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« on: April 27, 2019, 11:38:10 pm »
Here’s Where I Am After 4 Years


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OK, I’ve been thinking about starting a Road Case for some time. So I’m finally going to jump in now; which is the time I’m starting to mix the last four songs of Justin’s Beginner’s Course with dipping my toes into the uncertainties of the Intermediate Course. 

Looking back, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the process of learning to play my Takamine G Series Guitar. Which is my second guitar and my second attempt at learning. My first was a simple Harmony guitar if I remember correctly bought from Sears. I attempted trying to learn back in my early 40’s. I practiced for two years, learned a few songs, then lost interest until I tried again 4 years ago; inspired by a friend who simply showed me a video of her daughter learning to play the guitar. I started again with my Harmony; paid $25 to have it adjusted. I played it a short while then decided to look for a new one. I had a knowledgeable friend go with me to look at some, then I went on my own to a couple places until I found the Takamine. Yes it’s true that when you hear the one you want, you will know it. So I bought it.  Now, four years later, as I’m learning about E-shaped Barre chords, I’m seeing that I may need to have the action adjusted on it.  Not now, but in time, I will start looking for another guitar because I’m recently feeling “GAS”!

Back to my process up until now. I have gone through the steps advised by Justin. I have practiced each of his songs in order, practicing each one for seven days and then moving on to the next lesson. In addition, I’m going through his online videos following suggested practice routines. Plus his Music Theory & his Strumming Techniques. I also have some extra lessons from my previous studies. I have a Mel Bay Grade 1 Book that I’m slowly going through, learning the notes from that. Another that has 50 lessons called “US School of Music”. I’m over halfway through that.

I just play in my bedroom almost every evening. But I do skip a few evenings here and there. In my Skype with Justin, he told me I was doing too much at one time, so he showed me how to break it down which helped me a lot.

During this time, some of my highlights have been meeting all you Forum members. Also joining in with a few collaborations - My first one, Lynn introduced me to a man from England who was looking for a female vocal with a Texas accent. I didn’t play guitar in his song, only vocals, but we met through her on this forum. From there we have conversed and collaborated on other projects since then. He helped me with some Recording effects on a second submission of my “Brand New Key” song. So thanks, Lynn, for introducing me to him. I have & still do enjoy collaborating with him. Second was LBro volunteering to help me improve the recording on my “I’d Rather Go Blind” song which was very much appreciated.  And the third was the Christmas Collaboration song “Baby Please Come Home” with David & Max. All this has helped with the learning process.

Also, I have tried to participate in the monthly/bi-monthly/tri-monthly contests, getting great advice and constructive criticism which also helps with the learning process. Even winning one when I recorded “How to Save a Life” and coming in 3rd with David & Max in the Christmas Collaboration. That was cool since everyone won something in that contest!  Also submitting audio or video in the AVOYP Section is great & awesome support.

I’m trying to learn the recording processes which for me is kind of hard, but I’m hanging in there and with each attempt, hope to improve in how they turn out. I have a Presonus AudioBox USB 96 and I’m using Studio One 3 Artist DAW.

I have about 26 songs in my Repertoire. Some are just easy kid’s songs (I wanted to be able to play for my grand baby), two I wrote myself, some are my own personal favorite covers, some are from Justin’s BC that I really liked & that seemed to work well with my vocal range.

I am currently at a stand still on recording another song. I bit off more than I can chew on a song I love that has fingerpicking that I can’t play fast enough & it’s hard for me to memorize. It’s “Let Her Go” by Passenger. So I’m not sure whether to keep on trying with it, or to move on to an easier one but still keep practicing this one.

I’m just a private player, only playing for you all & for my own enjoyment. I was brave enough once to play for my two grandsons who were about 14 & 11 at the time. I couldn’t tell if they were that impressed honestly.  And my 4 year old gets to hear me some in addition to what my husband hears through the bedroom door.  One time, my son, who is also a beginner, wanted to try my guitar during our Christmas gathering. So he was playing around with it and he started playing the 12-bar Blues. So I grabbed my Harmony and attempted to join in with some Am Pentatonic improv.  My step-daughter came in to listen so that was kind of neat.

