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I'll see what I can do Gab, it's like running through treacle at the moment. I love music, I'm still having lots of ideas about what I'd like to play, I love my guitar collection, I love my gear, it's just something I can't quite understand why I'm feeling like this about my playing, about me, when I think about playing it's like I'm thinking about going to a funeral but I still go.

My stomach has that feeling all the time like when you have something to do that you don't really want to but know you have to, just like a funeral. It's really really strange and I seriously hope it isn't the start of something going wrong in my head mentally. I'm hardly sleeping, 2 - 4 hours of broken sleep at best.

Sorry Gab, I shouldn't have offloaded this onto you, you're my guitar tutor not my psychiatrist. I just needed you to know.

Cheers Gab

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Hi Phil,

I'm here to help you with everything I can. Are you currently visiting a specialist to talk about this feeling?


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Thanks Gab,

I am always here for you too if there is anything I can ever help you with.

I'm not seeing a specialist, I don't think I would, I don't think I need to really unless it went on for a long time and suggested that it is something deeper and that the guitar is just how the deeper issue is manifesting itself.

I'm sure it will pass and I'll be back on track very soon. I just needed to tell you about why I might not be so intense these days. I'm actually wondering if having, say a Saturday night off from playing each week would be good. I tend to spend from 7pm-10pm in my practise room, only meaning to spend until 8:30, then I feel bad about my wife being on her own downstairs even though she doesn't moan. I thought maybe one night a week of chillling with my wife in front of the TV with some wine might be a good tonic for me and also my wife.

Cheers buddy.

UPDATE:

I'm not quitting. I'd like to suggest some changes if that's ok.

  1. 1 Keep the Saturday thing above.
  2. 2 Keep the AP lesson going forever as a warm up and still try to increase speed. I've hit a wall at about 65% at the moment.
  3. 3 Choose a lesson. Give it one month. If after one month speed isn't 100% with reasonable accuracy move to another lesson. If I still feel that I can improve or that I haven't hit a wall, give it a further month etc.


What do you think Gab? I'm thinking this will keep things fresh, even if I don't get to REC level and move to another lesson I will still be learning and improving, I will keep a record of all lessons covered in order to go back to them later on.

How about this for my next challenge. What do you think? https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/Phil-Collen-Beginner/


Sorry for being a difficult student, I guess we discover things about ourselves as we go through our journey. I may feel like we need a new approach again in a year's time.

Thanks for everything buddy smile.gif



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Hi Phil!

The rule number one is to enjoy the process, so it's great to try different ways in order to find which is the best one for you. I feel that this approach that you suggest could work, so let's go for it. If it keeps you motivated and playing, that's the right choice. wink.gif

That lesson by Ben is coot, it has a nice groove and requires a good sense of rhythm, and use of muting. I also feel that it's based on the style that you like playing. Go for it!


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Thanks for your understanding Gab,

I think sticking with a lesson is good if you are improving it each week but if you hit a sticking point for over a week or two it might be time to put it on the back burner and try something fresh. Maybe return to the lesson again if you complete the replacement lesson.

My problem is I hate being beaten so I plug away endlessly/mindlessly refusing to be beaten but it seems now, that for me, that is detrimental. I feel this may have been the cause of my recent guitar depression. It's a pernicious (having a harmful effect, especially in a gradual or subtle way) effect but I think that could be what happened.

I need to learn to accept that it's time to move on rather than being obstinate. I also think that maybe trying more lessons over a year, whether I get them to REC or not, will still improve my playing but it will also open up my musical vocabulary.

So once I get this weekend out of the way, and try to get the bars 9-16 of the gallop up to speed in two days blink.gif I'll get onto the Phil Collen lesson. When I get that right or move on, the first thing I'll try again is the Jack White, if it doesn't happen, we can select another lesson and do the same again.

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Hi Phil, that sounds like a plan for me.


As I've said previously, the most important thing is to find the way to keep you enjoying the process and motivated. So let's try it.



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Gab,

I'M BACK cool.gif

I had my first go at the Phil Collen lesson tonight after I warmed up with the AP lesson, (I am keeping that forever as my warm up and hopefully eventually I'll get it to speed). I got the double stop section of the Metal track to 100% and this was the first time I tried it tonight, it's scruffy and the timing is off here and there but I'm really going to try to get it to you for Tuesday. If you have to go ahead don't worry about it.

I am loving the groove of the Phil Collen lesson, I've got the first 9 bars down at 70%, I'll be adding bars every day. It's great.

I really think that for me, variety is the spice of life. Keeps it fresh and fun biggrin.gif biggrin.gif biggrin.gif

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Hi Phil, I'm glad to know this!!

I want you as a part of the collab so I'll wait for your take. Don't worry if you provide it tomorrow or on wednesday. Just keep me updated.


