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  • Stuck on 1st lesson of 30 Days to Play. Do I just stay there?

    Posted by TXTornados on December 16, 2021 at 9:31 am

    Hi everyone,

    I joined about 2 months ago, but haven’t made much progress. Since joining, I really didn’t know what to do so I started the 30 Days To Play and I am stuck. There were 3 lessons about the blues. Do I stay learning or just practicing those only for the week? Or do I do something else?

    I played the first lesson about 4 days in a row and nothing else, I got bored. I tried the 1st and 2nd lesson for a day or so and get bored. To be honest, I have let distractions to distract me (thats why they are called distractions) and I have stopped playing.

    I really enjoyed the fret fingering skill lessons of Yousician but don’t know if I am do the same here or just stick with one lesson till I master it and move to the next.

    I am just stuck in the 30 Days to Play section. Am I suppose to stay there for 30 days first?

    Sorry for being unsure. Thanks for the suggestions. Ben

    Biff_Gordon replied 2 years, 2 months ago 8 Members · 9 Replies
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  • Bill_Brown

    Member
    December 16, 2021 at 10:19 am

    Hi @TXTornados , Welcome to TAC, hope you have a fun journey here. Let me start by saying that beginning with the “30 Days To Play” challenge was the right move on your part👍. Let me continue by saying that the premise of TAC isn’t mastery, it’s consistency😱, and by that I mean picking up your guitar every day and playing😎! So to sum things up, try to do each lesson, spending at least 10 minutes, then move on. You can always come back to them (if you feel like it) any time you want🤩. Let me add, this program is self paced, so you can do as many lessons in a day as you want, or as few in a week – you are the master of your own guitar journey here, so have fun🍾 and break a string!

  • Loraine

    Member
    December 16, 2021 at 9:00 pm

    Welcome to the TAC community @TXTornados ! Have to agree w/ @Bill_Brown that the goal is not mastery, but it is about building a consistent practice routine of a minimum 10 minutes per day. You can spend as much time on a lesson as you want, but if you spend too much time trying to master something you’ll become bored (as you did) and not want to continue (as you did), and it won’t be about having fun and wanting to play (as happened to you). So, my suggestion is work on each lesson for at least 10 minutes (more if you want and are having fun), then mark it complete and move on. You can always return to a lesson later. I went back through the previous lessons when I was completing the 30 days to play.

    You can also take the daily challenge and skills courses whenever you want to, but if you’re a true beginner with little or no prior playing experience, my suggestion would be to just focus on the 30 days to play for now.

  • Screaming_fingers_jackson

    Member
    December 18, 2021 at 7:07 am

    Keep with it! Sometimes it can be boring doing the simple excercises and lessons but it takes time and practice to get better just like anything. If you get frustrated or distracted it’s ok to out the guitar down and step away for a little while, in fact I sometimes if I struggle with a song I’ll put the guitar down and try it again the next days and it just clicks!

  • Moonhare

    Member
    December 21, 2021 at 1:34 am

    Hi there. I’d echo everything said above. I know it can be frustrating when you can’t get something straight away [I’ve been trying to learn an Irish flat picked tune for 2 months, still can’t get it up to speed!] but don’t beat yourself up. There is no golden rule that you must take 30 days to do the 30 day challenge but equally if you can’t get something you can move on and come back later. Also it can feel overwhelming to do the daily challenges at first but again they can be tried for 10 minutes, even if you don’t get them, then move on. It is the consistency of playing that is so important. We all learn at different speeds and we all have things we find easier or more difficult. 8 months on I can play things I just couldn’t when I started but I play every day, even if it is only 10 mins [it rarely is].

    One last thing, try to get along to the TAC 90 day progress party on Jan 5th. The details will be posted on the TAC site shortly beforehand. You will get to meet and talk to fellow TAC members as well as hear from Tony live. It might be the new year guitar tonic you need. Keep on rockin’ 🤟😎🎸

  • Biff_Gordon

    Member
    December 21, 2021 at 2:54 pm

    Do one lesson a day. Do not try to do it perfectly. Do as well as you can in 10-20 minutes. Play it through against once or twice later in the day. Next day, before starting the lesson, play it once more for a warm up. Keep moving on!

    • laarooski

      Member
      January 19, 2022 at 1:09 pm

      Hi Bill, I’m new to the program. How can I go back to a skill on a particular day, or even the previous day? I’m clicking on the calendar but it’s not taking me back to the previous skill. Thanks!

      • Butterfly

        Member
        January 21, 2022 at 7:04 pm

        HI Laarooski I found out that if you click the skill as marked done you cant go back you can only move forward. so I leave them all open during the week while learning to make sure I can review again.

      • Biff_Gordon

        Member
        January 25, 2022 at 5:12 pm

        First thing I do before starting a lesson is print the Tab. I use that for reviewing the skill

  • TXTornados

    Member
    December 28, 2021 at 12:10 pm

    Thank you everyone. All the advice is very helpful. I will continue to work for consistency. Thanks again.

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