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#1 FenderBender

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Posted 27 June 2014 - 06:49 AM

I bought this course in 2007. I got to session 4 and at that time my mother passed away from cancer. I pretty much fell into a funk and put my guitar down.. Shortly there after my father died and I pretty much lost my motivation to do anything. I didnt care about anything or anybody, including myself.. I was as useless as a human could be.

 I have always love the guitar and watching people play. As a child of the 70's I have seen almost all the great rock bands and guitar players. Recently I saw the TedeschiTrucks Band featuring Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi. I was completely blown away by her voice and his playing. It literally brought tears to my eyes.. I had never felt anything like that from just watching someone play. it was amazing. If you have not heard of them go check them out.

 Well Derek has inspired me to start the course over and I got my guitar out for the first time in over 5 years. I am back and hope to get through the entire course this time around. I am glad to be back and was thrilled to find my password still worked for this awesome forum. I do remember what great forum this is  and what a good community of members it has. Happy trails to all !   Dave



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Posted 27 June 2014 - 07:19 AM

Welcome back Dave. Good luck moving forward. I saw Trucks and Tedeschi on a television special once. I know what you mean about his playing and her singing.

 

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#3 David Sopp

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Posted 27 June 2014 - 08:24 AM

Welcome Back Dave, sorry about your loss. I know the feeling of just giving up I did the same after my 2nd Divorce Till I got mad at myself. Evidently the fire never totally went out, Go make something happen, maybe come up with a nice song for your parents.  Best of luck        David



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Posted 27 June 2014 - 11:48 AM

Been there, done that: death and divorce. Guitar is great therapy. Lotsa luck.


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Posted 27 June 2014 - 11:57 AM

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Posted 27 June 2014 - 01:39 PM

Welcome back Dave.......music knows no boundaries, it welcomes all!

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Posted 27 June 2014 - 03:52 PM

Welcome back. Hope this course is theraputic for you. Use your feelings to color your playing. :)
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Posted 27 June 2014 - 08:59 PM

Gotta agree with JWells. Guitar is great therapy. I start 4 months ago and have gone through lots of family turmoil. I can pick up the guitar and practice or just noodle around and it allows to forget about all the turmoil. It is great therapy.


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#9 David Sopp

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Posted 28 June 2014 - 09:33 AM

Gotta agree with JWells. Guitar is great therapy. I start 4 months ago and have gone through lots of family turmoil. I can pick up the guitar and practice or just noodle around and it allows to forget about all the turmoil. It is great therapy.

It's a proven fact, Hobbies such as music, learning another language. crossword puzzles, any thing that makes you have to think is theraputic. It helps in the prevention of Dimentia, ALS and others not coming to mind right now.Of course my doctor was a little concerned when my blood pressure was slightly up this past Thursday. I told him not to worry, it was Session 7.



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Posted 28 June 2014 - 01:59 PM

Welcome back Dave!

I can relate, lost my Father a little over a year ago, I still think about him every day.

But, I know that my Dad would have never wanted to see me give up something I love doing

because of his passing, and I'm sure your parents would feel the same way.

So, go for it, and make them proud !!!

 

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Posted 01 July 2014 - 04:46 AM

Welcome back Dave!  

 

Have had a couple of stops and starts myself, an interstate move, and life in general sometimes got in the way.  

 

Keep at it!  I find practice time is relaxing, even if I am working on something frustrating (Canon in D comes to mind.... lol).

 

My dad passed away last year, but he always liked to hear me practicing (even when I was clunking thru session 4 forever!) 

and was so happy when I learned the Star Spangled Banner, the tough old Navy vet that he was :) 

 

Play on!  :D


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Posted 01 July 2014 - 04:58 PM

The only thing I can add is Welcome Back!  Also - since your guitar has been sitting around for the last 5 years, bring it in for a set-up and new strings to make things easier for yourself.


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Posted 01 July 2014 - 10:40 PM

Welcome back - enjoy the journey!


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Posted 01 July 2014 - 10:51 PM

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Posted 02 July 2014 - 05:34 AM

Welcome back, Dave! I hope you enjoy playing your guitar again. It's one of my favorite things to do every day.


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#16 LMG Guitar Nut

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Posted 02 July 2014 - 11:08 AM

you like Derek and Susan.. Check out Joe Bonamassa,

 

esp the 2009 Royal Albert Hall DVD (there is a 2013 DVD as well but stick to the 2009 one first)



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Posted 03 July 2014 - 04:02 AM

Dave. It is great to see someone else starting up again, as I just did myself today.  Whatever level of playing you attain be proud of yourself as your family would be.  There are millions of people out there that are going to do something but let setbacks stop them from ever doing anything.  Life can seem sometimes seem like all it does is knock us down, but those that keep getting up and carrying on are the real winners.  Take the suggestion on getting a setup done, easier playing and better sounding!    Best of luck to you.


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Posted 03 July 2014 - 11:00 AM

My condolences to you.

 

Welcome back!


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Posted 14 June 2018 - 05:47 PM

Ok. After three (3) years I can finally sit up long enough for a productive practice session. I cannot believe that amount of time has passed. I restarted at the very beginning as I felt this was fastest route to new calluses, finger dexterity, tempo to name a few. I was in lesson 8 when I had my accident and I tried to just m p back in that lesson. Each practice got more frustrating which led to the restart decision. I also added the Song Hits and Spotlight on Blues course supplements for when I am ready for them. I will be starting lesson four next week both core and bonus. I am now using a metronome to each session as this eliminates developing bad tempo and gives structure to the sessions. I was playing slow, fast, slow fast depending on fingering difficulty. Using the metronome forces me to play correct note values as I go from string to string etc. I am finding a lot of value in this approach. Carry on Guitar lovers and remember while playing more may be painful, playing more builds calluses which making playing easier and make you a better guitar player overall.
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Posted 14 June 2018 - 07:26 PM

Ok. After three (3) years I can finally sit up long enough for a productive practice session. I cannot believe that amount of time has passed. I restarted at the very beginning as I felt this was fastest route to new calluses, finger dexterity, tempo to name a few. I was in lesson 8 when I had my accident and I tried to just m p back in that lesson. Each practice got more frustrating which led to the restart decision. I also added the Song Hits and Spotlight on Blues course supplements for when I am ready for them. I will be starting lesson four next week both core and bonus. I am now using a metronome to each session as this eliminates developing bad tempo and gives structure to the sessions. I was playing slow, fast, slow fast depending on fingering difficulty. Using the metronome forces me to play correct note values as I go from string to string etc. I am finding a lot of value in this approach. Carry on Guitar lovers and remember while playing more may be painful, playing more builds calluses which making playing easier and make you a better guitar player overall.

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