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  • Celebrating my first 3 days

    Posted by mcarlson_sb on January 2, 2023 at 9:52 pm

    I signed into TAC for the first time late on December 30th after watching the intro video.

    The morning of New Years Eve I got my first lift off email and started the 30-Day challenge.

    Today was the 3rd day in a row I played. Even though we were also dealing with flooding in the house, replacing electrical outlets, digging holes and adding sump pumps, and helping neighbors with similar flooding issues.

    I was tired. I “didn’t have time”

    But, I found taking the time to play a needed calming break from the rest of the world happenings.

    My second win was playing in front of my wife.

    As a kid it was ingrained in me that “listening to someone learn an instrument is awful” and I should only do it away from people (oddly, I never really learned to play that way)

    Because circumstances I didn’t have anywhere to “get away” from my wife to play. So, I just did it – and she called it nice and calming.

    So.. maybe these aren’t such small wins

    Kitman replied 1 year, 3 months ago 8 Members · 12 Replies
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  • Wyatt

    January 3, 2023 at 11:43 am

    Great Job! Keep at it. I just started my second straight week!

  • jumpinjeff

    January 3, 2023 at 2:03 pm

    Nice focus @mcarlson_sb , life always gets in the way. I have to carve out the time to play because I love it and it challenges me to manage the other stuff that falls from the sky so that there is room for even a small 10min chunk of time no matter what. Keep rolling down the road.

  • mcarlson_sb

    January 4, 2023 at 9:55 pm

    Adding to small wins : Today was day 4

    Since there are only three lessons in week one of the 30 day challenge I went back and replayed lesson one.


    A few days ago that was awkward and hard to keep up with on the slow speed. Today it was hard to slow down.

    After years of on again off again working to master a lesson befor moving on, and never really getting past the first few lessons before I get bored/frustrated – I’m convinced this is the way to learn guitar.

    • Silver_Siren

      January 4, 2023 at 10:23 pm


  • mcarlson_sb

    January 5, 2023 at 7:15 pm

    small win : day 5

    First off.. I’ve played 5 days in a row.

    Also, today I consciously played without looking at my fingers.

    It was only switch back and forth from Am to Em (playing along with an Ed Sheeran song) – but it was the first time I didn’t have to look at either my fretting fingers or the strings while playing.

    It felt great

  • KayMesser

    January 5, 2023 at 7:40 pm

    This is fantastic! Congrats on your first five days and for getting comfortable playing not hidden away – huge win.

  • Wyatt

    January 5, 2023 at 8:40 pm

    Keep it up! I already find 10 minutes is never enough.

  • mcarlson_sb

    January 10, 2023 at 8:02 pm

    Into week two and I’ve played at least once for 10 min (usually longer) every day.

    I was amazed the other night whe I’d been playing for a half hour and my fingers didn’t hurt.

    Along with the 30 day challenge material I’m also reaching out and actively looking for things to add to my playing time that I enjoy.

    Currently it’s “Wish You Were Here” by Pink Floyd

    It floors me that I can even kinda-sorta play a basic version of the intro already.

    • This reply was modified 1 year, 3 months ago by  mcarlson_sb.
  • jandghamiltonlive-com

    January 11, 2023 at 3:58 pm

    I’m on my 3rd day also and it’s going well. I’m bummed that I’ll be leaving on a trip and will be gone for 3 weeks. Trying to figure out how I can keep up the practice and keep the momentum going.

  • mcarlson_sb

    January 11, 2023 at 10:09 pm

    Congrats on the momentum.

    It’s not exactly the same but there are fret board apps for smartphones that would allow some fun.

    I travel a lot for work and have a travel guitar that fits as carry on.

    If nothing else you can listen to music and tap your foot and air strum to keep time.

    Get creative and find a fun way that works for you.


  • Guitargeezer-Jack

    January 12, 2023 at 5:03 am

    Wow @mcarlson_sb – with all the adversity related to storm recovery, you forge ahead. Guitar playing is a wonderful way to help us cope with whatever life throws our way.

    Play on & prosper!

  • Kitman

    January 12, 2023 at 6:31 am

    Congrats on your wins @mcarlson_sb ! Consistency in honoring your own guitar routine will continue to propel you on your guitar journey!

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