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  • What to keep as favorites

    Posted by Kerby on January 24, 2023 at 3:32 pm

    I enjoy all of Tony’s lessons, but how do you know what to keep as favorites? The technique section is filled with items I need to improve on. I could spend two hours a day just on one new technique, but raley have time to back to them because a new one appears each week, not to mention the new lessons tue – Fri.

    I feel like I am getting exposed to really good material, but don’t have time to really get good at it.

    How do some of you handle this difficult issue. Would love to hear some ideas.

    Thanks

    N-lightMike replied 1 year, 5 months ago 10 Members · 19 Replies
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  • Bill_Brown

    Member
    January 24, 2023 at 9:42 pm

    Hi @Kerby , great question. Since March of 2021, I’ve been favoriting just about everything so I can access it when I want to. So it’s more about the lessons that I don’t “favorite”, which include a lot of the Monday technique challenges, because I find them tedious and unfulfilling. Not that they lack a justifiable purpose, it’s just that I struggle to find the “fun” in them, besides, they will repeat over time (as will all the Daily Challenges). Another category that I often skip as a “favorite” are the Friday chord transitions, because to me, a lot of them are too basic – this is just my humble opinion (MHO), based on where I feel I am along my journey, your mileage may very (YMMV). I’d rather play entire scales using all open chords, then do them using all barre chords, as opposed to playing just the minor or major chords of a particular key. By doing that, it helps me to reenforce my understanding of each scale with regard to the major and minor chords based on the scale degrees and the positions that they occupy within that major or minor key (as well as the chord shapes themselves). Again, this is based on where I feel my journey has brought me to this point.

    IMHO, I believe you should “favorite” every lesson that interests you, every lesson that seems fun to you, any lesson that you want to – just because you want to – you don’t necessarily need a reason – it’s your journey!

  • Kitman

    Member
    January 25, 2023 at 6:26 am

    Hi @Kerby I use pretty much the same approach as @Bill_Brown and also save the PDF Tab file to my iCloud in a designated folder (named TAC Daily Challenges). When I save the file I use a naming convention as follows: “YYYYMMDD Challenge Type Name of Challenge”. For example today the file is “20230125 Improv Scale Parallel Parking”.

    This is a bit redundant because once you have favorited the challenge you can also get to the tab. However, many times I cannot march the name of the challenge to the content. For example “parallel parking” does not lead me to understand it is an improv challenge.

    Happy playing!

  • Kerby

    Member
    January 25, 2023 at 7:05 am

    Thank you for your insight and strategies. It helps. I am new to all of this, so I do enjoy the techniques but want to learn to play songs too, not just do the five day challenge. I know this program does not include songs but I cnat spend a couple hours on Tony’s program and then find time to learn songs.

    Thanks again for your help. Your strategy is a good one

  • albert_d

    Member
    January 25, 2023 at 7:27 am

    I don’t favorite as many as the others. I looked at my favorites and noted a trend. I tend to favorite scales ( mostly one per key), chord progressions I really like (mostly up the neck), and techniques that give me fits (mostly involving rhythm like Mississippi Timing… I still come back to that one because I have such trouble with it). I don’t save so many because I know that realistically I won’t ever come back to them. I’ll wait until they come around again. I also upload the tab for those I want to carry with me to practice when I’m out and not connected to the WORLD WIDE WEB (a rare but most pleasant phenomenon these days).

  • ChuckS

    Member
    January 25, 2023 at 9:16 am

    @ Kerby, I personally don’t ‘Favorite’ much, however, I do download (PDF) everything and save them into appropriate files (e.g. Warmup, Licks, etc.). I also keep a running Excel file that summarizes each exercise so I can zero in on them later if desired. I find this approach very useful.

  • Guitargeezer-Jack

    Member
    January 25, 2023 at 10:57 am

    I think all the guys have made good points. It comes down to what you are most interested in at any given time. Although I have attempted all the DCs, my first year I place more emphasis on chord shapes and their transitioning from one to another. This year I spend more effort on the guitar lick lessons each week (as on Acoustic Tuesdays).

