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Title: Justin Guitar Success Stories?
Post by: Trun89410 on May 19, 2013, 03:12:14 am
Hi all,

I'm still new to these forums.  I see lots of threads but haven't seen one for success stories.  I can't write one yet but was hoping to be inspired by hearing from people who started Justin's course as complete beginners and made it all the way through and how they felt about their playing ability then.

Is there a thread where those can be found?  If not, would anyone be willing to share their story here?
Title: Re: Justin Guitar Success Stories?
Post by: Tourniquet on May 19, 2013, 12:09:01 pm
Depends how you choose to define success.
If the aim is to learn how to play, the "audio or video of you playing" section is full of success stories.
Title: Re: Justin Guitar Success Stories?
Post by: Sasquatch on May 19, 2013, 01:32:24 pm
I define success as bringing joy to the world one song at a time.  ;D
Title: Re: Justin Guitar Success Stories?
Post by: LievenDV on May 19, 2013, 02:51:23 pm
"success" is idd a relative word as we all have different goals.

- Marcus for instance is making very cool music with SandmarX.
- Katja, Digger and Endureth live in different countries but already covered and created several songs together.
- some beginners, young and old, amaze us and theirselves with their progress.
- there is some cool songwriting going on here; or people DARING to record themselves and post it here.
All success-stories to me!

for me success is the baby steps in pushing the boundaries and getting out of my comfort zone every time by playing and later on also singing in front of people.

Ths forum is filled with succes if you look a it that way.
If you are lookng for popstar success, you migh want to seek out inactive users, as they don't have time for this forum anymore? :)
Title: Re: Justin Guitar Success Stories?
Post by: Guitar_noob on May 19, 2013, 02:59:47 pm
@ LievenDV
Well said. Almost brought tears to my eyes ;).

people who started Justin's course as complete beginners and made it all the way through and how they felt about their playing ability then.
There might be some threads on this subject, but probably buried with "obscure" titles.

In one month, I'm playing with my two bands in a local restaurant (or in the street) in front of many people. I feel confident with my skills, even though I know the road is still long and hard. Like Tourniquet said : go to the "audio or video of you playing" section :).
Title: Re: Justin Guitar Success Stories?
Post by: Flashmann on May 19, 2013, 04:21:22 pm
There is a point to which I can play.A degree of soreness and/or fatigue,that once I reach,that I know from all prior experience,is going to cause me to take the next day off to recover.At the very least it'll cause me to take it very easy the next day or two.I've focused,very intensely on addressing this,since recovering from severe wrist pain suffered last October,with almost no noticeable improvement.Very discouraging.
Over the past months,I've spent hours each on things like bends,hammer on/pulloffs,finger gym stuff,trills,varied fingerings for scales,scales out the ying yang,shaping and moving barre chords and more.All with an eye,aside from the obvious benefits,toward building strength and durability.Hours on each,but a few minutes at a time,since that's all I could manage.Trying to get to the recommended 5 minutes,coming close on some.No real measureable progress... :(

Then this past week,out of nowhere ;D,I caught myself some 20 minutes deep into bends and curls one day,before coming to the point of having the next day off.This coincided with a major alteration of HOW I was practicing.
Amazingly,an HOUR later I was fine and went right back to the guitar.Next day was as if I'd not exerted myself at all.Perhaps stupidly,to test the notion that MAYBE,FINALLY,I'm seeing progress,I played to and then beyond my "sore point" a second consecutive day,and then a third,before being struck by the hard fact that I did it!

This thing I got through,besides learning the big bad F and the other E-barres,is my biggest sense of accomplishment yet. :D

That,to me.is a rousing success!!!!
Title: Re: Justin Guitar Success Stories?
Post by: Wishbone on May 19, 2013, 09:19:24 pm
Every time you pick up your guitar and manage two or three bars more of the song you've been learning than you did the last time ...... That is a success story.

Every time you play a note, a chord a scale ......... and the tones reach you in such a way that they're more than just 'sound' ......... That is a success story.

Every time someone realises that, regardless of their skill levels or aspirations, they can rightly call themselves a guitarist and be treated as equal by the same.

I read success stories every day in here. They're called the 'Justin Guitar Community'  ;)
Title: Re: Justin Guitar Success Stories?
Post by: Trun89410 on May 20, 2013, 03:02:34 am
Thanks for those great responses. I guess I should have defined success in my OP but I'm actually kind of glad I didn't because it allowed you to all help with that definition. I suppose that for me, I would consider this journey a success if I can get to the point where I can play in front of friends and family with pleasure and not embarrassment.  It looks like this course can get me there.  In fact, if i simply could play all the songs in the beginners song list and have them easily recognizable, that would be absolutely wonderful, and I'd be a happy man.

