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post May 17 2015, 03:38 PM
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Just started playing guitar about 1.5yrs ago. So still very much a beginner.

My goal at this point is to get good enough to cover the songs I like which includes just about everything except country. So anything from 80s,90s to Indie to Rock to Metal. Really just love playing and the whole process of learning to play.

My primary learning environment has been the game Rocksmith. Can't speak highly enough about that game. Honestly wish I could find an instructor that was familiar with it. I think it has fantastic teaching potential.

I try to play everyday for at least an hour. I notice progress but it's frustratingly slow especially as a I get better.

I love technology so I recently picked up a Variax and love how you can change the tuning at the turn of a dial. Comes in really handy when you want to play songs in Rocksmith in Eb.

One of the things that drew me to the site was the Beginner Solo in D. If I could develop my skills to be able to play that I think I would be happy. Well at least for a little while smile.gif

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post May 17 2015, 03:53 PM
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Welcome to GMC pmanic123! smile.gif

It is really interesting to hear that your main teaching tool was the game Rocksmith. We have discussed that game a few times here in the forum, I think many will be interested to hear your first hand impressions. I've never played it but watched videos on youtube of it and the whole concept is really cool and way better than Guitar Hero which I consider a great and inspiring game as well.

Which techniques or songs are you working on at the moment?
Beginner Solo in D sounds like a great venture into lead playing, have you been playing/practicing lead stuff much till now?

You mentioned that you are looking to get good enough to cover songs you like and that is an approach which I personally prefer when it comes to guitar and practicing. You could pick a song and we could help you figure out which techniques, aspects of playing you need to work on to be able to play it. This way you only develop skills which you'll be using immediately to have fun. I'm commenting about this as I think one can easily get lost practicing stuff he'd never actually use and then get bored with it (I know I did this so many times hehe).

See you around the forum,
Fellow tech freak here as well -Bogdan


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post May 17 2015, 04:39 PM
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post May 18 2015, 04:28 PM
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Hi mate! Welcome to GMC!

That's a very cool intro and I have to say that the lesson that attracted you here is an excellent first goal as a guitarist. That lesson includes many techniques on a simple and nice to hear solo so it's a perfect plan to work on it. As you will notice that there are some techniques there that you are not used with, it's ok, to combine it with some more technical stuff that helps you to learn the basics of these techniques:

- alternate picking
- legato
- vibrato
- bending
- tapping
- sweep picking

I recommend you to explore our beginners series to get into these techniques and create a plan that keep you practicing every day on different topics.

If you need help with it, just let me know!


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post May 21 2015, 10:01 PM
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Welcome to GMC!! This is THE BEST PLACE EVER IMHO for folks who wanna get better. Jump in with both feet!! Keep on the path you are on for practice: ) It's all about doing it in consistent way. Join in the collabs/chats/lessons here on the site and next thing you know BAM crazy good player smile.gif

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Just started playing guitar about 1.5yrs ago. So still very much a beginner.

My goal at this point is to get good enough to cover the songs I like which includes just about everything except country. So anything from 80s,90s to Indie to Rock to Metal. Really just love playing and the whole process of learning to play.

My primary learning environment has been the game Rocksmith. Can't speak highly enough about that game. Honestly wish I could find an instructor that was familiar with it. I think it has fantastic teaching potential.

I try to play everyday for at least an hour. I notice progress but it's frustratingly slow especially as a I get better.

I love technology so I recently picked up a Variax and love how you can change the tuning at the turn of a dial. Comes in really handy when you want to play songs in Rocksmith in Eb.

One of the things that drew me to the site was the Beginner Solo in D. If I could develop my skills to be able to play that I think I would be happy. Well at least for a little while smile.gif

Cheers



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