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  • Where to begin? TAC, 30 Day, or Fret Wizard

    Posted by Sandy S on April 22, 2021 at 10:19 pm

    Just getting started. I was super motivated, thinking 10 minutes a day is workable and excited about it. Then came the Fret Wizard course at the end of the TAC spiel so I bought that too. And then the 30 day beginner class. Am I supposed to be doing some of all of it? Leaving me stuck and a bit overwhelmed but want the fun part I’d already felt playing just a few “riffs”? I know nada…. but it’s going to happen and the promise of the program seems exactly what I was looking for as I was searching around to figure out best way to learn guitar that matched my style. Tony won! Now, just need to start…. 🙂 Just 30 Days or more?

    Greg replied 3 years ago 9 Members · 16 Replies
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  • Alfred

    April 22, 2021 at 10:49 pm

    This is just my opinion…

    If you are completely new to guitar or super rusty-30 days to play, then learn a song as soon as you can. That’s why we learn guitar after all.

    The minute you can play your first song through, then FBW. It will give you the why (and how songs are arranged) behind what you are doing so you can better understand your instrument, and get you primed for ear training. I still haven’t finished it, but will soon. That should have been my first stop as far as my personal journey.

    Buying FBW right up front was a good choice

    • Sandy S

      April 23, 2021 at 12:46 am

      Thank you! I’m completely new. I decided it sounded nice to be able to sit around and play guitar one day and finally just went and bought a guitar without ever having held one. I just looked through the first few lessons of the 30 days to play and got to the part where I have to place my fingers to play? G? have no idea… definitely new!! Anyway -challenging to get my fingers to bend that way but I know it’s possible, just haven’t figured it out yet. Thank you for your reply – sounds like a good plan. 🙂

    • TripleB

      May 20, 2021 at 9:09 pm

      Is there a song section within TAC or do we go elsewhere?

  • Alfred

    April 23, 2021 at 1:11 am

    Well, welcome to TAC! A brand new beginner, the guitar world is your oyster! I hope you enjoy the journey. Remember that the awkwardness and finger pain will get less in time. Guitar is definitely worth the effort.

    Here is to many small wins to you along the way ☺️

    • Sandy S

      May 16, 2021 at 9:00 am

      Yay!!! I’m in! Already enjoying it. Thank you!

  • Marty73

    April 23, 2021 at 7:45 am

    @Sandy S I would do the 30 Day to Play first before Fret Board Wizard (FBW). Try taking the FBW course with a group when Tony P offers it. It will really help you out. I have taken the FBW course 3 time and getting ready for the 4th time. I take it as a re-fresher course. 🧐🧙‍♂️😎

    • Sandy S

      April 24, 2021 at 9:56 pm

      Wow – clearly more ahead on my guitar learning journey. Starting with the 30 days and determined to figure it out. Thank you for your support! 🙂

  • Bill_Brown

    April 23, 2021 at 7:57 am

    Hi Sandy S, I believe you’re starting with the 30 Days to Play is the correct path as a beginner. Always keep in mind that you can go through the course at your own pace. You can take as long as you need, go back to individual lessons as many times as you want! It’s perfectly fine to take more than the 30 days, especially as a true beginner. I would say that you should probably steer clear of the Daily Challenges for now and concentrate on the lessons in the 30 Days course. Once you feel more comfortable and confident with your playing, then maybe take a look at the Daily Challenges – you don’t have to participate in them if it involves something you can’t do yet. Once you’ve completed the 30 Days course, Then try to learn a song or two, as @Alfred has suggested. I also suggest that you take a look at the Skills courses after you’ve completed the 30 Days. In there, you’ll find some definite “next step” kind of things. As far as Fretboard Wizard goes, you bought it, so you own it! You will have it for as long as you’re a TAC member so you can start it anytime you want. Just like the 30 Days course, it’s something that you can do at your own pace and go back to as often as you like.

    Welcome to TAC Sandy, and have a fun guitar journey. If you have any other questions, don’t hesitate to post them on the Forums. The TAC Family is here to help each other get the best guitar experience possible 😉

    • Sandy S

      April 24, 2021 at 9:55 pm

      Thank you! I just went in again to attempt the first ?cord? g? in the 30 day lessons … still trying. Are you sure fingers bend that way? Lol. I’ll get it. Thanks for the support 🙂

      • Alfred

        April 24, 2021 at 10:17 pm

        You are on the most difficult part of being a guitarist… Getting started. Keep at it it will come. When it does it will just snap in. In the mean time, as tempting as it may be, don’t make your practices too long. Give your fingers time to toughen up. Nothing is going to stop them from hurting, but at least you can avoid blisters.