    You will see over time that TAC repeats the weekly lessons. I noticed this once I passed around 52 weeks. I’m one of those that likes to have actual downloads on paper and use the Weekly Progress Tracker forms to organize myself and make notes as well as, since I am well into year two, I can have a benchmark for how much progress (or lack of) I have made over the last time the lessons were presented. I keep all the paperwork in a large ring binder with each week with monthly sections. Tony does change things up as far as the order or adding a new (to me) weekly Daily Challenge. How I tell it is a newer or older lesson is by how many tattoos Tony has! 😆

    I noticed on your profile you are around 150 playing sessions so far. That’s huge. There are many that don’t continue after 25 sessions, if that many. TAC does have a life membership option you can do PRIOR to the auto-renewal for when you reach your first year. It’s a bargain for those of us who like to take it slow and easy on our guitar journey. TAC staff, Victoria, assisted me with the process ([email protected]).

    Play on @Kerby and prosper!

  • Kerby

    Member
    January 26, 2023 at 7:22 am

    Thank you all for your comments! It really does help give me direction and confidence that I’m not losing it.

  • Cadgirl

    Member
    January 28, 2023 at 5:04 am

    @Kerby , I keep what I have problems with. Then I can go back and try again, and again, and again till i get it down. I don’t think any of the challenges are impossible, but… they can be challenging. I like @Kitman‘s response of saving the tabs to the cloud with an appropriate name. Good job, great idea. I save the challenges , but I haven’t renamed them. I think i’ll start doing that myself.

    • Kerby

      Member
      January 29, 2023 at 6:13 am

      Thanks for your support and thoughts. Sometimes it is overwhelming, but I’ll get there

  • Kerby

    Member
    January 28, 2023 at 7:52 am

    Thanks for your ideas, they all help keep me focused.

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  • N-lightMike

    Member
    January 28, 2023 at 2:41 pm

    I enjoy all of Tony’s lessons, but how do you know what to keep as favorites? The technique section is filled with items I need to improve on. I could spend two hours a day just on one new technique, but raley have time to back to them because a new one appears each week, not to mention the new lessons tue – Fri.

    I feel like I am getting exposed to really good material, but don’t have time to really get good at it.

    How do some of you handle this difficult issue. Would love to hear some ideas.

    Hey @Kerby ;

    I feel that everyone answered your explicit question, but I don’t feel anyone really addressed the implied question.

    So, let me state the implied question: “How do I organize my time to deal with this overwhelming flood of guitar lessons?”

    If I could answer that question, then I believe the first question would become pretty obvious, especially with the advice already given in the previous comments.

    Tony’s method has to be examined to answer the question. Tony is not trying to give us a series of technique lessons or song lessons, as is the common approach. That approach feels satisfying to someone wanting to learn guitar, but unfortunately, it has been shown to be quite ineffective.

    What research shows about learning anything involving muscle memory, is 2 main things: repetition and making mistakes. Oh, and one more very important thing: having fun.

    Let’s see how Tony method covers those bases. Every week, the lessons cover 5 basic guitar skills. Monday’s lessons could be said to be the most important as they build the actual fretting and picking skills to play guitar. Yes, they can be “boring”, but we are only talking about doing them for a few minutes. If you do them for a few minutes a day, in a relatively short period of time, your skill improves remarkably. So if we start our practice session throughout the week with Monday’s lesson, by the end of the week we would actually see that particular skill improved.

    Tuesday and Thursday are pretty easy to see how they fit into our improvement as musicians and guitarists. But Friday seems to get misunderstood. We already have a “chord progression” day on Thursday. Friday is “chord transitions”. We only want to focus on 2 chords at a time. And we want to go from one to the other very slowly and build our ability to make that particular transition in time at increasing speed using a metronome after we have the basic chord change down. As an example, going from D major to B minor is NOT the same as going from G major to B minor. You may think once you learn B minor it doesn’t matter where you’re coming from, but you’d be very wrong.

    Wednesday, we learn scales, which are important to understanding the music theory, but more importantly, it gives us a chance to practice coming up with our own licks instead of learning licks by rote like on Tuesday. We want to play scales “musically”.

    Now all of these lessons are challenging so that we will make mistakes. And since we have the “same” lesson every Monday in that it always works on technique but it is a different exercise week to week we get the repetition. And because they are “handed to us on a silver plater”, we don’t have to figure out what to play. These lessons are fun when we spend only a few minutes AND DON’T TRY TO MASTER THEM, ANY OF THEM! That is actually part of the process, DON’T TRY TO MASTER THEM.

    These lessons are also fun because they sound musical. Now everyone one of us who “trusted the process” and stopped worrying about how to “keep up” with this overwhelming amount of instruction, found that we improved steadily over time. Yes, learning guitar takes time, but this proved to be the FASTEST way to learn.

