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#1 magnus80a

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Posted 04 January 2017 - 01:57 PM

Last year I vowed to get better at improvising and playing by ear and I've achieved that goal. I'm going to keep practicing this, but the goal was to get noticeably better.

 

This year I aim to get further in the fingerstyle course. Maybe even learn to improvise and play fingerstyle by ear.

 

Your goals?



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Posted 04 January 2017 - 04:12 PM

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Posted 04 January 2017 - 07:26 PM

Last year I vowed to get better at improvising and playing by ear and I've achieved that goal. I'm going to keep practicing this, but the goal was to get noticeably better.

 

This year I aim to get further in the fingerstyle course. Maybe even learn to improvise and play fingerstyle by ear.

 

Your goals?

 

Care to share what you did to improve in those areas?  I'd definitely like to get better at playing by ear.  I find difficulty knowing where to play something on the fretboard.  I can hear a melody, I can sing it but have no idea how to map it on guitar unlike piano which is so much easier for me to transcribe on with its singular row of notes.


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Posted 04 January 2017 - 07:31 PM

I've learned a lot after the past few months of taking private lessons.  The biggest thing I learned is that I don't need to stay in one session until I'm bored to pieces.  These concepts will constantly be revisited over time.  The course will serve as an introduction to different topics with some practical application of the topics.  I've planned to do one month per session.  Jan = Session 7, Feb = Session 8, etc.  At that rate, I'll be nearly done with the course by the end of the year however I will have a lifetime to work on the concepts.  :biggrin:   I'm excited again to be moving forward after being stagnant for months.


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#5 magnus80a

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Posted 04 January 2017 - 10:59 PM

 

Last year I vowed to get better at improvising and playing by ear and I've achieved that goal. I'm going to keep practicing this, but the goal was to get noticeably better.

This year I aim to get further in the fingerstyle course. Maybe even learn to improvise and play fingerstyle by ear.

Your goals?


Care to share what you did to improve in those areas? I'd definitely like to get better at playing by ear. I find difficulty knowing where to play something on the fretboard. I can hear a melody, I can sing it but have no idea how to map it on guitar unlike piano which is so much easier for me to transcribe on with its singular row of notes.

Sure. Just to be clear; I still have a lot to learn in this area, but it's opening up.

1. Learn to play the chromatic scale all over the neck using only five frets starting wherever your starting note is. It's important to be able to play the scale across the fretboard and not just along a string. It's also important to be able to move along the neck into a new position and continue from there. After a while the guitar will be as familiar as the piano.
2. Learn how the major scale fits in the chromatic scale.
3. Play around with melodies using the major scale as a map and transpose it all over the neck as you already know how the notes fit due to 1. and 2.
4. Play a recording and practise identifying the root. It helps immensely to sing on top of the song to find it.
5. Play along with recordings like in 3 using your root identifying skills from 4.

Hope it helps. :)



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Posted 05 January 2017 - 12:26 AM

magnus80a, Great Topic!  I was going to post the very same. 

 

My number 1 goal for this year is to finish Learn and Master Guitar by year end.  I know that sounds aggressive, optimistic and possibly unrealistic after spending 3 years on the first half of the course.  However, I do have some logic to support my accomplishing this.  This last year has been interrupted by surgeries and back pain that I have whined about on here.  Hopefully, that is largely behind me.  Much of the future sessions (Blues, bending, power chords, hammer ons & pull-offs, etc.) I have been working on in other sources.  Plus I am going devote more daily time to practicing.

 

My number 2 goal is to play in a public setting by year end.  At a minimum I want to set in at a public blues jam.  Or my neighbor across the road has an annual birthday party where his band plays. At that party this year different people sat in.   I'd like to get up the nerve to do that this year.

 

magnus80a, thanks again for starting this.


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Posted 05 January 2017 - 06:53 PM

2017 goal is to slog my way through the Fingerstyle Milestones Tommy Emmanuel TrueFire course.



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Posted 06 January 2017 - 04:21 AM

Great topic. I actually just posted my goals for the year up on my bulletin board. One of my goals is to learn all the notes in the fret board. Another is to be able to accompany the piano at church. We only have piano sheet music so I want to be able to look at the music and know which chords to play to make it sound it good. I also want to learn how to develop my own finger style arrangements to hymns and such. Finally, I want to commit to practice at least 30 minutes a day.