I realize many of you are probably well past that point, especially if you're out playing actual gigs.  At this point that's beyond my wildest dreams.  But I did play Three Little Birds and Walk the Line today better than I've ever played them and Hound Dog and Lay Down Sally are coming along too.  Sometimes I can't resist listening to the more advanced songs on the list and wishing I could play them but hopefully a year down the road ill be at that point.
Title: Re: Justin Guitar Success Stories?
Post by: Guitar_noob on May 20, 2013, 07:40:52 am
If you stick to the beginner's course, you will be able to play them  ;). 90% of what I know comes from Justin. One day, you'll try to learn a Hendrix song without realizing it. Keep it up :)
Title: Re: Justin Guitar Success Stories?
Post by: justinguitar on May 20, 2013, 10:50:04 am
I taught Katie Melua from scratch and she's sold a gazillion records now and is a very accomplished guitarist :)

I've had a few emails from people who are started on the site and now play in bands with records out and stuff, I must dig them out, cos a success stories page would be a very cool thing to have on the site.
Title: Re: Justin Guitar Success Stories?
Post by: Greenfingers on May 20, 2013, 02:20:41 pm
I taught Katie Melua from scratch and she's sold a gazillion records now and is a very accomplished guitarist :)

I've had a few emails from people who are started on the site and now play in bands with records out and stuff, I must dig them out, cos a success stories page would be a very cool thing to have on the site.

Would be a very interesting watch if you get these people together if at all possible and interviewed them, I know I would enjoy such a video. :)
Title: Re: Justin Guitar Success Stories?
Post by: jnb on May 20, 2013, 02:42:04 pm
Depends how you choose to define success.

I define success as being willing to not put down the guitar because someone walked into the room. After many years I am now a success.
Title: Re: Justin Guitar Success Stories?
Post by: close2u on May 20, 2013, 02:46:11 pm
Simply off the top of my head ... Justin students that play in bands / have recording on release:

Leeskii
Marcumarkmus
Deathgod
Joshpunk
Gandsfjord
warlock
JB12890
neo01124
zgabuterimon

me too I guess - though  I'm not working in a band at the moment


collaborations:
pat the bunny
schlaffenwagen
digger
Endureth
Katja

Title: Re: Justin Guitar Success Stories?
Post by: artonsafari on May 20, 2013, 08:34:12 pm
I realize you're probably talking about making it big, or having a career in music but I'd call today a personal success!  8)

Been working on Time, and have pieces to the lead nailed and am almost nailing it straight through on every run. Got the chords down, have to fine tune the little high light bits.

Followed up with a couple pentatonic jams in E then A with minimal mistakes focusing on placing certain licks over certain chord changes.

I packed up to come back to work wanting to play and practice more.
Title: Re: Justin Guitar Success Stories?
Post by: Andreas Fischer on May 20, 2013, 10:16:36 pm
a success stories page would be a very cool thing to have on the site.

Agreed ;-)

i did know that you teached Katie Melua but i didnt know that Katie started from scratch with you, that means complete beginner? Wow!

anyway, a success story page would be interesting and inspiering/giving hope for us still beginners
Title: Re: Justin Guitar Success Stories?
Post by: Fozjg on November 29, 2013, 04:29:20 am
I think questions like this come up every so often... I don't know if there is any one place or forum on the website that is dedicate to that but many people who post or have posted on this forum have probably benefited from justin's lessons at some point or another...

Personally, I started from scratch with his lessons and I would say 90% of how far I've come is due to working through the beginner course and trying to be as patient as possible.  I do know that when I was first starting out I was curious to find out "how long" the process takes. I also got tired of hearing or reading, "everyone's different." However, that is true. Yet, at the same time what's also true is that it is hard and takes a lot of time. I don't think a lot of people want to say that though. Notice I didn't say a "long" time but a "lot" of time. 

You search for "success stories" and pick out some of the threads that touch on it. Also check out the Audio/Video of yourself forum that has people posting their own playing. I've been trying to record my progress every 50 hours or so and post a few videos. My long term goal is to be able to hear/see a vast improvement  over years or playing and practicing. There's also some pretty fantastic audio/video thats gets posted by members in there that sometimes makes me feel bad for junking the place up haha.
Title: Re: Justin Guitar Success Stories?
Post by: Joerfe on November 29, 2013, 06:15:56 am
I started the beginners course in February. Back the I couldn't play anything. I recently finished it, and I can now play heaps of songs. That is a success story in my book.
As mentioned, it is hard and takes time. Just the way I like it.
Title: Re: Justin Guitar Success Stories?
Post by: grebber on December 01, 2013, 04:15:27 pm
i will be a success story in a few years  :P
i consider myself one now just for the simple fact i havent given up!!
and if you knew me you would agree. plain and simple justins sight in the last 2 months taught me more then the countless other attempts i tried guitar with real teachers. nothing wrong with the other teachers, just that justins way of teaching and being able to go at my own pace just clicks
Title: Re: Justin Guitar Success Stories?
Post by: Newand(hopefully)willing on February 03, 2014, 09:26:00 pm
Since other newbies have expressed their successes, I'd like to chime in as well.

I've never played guitar properly before my brother bought me an electric one back in November. Since then I've been at it non-stop with maybe 6-7 days of not playing. Before joining the site and learning from Justin's lessons i didn't know diddlysquat. Two and a half months later i know how to play 13 chords,  can play a handful of the beginner songs and have even started to fiddle on the guitar a bit. I'm also working on the riff from Don't fear the reaper, and it is coming along nicely.

