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  • New boy questions

    Posted by Davew on April 10, 2021 at 1:27 pm

    Hi all. As a 40 year beginner i’ve been enjoying the most practice i’ve ever done in that time using TAC, so happy days. After about 4 months though, there a few things that i need help with please.

    1. What makes a scale in the key of E or A or any other note?

    2. Every week i practice one, but what is a lick?

    3. Apart from small wins, what is the aim of doing the daily challenge? I had imagined that after a period of time, Tony would say that now you’ve practiced these items for so many weeks, you’re now ready to play the following song/tune. But that doesn’t seem to be the case.

    Thanks. Dave

    Bill_Brown replied 3 years, 1 month ago 4 Members · 4 Replies
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  • JohnV

    April 10, 2021 at 2:20 pm

    Hi Dave. A scale are the do re me fa so la to do notes. So for the E major scale, the notes are E F# G# A B C# D# the back to E. The A major scale notes are A B C# D E F# G# and back to A.

    If you haven’t purchased it, I highly recommend the fretboard wizard course. It goes into scales, how they are constructed, how you can create basic chords using the notes of a scale. And a whole bunch of other stuff. Tony usually has 2 group sessions a year. It’s not live tutorials but that is when a lot of people start the program. He does have live workshops throughout the program for q and a and does a giveaway at the very end. It is a self paced course and really good for those with little or no theory knowledge. If you are really new, I say do the courses in the skills area first. The fretboard wizard course might be a bit too much early on your journey.

    What is a lick? A lick is a short musical phrase that are mostly used in solos. A riff on the other hand is a repetitive pattern that makes you instantly recognize the song. Think intro to smoke on the water. 4 chords played in that pattern is a riff. It’s repeated throughout the song.

    About your not seeing the connection with the daily lessons and and end goal. I agree. These lessons don’t really do that. What the do is slowly help you develop different skills that you can use elsewhere. Think of it almost as guitar exercise.

    Tony did offer an “add on” you could purchase separately called the song vault that he would teach you step by step different parts of a song in bite size chunks. In the end you knew the song. Those were mostly bluegrass style songs. With the new website the song vault is no longer being offered.

    Hope this helps.


    • Alfonso C

      April 11, 2021 at 10:08 am

      I’m a newbie here as well. A song vault sounds awesome. Wondering why they discontinued it…😦

  • Davew

    April 11, 2021 at 9:36 am

    John, thats a brilliant answer (x3). Thank you .

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