        So cool that you are just starting, truly! Best of luck

      • Sandy S

        May 16, 2021 at 8:58 am

        Thank you! I already see bits and pieces coming together that a few days before baffled me. Not even close to blisters or calluses yet so apparently I have that to look forward to. Yes, I agree – pretty amazing to be starting this when I honestly had no strong pull to learn to play the guitar – ever. In the last year – and I’m newly retired – I thought, might be nice to sit around playing a guitar for fun. I shopped knowing nothing and just jumped in – wondering if I’m really going to like this or not and surprised and happy to find that it might be the perfect fit for my personality and ways I like to spend time. Thank you again!

  • dweitzel

    April 25, 2021 at 6:41 pm

    Good advice above. Don’t worry about perfection or mastery. Muscle memory comes with practice. I’m a theory person. I always want to know the why along with the how. FBW is great for that. So, if your wired that way mix and match. If not, 30 Days to play will keep you busy.

    As others have said, don’t focus on the daily challenges at first. But, Mondays do help with warm up skills and Fridays help with learning the chords of various keys.

    Your fingers will hurt while you develop calluses. It will be noticeably easier in 30 days. Also, Lighter strings even ‘extra lights’ help a lot when you’re new. Tony has videos on how change them.

    Good luck and stop by a Virtual Open Mike (VOM) to meet some folks and hear them play.

    • This reply was modified 3 years, 1 month ago by  dweitzel.
    • Sandy S

      May 16, 2021 at 8:51 am

      Thank you! Life is a bit complicated – so haven’t been able to spend the time untangling some of what I don’t understand – so I just keep repeating what I’ve learned that I like to hear until I can open up the computer again. I’m so glad that I purchased the guitar! I can see with Tony’s course and support that it’s just what I need. Just yesterday, I started to understand the beginning lessons in the 30 days. Seems like a book would be helpful to see – read about – on paper – what he’s saying in the lesson. Because I honestly knew absolutely nothing about a guitar before I purchased a the guitar just a few weeks ago – frets – cords – tabs – music sheets etc, it’s like another language. I’m confident I’ll learn it but wondering if there is a book I could read or look at that would show a good beginner overview of tabs, strings, cords, and the very beginning of how it all works. Tony’s GREAT, just wanting to read and see some about what he’s saying to support my understanding. A book by Tony would ideal – because his style is exactly what I need – but anything might help – if I could just have it in my hands when I can’t stop to open up the computer. I’ve flipped back and forth from the video lessons to some of the materials I find but it’s a bit cumbersome if I only have a few moments. I can always carry a simple book around and pick it up when there’s a couple minutes. I retired a couple years ago and life got real busy in another way taking care of my Dad – the important work of life. Thanks again for the support – I’ll get this!

      • jumpinjeff

        May 18, 2021 at 10:07 pm

        Hi @[email protected] , welcome to TAC. I have the minority opinion here but I encourage you to begin the habit of playing with the daily lessons (just 10 minutes). These can be done at a most basic level so even the beginner can find a daily success. You may only get to one string on the monday lesson or maybe only first four notes of the tuesday lick or playing the root note of the key in time on the Wed. scale/solo lesson or Dead strumming in time on the Thursday Rhythm lesson. Hopefully you get the idea. One of the reasons this is so powerful is you are developing an simple habit you don’t even need to think about. You will be exposed to the whole gamut of music. Take little bites at first and as you continue you will be able to take bigger bites. If you struggle put it out there in the forum and you will likely be well supported. You can also comment or ask questions within the structure of the Daily Lesson. Give it a go and see what you think. No harm no foul.

      • Greg

        May 24, 2021 at 12:06 pm

        I appreciate this thread. Sounds a lot like me.

        I also would like a nice paper version to prevent the computer from tempting me with the 40 others things or just not remembering where to find all the other info.

        Even if it is just an outline with where to find the digital info very quickly for the 30 day challenge. I have it all on post its but after not playing for like 60 days I am forgetting what my postits mean.

  • LC_SmithSoLong4Now

    May 19, 2021 at 8:32 pm

    I started by doing the dailies, and the also 30DTP… I was a new player and it worked well for me.

    I’m not sure where you are in your experience but, wherever you start, plan to do the FBW earlier in your journey. Don’t wait to form bad habits by skipping a bit of useful theory.

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