    It has already been mentioned that the lessons will come around again. If you really like a lesson and want to put in extra work on it other than the 10 minutes the day it was presented, then favorite it. But when you DON’T FAVORITE a lesson, you’ll be blown away when it comes around 8 to 11 months later how much better you can do the lesson without ever having worked on it again. And that’s when you start realizing this works even though it’s counter-intuitive.

    Some people stick with the standard skills or song lessons and don’t realize the slow but steady progress over time. And it doesn’t end. We just keep getting better and better. TAC has turned a few of it’s members into professional quality performers. I’m not there yet, but I’m bearing down on it.

    I hope this answers your implied question, Kerby.

    MG 😀

    • Kerby

      Member
      January 29, 2023 at 6:12 am

      I reaaly enjoyed your thoughts on all of this and you were spot on about my question. Your reply confirms what others hae said and I like your idea of working on Mondays lesson all week and the chord transitions thought.

      Thank you for taking the time to reach out to me

      • N-lightMike

        Member
        January 29, 2023 at 9:49 am

        You bet, @Kerby . Part of the wonder of TAC and music in general is we get to both receive and provide help. It’s a beautiful thing.

        MG 😀

    • the-old-coach

      Member
      January 30, 2023 at 9:14 am

      Mike-

      Once again you have nailed it.

      This is a great response you have made here.

      To me, your “implied question” point is spot on, but even in this thorough- (and fun-to-read)- post, the sentence that hit me like a hammer, was maybe your shortest.

      In the last paragraph, the sentence- “And it doesn’t end.”

      I had to pause and think about only those four little words for a couple of minutes.

      Jeff & I used to talk & chuckle about “keeping pushing that boulder up the mountain”.

      I believe you gotta —-keep—- movin’….. keep learnin’…… Or you will forget all that you HAVE learned.

      You can NOT steer a boat unless it is moving.

      Thanks for your insight– as always–

      theoldcoach

      • N-lightMike

        Member
        January 30, 2023 at 11:48 am

        I am so happy to help others see this marvelous method that Tony has laid out before us. So many miss it. I thought it was great and yet didn’t fully recognize the power and simplicity of it. I am still gaining more insight into this method of learning a skill that involves muscle memory. But I have spent a lot of time trying to understand it and explain it since I first joined TAC. However the question is worded, it’s always the same: “what do I do…?” There are many details to the question, like “after I finish the 30 day course” which may be the most common. Then there is “when do I start the dailies”.

        It goes on and on, but basically, the answer is: “stop thinking about it and just do the deal, which is do the daily lesson for at least 10 minutes… that’s it”. It’s too simple and doesn’t seem like we are really “learning” because we are adults and we “think” we should do this or do that. We don’t learn like kids. But muscle memory, and especially music, needs to be approached like kids do.

        That’s what I try to say in every comment with newcomers.

        Anyway, thanks again, Mark @the-old-coach .

        MG 😀

      • maryd

        Member
        January 30, 2023 at 9:47 pm

        Thanks for your insight, Mike! This is my FIRST day and I was feeling a bit overwhelmed. So, if I understand your advice, I should just do my best with each day’s lesson and follow along without worrying about mastering each segment. The goal is to put the time in everyday, even just 10 – 20 minutes, and progress will come.

      • N-lightMike

        Member
        January 31, 2023 at 9:48 am

        Absolutely, @maryd . Don’t forget the most important ingredient: HAVE FUN! That’s it. Let your guitar journey take you where ever you heart desires. Any kind of music or sound that you can make on the guitar that you love is the goal.

        Now in spite of the fact that this is the fastest way to gain guitar “chops”, or skills, it will feel terribly slow. So make sure to keep track of all your “small wins”. Anything you did today that you struggled with yesterday, no matter how small, take note of it. Otherwise, you will be a year down the road thinking you haven’t gotten any better. Others notice, though, so it’s a good idea to play with others from the start. If you don’t have anyone to play with, you can always join in on the Virtual Open Mics by going to justmusicgeeks.com and requesting membership. It’s free and it’s the community that was built by TAC members. The calendar lists all the Virtual Open Mics, VOMs, that happen throughout the week.

        I hope this helps.

        MG 😀

      • maryd

        Member
        January 31, 2023 at 9:38 pm

        Yes! That helps a lot! Thanks so much!

      • N-lightMike

        Member
        February 1, 2023 at 10:08 am

        👍😊

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