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  • Newbie help

    Posted by 62promise on November 2, 2021 at 6:36 pm

    Hello, I am a newbie and wondering how do I know if I am playing correctly without a one on one teacher. I was watching you tube videos since I bought my guitar in June, so this is my first try at a program. I am enjoying the lessons so far , two weeks in here , but my fingers don’t seem to be cooperating , and things are not sounding so great here.

    62promise replied 2 years, 5 months ago 5 Members · 6 Replies
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  • MarkD66

    Member
    November 2, 2021 at 6:58 pm

    Welcome to TAC…. I myself just try to do the videos and if the sound coming from my guitar has a good sound that’s all I really focus on as playing correctly.. As you play more your fingers will cooperate more… When I started I worried to much about playing correctly…. as a result I couldn’t relax and play…. Just try to do your best on form but above all else relax and have fun….

  • N-lightMike

    Member
    November 2, 2021 at 7:38 pm

    Wow, @62promise , @MarkD66 gave you such good advice, I hesitate to add anything lest I detract from what he said.

    With guitar, form matters, sorta. The form it takes to create the sound matters. The form that allows you to be relaxed and not cause repetitive motion injuries matters. The form that allows you to play in rhythm matters. Otherwise, form doesn’t matter. This is music and not a sport.

    As time goes on, you will be more aware of what form you need and more capable of imitating the form Tony has. In fact, you’ll be more able to see the form Tony has. But as Mark said, for now, simply relax and try to imitate the sound.

    MG 😀

  • Loraine

    Member
    November 2, 2021 at 9:52 pm

    Hi @62promise and welcome to the TAC community. I can’t add much to what’s been said. Just do your best, and you’ll see progress and begin to improve form and you’ll recognize when something sounds right. You don’t need to play at the level of Tony, just do the best you can and you’ll definitely move forward and see improvement. Keep asking questions in the forums and you’ll receive some great advice, insight, encouragement, etc. Have fun and keep on plunking!

    • Johan

      Member
      November 3, 2021 at 2:06 am

      Hi @62promise, I am new too. Not trying to hack your thread! But instead of adding another newbie post I thought maybe worth asking here. I finished the 30 days to play. Since I have been playing (no, dabbling) it was not too hard. But the daily challenges are much trickier. Is the idea that you “master” a challenge before going on to the next? Or should you try it until it “sounds alright” and rather “keep up” with the daily challenges. It sounds as if they ‘repeat’, is that right?

      • N-lightMike

        Member
        November 3, 2021 at 12:58 pm

        Hello @Johan , it is totally ok to start a new topic to ask any question you have. Even though the question may have been asked and answered many times, there is no archiving system for old threads.

        That having been said, here is a current thread that has been discussing your question about “mastering” the daily lessons:

        https://tonypolecastro.com/family-forums/topic/falling-behind/

        In short, no, don’t master the lessons. Do the best you can for a minimum of 10 minutes and move on. You can spend more time than 10 minutes. You can revisit the lesson that day, through out the week, or over a long period of time. But the idea is simply to attempt the lessons and in so doing you will be growing your guitar skills. That’s all.

        MG 😀

        Falling behind

  • 62promise

    Member
    November 3, 2021 at 6:33 pm

    Wow!! Thanks everybody!! I feel the support ! Super glad you added to my question, Johan ! I got advice for my next step!! I feel encouraged and will keep plunking away as was recommended! Tac community rocks! 😍

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