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  • 4th TACaversary

    Posted by bugmeist on March 9, 2023 at 6:02 pm

    It’s been 4 years (I’m not sure of the exact date, but march 2019). I only vaguely remember the struggles I had starting out at age 69. But I managed to keep to the ‘program’ and am soooo happy I did. The support from other TAC members has been essential. Especially when I worked up enough nerve to play at some of the VOMs. I also recently played at a music night at our local Community Center (talk about sweating). Anyway thanks to the TAC family who continue to encourage and support me in spite all the struggles. Just an aside…the last 2 weeks I’ve actually noticed a marked improvement in my comfort level playing. I think I’m more relaxed and that has made chord transitions better (not perfect), and my general confidence has picked up. Guitar Geeks Unite!

    bugmeist replied 1 year, 3 months ago 5 Members · 8 Replies
  • 8 Replies
  • Bill_Brown

    Member
    March 9, 2023 at 8:12 pm

    Happy 4th TACiversary @bugmeist 👏🎸🎂 I wish you many more👍🤩

  • bugmeist

    Member
    March 10, 2023 at 6:56 am

    Thanks @Bill_Brown. I wish the same for you.

  • Marty73

    Member
    March 10, 2023 at 8:31 am

    Happy 4th TACaversar @bugmeist May you have many more in your future! 😊🧙‍♂️😎

  • bugmeist

    Member
    March 10, 2023 at 2:20 pm

    Thanks @Marty72 .

    • This reply was modified 1 year, 3 months ago by  bugmeist.
  • jumpinjeff

    Member
    March 11, 2023 at 6:29 am

    Four Years! well done @bugmeist . You have stumbled onto my final frontier. Tension. How to get rid of it, all of it, body and mind. It is the gateway to effortless, instinctual playing. Relaxing while playing is a practice but once I set my intention to explore tension free playing the benefits of the practice increased speed and precision exponentially as well as boosting the fun factor. Fast progress in the coming year.

  • bugmeist

    Member
    March 11, 2023 at 6:56 am

    @jumpinjeff Thanks for the encouragement. I sincerely hope I can sustain the (almost) tension free playing. It sort of took me by surprise when I realized how relaxed I was. I have intentionally tried to loosen my ‘death grip’ on the fretboard and I have a feeling that helps a lot. Still have to work on relaxing more with barre chords though but I feel that is coming along as well.

  • the-old-coach

    Member
    March 11, 2023 at 9:32 am

    Bugmeist–

    First of…….. Congratulations! This is quite an accomplishment indeed.

    As many of the rest of us follow examples like yours, it’s GREAT to hear and see stories of success! And I think it’s cool that you share your milestone(s).

    And to both you- and Jeff also– thank you for sharing your thoughts on the “effortless, tension-free playing” process. This is big stuff.

    I’m still focusing on all the “learning” and “mechanical-playing” aspects but want to start thinking about that for sure. Maybe that’s something I should be thinking about DURING the time I’m learning guitar- (as a “regular part of it”)- rather than “after the fact”.

    It seems like it’s the kind-of unseen but really important factor in overall playing enjoyment. Hard to put it in words. So thanks again to both of you for bringing that up.

    theoldcoach

  • bugmeist

    Member
    March 11, 2023 at 1:40 pm

    @the-old-coach Thanks for the encouraging words. I think making a conscious effort to relax, especially the fretting hand, is super important. Also as you learn remember slow and clean trumps fast and messy. Anyway, keep at it coach and the rewards will be manifest.

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