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  • Very frustrated…

    Posted by PickinmyPocket on March 12, 2024 at 1:49 pm

    Been a member for about 2 months now and I haven’t been able to finish one week successfully. Always seems to be one chord or technique that I can’t get which leaves me very frustrated and I feel that I am just wasting my time. Dont know if I should just stay on that week and learn it or move to the next week on Monday. Any suggestios would be appreciated. Thank you!

    Carol-3M-Stillhand replied 3 months, 1 week ago 8 Members · 19 Replies
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  • Beatrice

    Member
    March 12, 2024 at 5:19 pm

    hey there PickinmyPocket,

    that’s totally normal to not be able to finish the week or only managing some of the exercises when you first start the course. Learning the guitar takes time, and nobody expects you to complete everything when you’re new to it. It’s a challenge and you learn new skills and techniques but if you knew how to nail it after 2 months you would be wasting your time and would need to join an advanced guitar course.

    These lessons come back after a few months, also if you want to go back to a particular exercise you should bookmark it by clicking on ‘favourites’. The daily lessons are meant to be a challenge you set to yourself for 10-15 mins then move on. The new skills will gradually settle into your muscle memory and it will get easier in time… just be kind to yourself and patient. Keep these exercises fun, it’s the best way to learn. i hope this helps

  • PickinmyPocket

    Member
    March 12, 2024 at 5:39 pm

    Thank you Beatrice, I appreciate you taking your time to comment. Question, do you just keep moving on to the next week even if you haven’t accomplished all of the challenges or do you stay with that week until you can play all of it? How does Tony want us to do this?

    • Moose408

      Member
      March 12, 2024 at 6:45 pm

      Tony advises moving on. Progress over perfection.

      Spend at least 10 mins, give it a try, simplify it or only do a portion of it if it is too complicated for you and then move on. You are learning even though it doesn’t always seem like it.

      I’ve been with TAC for 8 months and there are still some daily challenges that I can’t do. But I find myself getting further on them each time they come along.

      • PickinmyPocket

        Member
        March 13, 2024 at 10:45 am

        Thank you very much!

  • Loraine

    Member
    March 12, 2024 at 7:01 pm

    @PickinmyPocket Welcome to TAC! @Beatrice gave you some excellent advice.

    I remember having the same frustrations and thoughts when I was a new player too. I had absolutely no experience when I started and I began with the 30 days to play, then the next 6 chords, the Jumpstart courses in the Skills courses, and then I began on the Daily Courses. I couldn’t get through most of the dailies when I first started, or at least nothing that resembled what Tony was playing. I learned early on to simply give it my best effort for a minimum of 10 minutes per day, then mark it as complete. There were a few times I would work on something a little more. It was usually because I liked it; thought it was fun. But I always moved on the next day to the next lesson and did not return to the previous lesson. TAC teaches Progress rather than Perfection. You will progress and get better with this process. Trust in it.

    Hope this helps. Just sit back. Enjoy the.process. do the best you can, have some fun with it, and you’ll do great. It is a process. Guitar is.not an easy instrument, but when you have those Aha moments, can play actual songs, and can speak the lingo, and you find you’re embroiled in guitar everything, then you’ll know you’re a true guitar geek!

    • PickinmyPocket

      Member
      March 13, 2024 at 10:47 am

      Appreciate your comments! Thank you!

  • BrandonK

    Member
    March 12, 2024 at 7:42 pm

    Thank you for sharing PickinmyPocket,

    I am on week two and I am feeling he same way. I feel like I should be practicing a lot more to get what Tony is teaching down, so I can actually do it. I am doing my best to do what the team is saying to stay around 10 minutes of practice per day, which is extremely hard because I want to be able to do what Tony is teaching in the video.

    • PickinmyPocket

      Member
      March 13, 2024 at 10:48 am

      Yes, I have to learn that “all I can do is all I can do” and keep moving forward. Thank you for your response!

  • the-old-coach

    Member
    March 12, 2024 at 10:11 pm

    Pick– and Brandon—

    Beatrice, Moose, and Loraine’s posts……… read them again…….. and then, again.

    Focus on the fun- (yes, it is hard to see the fun at times). Do NOT— ever— compare “where you are” with “where you think you should be”. That’s a no-win.

    Here’s where maybe I differ slightly from them. I have never practiced- even a single time- for 10 minutes and then called it a day. Never. I think you have to practice until you feel like you have accomplished something– anything. Finish each day on a “high”- no matter how small. Don’t ever walk away with a bunch of frustration.

    Beyond that– expect it to be tough going- especially at the start. But that’s what you want, right? You want to be able to be proud of yourself for what you have accomplished at every small step forward. And that only comes from hard work.

