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  • My First Small Win

    Posted by Dean-Staff on March 14, 2022 at 7:43 pm

    Completed Week 1 of the 30 Days to Play, and started Week 2.

    I still need to get much better at the Blues exercises, but I’m taking Tony’s advice to not focus on perfection, before moving on. I know I have to work on transition speed, but that will come. I know I can’t expect to change notes or chords as fast as Jimi Hendrix after just one week, but it’s a start. and I’m proud of it… Also I’ve played everyday except 1 in the last week, now to extend my current streak… one day at a time.

    I will say holy crap I’m struggling on the C chord. It just hurts. So I’m starting a routine of finger and hand stretches to help with that. (I saw Tony’s video on stretches)

    GraceX replied 2 years ago 7 Members · 10 Replies
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  • JustinRigdon

    March 14, 2022 at 7:54 pm

    @dean-staff congrats. Today was my 7th day in TAC so you are right where I am. I have been playing off and on for about 22-25 years. And I told myself this was going to be the year I call my self a guitar player to other people. Stick with it. That C chord will come. Its always been one of the once I struggle with as well. B is my pain in the wrist chord.

    • Dean-Staff

      March 14, 2022 at 8:00 pm

      Thanks for the encouragement @JustinRigon. I’ve wanted to play since I was in high school. Had a buddy try to teach me but we both gave up after 1 lesson. I’m a lefty, and was trying to learn on him Right handed guitar and it didn’t go well. So Fast forward 50+ years and I decided it’s finally time to learn.

  • Loraine

    March 14, 2022 at 11:27 pm

    @Dean-Staff Welcome to the TAC community! Great to have you here, and I’m so glad you’re having a good time with the 30 days to play challenge. You’ve picked up on the fact that we focus on progress and not perfection. You’ll continue to improve by progressing through the lessons and committing to at least 10 minutes per day. Keep up the great work!

    • Dean-Staff

      March 16, 2022 at 8:25 am

      Hi @ Loraine. Yup, I’ve committed to a minimum of 10 minutes a day… everyday. It’s usually more, but the odd time 10 minutes is all I have. I used to do 3 to 4 days a week with another online course, and it just wasn’t enough. I’d forget what I learned from one session to an other, and found myself just repeating the same lessons over and over.

  • markvguitar

    March 15, 2022 at 7:23 pm

    Congratulations on your first week. If your hands, shoulders, neck, back etc get sore I highly recommend the stretches for guitarists technique course. I did it early on in my TAC journey and use the stretches somewhat regularly.

    • Dean-Staff

      March 16, 2022 at 8:28 am

      Hi @markvguitar! I’ve found the Stretching course already.. Definitely doing that as the first step in every session I do. In particular the Hand, Fingers and Thumb stretches. It’s always my fretting hand that cramps up. 😛

  • Michael_D

    March 15, 2022 at 7:49 pm

    Congrats on completing your first week of 30 days to play! That is a good small win.

  • Cadgirl

    March 16, 2022 at 5:53 am

    Congrats on starting the 30 day to play! Sometimes if i come across a hard exercise, I’ll print it and have it handy when just lounging on the couch. It’s much easier to just pick up the guitar and mess around for a few minutes. If I have to go back to the computer to open up an exercise, more than likely it just isn’t going to happen. Keep going with your streak, your right, it’s just one day at a time.

    • Dean-Staff

      March 16, 2022 at 8:20 am

      Hi @Cadgirl. Good tip!. I keep the tab PDF open on the computer, but printing it would make it much easier to just pluck away while sitting on the coach.

  • GraceX

    March 18, 2022 at 5:14 pm

    Keep on keeping on Dean.

    I found that playing a little each day helped strengthen my fingers immensely and then eventually things fall into place.

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