The best part of this course is that you get constant encouragement and trackable "micro-successes". It really helps you keep at it when you come from "holy smoke, these chords / changes / songs are IMPOSSIBLE!" to executing them confidently in a few weeks time.  Not to mention the cumulative effect - everything you learn gets used somewhere else. I tried playing Live forever by Oasis for the FIRST TIME today and, apart from the Fmaj9 of course, was pretty much nailing it with basic down strums by the time the session was over. It's a pretty good feeling when you can adapt what you've elarned to a new situation and know that it wouldn't be possible without a smart and structured system such as Justin's.

Of course i have long term goals -  songs i wish to eventually learn, being able to improvise etc. The time it would have taken me to get there 3 months ago was NEVER. Now it is just a matter of perseverance and a few dozen months until I'll have songs under my fingertips I've previously only dreamed of playing for 10+ years.

In short, the fact that all of us have started this and are improving is a great success story on its own.
Title: Re: Justin Guitar Success Stories?
Post by: pipsickle on March 27, 2015, 02:33:27 pm
I feel as though I'm a justinguitar success story, though I guess that depends how you define success  ;D

I've been playing pretty much exactly 18 months and started from scratch from this site. I've finished the BC and am slowly making my way through the IM.

Quite a while back I met my initial goal of being able to play and sing some of my favourite songs. What has surprised me is how playing guitar has become such an important part of my life. I play at a local bluegrass jam and am no longer (always) the worst player. I'm about to spend a week away at a music camp and am talking to someone from my jam about forming a band (a duo is a band, right?  ;)). On this forum I made some really great friends and we have a monthly google hangout where we play for each other and chat guitars (we all live in different parts of the world).  All these things make me really happy!

Maybe this belongs in the thank you thread and not here, but Justin's site is just so amazing. I've bought loads of books and DVDs to pay it back, but the joy that learning guitar has brought me is worth so much to me. Huge thanks and positive vibes to Justin and everyone who keeps this place going.
Title: Re: Justin Guitar Success Stories?
Post by: LievenDV on March 27, 2015, 02:54:30 pm
Pipsickle: If it feels like a success to you, it's a valid success for us; great story :)

-- to everybody --

This is your chance to support  "local talent"!

Saturday, 28th of April, between 8 and 10 GMT time, the BBC Local Radio will feature talents from this forum. In the program "The Beat", you will here "The Comfortably Strange".
This is the band of Digger72 and Katja, 2 talented members of this forum.
They don't do live shows as Digger lives in England and Katja lives in Germany so this radio airplay is their gig. Let's all show up, listen and respond to the radio station!


AFTER THE SONG IS PLAYED, I will send a cheerful and positive feedback about the song.
YOU SHOULD TOO so the chances for them to score more radio play can grow!

[email protected]
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Then there are two Twitter accounts:

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Title: Re: Justin Guitar Success Stories?
Post by: Rossco01 on March 27, 2015, 03:28:30 pm
@LievenDV great to hear as I'm a big fan of the "The Comfortably Strange" style...which really does sum up the style of music. I'll be listening in.

Again in terms of success I can only add what others have in that I started from scratch with no music background in November 2013 and have probably achieved more than I ever thought possible. Back then I'd have been astounded at the progress I've made , sitting here now I just want to get better.

The incremental nature of the BC is great in slowly leading you into guitar in bite sized pieces enabling to build your knowledge and ability step by step. It needs some commitment BUT again that only grows as you progress through the course and to be honest as you make more progress you naturally give more time (if you can) as you're eager to learn more and play better.

However its not just the BC that makes the difference but also the materials (in particular the BSB which cleverly builds on techniques through real songs) and of course this forum on which I've met many friends from all over the world. As it stands at the moment I haven't got a forum for playing live outside of the home so the community on here satisfies that need and provides lots of support and encouragement along the way.
Title: Re: Justin Guitar Success Stories?
Post by: Steve St.Laurent on March 29, 2015, 10:24:40 pm
I started Justin's course in 2010 (at 40 years old) with a goal to be a usable guitar player in our church worship band and to be able to have fun with music again at home.  I was a very accomplished musician on wind instruments when I was a kid (performed a solo as an invited guest in concert with the Oklahoma City symphony when I was 14 years old on Bassoon).  I had a falling out with my band director in 11th grade and put my instrument away and walked away from music for 10 years.  Tried picking up a soprano sax when I was 27 and tried on and off for 13 years to learn to play it again but the sound that came out of the horn was so painful to listen to that I just couldn't stick with it.  I REALLY missed playing music as it had been a large part of my life and I've always loved music.  So I decided to get a new instrument that I'd never played before so that even if it sounded awful that it wouldn't be so painful to listen to - that's what brought me to Justin.

