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  • Keep losing count on Blues Shufle

    Posted by Deacap on August 17, 2021 at 2:02 pm

    I have been trying to learn guitar now for about a year mostly just on my own. I have 3-4 songs down with open chords but thought I would give this a try. I am practicing the blues shuffle and I have it pretty much figured out but I keep losing count. Any tips

    Deacap replied 2 years, 9 months ago 5 Members · 12 Replies
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  • jumpinjeff

    Member
    August 18, 2021 at 8:15 am

    I had to learn counting through repetition. I had thought I could play by feel but that became problematic when I started playing with other people.

    I had to slow stuff down and I would exaggerate my foot tap. I would also use dynamics to remind myself of where I am. Playing the first beat of the measure more loudly also reminded me where I was.

    Keep at it. I remember being pretty frustrated at times but that was not helpful. Dogged determination was the key for me.

    • Deacap

      Member
      August 18, 2021 at 1:18 pm

      Jumpinjeff

      Thanks for the info I will try the the first beat louder that might help. One thing I have learned through this journey is you have to practice, practice,practice

      • Bill_Brown

        Member
        August 18, 2021 at 6:31 pm

        👍

  • Bill_Brown

    Member
    August 18, 2021 at 9:49 am

    Hi Dean ( @Deacap ), @jumpinjeff has given you some good things to think about regarding timing and tempo – very important things in music. I would like to call your attention to the “tab” for the Blues Shuffle. You can find that by clicking on the music notes icon, located just below the video box, to the right of the heart icon – they’re very light grey icons and easy to miss. Anyways, once you bring up the tab, you can print it out or use the picture-in-picture feature and play along with Tony. The nice thing about using the tab (Tablature) is that when you follow it, you won’t loose count!

    • Ronlad

      Member
      August 18, 2021 at 12:46 pm

      Thanks for the info on where to find the tabs for the music. I like to pull up and print the tabs, and it helps me follow along a bit better.

      • Bill_Brown

        Member
        August 18, 2021 at 7:07 pm

        Hi @Ronlad , So sorry to hear about the recent events in your life, my heartfelt condolences to you and the rest of your family. I hope that music can give you some comfort in your life going forward – I know that it has for mine👍

        Always here to help,

        BB

      • Ronlad

        Member
        August 19, 2021 at 7:57 pm

        Thank you Bill! Music has always been my go-to throughout my life so far. I would say music is engrained in me somewhat. Music soothes the soul (just my opinion).

    • Deacap

      Member
      August 18, 2021 at 1:17 pm

      Bill

      Thank you I do have the tab part figured. The other crazy thing is when I tap my foot which I have been told countless times to do it screws me up. I have been just bobbing my head which for some crazy reason isnt as difficult for me.

      • Bill_Brown

        Member
        August 18, 2021 at 6:30 pm

        Hey @Deacap , It’s all about whatever works for you👍 One of the most important things at this point in your journey is to keep it fun🤩

      • Deacap

        Member
        August 20, 2021 at 4:51 pm

        😀

  • PhilBarru

    Member
    August 20, 2021 at 8:29 pm

    Howdy @Deacap. I know lots of folks don’t like to hear this but one of the most effective ways to learn to keep count and play at tempo is practicing with a metronome. I am a firm believer! It takes some time and patience to learn to use a metronome effectively but it is well worth the effort. Tony did a recent Acoustic Tuesday episode with pointers on using one. Perhaps around AT 190 +/-. Lots of other great vids on YouTube with excellent ideas. The main thing is you will have much more fun in the short and long term if you learn to play in time – on tempo. How you keep time can vary. Some use Tony’s 1 and 2 and counts. I find that confusing to me so I tap my foot. But I always do a few metronome sessions each week to be sure my foot is keeping proper time.

  • Deacap

    Member
    August 22, 2021 at 12:43 pm

    PhilBarru

    Thank you yes I struggle with both but I just need to practice

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