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    I believe that Metal Method newsletter How to Get Maximum Benefits from Guitar Lessons was written with me personally in mind…

    A couple of days ago I posted a topic here – although it never actually posted – about collecting. I said that I’ve never understood collecting things like baseball cards or guitars or cars, just to have the collection. For example, I love to watch American Pickers, but I cannot relate to having multiple buildings full of stuff I’ve collected. It seems like a waste to have so much stuff that never gets used.

    I went on to say that I now have all of Doug’s guitar lessons (Basic Course ’83, ’88, ’92, ’07, Speed & Accuracy, et al) except the 2017 revision along with hundreds of other lessons from Metal Method and others. When it dawned on me, I am a collector.

    In the newsletter it says, “Owning a library of instructional books and videos or working with an instructor won’t help you much if you aren’t making the most of your investment.” which is exactly what I do (or don’t do). I buy a lesson, work on it for a while and then buy another without truly putting an of them to memory and getting the max benefit. A lot of them have very good information, yet I half-ass my way through learning.

    My New Year’s resolution is to work harder at applying myself to learning from my guitar lesson investments. At some point I’ll post a video of my playing and use that as a way to get feedback.

    So, thanks for the motivational email, it’s exactly what I needed to hear.

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    Sarah Spisak

    Thanks, Paul!  We’re glad that was helpful.  Those techniques have worked for me over the years.  🙂

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    Doug’s “Guitar Mastery Package” still is the best deal in the world. It’s a ton of instruction though. I believe Melodic Principles is one of the most important bundles of all. I went thru it a long time ago. Only recently have I appreciated that the best use of that bundle is to keep doing sets of those exercises every day for a full year or so (or maybe forever). Otherwise there’s no way to become advanced level at them. The ear needs a lot of daily training. That’s the clincher. With great exercises comes great responsibility, right. This really got driven home because I was doing the SK1 exercises every day. In that video MAB, says “I do these exercises every day” (and they take at least a half hour). A lot of instruction says that though. It’s easy to gloss over it because it’s like someone saying “I go to the gym every weekday” when they have an obvious gut going on and there’s no way they could actually be either physically going 5x a week or if they are, they sure are not doing anything exercise-worthy while there. Even the fitness instructors who say they exercise 5x a week, are not actually doing that. So MAB saying, he still does those exercises every day, meanwhile being one of the best in the world, well, it sunk in that he really is literally doing those exercises every single day, whoa (and he claims that his playing today is better than it was a decade ago. damn^2). Anyway, sticking to a set of exercises faithfully every day, rather than bouncing around or chasing the next thing, is definitely a skill in itself.

    But there is no perfect single set of exercises. Which means it’s best to keep moving on to new exercises. So it is an awkward balance somehow.

    I'm an intermediate student of Metal Method. I play seitannic heavy metal. All Kale Seitan! The glutens will be eaten with relish!
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  • #24225

    Doug Marks

    Thanks Paul for the compliment.  Ummmm, I’ll pass it along to Sarah.  She put that one together.  Good work Sarah!

    Metal Method Guitar Instructor

  • #24232

    Sarah Spisak

    Doug’s “Guitar Mastery Package” still is the best deal in the world. It’s a ton of instruction though. I believe Melodic Principles is one of the most important bundles of all.

    Wow- thanks, SB!  There is really a lot of info packed into Melodic Principles.  These are the insights that came through several years of dedicated study and I expect it would take a while to fully absorb and apply all of them!  🙂

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    I’ve been reviewing the 92 version of Doug’s course this week along with Sarah’s 80’s riffs… I’ll revisit Melodic Principles this weekend and see how well I can relate it to the other things I’m working on… I need to create a specific practice routine.

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    I’ve got a practice session set up now… focusing first on the Stage 5 solo from the 07 course.

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