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Re: The SKYPE Sessions ...
« Reply #30 on: March 17, 2018, 11:01:26 pm »
Cool, fox! I found my nerves calmed right down in his presence. He's a pretty soothing person. And a great teacher. Sounds like you had fun.

I've noticed my playing is getting better since my lesson. I was kind of stalled at the same place for a long time, mostly because I lack ambition and am just happy writing the kind of songs I write. But somehow he broke through and I think I'm seeing an improvement.

Also, I got a new (used) acoustic guitar yesterday, and was not too shy to play in front of people at Guitar center. Justin said to start small! Haha. It used to be a big deal for me to even play in a guitar store, and yesterday I wasn't even nervous. Dave said I was even singing, which I don't remember. I must've been in a zone. Haha.

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« Reply #31 on: March 17, 2018, 11:09:42 pm »
Good stuff.
These stories are great and inspirational for many I'm sure.
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« Reply #32 on: March 18, 2018, 04:38:30 am »
Well I have had my Skype session in the end :

Now I'm working on what I promised to do this year: a first-take A/V of an improv, where I will try to incorporate what I've just learnt.

Thanks again Justin, it was a rare pleasure and a honour!
Thanks for sharing, Fox.

As I read each post lesson feedback, I am further convinced that this works well and the gift of feedback plus the reward of the lesson is good for the monthly contest.

Looking forward to the a/v of an improv !!

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Re: The SKYPE Sessions ...
« Reply #33 on: March 27, 2018, 03:49:55 pm »
Hi everyone, hope everything's going well in the justinguitar community ...

Haven't been on the forum in a while but i thought i'd swing by and share my experience with Justin. Close2u asked me to do it a while back and I completely forgot about it

The skype lesson wasn't really a lesson I guess, more like a conversation.
We didn't actually talk about how to play the guitar that much because I wanted his advice on teaching. I've been playing for ten years and started teaching two years ago, so I figured I needed more help in that area.
 He gave me some advice on teaching rythm and we both agreed on the fact that rythm is key when you're a musician, but it's also very tricky to explain and teach. You can teach the mathematical theory behind it like how to divide a bar and how to ''remove'' or ''add'' notes in a rythm pattern but the ''groove'' is hard to describe, and you can't teach something that you're having trouble defining yourself. It's more absctract and personal than mathematical I guess... I've spent more and more time on rythm with my students since then but now i feel comforted by the fact that I'm not the only one struggling with this aspect of teaching music ;)

One of the main advice that Justin gave me during the session was that it is really important to define stages in the student's progression and he suggested that i went on his website to see which songs he taught for each stage, especially in the beginner's section. He said I could use the website as a reference, and I thank him for that. The website is great for learning how to play but I also find it great as a teacher because it's well organised. It's like a roadmap for me now.

Anyway, thank you Justin for your dedication as a teacher, I've been using the website for ten years now and will continue to do so, as long as you keep teaching Neil Young tunes :)

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« Reply #34 on: April 11, 2018, 07:45:52 pm »
Hey all!  Such interesting feedback in all the Skype lessons. Lynn, I didn’t know you were shy. Same here. Terrifies me. And the pointer on the Bm chord is perfect timing in my learning process.


