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  • Feelin a bit off?

    Posted by Timbothirroul on February 5, 2023 at 2:20 am

    Or maybe having an existential crisis.

    Have a look through some of the members profiles here. There are some really wonderful people whose reason for being here is far greater that playing the right notes.

    I have been inspired by the range of reasons people are here and what they have gone through to get here.

    To all those who have made me feel better (you know who you are! you are reading this!)

    Thank You.

    the-old-coach replied 1 year, 5 months ago 6 Members · 7 Replies
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  • albert_d

    February 5, 2023 at 7:30 am

    Interesting exercise! I haven’t done so but now that you’ve mentioned it I may give it a whirl.

  • GerryB56

    February 5, 2023 at 8:54 am

    Good point! I sometimes enjoy poking through those profiles as well. Quite a fascinating range of experiences, goals, and reasons for joining TAC. If I decide to leave someday, I know the forums will be one thing I really miss.

  • Loraine

    February 5, 2023 at 5:19 pm

    @Timbothirroul I’m curious as to what your actual crisis is. Are you comparing your backstory to other’s backstories and feeling that your story just doesn’t measure up? If that’s what you’re saying, my recommendation is to simply accept another’s backstory as their own, but don’t use it to compare yourself out of being worthy of being a TAC member. You belong and are exactly where you’re supposed to be at any given moment.

    • Timbothirroul

      February 6, 2023 at 1:39 am

      Thank you for your reply Loraine. No, nothing as deep as that. For example, my barre left me the other day after months of goodness. Just little things like that. During one of the 3month parties a member was getting up really early to practice and had children to look after, and a job and a bunch of other things. It blew me away.


      • Loraine

        February 6, 2023 at 9:45 am

        @Timbothirroul Thanks for the clarification. As for the barre chord up and leaving, my suggestion is to simply keep trying, and it will return. Analyze what you might be doing differently than when you were able to consistently play the barre chord. It could be as simple as adjusting the angle of the neck upwards and towards you. Is our hand positioning the same. I wouldn’t fret too much about it, because it will return.

        Yes, many have different scenarios and responsibilities that differ from ours. Each is our own. Even though your life may differ in responsibilities and commitments, it is still important what you are working on or concerned with. Appears that you’ve realized that if others can do it, then so can you, and that what we think might be important is simply minor in retrospect of what others might be dealing with. I think that’s a big win in my book for your realizing this.

        It’s all good. We’re all right where we’re meant to be at any given moment in time. 🙂

  • Kitman

    February 6, 2023 at 6:35 am

    Hey @Timbothirroul , thanks for sharing! You have given me additional inspiration!

  • the-old-coach

    February 6, 2023 at 10:36 am


    My take is– Each of us has a different STARTING point.

    Reading thru others’ profiles is the proof in the pudding.

    Sure, there are differences- we’re all different and lead different lives- but (generally speaking of course)- we all have the SAME goal.

    I have lots of silly old sayings- here’s one that may apply: You’re standing on the North Pole, looking out toward the horizon– and take off walking…….. NO MATTER WHICH DIRECTION you head off to, you are ALWAYS headed South.

    As with guitar- no matter what path we take- (we’re all different)- we’re headed towards our goal.

    Oh, yeah— don’t worry about the barre chords. That’s small potatoes. When that happens to me, I have a different approach than many I think. I just do more of the TAC’s ***warm-up stretches***, but then start back with the HARDER barres first, and then the easier ones after that. This “order” makes most of the barres a piece of cake. THEN go back after the toughies.

    my two cents worth’


    • This reply was modified 1 year, 5 months ago by  the-old-coach.

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