    What you are feeling is right on track! Doesn’t feel like it right now, maybe– but you are right where you need to be.

    • This reply was modified 3 months, 1 week ago by  the-old-coach.
    • BrandonK

      Member
      March 13, 2024 at 6:00 am

      Thank you for your response,

      I would normally practice until I felt I got it. The challenge of that is it could take me hours and/or days to get it and a lot of frustration.

      What I am trying to do is do something different and follow what Tony has advised to only do 10 minutes of practice. Then consider that a win versus mastering what he has taught. That is where I feel it is hard because I want to be able to get it, I do know logically this is not going to happen overnight and is going to take months to learn what he is teaching. It’s more about going through the process then learning the skill.

      I have come to accept that the 30 Days to play challenge is technically going to be a 90+ Days to Play challenge for myself. I will need to go back through what he has taught again and again until I will be able to do it.

      The Blues Shuffle, Blues Bassline, Blues Boggie, Chords…etc. are going to take some time until I get them down so that I can play them with the videos.

    • PickinmyPocket

      Member
      March 13, 2024 at 10:49 am

      Much appreciated! I am learning to take it one lesson at a time and keep moving forward!

  • tonyf60

    Member
    March 13, 2024 at 6:36 am

    I have been a member for a similar time. I know I am starting from quite a low base, so I do the challenge as best I can. I must admit at the moment I don’t try to follow the play video as I am just to slow so just stick to the learn video. Allowing myself just to move on when I have done the best I can do for the moment. If there is something I like ( like yesterdays lick) I mark it and use those as warm up exercises.

  • the-old-coach

    Member
    March 13, 2024 at 9:34 am

    IMHO- It doesn’t really matter if you master anything in either the Daily Challenges, or the 30-days to Play, or any of it.

    The point is that you show up, get into it for a bit, improve a little bit each day, and have fun with it. Some people “finish” the 30 days to Play in a week or two– because they were somewhat experienced when they joined- to them it was easy. Others may take longer than the 30 days- if they were absolute beginner’s. And in both cases– this is GREAT! It doesn’t matter- because there is no “one size fits all”– we are all different in where we start our guitar-journey.

    This thought also washes over into the Daily Challenges. There is only ONE Daily Challenge- there isn’t a “beginner series” and an “advanced series” of Daily Challenges. We all see the very same Challenge- absolute beginners and seasoned guitar players alike. Some just breeze thru it like nobody’s business- others struggle. But TAC has to keep is challenging for ALL levels…….

    The key, then, is to remember “where you” are in the grander scheme of things. If a tough Daily comes along- (and they will)- just go with it as best you can, and move along. As I mentioned before- NEVER compare “where you are” with “where you think you should be”.

    Enjoy the ride, expect – (and embrace!)- the difficulty, and focus on the sounds that YOU are making, and also the FUN!

    (Offering unsolicited advice is just another of the services I offer free of charge!)

    • Beatrice

      Member
      March 13, 2024 at 9:58 am

      I’m right with you there ! 😀

      Actually i’ve never done just 10 mins a day either… but to be precise, i would give around 10-15 mins of Tony’s daily exercise, then i move on to something else, to immerse myself into something more fun and creative… either using the learnt skills or improvising or learning songs. Let’s say that TAC Dailies are warm ups and foundations to get one going… i think it’s a good combo for me (and for most people, i believe), i think time and fingertip callouses allowing, it’s the way to progress 😉

      I also believe that we shouldn’t expect to master anything —> leads to big disappointments. Having fun and letting our musical soul lead the way is my philosophy with instruments… 😉

    • PickinmyPocket

      Member
      March 13, 2024 at 10:44 am

      Thank you for your response, very helpful!

  • PickinmyPocket

    Member
    March 13, 2024 at 10:46 am

    Thank you everyone for your responses! Very much appreciated!

  • Carol-3M-Stillhand

    Member
    March 14, 2024 at 7:11 am

    So much great advice on this discussion thread!!

    I will add that one of the most difficult things is to cultivate a habit. Often the biggest obstacle each day is just getting your guitar in your hands and starting. If you are trying for an hour or 2 each day, that big of a time block is likely to get crowded off the “to do list”. If you know that your daily goal is only 10 minutes, that makes it so much easier to smile, set your timer and grab your guitar. So, practice the daily lesson for 10 minutes a day. After 10 minutes, give yourself a big green check mark!! No matter how well you think you mastered the material. Next time you see that lesson you will be familiar with it and you will notice your progress. You can favorite any lesson so you can go back to it at any time, or wait until the lesson cycle repeats.

    Most people do end up practicing/playing/noodling for longer than the 10 minutes. Think of the 10 minutes as a starting block.

    Keep it fun, and enjoy the music!! C

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