So after about a year having gone through the BC course I did start playing with our worship band.  Since then have continued to improve and I now play lead, intro songs, have solo's, etc.  I'm also hosting monthly jam sessions with some of the musicians from the worship band and a couple others.  Having a blast with music again, playing in front of crowds regularly, etc.  We're going to record a full album soon with the band from the jam sessions - of original music from one of the members.  So I'd call that a success story - I've gone way further than even my goal was when I started here.  It's mostly due to Justin's tutelage and the forum here for answering a ton of questions of mine.  I've also taken some lessons locally but I'd say 95% of what I've learned came from here. 

Here's a thread with some of my story: https://justinguitarcommunity.com/index.php?topic=34521.msg307203#msg307203

and a pic of our worship band (I'm on the far right):

(http://motosportsdesign.com/stevest/Band.jpg)

Here's a thread with a video from our first jam session here at my house - https://justinguitarcommunity.com/index.php?topic=36792.msg315593#msg315593 .  We listened to his demo recording of that song once, we played it through once, then I recorded that video - so that was literally the 2nd time we'd played that song.

I've put thanks on here a number of times but it can never be said enough - THANK YOU Justin for giving me the gift of music in my life again! and thank you to the forum members here for answering many questions and helping me along the journey!
Title: Re: Justin Guitar Success Stories?
Post by: licksnkicks on April 03, 2015, 05:52:36 am
I am a success according to own my definition. No one else's definition really matters to me.   I started from scratch 5 years ago.  One of my goals was to play in a band and  I am playing in a band with 4 other guys. I will forever be learning as I go!  It is so much fun though! It's the most ultimate euphoric feeling that there is!  Well for me,  that is! 

To be having so much fun and being able to pursue my passion playing my guitar = priceless

That is my definition of success!

Title: Re: Justin Guitar Success Stories?
Post by: LievenDV on April 03, 2015, 07:30:13 am
Right on LnK! Scoring a gig, getting on stage, bring that show. Looks like you got addicted to the taste of that little thrill as well ;)

Steve, doing well buddy. For many of us, Justin was The booster, for kicking off or renewing our "musical momentum".

Great stories guys. Successes indeed :)
Title: Re: Justin Guitar Success Stories?
Post by: digger72 on April 03, 2015, 07:21:57 pm
Goods stories indeed. Success is whatever we want it to be and for me the measure is not what you've done or achieved, but how far you've travelled to get there.
Title: Re: Justin Guitar Success Stories?
Post by: SunBurstUK on July 21, 2015, 11:51:06 pm


 I feel successful in the fact I am sticking at this have gone through a lot of pain and I havent let it get the better at me.ok, so my guitar playing is sloppy in places as dont know all songs and rhythm patterns well lol and can mainly play songs from book and know only a couple each stage off memory  and at times having to rest a lot due to it so it can heal but, I am now at stage 4, that to me is a success because I havent walked away at stage 1!
 I am happy for everyones success here its nice to read that people are pushing forwards.I feel successful in the fact at stage 4 playing roberta flack and so far on first try only the B7 is messing up the song.
really enjoying learning its addictive fun! ;D
Title: Re: Justin Guitar Success Stories?
Post by: digger72 on July 22, 2015, 11:38:30 am
Hi Sunburst,

I'm with you 100% - success is how we choose to measure it. If that's battling through adversity and doing things you never thought you'd be able to do, then hats off.

Keep at it.
Digger
Title: Re: Justin Guitar Success Stories?
Post by: SunBurstUK on July 22, 2015, 03:36:33 pm


 Thanks Digger spot on! I actually sat and played lay down sally today and a few songs in stages upto 4!I still play stage 1 chords better then the other stages lol! I managed not to stop strumming even if made a mistake. :P as shy as I am while I sat on edge on bed and brother was fixing my pc I managed to get through them songs. I haven't played infront of my brother before or family I was shaking lol its really nerve wracking to let family hear you! :o
 I have no idea how you all get that courage, I use to have that and sung infront of people and groups behind me at college but thats using keyboards/synths. I can barely remember chord son synth too long ago but..wow now it makes me nervous.now guitar is so different. :oim not that old inside im still a kid expecting thundercats on tv or Mask on saturday afternoon lol!
Title: Re: Justin Guitar Success Stories?
Post by: Amelie on December 23, 2016, 06:11:27 pm
When I was in 5th grade I wanted to perform at my school talent show. But I had never taken any lessons. My dad got me a guitar for Christmas and I watched Justin's videos and practiced. This is the video from the talent show. It was the first time I ever played in public. That was 18 months ago. I'm still working hard and trying to be a better player and singer.

https://youtu.be/zOdH-Tr3oOY
Title: Re: Justin Guitar Success Stories?
Post by: close2u on December 24, 2016, 09:14:57 am
Amelie, you have come so far in your playing / singing / performing.
THAT is definitely success.
Well done and keep it up.
 :)
Title: Re: Justin Guitar Success Stories?
Post by: LievenDV on December 30, 2016, 08:11:48 pm
@Batwoman; what did I do exactly? Are you positive it's me you are addressing? :D
If I -did- encourage you well that would make my whole weekend!