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Posted 06 January 2017 - 05:01 AM

My goals are   (1)  Catch the  squirrels  that have taken up residency in the attic. (2) Plan my practice sessions, so they're both productive as possible and enjoyable. (3) Quit worrying about how long it takes to learn something. (4) log another 365 hours of practice. 

 

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Posted 06 January 2017 - 05:28 AM

For this year, I want to stay more focused in my practice.  :biggrin:

I lost time when we moved again... I can't seem to keep on track when we move.

Reviewed to get back to where I was, and practiced most of the early sessions in fifth position, so at least I was learning some more of the fretboard. 

 

I also want to get a few songs down, so when people say: 'Oh, you play the guitar? Play us something!' I can! 

 

Need to find new folks to play with... wow, I sound like I am six years old looking for new playmates! LOL!  :laugh:


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Posted 06 January 2017 - 09:02 AM

Well, I am Currently in Session 5 and I would like to Complete Session 8 by Year End and be able to Play Barre Chords Respectfully.

 

I see many of my Fellow Students have some Pretty Aggressive Goals this Year. To You, I tip My Hat and I hope Everyone is able to Accomplish their Goal(s). I will enjoy seeing the Community Posting get busier personally. Seeing others progress is quite fulfilling. We all know there will be some Bumps in the road but don't let that spoil your vision. Lean on us here to keep you motivated. I believe 2017 is going to be a Great Year and I Hope Everyone Prospers.


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Posted 06 January 2017 - 09:38 AM

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Need to find new folks to play with... wow, I sound like I am six years old looking for new playmates! LOL!  :laugh:

I'm also looking for people to play with. I know the feeling. :)

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Posted 06 January 2017 - 09:48 AM

I consider myself "Fortunate" as My Friend is also Learning to Play Guitar and he has a few friends who are Seasoned Guitarists (Nothing Fancy, nobody in a Band or anything) but they do allow us to Play along with them when they Host a small Guitar Jam session in their home. Although we are much less Experienced than they are, we Learn something New every time we go to one of the Sessions. It is always Great Fun. You might search a Meetup Group and find someone Close to you that you might be able to join, never guaranteed but always Possible. If not, you could even Start a Meetup Group and maybe Create some Interest near by.


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Posted 06 January 2017 - 02:59 PM

For 2017 I plan to get back into doing the L&MG course after a 4 year gap. I would also like to develop a daily warm-up routine.



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Posted 06 January 2017 - 09:06 PM


I also want to get a few songs down, so when people say: 'Oh, you play the guitar? Play us something!' I can! 

 

 

Barbara, this is such a great point.

 

I went to try out my new guitar that I just posted about.  In fact, I went to two different stores shopping, one in Chicago and one here.  At the one in Chicago I only spent about an hour but the one here I was probably in it for 2-3 hours.  And in very short time it occurred to me that after years of learning to play guitar I can't play a d#mn thing.

 

At the store close to home my wife was with my and it was some what embarrassing that all I could do was play pentatonics and a few chords.  With the pentatonics I had a few patterns so it wasn't just up and down but still...............

 

Yeah, I want to learn to play something.

 

magnus80a, can I  modify my goals for 2017 above!!??  facepalm.gif


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Posted 06 January 2017 - 09:13 PM

I think we all feel this way..

I play in the church choir and it takes all my available left over time to be able to play (er Chord) the songs well enough in front of 500+ people that I've had to semi abandon LMG for now; since my church songs take any practice time.

but my wish.. (not a resolution goal as that puts too much stress) is to play something that people would like to hear other than church songs.

 

 

 


I also want to get a few songs down, so when people say: 'Oh, you play the guitar? Play us something!' I can! 

 

 

Barbara, this is such a great point.

 

I went to try out my new guitar that I just posted about.  In fact, I went to two different stores shopping, one in Chicago and one here.  At the one in Chicago I only spent about an hour but the one here I was probably in it for 2-3 hours.  And in very short time it occurred to me that after years of learning to play guitar I can't play a d#mn thing.

