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Re: The 1-to1 Sessions ...
« Reply #150 on: November 15, 2020, 12:17:27 am »
Maggie, from you too, future direction, and progressing in a linear fashion isn't what makes us better musician. Much gold in there to ponder! Thanks for sharing your lesson :)

Mari

Happy to share the lesson Mari, it was too good to keep to myself. Pay it forward is so much the ethos of this community. The lesson is still dropping in for me Mari resulting in many light-bulb moments and a joyous liberation.

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« Reply #151 on: February 25, 2021, 12:30:57 am »
I had my video lesson with Justin this afternoon. After hoping for a lesson with him for such a long time I did wonder yesterday if I had built up my expectations too high. As it turns out – nope! I really enjoyed having the opportunity to meet him, and to get a bit of guitar guidance from him. He is really really adept at narrowing the focus to determine what it is you want out of learning guitar, and how he can help you in a lesson. Because that’s what it is all about, really, what is it that YOU want. And then he is also great at helping you sort a path.

I should say right off the top that I perhaps gushed rather a lot, but he took it all in good humor I think. I will also say though that gushing notwithstanding I did feel quite comfortable sitting and chatting with one of my guitar idols. Cross a lesson with Justin off my bucket list, now the much bigger bucket list item for ‘someday’ is to be able to go to a JG residential workshop 😊.

For my lesson, we started off talking about what I wanted out of a lesson. I talked about my guitar goals, which I set out as being able to play cool songs / recognizable stuff, being able to add something different when playing with friends where the other guitarists are mostly strumming open chords, and song writing. And then what I’ve been thinking of as my primary goal – figuring out how I get from here to there. Justin actually really helped me to realize that I haven’t actually quite figured out where ‘there’ is yet. It’s one thing to want to be a guitar goddess (and yes I did use that phrase lol), but what does that actually mean to me. Wanting to play cool stuff is not necessarily the most focused goal. That reminds me of the Alice in Wonderland quote, and I may have seen it at some point on Justin’s web site, paraphrased, "If you don't know where you're going, any road'll take you there".

Speaking of focus and structure though –

By the end of it Justin had helped me sort my learning priorities into 2 streams, Song writing, and Theory / Knowledge. He gave me a lot of good ideas for each stream.

Song writing – muck about and have fun, explore, experiment, search for ‘seeds’. When you’re looking at gaps in your knowledge, you might not necessarily want to fill them all for this part of it. Leave room for creativity.

Knowledge – Justin has just finished rewriting his Intermediate Course and will start to tape soon, first lesson might be out in a couple of weeks, probably be released over the year. It’s got a different flow, so you can follow it by lesson, or by topic. Go through what works for you, to fill the gaps you want to fill. Pick a focus – fingerstyle, percussive playing, CAGED, blues. Write a riff each week, using a chord or a scale, and develop it into an entire song. (Okay that’s also song writing.) Record the song. Explore and find sounds you like to find the ‘cool’ stuff. Experiment with different tunings. Jam.

Back to the beginning – after some chit chat and talking about goals I played parts of 2 songs for Justin so he could see where I was, Honky Tonk Woman (a dropped D version), and Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out. I was quite happy to have Justin say a few times over the lesson that I have good rhythm, it’s nice to get a compliment from your hero lol 😊. We then talked about confidence, and how that builds up the more you develop your skills. We also discussed some specific practice techniques, especially breaking a solo down into small sections, riff by riff, and working on each section long enough that you get through the ‘omg Justin why do I want to be practicing this riff for 5 entire minutes!’ thinking and find I guess the heart of that moment in the music. And then we talked about emotion in music. HTW is a much easier song for me to play, it’s just fun, so it’s a lot more carefree, but I can get much more stifled in something more complicated like the solo in Nobody Knows You (and no, Justin did not call me stifled!) So we talked about breathing, and stress raising the rhythm of your heart, and that can drive the rhythm of the music, so now you’re not playing the feeling you want you’re playing more mechanically, getting the notes right (or close enough) but not finding the rhythm of the music (and no, Justin did not call my playing mechanical either lol). The point is to practice enough so that you are confident enough that you don’t have to think about it. “The more you think the more you stink” – good quote. (Possibly Neil Young.) (He also said that being nervous from a lack of confidence is different from recording-button nerves.)