@Amelie you're a diamond that's being polished. That first live gig of yours already shows Dolly Parton has got a successor and will be blown away. That "twang" in that voice and that cute smile will get you far :D
Title: Re: Justin Guitar Success Stories?
Post by: DarrellW on December 30, 2016, 09:12:32 pm
Although I have been playing around with guitars for a long time  (about 50 years in all) I had never learned a song all of the way through!!! Sounds kinda crazy doesn't it???
The reason is that I always gave up when I came to a bit I couldn't figure out.
With a combination of lessons and Justin's program I have learned Bob Marley's Redemption song all of the way through, it's helped a great deal using a looper pedal to jam along with it and listen to myself playing it so I could see where more attention was needed. I'm nearly ready to post my efforts to show the results of my efforts.
I've also been trying out the 1 minute chord changes - I prefer to play the changes with a metronome, at the moment I can play the A D E series in any or random order at 120 bpm; C Am F G (F & G bar chords) 120 bpm, not really tried much else so far.
I'm learning the Stairway intro to get some fingerstyle on the go and having a go at More than Words (finding the syncopation hard ;) ).
All in all I'm having the most success ever and thoroughly enjoying every minute of it :)

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Title: Re: Justin Guitar Success Stories?
Post by: Fox Terrier on January 01, 2017, 08:42:04 am
I played in front of people for the first time without going to pieces this Christmas (an acoustic version of Slade's Merry Christmas Everybody). Success to me!


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Title: Re: Justin Guitar Success Stories?
Post by: DarkHorse on January 08, 2017, 10:39:41 am
Since it's almost a year since I first picked up a guitar and learned anything I'm gonna share my story. If you'd told me then where I am now I'd have called you crazy. That itself makes my journey a personal success!

On the technical side I began the beginners course on 21st January 2016. "Completed" it around late August and had around twenty tunes learned by the end of consolidation. I'm currently on stage 3 of the IM foundation. I've done Justin's Practical Music Theory and on that side I say I know more than my friends who've been playing 5/10 years longer than me! I can locate keys, chords, notes on the fretboard, intervals etc. I'm blown away by the technical progress I've made but that's a means to an end for me.

I bought a ukulele and figured out some of the chords on that, I've transcribed songs, I'm now adding little riff parts to rhythmic tunes. I plan to record myself and share it on here to get feedback primarily on my singing. I've taken a 10 lesson intermediate guitar class at a local school.

A few months ago even playing a couple of chords in front of someone made me nervous. I've now performed in front of several groups of people, with singing too, and some fairly difficult beginner/intermediate tunes in there. I don't really get nervous anymore!
I'm not special, I had no musical training at all, I didn't know the 12 notes, didn't know what a chord was, took me about 30 attempts to play a clean open D chord. I just practise a lot. There's no secret to it. We've got an amazing resource here with Justin's teaching and you can take your learning so so far with it. Grab that guitar and get practising!
Title: Re: Justin Guitar Success Stories?
Post by: LievenDV on January 09, 2017, 08:54:43 am
Wow DarkHorse, that sounds great!
I hope you keep that train rolling!

don't be furstrated when you notice your pace is slowing down at some point. Let me tell you that's a psychological thing. You still be progressing and learning a bunch but in comparison with the "bigger luggage" you already have, it might appear that you are learning less than before.

You probably get the feeling that you are past the "critical stage", that there is no way back now and grabbing a guitar or uke seems like a natural reflex.

Great story!
Title: Re: Justin Guitar Success Stories?
Post by: LievenDV on January 17, 2017, 12:09:42 pm
Alirght, a little noteworthy success:
I just received word that they will use our single "Keep 'Em Coming" on TV.
"Ketnet", one of the channels of the public broadcasting and aimed at youth, will be using this track in the production of a teen series. It will be a kind of detective story in a surf/skater setting.
They will probably use it as background music at some kind of party.

You can still add this song + the single "sugar" your Spotify, itunes, etc...
Spotify Artist Page: https://play.spotify.com/artist/4Zq7yuNb0hZR5275hc9StP (https://play.spotify.com/artist/4Zq7yuNb0hZR5275hc9StP)
iTunes band page: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/point-fifty/id1086445180 (https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/point-fifty/id1086445180)
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/music/artist/Point_Fifty?id=Ayp4gwotsgc4qwzr3b7dwzp7wha&hl=en (https://play.google.com/store/music/artist/Point_Fifty?id=Ayp4gwotsgc4qwzr3b7dwzp7wha&hl=en)
Title: Re: Justin Guitar Success Stories?
Post by: redrhodie on April 04, 2017, 11:13:44 pm
Hi everybody. I've been playing for about 4 years now. My biggest success was having some of my songs played on chirp radio in Chicago. It was so exciting to hear that first note! I had been listening to the DJ I sent my songs to for weeks when it finally happened. So cool.

I look back on my time learning from Justin so fondly. I remember easy songs literally taking weeks to learn. The they'd take days. Then a day. It was great.

My favorite thing about playing guitar is how quickly the impossible becomes possible. That chord that seems like gymnastics for your fingers suddenly becomes effortless. Not that I'm a great guitarist or anything, but I've learned enough to know that you should never give up. It gets better really soon!

