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  • Is there a song in my future?

    Posted by PMAC on October 28, 2021 at 9:49 am

    I am not new to guitar although to some degree a beginner. I am curious given the short, bit by bit format Tony uses, if at some point the lessons become focused on learning songs or parts of songs. I am about 80 sessions in and it hard for me to see how this format leads to him teaching me how to play a song. Those of you further down the road please give me some idea of how this curriculum progresses. Unless I am missing something there is no way for me to have any idea where all these lesson ultimately wind up. Thanks Paul

    Moonhare replied 2 years, 5 months ago 6 Members · 7 Replies
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  • solitaire

    Member
    October 28, 2021 at 8:08 pm

    This seems to be a common issue. I’m newer to this format than you so can’t really comment. If you skip forward a couple of pages in the Forums, find “Help Please” from IMPBW there are some useful comments there.

  • Moonhare

    Member
    October 29, 2021 at 8:42 am

    Hi there @PMAC and @solitaire . I think the reason why Tony’s course is a bit different in that regard is it is not specifically about teaching you to play songs but about how to play guitar. That may sound like the same thing but they are poles apart. I came here because decades of dabbling about playing easy songs that didn’t stretch my playing never helped me improve or learn real guitar technique. There was no joy in picking up the guitar.

    In the past 7 months the daily playing, challenges and techniques have helped propel me so far forward from where I was in April I’m just a bit stunned. I realised this first in July when I retried a song tutorial on YouTube that I simply couldn’t do previously and suddenly I knew all the techniques I needed not only to play it but do it with ease.

    My advice is use the course for improving your technique, dexterity and overall movement around the fretboard then if there is a song you want to learn pop onto YouTube and find a free tutorial. I did exactly that with Rain Song which I posted on Play For Us a few days ago. I would not have stood a snowflake’s chance in hell of playing that in April and although it stretches my playing to near my limit I can do it now. My routine is TAC each day then I learn the Saturday song from Angela Petrilli on YouTube each week to see how my playing is going.

    I guess it’s like that old ‘Give someone a fish or teach them to fish’ adage. Teach someone a song and they can play a song. Teach them to play guitar and they can play any song.

    • the-old-coach

      Member
      October 29, 2021 at 1:52 pm

      You hit it right on the head……..👍

      • This reply was modified 2 years, 5 months ago by  the-old-coach.
  • PMAC

    Member
    October 29, 2021 at 10:44 am

    Thanks Moonhare….You have answered my question. I still have some concerns with the fact that there is essentially no customer support but I guess the course is what it is.

    • Guy_H

      Member
      October 29, 2021 at 5:32 pm

      Hi @PMAC the comments above answer this often asked question. It might help if TAC explained this better in it’s promos. Check the Jam library though in the skills there are some songs there.

      With respect to cust service I contacted support this morning and had an answer in about 90min.

      • Moonhare

        Member
        October 30, 2021 at 1:41 am

        I’ll echo that @Guy_H . I put a question on the Customer Service chat yesterday asking about how to enrol on the fretboard wizard course and had a reply in less than 2 hours. BUT it isn’t really that obvious how to find this when you first start on TAC so I can see where the confusion may arise.

  • Philb

    Member
    October 29, 2021 at 5:20 pm

    Moonhare hit it on the head. Here you learn techniques, knowledge, skills; and through daily playing, get more experience and improve in them; and then you can apply those to playing songs. The daily lessons plus skill courses have helped me a lot. Every person may approach learning guitar differently, but this has worked for me, and stretched me into areas (finger-picking for instance), in ways I would not have otherwise.

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