I sometimes sit out on my back porch wondering what someone might think if they heard me. As long as I didn’t know they were listening, I could keep playing, but if I knew they were there, I would freeze up.  Justin asked me how I could play for the forum but couldn’t play for a live person. I told him I could always have a do-over on a recording. He said I could have a do-over for a real person too. But still, I haven’t.  A big part of me not playing for an audience is that I have poor memory. I can memorize a song, but it’s very hard for me to retain it, so I always have to have the music in front of me. Justin did tell me how to write the major points down & have them on the floor or somewhere near that I could read but I haven’t tried it.

OK, this is getting long so I’ll stop for now.  I suppose before I post anymore, I need to read some of your Road Cases & comment on them. I read a couple a while back & today read through Batwoman’s. I’ll be checking in on others when I can.

Best Wishes to all,

Pam
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« Reply #1 on: April 27, 2019, 11:47:45 pm »
Mysterious Pam, please do tell.  :)
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« Reply #2 on: April 28, 2019, 03:15:23 am »
Hehe, Maggie!  I wrote some more, so hope you will go back and read the rest.


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« Reply #3 on: April 28, 2019, 06:22:12 am »
Lovely to read your story, Pam.

It has been a pleasure to be along for the ride through listening to all your posts. I've loved hearing you grow in ability and confidence. I've found that inspiring, hearing and seeing the progress.  And I confess, I've always felt a measure of connectedness with you (and a few others) who seemed to be making similar progress through the BC as myself ... like we were in the same class in school  ;D

I'm looking forward to reading the next episode after you've read a few more RCs.

And of course await your next recording with keen anticipation.

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« Reply #4 on: April 28, 2019, 06:25:37 am »
Hey Pam, glad you've started your RC. It's good to get to know you better and to follow your progress. Knowing how well you sing and play I'd love to see you play for a small group of friends. As Justin said, you can always do a take 2. Isn't LBro just the best in the way he so generously shares his knowledge? I sure do understand how daunting the whole thing is, so power to you sister that you're continuing to learn. Look after that golden voice of yours.  Very much wanting to hear your next production Pam.
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« Reply #5 on: April 28, 2019, 06:01:48 pm »
Thanks David!  So good to read your comments. You are one of the best at conversing with all of us. Your’s is the next RC I’m going to read through. So I’ll be seeing you over there. Yeah, I feel the connection same as you. Seems like we are progressing similarly but I think you are passing me a little bit. That’s OK. We each have our own speed.


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« Reply #6 on: April 28, 2019, 06:04:28 pm »
Thanks so much, Maggie!  Yeah, it’s neat over here getting to know everyone’s story and becoming a little closer to one another. Yep, LBro is so generous in sharing his assistance and knowledge. A keen believer in paying it forward.


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« Reply #7 on: April 28, 2019, 08:01:07 pm »
Thanks David!  So good to read your comments. You are one of the best at conversing with all of us. Your’s is the next RC I’m going to read through. So I’ll be seeing you over there. Yeah, I feel the connection same as you. Seems like we are progressing similarly but I think you are passing me a little bit. That’s OK. We each have our own speed.

Kind of you to say, Pam.  And as for passing, I don't think about that sort of thing.  As you say, we are all getting on with it here, following our own path and developing in the way that works for us.

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« Reply #8 on: April 28, 2019, 08:33:08 pm »
thanks for sharing; So much songs in your repertoire and still such a private player.   ;)
No worries, what matters most is how it serves YOU.
If you would really wanto to "go public", we are all here to help you as well!
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« Reply #9 on: April 29, 2019, 02:24:18 am »
Thanks LievenDV. I think, for me, it would have to just happen, no pushing from my end. Sort of like when my stepdaughter just walked in for a listen. Or if a neighbor hears me play and shows an interest. If only I had better memory skills I may be more willing to step out a little more. I don’t believe I can’t learn; I just must have a bit of a spot of a sponge on my brain that doesn’t soak in as well as it should. I’ve always had bad retention skills. But I really do enjoy playing no matter what else happens. Thanks for commenting. Will look you up soon.


