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#21 NeilES335

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Posted 06 January 2017 - 11:56 PM

I concur Randy... In the past I've been bogged down with my usual need to complete everything perfectly, and then gotten bored and frustrated with it when it's not quite right..yet. Lately I've kept an eye on the LMG course, not completely abandoning it, but with the occasional detour into other material, such as the Speed and Agility workouts, Major Scale workouts (both Steve's ) and some other lessons into the jazz genre' where I'd like to go. I've found this path a much more enjoyable experience. As you've said, the LMG materiel presents itself elsewhere and if a new skill is needed, then it's there to learn. I will be glad to complete the LMG course, (and  will)  but Lately I'm not so worried about it.. relax and learn better.

 

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#22 magnus80a

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Posted 06 January 2017 - 11:56 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"

 

At first it was daunting, but it becomes second nature if you let it. Also you can slow it down in increments of 1% and loop sections until it's persisted in memory.

The important part is that you get to learn the song while playing along with the master tracks. I've found that inspiring since I often play by myself.

 

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Posted 15 January 2017 - 11:14 PM

Besides staying focused on playing and practicing, I would like to get an Epiphone ES339.

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#24 Revtoe35

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Posted 23 January 2017 - 09:55 PM

Keep the 2017 goal simple: start playing and practicing again. A big set back in 2016 with my mother's health taking a turn for the worse.

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#25 SandyB53

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Posted 26 January 2017 - 09:40 AM

Besides staying focused on playing and practicing, I would like to get an Epiphone ES339.

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#26 Jusca

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Posted 18 February 2017 - 12:52 AM

I'm still on a roll for my goals. Coming along really well with my schedule and learning :)   How are yall doing?


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#27 magnus80a

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Posted 23 February 2017 - 11:02 PM

Fingerstyle Session 5 has got a lot of material to cover, but I'm almost ready to move on.

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Posted 25 February 2017 - 08:31 PM

I reallize that I am a bit late, but better late than never.

 

My goals for 2016 were:

1. Learn 5 Norweigan songs, playing and singing at the same time.

2. Finish LMG session 17 and 18

3. Get a Wah pedal and learn how to use it.

4. Learn the intro to Little Wing at full speed.

5. Learn the solo in Stairway to heaven at full speed.

 

Well, sad to say, but I failed them all.

Just got two Norwegian songs down and still not up to pace on goals 4 and 5.

I gave it a good try, but reached too high.

Time for new goals.

 

So, my goals for 2017 are:

1. Learn 5 songs, playing and singing at the same time.

2. Being able to follow Steve at 120 bpm 16th notes in the Speed and agility workout

3. Attend some guitar workshop, probably Justin's

4. Finish LMG session 17

5. Do at least 365 hours of focused practice

 

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#29 rkl312

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Posted 05 March 2017 - 09:38 PM

It was so cool to discover this thread and see how everyone is chasing their dreams.  It is really inspiring.  My goal is to be in lesson 10 by September so that I might be able to do some fingerstyle Christmas music for my family.  



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Posted 19 March 2017 - 10:52 AM

[/quote]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).[/quote]

Magnus80a, I really like your list of goals (yes I'm really late to this topic!). However, I have a different opinion of Rocksmith. I'm glad you've got it working for you, but for me it was counterproductive. I found myself operating the guitar in order to play the game, rather than really learning to play the guitar. Plus, I found myself timing notes not where they should've been played but where the game wanted me to. It just felt wrong to me. What works for me better is to use YT videos, someone like JustinGuitar, who's really a great teacher.

I think Steve Krenz is great as well, but so far (Session 4? 5?) only playing public domain songs isn't the most exciting. But I'll keep at it and apply it to what I listen to.

I may steal a couple of your goals, especially around learning the scales. I've got the major scale shapes down in 5 positions, now have to get 1) minor and 2) the pentatonic shapes down.
Also:
3) learn 2 new songs/month
4) be able to find the key of a backing track and play a basic solo
5) be able to find a given note in any of the 5 positions (i.e., learn the fretboard!)

Looking forward to improving with all of you!

#31 muleskinnerslide

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Posted 24 March 2017 - 01:24 AM

For this year, my goal is to have a regular practice time and play/learn for an hour a day.  That's all.  If I bite off more then that, it will be too much.


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#32 rkl312

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Posted 31 March 2017 - 04:29 AM

You are right Six String.  Always reach for something just out of your grasp and you will be surprised at what happens.  



#33 magnus80a

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Posted 01 April 2017 - 07:54 PM

[/quote]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).[/quote]

Magnus80a, I really like your list of goals (yes I'm really late to this topic!). However, I have a different opinion of Rocksmith. I'm glad you've got it working for you, but for me it was counterproductive. I found myself operating the guitar in order to play the game, rather than really learning to play the guitar. Plus, I found myself timing notes not where they should've been played but where the game wanted me to. It just felt wrong to me. What works for me better is to use YT videos, someone like JustinGuitar, who's really a great teacher.

