September 9, 2017 at 1:32 pm #22288
I’m on Week 7 of the CGC, am seeing lots and lots of improvement, and, most of all, am having a lot of fun playing guitar. One of the things I’ve been doing is maintaining a regular daily practice schedule and moving to the next lesson each week. In the last lesson, I had a bit of difficulty with one exercise and when I hit the point in the week when I normally move to the next lesson, I moved on with the knowledge that this particular exercise needs more work. I’m in the barre chord section (Week 7) now and I came into CGC with a basic knowledge of barre chords, so I’m not dog paddling in the deep end. I’m just trying to work out a difficulty that I have with continuous strumming.
For others taking the course, as well as instructors: if you have difficulty with an exercise, do you move forward and just continue to work on it or do you hold back? Obviously, if there are multiple issues, I’m going to hold back, but I’m wondering how people navigate various difficulties they encounter as they progress through each lesson and what’s a deal breaker for moving on? I don’t want to become so wrapped up in one exercise that I stagnate the whole process, but I also don’t want to skim over significant issues that need to be dealt with before progressing. Thoughts?
September 9, 2017 at 3:56 pm #22289
While giving Skype lessons to students I noticed that most moved through the course too quickly. On the other hand, there was one student that wasn’t ever satisfied and he kept starting over – and that was not necessary. What you’re experiencing is really something that you need to address personally. I like the way you’re moving through the course. When students get bogged down they begin to get bored which is not good. Make a list of areas that need to be reviewed and spend time each day quickly reviewing those exercises. You should find that as you move forward you will naturally begin to play everything better. It’s ideal to make a recording of your playing at least once a month. As you review the recording you’ll be able to tell if you’re on track. Occasionally, it’s necessary to spend additional time on problem areas. Once you’ve got them mastered you can return to your routine. The daily routine that you’ve developed will serve you well. Practice needs to become an enjoyable habit.
Metal Method Guitar Instructor
September 10, 2017 at 5:51 am #22294
This is super helpful advice which I will definitely look to incorporate into my playing.
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