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« Reply #35 on: June 09, 2018, 04:07:11 am »
Hey all!  I had a very successful Skype meeting with Justin this month.  As others have said, he is very relatable and I felt very comfortable with him. 
Topics I had for him:
•   We discussed the pros/cons of audio vs video uploads to the forum.  How a video can show the viewer what you are doing right or wrong.  The viewer can then help you improve your form or whatever needs improvement.  Also, he said there are software programs out there that can help you sync your video with your vocals.  So I plan on doing a little research on that.  I enjoy video’s myself, but also realize that uploading an audio is much easier.  I have done both and will continue doing both most likely but will try to upload videos more often now, hopefully.
•   I told him that I have issues with memory – poor cognitive skills, I guess.  He gave me a few tips.  He said it could help if I put my repertoire of songs in a book; put the ones I know in the front and the ones I’m working on in the back.  And at least once a week, go back over all of them to keep them fresh in my memory.  He suggested having a printout to help remember the visual quality of the page.  It can actually help to remember what the page looked like in your memory.  He suggested to simplify the song I’m learning into the most basic chunks.  He also gave me the name of a man who has written books on memory and has a website that can help with that.  (http://www.tonybuzan.com).  But also, he said it’s OK to make a little cheat sheet if absolutely necessary.  Just put the basic chords on it, maybe the beginning lines of the verses and/or chorus.  Make it large enough to see, but not so large that it is so obvious. 
•   I brought up the dreaded Bm Chord.  He told me about the “air change” technique.  I used to have that in my practice routine in the beginning stages, but had stopped doing it.  So I’m going to add that back in along with the Strum/Pick/Strum practice.  I also played a little of “Thank You” by Dido for him which has the Bm Chord, so he could see how I was playing it.  I was a little nervous, playing and singing, but he gave me some good suggestions.  So that was pretty neat.  Yeah, I messed up and sang a little nervous.  Hehe!  But it wasn’t too bad.
•   We discussed the use of the Capo.  The Capo can be moved up and down the fret board, according to a person’s own vocals.  It doesn’t have to be exactly where it’s placed in the lessons. 
•   I had seen a video of his way back when, about an ergonomic seat.  But I couldn’t find it, so he told me what it is.  It’s called Sitfit by Sissal.  I’m probably going to get me one.  I believe it will help relieve my back discomfort I have while sitting on my low futon when I’m practicing every night.
•   I showed him my daily practice routine.  He said I was probably doing too much at a time.  (I practice about 50 minutes, plus about 20 minutes of the songs I’m currently learning and rotating the songs I’m trying to keep in memory.  He helped me break it down into more manageable chunks.  He said I should do half of them one month and the other half in the second month. 
To summarize it all, I felt like it was a great session and I really appreciate Justin for all his hard work and commitment to all of us.  I think the advice he gave me about toning down my practice routine will help a lot.  Oh yeah!  He challenged me to perform in front of real people, because I had told him that I’ve never played in front of anybody before except for my grandkids, and that I will sit out on my back porch and play, but that’s all.  So he said in six months to get the family together and play a Christmas song for them.  So I told him I would.  Yikes!  He said everybody gets nervous and that it’s not as bad after you’ve done it once.  So we will see – MAYBE!  I think actually, I would be more inclined to find a place where people are just walking by, that I don’t know, and see if they will stop to listen.  Is that called Busking?! ;)

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Re: The SKYPE Sessions ...
« Reply #36 on: June 09, 2018, 08:28:43 am »
@ pkboo

Wonderful. Thanks for a great update and sharing how the tips and learning that Justin offered is going to help you - and hopefully others too. :)

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« Reply #37 on: June 09, 2018, 02:52:49 pm »
Thanks for sharing your lesson with us Pam - it sounds excellent! It sounds like you got a ton out of it, some good feedback and directions, and it also sounds like it was good fun. Thanks for writing up all the details for us.
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« Reply #38 on: June 09, 2018, 09:38:34 pm »
Yay Pam! I'm so glad that worked out after our not so helpful Skype practice run. Haha. I was worried. It sounds like you're going to benefit a lot from that lesson. I don't know what it is about Justin, but he really made a huge difference in my playing. I feel like my strumming and rhythm is much more confident. I can't wait to hear you put his advice to use!

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« Reply #39 on: June 10, 2018, 09:04:02 pm »
Richard, embishop, & Lynn. You’re welcome. I was glad to do it. Helps me also to write down what I learned. Lynn, the video and audio worked fine. Justin also got to meet my husband, & grandson; and he saw my two dogs.  I had everybody outside my bedroom, but they all slipped in & out at some point.  It was fun to let Justin see them all.


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« Reply #40 on: June 10, 2018, 10:22:44 pm »
Haha, I had mine when no one was home. But that sounds really sweet. I'm so glad it worked!
Richard, embishop, & Lynn. You’re welcome. I was glad to do it. Helps me also to write down what I learned. Lynn, the video and audio worked fine. Justin also got to meet my husband, & grandson; and he saw my two dogs.  I had everybody outside my bedroom, but they all slipped in & out at some point.  It was fun to let Justin see them all.


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« Reply #41 on: October 23, 2018, 08:36:51 pm »
Had my session with Justin this afternoon.  What a great guy to hang out with, kinda felt just like it does when I am chatting music and guitar with my mates at work who also play. 

A few people suggested I prepare a list of questions and after some thought I wasn't able to do that.  As I said to Justin, it is testament to his teaching and this Community that whatever questions I have in mind are either answered in lessons as I progress or here in the Community.

