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  • Getting unstuck

    Posted by PopPop on December 14, 2023 at 8:09 pm

    Have been playing about 8 years, and have learned a lot from TAC. However, I feel that although I’m proficient at some techniques i.e. most chords, hammer ons, fingerpicking, I have hit the proverbial wall. Any advice on how to continue my progress past the technique part? Thanks for your input!

    the-old-coach replied 5 months, 4 weeks ago 5 Members · 6 Replies
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  • HowardM

    Member
    December 15, 2023 at 5:57 am

    @PopPop, you are on the same track as I was years ago. I learned that patience and trust in the system will work. Some days I just can’t get the material, and that is OK. I just structure my practice sessions, away from TAC, to concentrate on those skills that are not on my win/win chart. Remember a WIN is always yours if you try. Good luck, and keep in touch with your journey, there is an entire community that would love to hear your progress.

  • jumpinjeff

    Member
    December 15, 2023 at 6:25 am

    Howard hit the nail on the head. I will add this: every time I hit a wall, I was on the verge of a game changing breakthrough. I just had to push beyond where I thought I could go: the 10,000th time vs 10,001st time. I was not used to nor comfortable with the repetition it took initially for me to break through the wall.

  • N-lightMike

    Member
    December 15, 2023 at 11:47 am

    Thank you, @PopPop , for sharing your concerns at this point in your journey.

    One thing I have learned from the TAC community is how important the questions are. How many times I’ve come over to a thread thinking I was going to offer some sort of advice and find out I’m the one receiving the help.

    So, thank you @HowardM and @jumpinjeff for you very simple but encouraging comments.

    Like Jeff and Howard, I’ve been here a while. I’ve pushed through many walls. However, there are many walls still in front of me. The wall is more an illusion that I perceive than a real thing that takes action to get through, over, or around. If I just ignore it and keep doing what I’ve been doing, it vaporizes as I walk past it.

    But each time that happens, I become more aware of the importance of the basic elements of “doing what I’ve been doing”. Like simply showing up everyday, regardless of how I feel. Of making sure I have fun rather than pushing myself like a “task master”. And actively look for things I can be proud of, no matter how small.

    This process leads to the “bonus round”. Now, I’m in a position to take the things I’m struggling with and put them into my practice as “intentions” and make some more progress.

    So, I continually go through the cycles of “go slow”, “break through”, then “joyously express myself through my new found guitar mojo”, only to hit a wall again and start over. At that point, it is most important to look back and see how far I’ve come and realize I only need to keep “doing what I’ve been doing”.

    The process is both very simple and very profound. 😉

    MG 😀

  • PopPop

    Member
    December 15, 2023 at 1:24 pm

    @jumpinjeff @n-lightmike @HowardM thanks for your encouragement. What got me stuck was when I was in a local music shop recently, the guitar guy asked me to play something for him and concluded I needed private lessons to make any more progress. Real got me thinking and doubting my journey with TAC, which fits me well. I’ve tried private lessons and it’s not my thing. So, I’m in a much better frame of mind after reading your comments, thanks!

    • N-lightMike

      Member
      December 15, 2023 at 5:38 pm

      hey @PopPop ;

      Thank you for responding and filling us in on some specifics of your “wall”.

      I, too, have taken face to face lessons. First, I love my guitar instructor, he’s just a great human being. I truly wish I had the money to take lessons from him forever just to help support him. He has been a professional musician all his life. After being on the road for a number of years, he started teaching so he could stay home with his wife and daughter. He even encouraged his wife to retire when she had some challenges. So, you simply can’t blame someone trying to talk you into taking lessons.

      Here’s my problem with face to face instruction. In one 1/2 hour session, a guitar instructor can show me enough stuff to take me through the next year… literally. It takes time… a lot of time, to develop the skills, the muscle memory, the brain pathways, the stronger muscles, the greater flexibility, and whatever else I’ve left out, to play what the instructor blithely showed me in that 1/2 hour.

      Did you know Tony used to teach people face to face? He recognized the shortcomings of this method and with his pal Levi, he designed and floated TAC. Yeah, TAC is the <i style=”font-weight: bold;”>solution to face to face instruction. Go figure.

      You’re right where you’re supposed to be. 😉

      MG 😀

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