We also talked quite a bit about tone, and exploring tones to find a sound palette that I like for different types of songs. I keep meaning to do that but so far I know next to nothing about either my Katana 50 or the new (used) amp that I got from a friend recently, a Vibro Champ XD. Exploring was a key theme of my lesson overall today, so exploring tone is going to be included in that.

I was thinking about my lesson afterwards, specifically about where ‘there’ is, where do I want to be as a guitarist. Justin had talked about jamming, and that idea suddenly just felt like it put everything into place. My overall takeaway from my lesson is therefore to know my guitar goals as song writing, and jamming. And I haven’t been doing either of them! I can put together a practice routine now that will help me work towards my goals (including with all the various tips from Justin today). And I have watched through Justin’s various videos on effective practice, and goal setting, so I will review what I want out of my guitar journey from time to time, but I’m completely happy sitting with these 2 overarching goals.

And when I say my overall takeaway has to do with figuring out my goals, well that’s not the entirety of it at all. My real overall takeaway is to keep having fun, explore, be creative, relax, breathe, and don’t mind what anyone else thinks. And that reminds me of a Dr. Seuss quote – which I may also have seen somewhere on Justin’s website – ‘those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind’.

Happy guitar playing everybody,

A happy guitar-goddess-in-training,

Mari

Ps yes of course I wore my favorite tee, a JG tee, ‘You can’t buy happiness but you can buy a guitar, and they’re kind of the same thing’. 😊
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Re: The 1-to1 Sessions ...
« Reply #152 on: February 25, 2021, 01:14:50 am »
Brilliant Mari, glad you took away so much from a lesson with Justin. Sounds to me you had a splendid time and he was able to guide you onto the right path for you. I can't wait to see where it leads you and how you getting on along the way :)

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« Reply #153 on: February 25, 2021, 01:27:27 am »
Sounds like the guitar goddess-in-training is well on her way Mari.

I agree with you that Justin has an unerring way of pin pointing and providing focus for times when the goddess may get a little dazzled by all the bright, shiny lights.

Had to chuckle over your admission of gushing. Have to confess I did that too.

You sound clear about what lies ahead, so glad for you.
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« Reply #154 on: February 25, 2021, 01:58:04 am »
Good read Mari.
Justin has away of seeing exactly what a person needs to improve. It only took him about
5 minutes of talking to me to narrow down what my goal should be.
Now it's just taking the time to put what he said into practice.

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« Reply #155 on: February 25, 2021, 07:42:38 am »
That sounds wonderful, Mari. Sounds like you had a great time and gained a great deal from the lesson. No doubt Justin has the gift to put us students who may be awestruck at our ease and help us to gain clarity.

Loved your quotes in the post.  I think I've heard that one about thinking and stinking from Stevie Ray Vaughan as well. Eventually I hope I'll reach a level where less thinking is involved and more feeling.

Wish you well as you pursue these goals.

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« Reply #156 on: February 25, 2021, 08:08:02 am »
Mari the Guitar Goddess, bring it on !!

Great write up and insight into where you want to be, plus some good information that will be useful to others. Sounds like you prepared well prior to the session and could therefore maximise the time with Justin.

We can now all sit back and watch your journey unfold but hey whatever you do

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those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind

man I love that quote, comes up frequently here.

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Re: The 1-to1 Sessions ...
« Reply #157 on: February 25, 2021, 08:46:29 am »
Mari Mari
Playing guitar on the back porch ...

Wonderful write up of what mus have been another wonderful skype.
So many good things crystallising.