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Title: Re: Justin Guitar Success Stories?
Post by: LievenDV on May 22, 2017, 10:40:15 am
We booked another humble succes this weekend, We won the finals of a local rockrally.
We won a spot on the little local festival and a day of studio time (which we will probably be using to record vocals for an EP)

The biggest win were the countless positive comments and cheers.
the crowd was warm, interested and interactive; a true gift as a band!
Must have been or must fun gig since we started gigging in 2014.

Playing in a band is, especially when starting out, putting in a lot of energy and not getting much back at you. This time, the crowd energized us and made it only go better. I might sound like a bragger here but it'sm ostly because I'm so grateful for the thing that every band should get once in a while to get that extra boost. I guess the lesson is; keep working but keep having fun. The last three 3 gigs we got the feedback that "we seem to make a lot of fun on stage". Looks like it helps a lot! :)

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Title: Re: Justin Guitar Success Stories?
Post by: LievenDV on June 25, 2017, 10:17:52 pm
Another small step for man but a big one for (our) bandkind:

We got to play on the main stage of a local festival with well known Belgian pop artist lining up.
Because it was my hometown, we were the "local band" on the main stage. Got to live the stardom for one day with drinks, food, our own driver, a big pro stage, even bigger sound system and most of all a good bunch of old -and- new fans! :D

Facebook album: (I'm the one with the red lefty guitar :))
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Title: Re: Justin Guitar Success Stories?
Post by: Joerfe on June 26, 2017, 07:22:33 am

Exellent pictures, Lieven! That red guitar is hot, is that a Jaguar?
Title: Re: Justin Guitar Success Stories?
Post by: LievenDV on June 26, 2017, 09:53:47 am
Exellent pictures, Lieven! That red guitar is hot, is that a Jaguar?

It's a Mustang copy by Eastwood. It's a Warren Ellis signature. Warren Ellis is a musican in Nick Cave's band and the initial model was a tenor 4 string. They also made a 6 string version.
It's 23" scale, even one inch shorter than the standard 24".
It's plays fast but it's hard to keep in tune when you play one half step lower AND play half your song in Drop D (so I lower the E 2 whole steps).
Love it though; it's light, it plays so fluent and it fits me like a glove. I'm going to throw on another bridge and locking tuners. I already put a Lace sensor "drop n gain" replacement mini humbucker in it 2 months ago.
Title: Re: Justin Guitar Success Stories?
Post by: Fret Buzz on August 08, 2017, 01:59:56 am
Not sure if this counts as a success story, but it sure made MY day...

I'm firmly in the middle of Stage 2 of the BC. But, the other day, just to break things up I peeked at the riff for Down On the Corner (in Stage 3) and thought I'd try it.

After a couple of slow run-throughs I tried it at full speed and it sounded pretty good. So good, that my wife came running into the room with her jaw dropped. "That sounded LIKE something!" she told me.

It wasn't much, but I think it'll carry me through for awhile.  :D
Title: Re: Justin Guitar Success Stories?
Post by: LievenDV on August 10, 2017, 09:32:29 pm
... that my wife came running into the room with her jaw dropped. "That sounded LIKE something!" she told me.

100% classifies as a success! :D
Title: Re: Justin Guitar Success Stories?
Post by: DavidP on August 11, 2017, 05:40:04 am
Not sure if this counts as a success story, but it sure made MY day...

I'm firmly in the middle of Stage 2 of the BC. But, the other day, just to break things up I peeked at the riff for Down On the Corner (in Stage 3) and thought I'd try it.

After a couple of slow run-throughs I tried it at full speed and it sounded pretty good. So good, that my wife came running into the room with her jaw dropped. "That sounded LIKE something!" she told me.

It wasn't much, but I think it'll carry me through for awhile.  :D
What a magic moment...for sure success and celebrate it!!!
Title: Re: Justin Guitar Success Stories?
Post by: Fret Buzz on August 13, 2017, 12:53:28 am
Haha thanks guys. The small successes make it fun.
Title: Re: Justin Guitar Success Stories?
Post by: john256 on July 23, 2018, 10:55:47 am
I taught Katie Melua from scratch and she's sold a gazillion records now and is a very accomplished guitarist :)

I've had a few emails from people who are started on the site and now play in bands with records out and stuff, I must dig them out, cos a success stories page would be a very cool thing to have on the site.
Did this ever happen because it would be really great for the site, I vaguely recall seeing some testimonials but getting endorsements from someone like KM would be a great thing (I mean she learned from Justin before the site existed but still).

The interviews Justin has done with musicians have been really interesting, so interviews with people who learned from the site would be doubly so... maybe a monthly "student spotlight" talking about them and showing their playing. If you got special guests from known bands every now and then, how cool!
Title: Re: Justin Guitar Success Stories?
Post by: DavidP on December 04, 2018, 09:57:46 pm
I did a speech at my Toastmasters Club about what I have learned about learning, based on my almos 2 years learning guitar on JustinGuitar and this Community. As I sat down a few folk wanted to know when I'd play for them.

Careful what you ask for ...