I think it's a bad idea to use Rocksmith to learn how to play the guitar. It's only a supplementary tool and its' main features are "Learn a song" and "Session mode". Which are really good in my opinion.



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Posted 01 April 2017 - 11:29 PM

 

[/quote]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).[/quote]

Magnus80a, I really like your list of goals (yes I'm really late to this topic!). However, I have a different opinion of Rocksmith. I'm glad you've got it working for you, but for me it was counterproductive. I found myself operating the guitar in order to play the game, rather than really learning to play the guitar. Plus, I found myself timing notes not where they should've been played but where the game wanted me to. It just felt wrong to me. What works for me better is to use YT videos, someone like JustinGuitar, who's really a great teacher.

I think it's a bad idea to use Rocksmith to learn how to play the guitar. It's only a supplementary tool and its' main features are "Learn a song" and "Session mode". Which are really good in my opinion.

 

I don't think Rocksmith is a bad idea at all. Anything that keeps the guitar in your hand is going to help. I know that I learned quite a bit from Rocksmith. The lessons are very good with real time feedback. Rocksmith doesn't let you move on until you play correctly, and it covers a large number of techniques. It also helps with ear training as you play in session mode and move through the scale forms. You can learn rhythm, lead, and bass. You can also learn songs from the game. It is a fun way to use your skills a different way and it does nothing to reduce your skills. If you focus on Rocksmith instead of L&M Guitar that would be bad, but using both is a good thing.


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#35 Jim26

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Posted 02 April 2017 - 11:32 AM

My goals are to complete the Major Scale Mastery and use them to learn all the notes on the neck of the guitar, start the speed and agility exercises and start learning some new songs.

 

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Posted 02 April 2017 - 12:37 PM

My goals are to complete the Major Scale Mastery and use them to learn all the notes on the neck of the guitar, start the speed and agility exercises and start learning some new songs.

 

Jim

Good goals Jim. I am working on it myself. I am also working on ear training by playing along with random songs to identify the correct key.

 

You can do it.


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#37 Matonanjin

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Posted 03 April 2017 - 02:48 PM

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.

 

It's looking increasingly like I am not going to accomplish my number 1 goal that I had stated.  I'm ok with that.  When I announced it I knew that it was aggressive. I'm taking longer on 11 than I had planned but I am nearly ready to move on.   I have been working some ancillary pentatonic scales material concurrently with with Session 11.  I have shared with some of you by pm about the two month issues of Guitar Techniques magazine they called "Pentatonic Boot Camp".  I hope that by working this "boot camp", which is admittedly slightly above my "pay grade",  along with Session 11 I will establish a really firm foundation in pentatonic scales. 


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#38 Fred Garvin

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Posted 03 April 2017 - 04:37 PM

My primary goal for 2017 is to increase my proficiency on guitar to exceed my ability on bass, drums and keyboards so that guitar becomes my main instrument.

I have several intermediate goals under this, and they may change as I progress:

1. Learn the 21 basic chords: Major, minor and 7ths.
2. Learn the moveable and barre chord shapes.
3. Able to quickly and accurately move chord progressions.
4. Able to melodically strum rhythm guitar role in songs/improv jams.

I'd like to accomplish this by my 1 year mark at 2/8/2018.
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#39 Jusca

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Posted 17 November 2017 - 07:53 AM

The forums are kind of ghost town these days but someone may still be reading.  The end of the year is near and where are you with your goals so far?

 

I planned on doing 1 session per month starting at Session 7.  There were some weeks and maybe 2 months that I didn't practice.  I didn't move through the sessions like I planned.  I am perfectly fine with that.  I found a very wonderful dvd ear training course by Musicademy.  It teaches you to hum/sing & hear the root note of a song and then from there, you can determine the key of a song which in turn gives chords  most likely used in the song.  That was very eye opening, helpful and unlocked a lot of fun determining chords in a song.   Where am I now?  The schedule said Nov = Session 17.  My current schedule is this month I've finished session 7 - 8 and can play these chords comfortably.  The door to learn songs I want to learn is wide open now that my chord playing palette is so much larger.  I'll continue learning songs, improving rhythm (got a drum teacher for that) and get some private lessons for sessions with scales/lead playing as I have too many questions after watching session 11.


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#40 Matonanjin

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Posted 17 November 2017 - 05:55 PM

The forums are kind of ghost town these days but someone may still be reading.  The end of the year is near and where are you with your goals so far?

Jessica, thanks for bringing this up and really depressing me.  banghead.gif

 

Although I would like to know if triple oh  got the squirrels out of his attic.


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L&M Guitar Set Up and Maintenance: not started yet.
Piles & Piles of other stuff I've purchased and not started yet!





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