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  • Help I am drowning!

    Posted by Kerby on October 31, 2022 at 5:16 pm

    I have been on TAC for about 45 days. I just began my first TAC Challenge today. Was not able to get to 80bpm but that’s ok. I am getting frustrated because I am not able to get one item down to my satisfaction and boom the next it’s something new that I have learn/ work on. I could spend 8hours a day and still feel like I am way behind.

    Advice? Do we learn any songs during this course?


    N-lightMike replied 1 year, 5 months ago 7 Members · 9 Replies
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  • GerryB56

    October 31, 2022 at 6:29 pm

    Welcome to TAC! I joined back in May, and in the early going I also wondered about the daily challenges and how much I was gaining from them. But over time I’ve found them immensely helpful for improving my finger dexterity and fretboard knowledge. If you haven’t already done so I would recommend checking out some of the skills courses – the Jumpstart series and the Foundations of Fretboard Navigation are good for starters. TAC doesn’t teach songs generally, but you will learn a basic fingerstyle and flatpicking tune in the Jumpstart courses. Whenever I find one of the daily challenges to be too frustrating for me, I skip it and work on something else that’s a bit easier. The forums are a great resource, too – I’m sure a few of the more veteran members will chime in with more advice.

  • HowardM

    November 1, 2022 at 2:54 am

    GerryB56, I felt the same way 3 years ago when I joined, it is a normal sensation. Patience is a virtue, particularly when it comes to guitar. Do not feel lost, trust the process, and it will pay off in the long term. You will have a lot of lightbulb moments during your journey with TAC and rewards are coming your way. There is a lot of information coming your way and the community will be by your side every step. Good luck in your journey and the community is available to you at your convenience.

  • Kitman

    November 1, 2022 at 6:34 am

    Hi @1967kerbygmail-com and welcome to TAC. As the folks said so well already, the TAC challenges focuse on the guitar fundaments such as technique, licks, improvisation, rhythm and chord transitions. These may be used across many playing situations and also with the songs we might be learning.

    The consistent advice I see regarding the challenges is to spend at least 10 minutes on them. If one of them grabs ahold of you and you want to practice that for more time – great! If you need to slow the metronome down when learning or practicing the challenges – do it and don’t feel badly! The key to the challenges is not perfection. The key is that you have spend at least ten minutes on them – consistency and repetitions. There is a method to the way the challenges are arranged from week to week. The knowledge and skill will soak into your brain and muscle memory over time. Once you have at least 10 min on each challenge you may mark or complete. I would encourage you to leave some comments regarding your experience with the challenge. Just a few lines on how it went for you. If you read the comments left by our fellow TACers you will find they range pretty widely based on the person involved and where they are on their guitar journey.

    Regarding songs: the skills courses although focused on a particular guitar skill typically conclude with a song we learn to apply the skills. There is also an archive of songs lessons that had been part of TAC in the past, you can find those at this link: https://app.searchie.io/hub/254V7grV3m/

    Also, YouTube is filled with videos in which people teaching songs. Or, you can grab tabs and / or chord sheets for songs from somewhere like “Ultimate Guitar Tabs” on the net. There are others out there too.

    Hope this was helpful to you. Trust in the TAC system and you will be surprised at the progress you are making. Above all have fun and enjoy your guitar journey! 😃

  • Kerby

    November 1, 2022 at 7:53 am

    Thanks for your insights and advice. I tennd to not want to mark complete until I have at least met the minimum BPM’s. I have learned so much already was just overwelmed. Thanks again.

  • ChuckS

    November 1, 2022 at 7:54 am

    @1967kerbygmail-com – I think many of us have been in the same situation you find yourself in. When I first signed on 2.5 years ago, I found myself getting very frustrated by my inability to play most of the daily exercises despite spending much more than 10 minutes working on them. I remember feeling very guilty clicking the complete button after not being able to even come close to executing the exercise with any kind of competency.

    Just be patient and it will start to come, albeit slowly at first, and then gradually better. At some point you will find that when you try to play a song or something else new, it will start to come along much easier than it did pre TAC. This is the exercises paying off.

    BTW, those same exercises will reappear down the road a year or so and you will find that now you can actually put a dent in something that was not possible a year earlier.

    Guitar takes time and patience. Hang in there – it will get better.

  • Kerby

    November 1, 2022 at 8:04 am

    Thanks for your encouragment and sharing your journey on TAC it helps.

  • the-old-coach

    November 1, 2022 at 9:19 am

    Tried to reply once, but got the dreaded pink screen…. (obviously, this time it went thru (😎). I’ll try again later.)

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

    November 1, 2022 at 4:16 pm

    Wow that’s powerful and very helpful. Thank you for taking the time understand where I am coming from and sharing your experience.

    • N-lightMike

      November 1, 2022 at 4:20 pm

      Bummer, I lost my comment. Did you get to read that comment @1967kerbygmail-com ? I really don’t like this new platform, but the site is better over all for learning guitar. But it doesn’t support our forum very well.

      MG 😀

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