 

At the store close to home my wife was with my and it was some what embarrassing that all I could do was play pentatonics and a few chords.  With the pentatonics I had a few patterns so it wasn't just up and down but still...............

 

Yeah, I want to learn to play something.

 

magnus80a, can I  modify my goals for 2017 above!!??  facepalm.gif

 


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#17 magnus80a

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Posted 06 January 2017 - 10:08 PM

 


I also want to get a few songs down, so when people say: 'Oh, you play the guitar? Play us something!' I can! 

 

 

Barbara, this is such a great point.

 

I went to try out my new guitar that I just posted about.  In fact, I went to two different stores shopping, one in Chicago and one here.  At the one in Chicago I only spent about an hour but the one here I was probably in it for 2-3 hours.  And in very short time it occurred to me that after years of learning to play guitar I can't play a d#mn thing.

 

At the store close to home my wife was with my and it was some what embarrassing that all I could do was play pentatonics and a few chords.  With the pentatonics I had a few patterns so it wasn't just up and down but still...............

 

Yeah, I want to learn to play something.

 

magnus80a, can I  modify my goals for 2017 above!!??  facepalm.gif

 

For $60 you can buy Rocksmith 2014 Remastered Edition, plug in your beautiful new PRS and rock away with over a thousand songs at your fingertips. :D

It's the most pleasurable method I know of to learn songs with (except playing in a band).



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Posted 06 January 2017 - 10:52 PM

For $60 you can buy Rocksmith 2014 Remastered Edition, plug in your beautiful new PRS and rock away with over a thousand songs at your fingertips. :D

It's the most pleasurable method I know of to learn songs with (except playing in a band).

 
I watched a demo video.. not sure if I could watch (tolerate) a streaming sort of fret board flying towards me..
and try and figure out strings coming to me in a linear fashion.

guess I'm "old school"
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#19 Jusca

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Posted 06 January 2017 - 11:03 PM

 

 

Last year I vowed to get better at improvising and playing by ear and I've achieved that goal. I'm going to keep practicing this, but the goal was to get noticeably better.

This year I aim to get further in the fingerstyle course. Maybe even learn to improvise and play fingerstyle by ear.

Your goals?


Care to share what you did to improve in those areas? I'd definitely like to get better at playing by ear. I find difficulty knowing where to play something on the fretboard. I can hear a melody, I can sing it but have no idea how to map it on guitar unlike piano which is so much easier for me to transcribe on with its singular row of notes.
Sure. Just to be clear; I still have a lot to learn in this area, but it's opening up.

1. Learn to play the chromatic scale all over the neck using only five frets starting wherever your starting note is. It's important to be able to play the scale across the fretboard and not just along a string. It's also important to be able to move along the neck into a new position and continue from there. After a while the guitar will be as familiar as the piano.
2. Learn how the major scale fits in the chromatic scale.
3. Play around with melodies using the major scale as a map and transpose it all over the neck as you already know how the notes fit due to 1. and 2.
4. Play a recording and practise identifying the root. It helps immensely to sing on top of the song to find it.
5. Play along with recordings like in 3.

Hope it helps. :)

 

 

 

Yes, it is very helpful, thank you!!  I had some success last night using that method. I know the major scale pattern and have been learning the note names all over the fretboard.  A little bit of theory helps speed up the hunt and peck method in the beginning. Good to hear you've had success with it!  I look forward to exploring it more when I get to the other sessions with scales.


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Posted 06 January 2017 - 11:40 PM

I've learned a lot after the past few months of taking private lessons.  The biggest thing I learned is that I don't need to stay in one session until I'm bored to pieces.  These concepts will constantly be revisited over time.  The course will serve as an introduction to different topics with some practical application of the topics.  I've planned to do one month per session.  Jan = Session 7, Feb = Session 8, etc.  At that rate, I'll be nearly done with the course by the end of the year however I will have a lifetime to work on the concepts.  :biggrin:   I'm excited again to be moving forward after being stagnant for months.

Jusca has a very important point here. Do not stay in a session until you are miserable and want to quit.

 

If you understand the material, but can't play it well it is okay to move on after an honest effort. You can always return, and using these skills in songs is where the real learning takes place.

 

My goal is to improve solo playing. I will continue to work on soloing, learning all the notes on the neck, and playing scales all over the neck. 


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