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    Hello everyone, I’m new to the forum and a complete newbie to playing guitar. I just purchased the complete guitar course just about an hour ago and can’t wait to get the DVDs in the mail. I have started late in learning to play guitar, 57 by the way. I just purchased a Squire guitar about 2 weeks learning my way around the guitar with some stuff online but I need more structure and after reading about Metal Method and browsing the website I knew this is what needed. I can’t wait to get started with the lessons. So hello again and I hope to talk to you all.

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    Welcome…my friend…
    To the show that never ends
    We’re so glad you could attend
    Come inside! Come inside


    rock and roll ain't pretty; that's why they picked us to play it.

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    Sounds great. What are you playing thru- when I started I used a tiny fender amp which worked well for me. Other guys here have cool marshalls. I think tone and volume matters 😁 What songs do you want to play later?
    Listen to Doug’s advice and you’ll go really far.

    I'm an intermediate student of Metal Method. I play seitannic heavy metal. All Kale Seitan! ♯ ♮ ♭ ø ° Δ ♩ ♪ ♫ ♬
    And on the Seventh Day, Mustaine said: ∇ ⨯ E = - ∂B / ∂t ; and there was Thrash; and it had a ♭3; and it was good.

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    Welcome, and good move. I had a friend that wanted to play guitar, this was almost 20 years ago I guess. He said he wanted to play his favorite Boston songs. I put him onto Doug’s lessons. He went through the entire course and I couldn’t believe how much he progressed. He was able to learn and play his favorite songs.

    As a High School teacher, I introduced some of my students to guitar and taught quite a few. Time to time I may put up some advice, to go along with the lessons.

    Something you can start with right away: learn all the notes on the fretboard. Everytime you pick it up, run through the notes on one or two strings. It’s not as daunting as you think and it becomes invaluable as you progress. Here’s the steps I taught:
    1) Learn the string notes E A D G B E low to high. Note that the High and Low E strings will have the same notes. BTW for some reason, the High E is called the First string, and the Low E is called the 6th string. B is the 2nd string, etc. Go figure.
    2) Learn the chromatic scale (easiest to start with C, but doesn’t matter). Every note has a sharp (#) except for B and E (B is followed by C, E is followed by F). I don’t teach flats when teaching the chromatic scale.
    3) Pick a string to practice, and go up the string from the open note at least to the octave (12th) fret. Example: D string D D# E F F# G G# A A# B C C# D
    4) Do this everytime you practice on one or two strings.
    5) When you practice, pick a note, and find it on every string in every position on the fretboard. Example, find all the E notes. Next time, find all the B’s, next time, all the G’s, etc. You don’t need to find the F#, if you can find the G’s, it’s next to them. Same goes for other sharp notes. If I want to find C#, just find a C and it’s the note that follows, or find a D and it”s the preceding note.

    It drove me nuts when my students would come in to play, and I ask about something they played, and all that could answer was “I played 3-5-5-7-7-3-1 because they played from tabs and didn’t know the notes.

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    Sarah Spisak

    Welcome to the forum and Metal Method, collipa! This is good advice from Copperhead.

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