May 4, 2017 at 12:12 am #21576
Hey guys, (May 4th, 2017)
I sorta introduced myself back in my guitar setup issue. I started playing on April 1st 2017 and I was sick for 12 days of the month. I bought a really nice guitar +Bias FX and some accessories, after waiting so long to make sure everything was perfect and that I was going to beat all my obstacles this time. So I had bought the DVD 2007 in advance.
Using the DVD 2007 edition, I’m just starting stage II.
I actually got a guitar when I was 14 back in 1994, but I didn’t get it setup and played only 2 chords. I couldn’t even transition between those two chords and I sold the guitar later to my Father’s disappointment. Well, I figured out my anxiety issues, prioritizing lessons, utilizing the great computer and internet that didn’t exist and definitely found a way to beat arthritis and carpal tunnel syndrome. Now we’re 23 years later and I already know much more and can play much more than when I was 14 and very confused about the guitar. Back then, I knew of Metal Method and really wanted it, but I couldn’t afford it and My Dad had already spent $450 on the guitar and that was the end of it.
–The only thing giving me a bit of trouble is the F barre Chord and A m barre Chord. I can do it with full strength and concentration, but its slow to switch right now. Once I get through this, I can go on to the next chapter 🙂
I also made an audio cover of Noodles – Skin and will record a video when I don’t look sick anymore. This is my first ever song that I’m able to complete, a milestone in my life 😛
I can play through Slayer’s Seasons in the Abyss minus the leads, and a bit sloppy. I hope to be able to cover that song real soon 🙂
I can also play partially through Iron Maiden – Where the Eagles Dare (no solos)
And Judas Priest – Breaking the Law
Right now I’m using the old dvd, but will very soon upgrade to the digital lessons 2016 version. I hope people here can critique my lesson plans and my song covers 😀 I’ll do the same for you guys (as I have already). I’m actually really excited that Doug Marks is still in business and can actually talk to us, critique us after all of these years. Even though I’m back at the guitar after failing 23 yrs ago. There’s tons of guitar lesson plans out there, but I’ve always wanted this one–and the other ones seem to rush through the teaching.
May 4, 2017 at 3:39 am #21580
Its great that you”re back playing the guitar again. You mention having trouble switching cords is that because arthritis and carpal tunnel? I just started playing again myself you can check out my progress on youtube @ jl8112
May 4, 2017 at 4:56 pm #21591
Oh hi Jl 🙂
Well that was one of the major problems before. My joints were always hurting and I had carpal from stupid jobs I had. Anyways, I tried using Krill Oil recently and OMFG its like it never existed in the first place. I just had a poor diet when I was a teen. I don’t know if its actual arthritis, but the joints were swollen and hurting.
I’ll go check you out in a bit too 🙂 cheers
May 6, 2017 at 6:14 pm #21603
The only thing giving me a bit of trouble is the F barre Chord and A m barre Chord. I can do it with full strength and concentration, but its slow to switch right now.
Thanks for sharing your experience here. I’m looking forward to reading about your journey. I’m always willing to take a look at videos of your playing so kee that in mind when you have a problem.
Bar chords require patience to master. When I first learned to play I didn’t have an instructor which made learning bar chords really difficult. I played for about five years before someone showed me the correct technique. I promise, it won’t take you that long but it does show that patience might be required.
Metal Method Guitar Instructor
May 6, 2017 at 8:22 pm #21604
Oh Hi Doug 😀
Thanks for stopping by. Back when I learned about you, it predated the internet . Well, at least FEW people were able to afford the internet back in 1993-4. I didn’t hold on to the Guitar Player/World magazines I saw you in but I remember them well!
People have it so lucky now. Back in the 90s, if you wanted to learn a song, you had to have the record, AND buy a tab book. You’re out $40 just to learn one of your favorite songs. Not to mention you had to go out and drive to get it, this predates me having a drivers license.
Back then I thought this is the coolest guy offering guitar lessons, and today, after doing multiple paid and free trials while doing this Metal Method, I have to say they aren’t very well thought through. A lot of them skip vital steps and rush through everything like they are on some deadline to meet, or worse, the site doesn’t give you a map so you just wander doing this song and that song and this technique. I didn’t find anything great at licklibrary, or Jamplay 😛 (they all assume you know too much)
Well, I just got in my Logitech C922 webcam that does 1080p30 and is decent, so I will be making some videos soon 🙂
Kinda bummed that I gotta pay $29.99 for Adobe premiere pro to get it on a monthly plan. Sheesh
Very nice to chat with you after all these years 🙂
May 9, 2017 at 1:36 am #21623
Just ordered the Beginner’s course of Metal Method 2017. DL #7 wasn’t working, but Sarah kindly got to me within an hour to fix all that. It’s all downloaded now! You said double the content? I swear i think it’s 4x of the 2007 dvd 😀
May 10, 2017 at 9:58 am #21639
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An interesting thing my guitar teacher taught me when it came to barre chords which I never knew was that, using a right hander as an example is to with your right arm press the guitar against your body which naturally makes the neck swing out then do what you normally do with the left hand except this time also pull your left hand towards you. Essentially this is almost like a counter point and it should make it easier to barre. It did for me and most of the other students in the class.
Of course you wouldn’t want to put full strength into this in case you break your guitar. Try very carefully
May 16, 2017 at 10:12 pm #21787
May 24, 2017 at 8:06 pm #21943
Right now, I’m practicing the solo for Paranoid. I saw Paranoid was from the stage 1 graduation? Lol, well it’s a lot harder than Breaking the Law (no solo).
Anyways, the new 2017 beginner section is pretty good with the scale practice, and I’m able to play the solo slowly…like at 20bpm! haha. But at least It’s going.
so I hope to have this ready very soon 🙂
May 24, 2017 at 11:39 pm #21946
My 2nd guitar cover has been posted at this thread http://guitarlessonforum.com/guitar-forums/topic/judas-priest-breaking-the-law-cover-3x-tracking
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