont!

Its difficult breaking out of a mindset but you just gotta accept a few things. In my case I needed to accept that I didnt do all this shit when I was 20 like I shoulda done. I cant go back in time to change that so its accepted and I just need to do it now, no point in beating myself up over something I cant affect. Its not genetics that makes a good guitarist.
Its just like bodybuilding ( natural not chemically assisted ) look at the amount of training you need to put in to increase your deads by 20KG ( not to mention the nutrition side of it ). I think guitar is just the same, you need to adopt the training mentality you would for the gym. Its all about reps and how many you do.

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post Nov 10 2014, 09:38 PM
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QUOTE (bleez @ Nov 10 2014, 09:23 PM) *
I can actually relate to a lot of what you said and have been / am in the same boat. I think its even more easy to get disheartened when you have been playing for a long time ( without ever getting to the 'next level' ) where you are used to playing things and learning things quickly because they are probably within your zone. I get disheartened because of a lack of progress however as Cosmin pointed out to me there is a danger whereby you are simply not progressing as fast as you think you should be progressing. but how fast you think you should progress and how fast in reality progression occurs for the average dude are two different things. I asked myself a few questions and came up with this........ It takes as long as it takes! I used to hate that I couldnt play fast alternate picking but how long was I actually practising it? how long am I spending with a guitar in my hand? Turns out it wasnt nearly enough!
That last 10% of accuracy is the hard part though, the previous 90% is probably not beyond your current level so you will nail that quicker.... that's my experience anyway.
I've been working on this one lesson for a frickin year now! Im still about 5 BPM off the pace! some folks may have given up that lesson by now but Ive not and I will be playing that lesson at full speed.......... but they wont!

Its difficult breaking out of a mindset but you just gotta accept a few things. In my case I needed to accept that I didnt do all this shit when I was 20 like I shoulda done. I cant go back in time to change that so its accepted and I just need to do it now, no point in beating myself up over something I cant affect. Its not genetics that makes a good guitarist.
Its just like bodybuilding ( natural not chemically assisted ) look at the amount of training you need to put in to increase your deads by 20KG ( not to mention the nutrition side of it ). I think guitar is just the same, you need to adopt the training mentality you would for the gym. Its all about reps and how many you do.

that's my thoughts anyways rolleyes.gif


Thanks Bleez,

It's nice to know I'm not the only one. I don't get much time to practice, hour and a half a day max, but I do my best. It's just really disheartening when you think you've got it, you put it on REC and the issues that were there have gone but something that wasn't there before has appeared.

I know all about bodybuilding my friend rolleyes.gif I trained for years until my injury (as explained to Cosmin here https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/guitar_fo...st&p=698906 ). I know it's about the reps but also intensity. I don't know if you've heard of ultra high intensity training but you can get as much from a single rep as a set of 3x10. You push for 30 seconds, then lower for 30 seconds. The wait should be enough that the last couple of inches of lowering are nearly impossible. All this time you are squeezing the target muscle as well as doing the movement. It takes a lot of practice to tune into your body like this. The problem with guitar is that I can't see how to make the practice time more effective.

I'm out of action for a while, I have a herniated cervical vertebrae, it rears its ugly head once in a while and can disappear in a day or take weeks. I can just about drive and did a few hours at work today with a support collar on but I've just try to handle my guitar and the right arm going over the body is severely aggravating it so I have to take time out mad.gif

Thanks for your helpful words Bleez, much appreciated.

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I used to be a huge fan of drop set training smile.gif one of the few guys in my gym who were tbh! I tended to favour the smith machine for drops on the bench press because some of the guys spotting were much like the dudes you described huh.gif sounds like a mega sore one you took.
Ive not really found a way of applying the more advanced training methods to guitar playing, its an interesting thought however, imagine drop sets or Wendler's 5/3/1 system on the guitar! that would be kinda awesome cool.gif
I know what you mean about the REC takes, Its not uncommon. I tend to run a REC take past Cosmin before posting and nearly always he will point out stuff that needs fixing.
My thoughts for what they are worth would be - practice around your injury and dont put too much pressure on yourself to progress within a certain timeframe.


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post Nov 11 2014, 08:49 AM
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QUOTE (bleez @ Nov 11 2014, 06:41 AM) *
I know what you mean about the REC takes, Its not uncommon. I tend to run a REC take past Cosmin before posting and nearly always he will point out stuff that needs fixing.
My thoughts for what they are worth would be - practice around your injury and dont put too much pressure on yourself to progress within a certain timeframe.


Thank you for your kind words, Scott! You and I have been working together for a long time now and hell man, progress is always occuring, plus you have gotten past that 'Why am I not faster yet?' phase - it's feeling a lot better and results are always occuring, out of what I know, but at your personal pace, which you are slowly understanding and learning how to work with smile.gif

Phil - it's the same thing here smile.gif I will kindly remind you to stop doing this to yourself, man - why keep at it, when it hurts?

QUOTE (bleez @ Nov 10 2014, 08:23 PM) *
I can actually relate to a lot of what you said and have been / am in the same boat. I think its even more easy to get disheartened when you have been playing for a long time ( without ever getting to the 'next level' ) where you are used to playing things and learning things quickly because they are probably within your zone. I get disheartened because of a lack of progress however as Cosmin pointed out to me there is a danger whereby you are simply not progressing as fast as you think you should be progressing. but how fast you think you should progress and how fast in reality progression occurs for the average dude are two different things. I asked myself a few questions and came up with this........ It takes as long as it takes! I used to hate that I couldnt play fast alternate picking but how long was I actually practising it? how long am I spending with a guitar in my hand? Turns out it wasnt nearly enough!
That last 10% of accuracy is the hard part though, the previous 90% is probably not beyond your current level so you will nail that quicker.... that's my experience anyway.
I've been working on this one lesson for a frickin year now! Im still about 5 BPM off the pace! some folks may have given up that lesson by now but Ive not and I will be playing that lesson at full speed.......... but they wont!

Its difficult breaking out of a mindset but you just gotta accept a few things. In my case I needed to accept that I didnt do all this shit when I was 20 like I shoulda done. I cant go back in time to change that so its accepted and I just need to do it now, no point in beating myself up over something I cant affect. Its not genetics that makes a good guitarist.
Its just like bodybuilding ( natural not chemically assisted ) look at the amount of training you need to put in to increase your deads by 20KG ( not to mention the nutrition side of it ). I think guitar is just the same, you need to adopt the training mentality you would for the gym. Its all about reps and how many you do.

that's my thoughts anyways rolleyes.gif


Spoken like a true master!! Hats off to you, Scott, that's the attitude!


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QUOTE (Cosmin Lupu @ Nov 11 2014, 07:49 AM) *
Spoken like a true master!! Hats off to you, Scott, that's the attitude!

Thanks Boss biggrin.gif your zen like ways must be rubbing off on me!


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QUOTE (bleez @ Nov 11 2014, 12:57 PM) *
Thanks Boss biggrin.gif your zen like ways must be rubbing off on me!


If they would only rubb off on me all of the time laugh.gif I found myself losing temper over some stupid taxi drivers yesterday and I was pretty mad at myself for losing my cool in front of such a bunch of idiots.

Kidding aside, I think that your attitude towards everything in life, is what really makes the difference wink.gif You are on the good path, Scott! Keep walking!

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Just read through this one again and found it quite inspiring.
Thank you gentlemen smile.gif
I've been really struggling with a couple of level two lessons with movable chords. They've been really getting me down, so much so I think that's why I took such a long diversion into setting up a microphone recording system. I needed to accomplish something. Anyway I hope this will kick me in the backside and get me back on track.
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