Did you touch upon triads blended with scales as a way of playing along with a strummer?

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« Reply #158 on: February 25, 2021, 09:27:16 am »
Busy guitar day yesterday, Mari, eh?  ;)

The skype sessions thread is always a treat to be savoured.
Before having one myself, I found it was not only an interesting read, but always nourishing food for thought, as it made me ask myself "What would I want to ask? What do I want to learn? Where do I want to be?"
Having had the privilege of receiving one, it's a reminder of the experience itself and a gentle nudge to focus again on all the good intentions I had as a result.

You sound like you squeezed just about all the goodness out of that juicy fruit and I hope the sweet taste lingers for a long time.
I've quite an appetite for some home-baked originals from Mari's kitchen- It's only a pity you might have to wait a bit before you can turn the fruit to jam...

Good vibes for sharing your experience  8)

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Re: The 1-to1 Sessions ...
« Reply #159 on: February 25, 2021, 09:57:14 am »
Great write up there Mari g-g-i-t. Your summary is a guitar lesson in itself. Lots there for us all to think about and take onboard.
Interesting to hear that the intermediate course is changing. I look forward to following that.

Looking forward to the fruits of your lesson in AVoYP. Fruit into jam - wish I’d thought of that one Brian!
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« Reply #160 on: February 25, 2021, 04:36:35 pm »
Did you touch upon triads blended with scales as a way of playing along with a strummer?

Is that even English? :-)

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« Reply #161 on: February 27, 2021, 04:25:37 pm »
Adi, Maggie, Stitch, David, Toby, Richard, Brian, Gordon – I definitely did have a great lesson with Justin, he definitely has a gift for teaching, along with his massive guitar skills. Love the fruit to jam analogy, Brian, will be working on that. Richard, triads was a small part of the conversation, but I will tell you that I had your G major triads diagrams out while I was working on some song writing this morning. That’s also the first exercise I’ve marked down for ‘jamming’ along to songs. (Just struck me now – the CD that Krista and I put together last fall has some tunes that we play with our friends so that will give me a good start on having someone to jam with – me!) Maggie and David, re gushing and / or awestruck, I knew I wouldn’t be the only one 😊 Toby and Gordon, you might notice that I updated my profile to say ‘Guitar-Goddess-In-Training’ lol. Adi and Stitch, I’m looking forward to the next part of my guitar journey, and I hope that I stay on a path of taking the time to put what Justin said into practice!!!

Is that even English? :-)

That made me smile, Stuart 😊 Nice to see you on here, and I’ll just say that there’s been quite a few things I’ve read on the Forum that made about that much sense to me as well!! We’re all on our own guitar journey, and as long as I’m learning and having fun making music I’m happy 😊

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Re: The 1-to1 Sessions ...
« Reply #162 on: February 27, 2021, 07:52:00 pm »
...Richard, triads was a small part of the conversation, but I will tell you that I had your G major triads diagrams out while I was working on some song writing this morning. That’s also the first exercise I’ve marked down for ‘jamming’ along to songs....

That's great to know. I'm chuffed that you have found a use for it.

In case anyone is wondering about the reference .... thread here

@Stuart ... it'll come fella ... and you'll know when the time is right :)

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« Reply #163 on: February 28, 2021, 04:54:16 am »
And then along comes Mari! Dig it. You are such a cool and supportive force here on the forum. It thrills me to no end to see you thrilled to no end. A lot of great takeaways from your time with JS, thanks for sharing the details. Can't wait to hear whatever music is next from you. Let 'er rip!

   

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« Reply #164 on: February 28, 2021, 07:38:17 am »
I updated my profile to say ‘Guitar-Goddess-In-Training’ lol.

Love it Mari ... now that makes me think ... what would my aspirational vision statement be ... hmmm ???

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« Reply #165 on: March 06, 2021, 07:51:30 pm »
And then along comes Mari! Dig it. You are such a cool and supportive force here on the forum. It thrills me to no end to see you thrilled to no end. A lot of great takeaways from your time with JS, thanks for sharing the details. Can't wait to hear whatever music is next from you. Let 'er rip! 