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Hello Gab,

I posted a quick take to see what you think in the collab thread. If it's good enough I'll re-record on Wednesday with a video.

My ear must be improving a little bit. I have been learning the Collen lesson, as always for the first stage, via GP5. I just watch the video, it didn't look right to me, as though Ben is playing everything one string over towards the unwound strings so I played along with him to see if it sounded the same. It did sound the same but he definitely isn't playing that lowest string then I looked closely, he's playing a 7 string laugh.gif I hadn't watched the spoken video (2) where you can see the head stock. I thought I was going crazy at first. I was thinking "How can it sound the same played one string over?".

There was a time I would not have been able to play along and recognise if it was out compared to mine or not so, there is one improvement I can notice biggrin.gif

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Hi Phil!

I've just checked your take for the collab and it sounds good! I've repplied there that we could go for it.

About your ear, yeah! All these time of practicing is paying! It's tricky to note it day after day, but you are going forward mate, keep the great job!


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Thanks Gab,

Posted take, can do again if required. I've also sent you a pm wink.gif


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Thanks a lot! I'm mixing it!


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Looking forward to it Gab smile.gif

I was getting caught out in the Collen lesson laugh.gif The first chord in bar 12 comes in a beat earlier than in similar bars where notes come in on beat 3&. In bar 12 the first chord is played on beat 2&. Took me a while, I kept on waiting for 3& rolleyes.gif

Is my thinking correct?

Thanks Gab.

UPDATE:

Gab, I am back on it 100%. You know I said I was going to skip Saturday evening practise? Well I couldn't but I did cut it down. I played my AP lesson 5 times trying to increase speed then finished at 25% playing very accurately. I then played Phil Collen bars 1-16 five times working up to 100% and then 5 times at 100%. I then finished with the Kotzen lick for a few minutes trying to keep relaxed until my arm got tired.

That Metal collab really helped to get my mojo back. Thank you so much for encouraging me to enter it mate. Nice one smile.gif It turned out superb cool.gif

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Hi Phil! Thanks for the update!

Never miss a collab! You can always record 1 chord, 1 melody, or whatever you want, but it's cool to have you on them. It's cool for you, for me, for GMC, for everyone. It's the part of this beautiful place where we make music together. smile.gif

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Hello Gab,

Here we go again. My father in law was taken into hospital today. The people at the care home couldn't wake him up. His blood pressure was fine, his pulse was fine, his temperature was fine, at the moment we are waiting for assessment reports.

We'll have to see what happens, practise will have to wait until we get back to normal.

Sorry Gab.

UPDATE: Currently in emergency assessment having checks on heart.

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Hi Phil, I'm sorry to read this. All my best thoughts.


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Thanks Gab,

Well that was a strange one. Went to see him in the hospital on Tuesday, really hallucinating, telling us stories of his drive "with the bloke off the tv" to a prison that was 16 floors tall, they were looking for missing wheels to take to the customs section in the prison but they had no paperwork so he found a baby in a box that was 7 years old and now he's lost it and the big plants on the ceiling keep dropping leaves on him in his bed, (They are just the rails for the curtains that go around the hospital bed.

Now he is back in the care home after a 24hour power treatment of antibiotics. He's still delusional, and is never going to be 100% without confusion but he is now how he was before his unconsciousness. We think his stories of his car journeys to the prison, the local shopping mall etc are his dreams and he can't tell dreams from reality.

We'll have to see how it goes now but things, for the time being, are back to "normal".

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That's so weird. I'm sorry to hear this mate. Those stories are good for making some music. What do you think? I always try to convert bad experiences and feeling into music. It's my way to take it out of me and make something good with it.

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Thanks Gab,

For some reason I can't feel any music with this latest issue, only very weird psychedelic things.

This weekend we are going HERE on Saturday for a walk and some lunch, it is the town where Shakespeare was born. I don't know what we are doing on the evening, maybe go out for a meal somewhere.

On Sunday we are going HERE, "The Orchard and courtyards will play host to over 70 local artists, food producers and talented craftspeople who'll be selling a selection of present-perfect goodies. Join in with the carol singing or have a go at making seasonal crafts to take home - there's plenty to get you into the festive spirit!"

I also have to tidy up all of the cables in my recording area. Over the years, adding and removing equipment has created a tangle of messy cables. It really needs sorting.

Have you got much planned? Gig to see? gig to play? girlfriend days?

Here is my first recording for a long time. It's up to speed but it's a bit scruffy and the single notes sound a little flat for some reason,any tips on playing and tone would be great thanks.

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Hi Phil! Great to see you playing a bit of the lesson. That's going well, keep going!

That's a very nice place. Enjoy your weekend! smile.gif

This weekend I have some family meetings, today and on Sunday. On Saturday, my girl's band will be playing so I'll go with them. They've just released a new videoclip. I've done the production, mix, mastering, and recorded some synths for the song. I'm proud! smile.gif




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