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  • When to mark a 30 Days to Play lesson complete

    Posted by Donita on July 13, 2021 at 7:29 am

    I see in prior postings that most people recommend marking a lesson complete when you’ve spent at least 10 minutes working through it. Would the same recommendation hold for the 30 Days to Play lessons? Since I’m brand new to playing guitar, I haven’t been marking them complete until I felt reasonably comfortable playing them. I may move on to the next, but then I circle back and when I can somewhat play it (not necessarily master it), I’ll mark it complete.

    Bill_Brown replied 2 years, 10 months ago 4 Members · 6 Replies
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  • Bill_Brown

    July 13, 2021 at 8:39 am

    Hi @Donita , welcome to TAC 👏👏 My 2 cents, I think how you’re currently handling it is just fine👍 The 10 minute rule of thumb is meant for the Daily Challenge – not the “Skills Courses” or 30 Days. There is no time limit on the lessons in the 30 Days To Play (or other Skills courses). Generally for a beginner, you should take as much time as necessary to attempt some assemblance of the lesson as presented. You may not be able to execute the lesson with perfection, but at a minimum, you want to be able to comprehend it. If it becomes frustrating, then stop and take a break – come back to it the next day if necessary – learning the guitar is supposed to be fun, not frustrating. If you’re having a lot of difficulty with a particular lesson, then move on to the next one. If you can execute a lesson and comprehend what skill or technique is being demonstrated, then mark it complete. If you’re having difficulty with a lesson (don’t mark complete), don’t be afraid to take a break or move on to another one. Circle back to the incomplete lessons at another time, when you feel ready.

    Good luck with your guitar journey😎 and have fun

  • Loraine

    July 13, 2021 at 10:45 am

    Hi @Donita and welcome to TAC! I wholly agree with Bill. Spend as much time as needed on the lessons in the 30 days to play. It’s a great introduction, but a word of caution. We’re not shooting for perfection, just understanding of the concept. Shoot for improvement and understanding. Also, you can mark something complete and move forward. You always have the option of revisiting a previous lesson. I did that several times while taking the 30 days to play. Don’t get bogged down by a lesson. Move forward and you’ll be surprised later to find something previously taught comes more easily when you revisit it. Have fun!

    • Bill_Brown

      July 13, 2021 at 7:37 pm


  • Marty73

    July 13, 2021 at 11:20 am

    Welcome to TAC @Donita 😎


  • Donita

    July 13, 2021 at 1:09 pm

    Thanks Bill, Loraine and Marty. Sounds like I’m okay with the way I’m doing it. I’m having fun with it (other than the sore fingers) and I can see progress day by day.

    • Bill_Brown

      July 13, 2021 at 7:38 pm

      👍👏👏👍 🤩

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