I played for them this evening.  I did a few songs in the dinner break.  Set list was:

Rodrigues - Jane S Piddy .... because I always thought if I ever "performed" that would be the song
Fleetwood Mac - Don't Stop .... because it's new in my repertoire and some different feel using barre chords for the chorus
Rolling Stones - Dead Flowers ... because it was watching Keef that inspired me to get a guitar all those years ago
Bob Dylan -Times Are A Changing ... because it seemed right to do that on my acoustic and it's in 3/4 time, so a little different

And far too soon dinner was over ...

Other than Dead Flowers you've heard my recordings of the songs. I'll record that when I get a chance.

What can I say. Just great fun. Generous audience applauding and heard some singing along. Lots of positive comments afterwards.

I reckon I could get to really liking performing for people. But for now one more unimaginable moment to celebrate and savour, full of gratitude for Justin and the Community who've helped so much to make the dreams real.

Play On ....
Title: Re: Justin Guitar Success Stories?
Post by: redrhodie on December 04, 2018, 10:01:20 pm
I did a speech at my Toastmasters Club about what I have learned about learning, based on my almos 2 years learning guitar on JustinGuitar and this Community. As I sat down a few folk wanted to know when I'd play for them.

Careful what you ask for ...

I played for them this evening.  I did a few songs in the dinner break.  Set list was:

Rodrigues - Jane S Piddy .... because I always thought if I ever "performed" that would be the song
Fleetwood Mac - Don't Stop .... because it's new in my repertoire and some different feel using barre chords for the chorus
Rolling Stones - Dead Flowers ... because it was watching Keef that inspired me to get a guitar all those years ago
Bob Dylan -Times Are A Changing ... because it seemed right to do that on my acoustic and it's in 3/4 time, so a little different

And far too soon dinner was over ...

Other than Dead Flowers you've heard my recordings of the songs. I'll record that when I get a chance.

What can I say. Just great fun. Generous audience applauding and heard some singing along. Lots of positive comments afterwards.

I reckon I could get to really liking performing for people. But for now one more unimaginable moment to celebrate and savour, full of gratitude for Justin and the Community who've helped so much to make the dreams real.

Play On ....
Wow David! That's an awesome accomplishment. Good job! Really happy for you. It sounds like it went really well.

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Title: Re: Justin Guitar Success Stories?
Post by: close2u on December 04, 2018, 10:28:24 pm
I raise a glass and toast your success David.
🍾
Title: Re: Justin Guitar Success Stories?
Post by: DavidP on December 05, 2018, 05:40:57 am
Wow David! That's an awesome accomplishment. Good job! Really happy for you. It sounds like it went really well.

Thanks Lynn.

I raise a glass and toast your success David.
🍾

Thanks Richard and I raised one myself afterwards  :)
Title: Re: Justin Guitar Success Stories?
Post by: embishop on December 05, 2018, 12:39:00 pm
I played for them this evening. 

...What can I say. Just great fun. Generous audience applauding and heard some singing along. Lots of positive comments afterwards.

I reckon I could get to really liking performing for people. But for now one more unimaginable moment to celebrate and savour, full of gratitude for Justin and the Community who've helped so much to make the dreams real.

Play On ....

That is great David! Another milestone for sure, not at all surprised it went well. I guess it would be too much to hope for some video snippets? :)

Mari
Title: Re: Justin Guitar Success Stories?
Post by: max_mue on December 05, 2018, 12:56:53 pm
Congratulations David! Sounds like you've had a great time :)

Your accomplishment reminded me of a sentence I've read in a novel by Dickens:
“Pause you who read this, and think for a moment of the long chain of iron or gold, of thorns or flowers, that would never have bound you, but for the formation of the first link on one memorable day.”

Rock on David :)
Title: Re: Justin Guitar Success Stories?
Post by: DavidP on December 05, 2018, 01:25:54 pm
That is great David! Another milestone for sure, not at all surprised it went well. I guess it would be too much to hope for some video snippets? :)

Mari

Thanks very much, Mari.  Indeed ... too much to hope for  :)  The nature of the event made asking somebody to video me with my phone a non-starter.  The closest I think is a photo that was posted up on our Southern Africa Toastmasters FB page.  But maybe something turns up?  OTOH, I was really focused on trying not to make too many boo-boos, so probably best not to have had the extra pressure of a video camera.

Congratulations David! Sounds like you've had a great time :)

Your accomplishment reminded me of a sentence I've read in a novel by Dickens:
“Pause you who read this, and think for a moment of the long chain of iron or gold, of thorns or flowers, that would never have bound you, but for the formation of the first link on one memorable day.”

Rock on David :)

Yes indeed, Max, now I am even more keen to find some open-mic or other opportunities.

The quote is interesting, curious about the context.  But shall take the positive meaning.  For me that first link was forged the day my work colleague Daniel told me to check out JustinGuitar.com. I said WTx do I have to lose and started the Beginner Course, 16 Dec 2016.  He's tired of me expressing my gratefulness for that connection.

