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Justin Guitar Success Stories?
« 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?

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Re: Justin Guitar Success Stories?
« Reply #1 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.
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Re: Justin Guitar Success Stories?
« Reply #2 on: May 19, 2013, 01:32:24 pm »
I define success as bringing joy to the world one song at a time.  ;D

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Re: Justin Guitar Success Stories?
« Reply #3 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? :)
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Re: Justin Guitar Success Stories?
« Reply #4 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 :).
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Re: Justin Guitar Success Stories?
« Reply #5 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!!!!

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Re: Justin Guitar Success Stories?
« Reply #6 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'  ;)

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Re: Justin Guitar Success Stories?
« Reply #7 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.

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Re: Justin Guitar Success Stories?
« Reply #8 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 :)
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Re: Justin Guitar Success Stories?
« Reply #9 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.
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Re: Justin Guitar Success Stories?
« Reply #10 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. :)

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Re: Justin Guitar Success Stories?
« Reply #11 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.

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Re: Justin Guitar Success Stories?
« Reply #12 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

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Re: Justin Guitar Success Stories?
« Reply #13 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.
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Re: Justin Guitar Success Stories?
« Reply #14 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
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Re: Justin Guitar Success Stories?
« Reply #15 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.

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« Reply #16 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.
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Re: Justin Guitar Success Stories?
« Reply #17 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

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Re: Justin Guitar Success Stories?
« Reply #18 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.

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Re: Justin Guitar Success Stories?
« Reply #19 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.

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« Reply #20 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 :)

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Re: Justin Guitar Success Stories?
« Reply #21 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.
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« Reply #22 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

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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!

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Re: Justin Guitar Success Stories?
« Reply #23 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!

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« Reply #24 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".

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