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Am I having too much fun playing songs?
« on: February 10, 2019, 10:03:29 pm »
Hi Guys
I’m currently having so much fun playing and learning songs from Justin’s various songbooks, that I don’t have time to stick to my lesson programme! I suddenly have a load of chords and strumming patterns that I can do and I want to use this new ability. Will I get stuck and not progress? I was following the BC religiously but have drifted off it at the moment. Is this a mistake?
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Re: Am I having too much fun playing songs?
« Reply #1 on: February 10, 2019, 10:21:45 pm »
My opinion ...

Nothing to worry about.  You are consolidating by learning songs, putting what you have learned into practice.  And in due course, I expect will focus again on next steps in the BC.

At least that is how it has been for me over the last couple of years.  And I am not measuring and stressing about how quickly I am completing courses.

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Re: Am I having too much fun playing songs?
« Reply #2 on: February 10, 2019, 10:55:28 pm »
Same here. I learned the chords, but skipped the one minute change drills. I increased the chord transitions by playing a song from the stage. Has been going good so far. There are some things that come later on that will require practice, instead of playing songs (like scales), but don't  worry about it until you reach that stage.

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Re: Am I having too much fun playing songs?
« Reply #3 on: February 10, 2019, 11:10:31 pm »
The whole point of the BC is to learn songs. So what you're doing is great.
Having fun is also the point.
To many people clain to have finished the BC and can't play any of few songs.
I do not see the point in learning things and not being able to use what you've
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Re: Am I having too much fun playing songs?
« Reply #4 on: February 11, 2019, 07:15:40 am »
Learn songs, learn songs, learn songs.

A perfect place for my time honoured mantra.


And if none of the songs are causing you issues (rhythm and timing, changes too slow, chords  not ringing out properly) then don't sweat it and enjoy the fun.

Move on and learn from the next stages when you're ready.
And your overall musical skills and sensibility will be enhanced for having learned songs.

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Re: Am I having too much fun playing songs?
« Reply #5 on: February 11, 2019, 09:38:35 am »
This is me right now I'm stage 4 and know if I just stuck with the program I'd probably be on stage 5.

But tonight I'm tired after work, a school parent evening, getting school lunch ready, dinner etc that for me tonight anymore structure wasn't going to cut it.

I couldn't face getting my check list out so instead playing a few songs to get a bit of easy play in.

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Re: Am I having too much fun playing songs?
« Reply #6 on: February 11, 2019, 12:21:00 pm »
Playing songs is what it's all about.

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Re: Am I having too much fun playing songs?
« Reply #7 on: February 11, 2019, 02:16:44 pm »
That's my issue too. I consolidated the BC quite some time ago and my unofficial New Year's resolution was to buckle down and go at the Intermediate Course. But I'm having way too much fun just playing songs.
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Re: Am I having too much fun playing songs?
« Reply #8 on: February 11, 2019, 03:22:13 pm »

Hi Guys
Thank you all so much for your replies! Very supportive. Part of it is that in life - school, college, uni, work etc. we are conditioned to 'deadlines' and 'finals'. I know it's been said many times on this forum that we all learn at different rates and therefore there can be no answer to 'how long to complete the BC' for example. There is no final exam and progress is self monitored.
Don't worry, I haven't lost sight of the fact this is all meant to be fun and I'm certainly having fun, but we all want to feel we're 'keeping up' I suppose. I'm retired so have more spare time than many others, but the principle still holds. (Although I doubt I'll ever be able to say I've been playing for 30 years! Maybe a harp?).
I'm going to practice my pentatonic scales in between every song!! ;D

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Re: Am I having too much fun playing songs?
« Reply #9 on: February 15, 2019, 04:02:49 pm »
Hi Guys
I’ve decided to jump into BC stage 8 and give fingerpicking a go. That way I can play songs and be practising something from the BC at the same time! I’m determined not to let my schedule slip!
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