Hey thanks Clint :)
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« Reply #166 on: July 07, 2021, 02:55:21 pm »
I'm very late with a report of my session with Justin, which was part of the prize for the Christmas competitions. but just to put down a marker-and I don't know if this is appropriate-I'm writing this as I've read the story of the guy giving up the guitar as it wasn't working for him. I wrote a reply but I think it became too much about me so I'm pasting it here:

I don't know your difficulties but I've discarded guitar a few times after having brief goes at it because I just couldn't get anywhere with it. First time when in early teens. Christmas present. Then late twenties actually bought a pukka Gibson ES 335. Hardly touched it and sold it much later as we needed cash for a new kitchen. Thirties I bought a classical guitar and took lessons but it was never what I wanted and just seemed so damned hard so quit. 5 years ago at the age of 68 and thinking about retirement I came across Justin Guitar on the net. Was persuaded by the vibe of the setup and bought another guitar. Have been playing solidly now since then. 5 years or so and actually making enough progress to keep me happy. Might not have the greatest aptitude for music in the world but what I can pick up from the lessons and the forum sure keep me going.

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« Reply #167 on: July 07, 2021, 04:11:02 pm »
I'm very late with a report of my session with Justin, which was part of the prize for the Christmas competitions. but just to put down a marker-and I don't know if this is appropriate-I'm writing this as I've read the story of the guy giving up the guitar as it wasn't working for him. I wrote a reply but I think it became too much about me so I'm pasting it here:

I don't know your difficulties but I've discarded guitar a few times after having brief goes at it because I just couldn't get anywhere with it. First time when in early teens. Christmas present. Then late twenties actually bought a pukka Gibson ES 335. Hardly touched it and sold it much later as we needed cash for a new kitchen. Thirties I bought a classical guitar and took lessons but it was never what I wanted and just seemed so damned hard so quit. 5 years ago at the age of 68 and thinking about retirement I came across Justin Guitar on the net. Was persuaded by the vibe of the setup and bought another guitar. Have been playing solidly now since then. 5 years or so and actually making enough progress to keep me happy. Might not have the greatest aptitude for music in the world but what I can pick up from the lessons and the forum sure keep me going.

Such a familiar story, John.

Personally I think you have developed more ability to make music than you give yourself credit for. And in my mind how long it has taken me to reach the level I have reached is neither here nor there, the fact that there are plenty folk who have greater proficiency developed faster neither here nor there. As you say, the progress we make keeps us happy, all is good.

Now have you had the lesson with Justin and the feedback still to come or is the lesson itself still to come

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« Reply #168 on: July 08, 2021, 10:27:17 am »
Such a familiar story, John.

Personally I think you have developed more ability to make music than you give yourself credit for. And in my mind how long it has taken me to reach the level I have reached is neither here nor there, the fact that there are plenty folk who have greater proficiency developed faster neither here nor there. As you say, the progress we make keeps us happy, all is good.

Now have you had the lesson with Justin and the feedback still to come or is the lesson itself still to come

The feedback is still to come. I had the session with Justin earlier in the year. I'm very late!

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« Reply #169 on: July 08, 2021, 11:06:26 am »
The feedback is still to come. I had the session with Justin earlier in the year. I'm very late!

No worries, John ... something to look forward to reading  :)

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« Reply #170 on: July 10, 2021, 08:12:54 am »
John

Looking forward to the write up.

As to that story, its oh so familiar and sounds like my path between 96 when I got an Affinity for my 40th and 2013 around the time I started the old BC. Ups and downs, stops and starts with many gaps in between. Even now there is the odd blip of stagnation for various reasons (in one now!). But I agree with David when he said "you have developed more ability to make music than you give yourself credit for" and that is shown in the confidence you display when you're performing and yes I'll call it that.

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