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  • Necessary or Nice to have?

    Posted by philly14 on May 12, 2022 at 8:52 am

    Started TAC in 12/21. Content is really good. What I am finding is that I am overwhelmed by the quantity. Daily challenge is either in my wheelhouse or over my head. I have committed to trying it every session when I log on. What I find is that there is a wellspring of material, such as “The Blues Baseline” on which I need to put in the time and grind. It would be good to know which skills are essential and which are either advanced or gingerbread (I like Victorian houses). I would love to see some kinda coding system that signals this lesson is really F’ing important. Thoughts, strategies or possibly the TAC folks code the lessons as essentials.

    jumpinjeff replied 1 year, 11 months ago 4 Members · 5 Replies
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  • jumpinjeff

    May 12, 2022 at 12:18 pm

    Hi @philly14 : your commitment to the daily challenge will serve you well. I have found that to be the single best use of my time as a player. No doubt about it,…when I first started the challenges were soooo challenging they were near impossible. I began to slow them way down and focus on pieces of them and by doing this I found great success and that fueled my desire to continue. You mentioned some were in your wheelhouse and some were over your head. When they are over your head you have the opportunity to grow your skills. I encourage you to wholeheartedly embrace those challenges and take advantage of working out the puzzle.

    I have not found any one thing to be more important than the other. Everything I explore layers on new skills and creates new patterns in my mind for playing. Find something that appeals/resonates with you and explore it. Move on to something else what ever grabs your attention whether it is strumming, fingerpicking, flatpicking….you can’t go wrong. Revisit things you have done. Even a few months of daily challenges will change your skill level and brain wiring enough so that old lessons will seem new.

    What do you want to play? That is a good place to start. If you can target that, you can find things that will support that more specifically but truly it all works together even though it may be hard to see how at first. There is no wrong way. The only wrong way is to stop playing. It is one of the beautiful things about the daily Challenges: never have to think about it…I just do it and as long as I keep doing it I continue to improve.

  • Loraine

    May 12, 2022 at 7:22 pm

    Hey @philly14 and belated welcome to the TAC community. I hear your frustration, and I was in a similar position when I first started. @jumpinjeff gave some great advice. Keep trying the daily challenges. I had no experience with guitar when I started, but I find that I’m now able to learn the lessons more quickly and I’m able to play them fairly well now. The lessons rotate, so you’ll see the lessons again in 8+ months. What Imfind is that every time they rotate back around they’re a bit easier to learn and play. Just by trying them, you’re increasing your knowledge and skills. As for the Skills courses, you have a big selection, and as jumpinjeff said there aren’t any more important than others. Whatever peaks your interest should be the driver. Personally, I started with the Jumpstart fingerpicking, flatpicking and strumming courses. I thought they gave a great introduction to those skills. Good luck, have some fun with it, and continue to ask questions in the forums.

  • philly14

    May 13, 2022 at 9:03 am

    My grove is pre-electrric blues and Texas singer/song-writer stuff a la Townes Vanstandt, Guy Clarke, Jerry Jeff Walker. Taj Mahal, John Prine and Bonnie are in the mix…. maybe some Dylan.

    • jumpinjeff

      May 13, 2022 at 10:20 am

      @philly14 All those folks you mentioned use all the techniques and principles you will find in all of the skills courses. I would start with the “jumpstart strum skills course”.* So much good info that is useful in everything you are grooving to. I say that very reservedly as I don’t know where you are in the players journey. You would have to post some videos or we would have to have a few conversations to know that we are on the same page ideas wise.

      *You should start with “TAC Quick Start” if you have not had a chance to do that yet. It explains the method. The end of that will direct you to 30 days to play: also solid stuff if you have not done that yet. All the foundation has to be laid before the gingerbread trim goes on. If you start with the gingerbread without foundation it becomes finger choreography without the muscles to do the super cool dancing. I found nothing but frustration there. It is how I actually started guitar.

  • Skyman

    May 13, 2022 at 10:14 am

    @philly14, I actually go back and redo some of the skills courses I have taken. Similar to the daily challenges, I only spend 10 to 30 minutes on each lesson and then move on to the next. Trying to perfect each lesson is not the goal. When I go back to a skills course I have competed, it seems so much easier the second, third or fourth time, and I can actually see the progress in my skills. You are right about having so much content available it can be a bit overwhelming. I hope this helps.

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