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sweetmusicman

Member Since 24 Aug 2012
Offline Last Active Jul 13 2017 09:51 PM

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In Topic: Please keep my family in your prayers, we lost our newborn yesterday.

05 July 2017 - 05:33 PM

I am sorry that this is not guitar or music related. This has been a very hard experience and I just feel like sharing with somebody will help a little, and this has always been a very positive and helpful community to me. Our new addition to the family did not make it through delivery. We have still not chosen a name for him, we decided to keep the gender a surprise and were going to decide on a name after birth. Right now we think maybe Layton for a first name, but not sure on middle yet.

 

We got to hold him for a few hours. My 4 year old son doesn't really understand that the baby isn't coming home with us, but I'm just glad he isn't going through the same sadness as Mom and Dad.

 

Please keep us all in your prayers. 

 

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I have No words, my friend. Keep your eyes on God through Christ Jesus our Lord. There is nothing He can't make new. You and your family will be in my prayers. God bless and keep on fighting the GOOD Fight.


In Topic: CHANGING FROM Dm to G

01 June 2017 - 05:55 PM

I am at lesson 5 too, but I play G chord with fingers 1, 2, 3.

1. Fret 2, A string

2. Fret 3, E string

3. Fret 3, lower e string

 

I learned G chord with fingers 2, 3, 4, too, like Steve showed us, but for chord progression Em7, C2, G, D (that are in a lot, a lot of country popular songs) I found easier to play it.

You are like my cousin, he uses the same fingers 1,2 and 3 to form the G chord. I tried that before but found moving for the next chord is then more complicated. I guess chord progression plays a role. 


In Topic: CHANGING FROM Dm to G

01 June 2017 - 05:52 PM

Sweetmusic,

 

Try this. 

 

Put your hand completely at your side then bring it up to the fretboard and form a Dm.

 

Then put your hand completely at your side then bring it up to form a G.

 

Try to form each chord as one unit - not as one finger, then the next then the next. Try to form the entire chord on the fretboard with all fingers hitting the fretboard at the same time.

 

Once you can form each chord successfully (no matter how slow), then try to move from the Dm to the G successfully.

 

Gaining the motor control to form these chords correctly takes time - just do the best you can and keep progressing. 

 

Don't be discouraged - you'll get it.

 

- Steve

Thanks, Steve. I'll try that. I'm practicing now. My fingers are very clumsy today. Thanks for the Encouragement and belief. 


In Topic: CHANGING FROM Dm to G

31 May 2017 - 05:46 PM

Thanks everybody for the helpful replies. I'll try out the suggestions on different fingering for these chords. 


In Topic: Who out there is working on session 6?

30 May 2017 - 07:18 PM

I am way beyond session 6, but from what I am reading here some of you are spending way too much time on this session. Session 6 covers some new m7 and suspended chords. You should be learning chords all the time so you shouldn't need to spend months stuck on this session. I am not saying you don't have to learn the chords, but you should have a good understanding of chords at this point so these are just new chords to perfect. Don't get stuck in any session for months and months. Beating yourself trying to perfect every skill in every session is a sure recipe for frustration and burnout. You need to stop doubting your every move. Stop staring at your hands. Staring reinforces doubt. You should be able to play most chords without looking at your hands. You can look when you are learning a new form or when you playing something technical, but don't depend on it. Let it rip! 

 

At this point in my progress I was playing songs everyday. I was playing a lot of songs. I was trying to play songs way beyond my abilities, but I kept coming back for more and I kept improving. Playing songs is the best way to learn chords.

 

There are some good songs in session 6 so you can always play the songs for practice and fun, but you need to keep moving. Play like you mean it. Don't hold back. Have fun with it!

Dude, seriously? You are not helping...lol. You just made me even more depressed. You were playing songs when on Session 5/6 already?