So over and above just being able to thank him in person, my goal was to get a good sense check as to where I am, if I have picked up any bad habits or flaws.  Mission accomplished !!

So here the pointers ...

When playing E-shape bar chords my pinky and ring finger tend to separate from each other.  Good practice is to ensure they are touching when making that shape.  Drill is to start with F and slide to G and back again, slowly, while making sure to maintain the correct shape.  He also suggested speaking to the hand, to correct when necessary and encourage when doing it right.  Sounds weird but I buy this.

Second point was talking about the way in which I make E and Am shapes. I naturally put my index, middle and ring fingers on strings 3,4,5 respectively for E.  Suggestion is to rather go 3, 5, 4.  Reason being is that it allows the middle finger to sit more on top of the ring finger and get closer to the fret. But rather than saying the other way is wrong, just a different option and useful to be able to play these chords both ways, since depending on the song sometimes one may make for an easier change.

Another interesting point after doing some bass note down up strum playing, suggested I work on getting a little more of a shuffle/triplet feel into that rhythm and accent the higher strings on the strum.  I think I was playing it quite straight ie on the count and &.

After watching my finger-picking and playing some scales, he suggested I also use the pinky as an anchor when playing scales as I do when finger-picking.  And on electric that will help with adding some natural palm mute.

Net result, feedback is to confirm I am doing well, both in terms of my approach and level of play developed.  My E and A shape barre chords (the latter played with the mini-barre with ring finger) also looking good (other than the gap in the fingers). 

We had a good laugh over my wide range of ambitions going forward ... folk finger style + blues lead + slide on open tunings, electric and acoustic.  While loads and loads of fun lies ahead, Justin suggested being focussed in my learning going ahead ... focus on gaps in BC (next up then a look at slash chords), start on IM and then pick either folk/finger style or blues lead style modules.  He suggest focus for 3-4 months then review and either continue or target differently, to avoid trying to work on too many things at the same time.

I expressed a concern about not doing the ear-training yet and seeing it as necessary to get stuck into bends and he said not really.

He talked about how the BC is a good structure but shouldn't be followed to rigidly.  For example, I mentioned that I was still due to work on power chords, I'd put them off.  To which he said "no worries" you're playing the full barres, just concentrate on the low strings.  Reckon time to explore some hard rocking riffs on the LP :)

And lots more general chat about learning and playing.  He was also incredibly encouraging and complimentary, which was good to hear.  It is all well and good to think yourself that you are doing well, are following sound approaches to learning and to receive the positive feedback about songs posted, but to have Justin give what I am doing a once over and thumbs up as well as be well-pleased with my approach and thinking was an absolute bonus.

I could now gush on and on about the session, but I think you get the idea. I can't say I am any more inspired or motivated, that would be hard but do feel my confidence has been boosted as I continue on.

In closing, I can only amplify again my experience, that if you want to learn to play then Justin's Programmes backed up by the Community is the business.  Thinking about it I realised that during my years and years of dreaming and not really learning, that what was missing (for me) was an effective structure and a place to play, so as not to be on my own.  Now I have both!

Work the lessons, learn songs, record and share as soon as you can play songs, and in my experience you'll do well.

Huge thanks to Justin, Richard and Lieven who maintain the Community and each and every one of you, my friends in music here, who continue to offer encouragement and feedback every time I share some music.

   

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« Reply #42 on: October 23, 2018, 09:01:21 pm »
Interesting read David, thanks for posting it.

I must admit I've never seen E played the way you describe. I play it the way Justin taught me  :D

Well done on winning the Skype session, thoroughly deserved!
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« Reply #43 on: October 23, 2018, 09:07:56 pm »
Interesting read David, thanks for posting it.

I must admit I've never seen E played the way you describe. I play it the way Justin taught me  :D

Well done on winning the Skype session, thoroughly deserved!

Thanks, SDD.  I guess I taught myself E that way when somebody showed me the chord fingering diagram without being explicit as to which fingers to use.

And Justin said James Taylor plays the E and Am this way which helped him think how wrong can it be :)

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Re: The SKYPE Sessions ...
« Reply #44 on: October 23, 2018, 09:17:05 pm »
Great SKYPE story David.
Glad that you found so much positive affirmation of what you are doing / can do / want to do.
 May your story, and all the skype stories, help inspire others too.

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