Title: Re: Justin Guitar Success Stories?
Post by: PilgrimPod on December 05, 2018, 02:05:24 pm
I raise a glass and toast your success David.
🍾
I'll raise a mug of tea later tonight! David you truly are an advocate for Justin Guitar and an inspiration to newbies such as myself just starting out.
Title: Re: Justin Guitar Success Stories?
Post by: Joerfe on December 05, 2018, 02:30:50 pm
Great story, David. I have always been performing with a band, but performing solo is a daunting thought to me!
Title: Re: Justin Guitar Success Stories?
Post by: Balamuthiah on December 05, 2018, 02:36:09 pm
I'll be giving my first public performance in years this weekend. Solo act lol. If I could be half as successful, I'd be happy David :)
Title: Re: Justin Guitar Success Stories?
Post by: hilts17 on December 05, 2018, 02:36:34 pm
Congrats David! Good for you to take that next giant step. And I look forward to hearing your recording of Dead Flowers. Always liked that song.
Title: Re: Justin Guitar Success Stories?
Post by: Fox Cunning on December 05, 2018, 03:32:00 pm
Congrats, David! A well earned achievement, it must have felt good to perform for an audience and take a well deserved round of applause :)
Here's to many more!
Title: Re: Justin Guitar Success Stories?
Post by: DavidP on December 05, 2018, 04:05:27 pm
I'll raise a mug of tea later tonight! David you truly are an advocate for Justin Guitar and an inspiration to newbies such as myself just starting out.

Thanks Pilgrim. Keep at it and soon you'll be one of those wizards that others new to the Forum are inspired by.

Great story, David. I have always been performing with a band, but performing solo is a daunting thought to me!

Thanks Jesper.  I think it being my friendly, supportive Toastmasters Club took the heat off.  Not yet ready to be on a stage performing a gig for people who've come to enjoy a concert.

I'll be giving my first public performance in years this weekend. Solo act lol. If I could be half as successful, I'd be happy David :)

Bala, that is fantastic news.  We have been enjoying your videos here for a while now.  Do what you do in those and you'll surely be rocking the house down.

Congrats David! Good for you to take that next giant step. And I look forward to hearing your recording of Dead Flowers. Always liked that song.

Thanks Hilts, appreciate it. 

Dead Flowers is a great song.  In fact, Sticky Fingers is a great album, fabulous mix of blues/rock/country.  As much as Ronnie and Keef may be best of mates, I think Mick Taylor added something extra special.  It plus Let It Bleed and Exile on Main Street are my favourite Stones original albums (I also like the early albums of blues/rock 'n roll covers).  Would love to learn more from these albums ... when I grow up :)

Congrats, David! A well earned achievement, it must have felt good to perform for an audience and take a well deserved round of applause :)
Here's to many more!

Thanks very much, Fox.  Yup, I can't deny it ... even that relatively low key performance was a big thrill
Title: Re: Justin Guitar Success Stories?
Post by: Balamuthiah on December 05, 2018, 04:18:22 pm
Bala, that is fantastic news.  We have been enjoying your videos here for a while now.  Do what you do in those and you'll surely be rocking the house down.

Thank you David! It's a house party with coworkers/ friends. One of them is a good guitarist and one of the wives is a drummer and her husband is a singer. So this will be fun :) I am planning on doing Queen's crazy little thing called love and The Beatles' hey Jude so that I could try and get them involved :)

But anyways cheers to you David! You passed the audition! :) Wish there was a video! :/
Title: Re: Justin Guitar Success Stories?
Post by: batwoman on December 06, 2018, 01:05:40 am
David how wonderful to read your post.  :) What a marvelous step forward, out of the Back Room Studio and into the limelight. I can imagine that your skills as a Toastmaster supported you well in engaging with your audience - so important in a performer. Thrilled to bits that your first live, solo, public performance has been so well received. Take a bow.
Title: Re: Justin Guitar Success Stories?
Post by: DavidP on December 06, 2018, 05:45:58 am
David how wonderful to read your post.  :) What a marvelous step forward, out of the Back Room Studio and into the limelight. I can imagine that your skills as a Toastmaster supported you well in engaging with your audience - so important in a performer. Thrilled to bits that your first live, solo, public performance has been so well received. Take a bow.

Thanks very much, Maggie.
Title: Re: Justin Guitar Success Stories?
Post by: phx1973 on December 15, 2018, 08:33:24 pm
Very cool, David. I’m jealous, but also happy for you. I played a mini-set for my Mom and Sister when they visited a couple months ago. Played three or four songs and so far it’s my biggest audience yet. Haha. ‘‘Twas fun though.

I must admit I took a quick glance at your YouTube channel to see if maybe there was video of your performance. Haha.


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Title: Re: Justin Guitar Success Stories?
Post by: DavidP on December 15, 2018, 10:20:57 pm
Very cool, David. I’m jealous, but also happy for you. I played a mini-set for my Mom and Sister when they visited a couple months ago. Played three or four songs and so far it’s my biggest audience yet. Haha. ‘‘Twas fun though.

I must admit I took a quick glance at your YouTube channel to see if maybe there was video of your performance. Haha.

Thanks very much, Tosh.  I'm sure your Mom and Sister were suitably impressed.  Sadly, the timing ... a dinner break in which people were eating while (some) listening ... meant nobody available to record.