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  • Beginner question

    Posted by StickyFingers on January 14, 2022 at 7:44 am

    I am a first time guitar player (using that term very loosely) at age 65. I have started the 30 Days to Play. I am also very anal/literal. So, for those of you that have been down this path, I’m wondering about sticking to 30 days or taking more time with each lesson to work on being able to pick up the tempo on the various Blues exercises. I feel like there is no right / wrong answer but just looking for opinion from someone who has been here already.

    Lulo replied 2 years, 3 months ago 6 Members · 8 Replies
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  • Rob-H

    January 14, 2022 at 8:25 am

    I’m right with you Pete! Also just starting out and doing the 30 Days to Play but it’s going to take me more than 30 days because I’m struggling with recall. Each day I go back and do a quick refresher since I don’t remember each skill I have worked on previously.

    While I’m not in a position to give much advice, I can just tell you that the daily review is what’s continuing to help me along.

    Power chords have been particularly tough, I can’t get my fingers to cooperate!

  • Loraine

    January 14, 2022 at 10:15 am

    Great question @petemcbean ! 30 days is but a suggestion. You can go as quickly or slowly as you wish. I do recommend not staying on one lesson tOO LONG. STAY ON IT LONG ENOUGH to learn the material and tHen mark iT complete and keep moving forward. You can always return to a lesson to practice it, but perfection is not the goal. The goal of TAC is to build up a solid practice routine and then to work on steady progress. Enjoy the course!

    • StickyFingers

      January 14, 2022 at 12:24 pm

      Yep, makes sense. Thanks!

  • tailsawaggin

    January 14, 2022 at 2:28 pm

    @petemcbean, I’m also one of those “words mean things” kind of guys, and 30 Days to Play took me about 75 days. Of course, if one is being truly literal, then 30 days is 720 hours, so until you’ve spent that much time actually engaged in the lessons, you haven’t truly spent 30 days on the course, have you? 😁

  • StickyFingers

    January 14, 2022 at 2:35 pm

    There you go! Thanks!

  • gsquared

    January 16, 2022 at 12:36 pm

    I’m another one of those literal / words have meaning folks and want to make sure I’m following the intent of the 30 days to play. The overview says “learn each skill on the first day of the week” and then to “play that week’s exercise 10 minutes per day”. But as I’m starting week one of “30 days” it seems like there are 3 different skills (Blues Shuffle, Blues Bassline, and Blues Boogie). Is the intent that during the first week (or however long you spend on it) you learn/practice each skill sequentially, only moving on to the next one once you’re comfortable, or that on the first day of the “week” you learn all of those skills at once and then practice all 3 throughout the week?

    • tailsawaggin

      January 16, 2022 at 1:14 pm

      Well, I can’t say for sure what Tony’s intent was, but I can tell you what I did. I put enough time into the lesson until I felt like I got it, and like I could do it with some reasonable level of proficiency. I by “reasonable level of proficiency,” I mean a lot more like “fourth grader taking his first music class” and a lot less like “Stevie Ray Vaughan.” 😁

      I get where you’re coming from, though. The skills courses are all pretty much self-paced, which is good because it gives us the freedom and flexibility to do them when we can, but it can also be hard to know how to define success and know when to move on. That one kind of just comes down to a feeling and finding your inner Yoda, and basically if you think you have it “good enough” to move on, go ahead and move on, and maybe revisit it in a few days to see if it’s still good enough or if it needs more time.

  • Lulo

    January 17, 2022 at 9:23 am

    Hi there, started with TAC in November, 30 days to play stressed me out – and I’ve played guitar for a few years. Am taking my time, not rushing & thrilled when I get through one of the sessions at a snails pace. Picking up the guitar every day & practicing is key for me.

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