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« Reply #10 on: April 29, 2019, 09:30:20 am »
I’ve always had bad retention skills. But I really do enjoy playing no matter what else happens. Thanks for commenting. Will look you up soon.


btw, Nothing wrong to put a little stand in front of you with a it of help.
the thing just being there will give you as much comfort as actually reading some stuff from it. :)

I have issues remembering lyrics I wrote myself; how silly is that? :)
Last gig with the band, I made a paper with big words on it to put in front of me, hidden behind my monitor. Knowing it is there to help me, actually gives me more comfort than actually reading from it.
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« Reply #11 on: April 30, 2019, 09:40:27 pm »
Good advice, LievenDV. That’s definitely what I would have to do. I’m the same on my own songs too. Justin was telling me that in our Skype session too. Just write on a sheet the main parts and set it where you can see it.


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« Reply #12 on: April 30, 2019, 11:08:09 pm »
Hi Pam

Nice to read more of your background story and to  witness your progress over time.

You have the playing skills and the voice to thoroughly entertain an audience.

Here's wishing you all the best for the next stage of the journey.





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« Reply #13 on: May 01, 2019, 05:24:48 pm »
Aw thanks Barend. Lovely compliment and it sure makes a person feel good! 


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« Reply #14 on: May 02, 2019, 02:38:08 am »
So nice to get to know you better @pkboo3! I've liked everything I heard you play so far, so keep doing what you're doing. :)

My only suggestion is come out of the bedroom and start playing in shared living space. It's important to weave your playing into the fabric of your family's life. It's who you are, and it will help with everyone's comfort level. It was a huge help for me in my early stages of playing.   

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« Reply #15 on: May 02, 2019, 08:49:37 am »
Hey Pam, thanks for sharing your story! :)

Looking forward to your next recording you'll share with us! 

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A big part of me not playing for an audience is that I have poor memory.
There's nothing wrong with bringing the sheet music along and you can pretend that "no one is listening" if that helps (I did the same by closing my eyes) :) Once you'll get a bit more comfortable with the situation you can look up and get some glimpses of your audience :)

Playing for the first time in front of an audience can be a strange thing; Most of us never feel 'ready', neither did I - but if you never dip your feet in these waters you'll never know what it's like :) If it's not your thing it's alright, too - but I highly recommend giving it a chance :)
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« Reply #16 on: May 02, 2019, 02:38:17 pm »
Thank you CT. And I like your suggestion. I may just have to do that. I have sat outside with my husband and played some but may need to make it more direct.


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« Reply #17 on: May 02, 2019, 02:41:59 pm »
Thanks Max!  Great advice.  Maybe one day soon... You all are such great encouragers. Love this forum!


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« Reply #18 on: May 07, 2019, 09:52:52 pm »
Hi Pam,
Nice RC you wrote and not too long, just right. You are out of my same mold in that I can't memorize a song either. I so wish that you were on Reaper so I could show you a metode to write all you need to know on the screen in the DAW. Perhaps if you saw a video I am working on you could transfer the technique to your DAW. I have the guitar chords, lyrics and more right in front of me. They scroll by perfectly timed like Karaoke. I could not play much without this.

I will also share we go on some cruise ships. It is very common the players there have a laptop propped up on the piano, a stand or something and they even take a few seconds out to call up the next song. No one thinks anything of it because it is so common and most realize the player could not possibly know all the songs they can deliver per request (at times) without the laptop there.

So don't worry as there are ways around things through technology and folks accept that you will use the tools needed to entertain them. I am still trying to get MAX on a cruise ship as I think he is ready for such a gig. They give the players a room, all the food and drink they want, plus the trip of a lifetime. They even pay you on top of that. Audiences there are very nice. Almost like the forum. I am not saying this to steer you that way. Rather I am saying it because it is an example of being able to use your aids to creating a good time through music. So keep that in mind as you progress.

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« Reply #19 on: May 09, 2019, 03:04:39 pm »
Wow, LBro. That’s some interesting info. I did have a trial version of REAPER when I first started trying to learn recording, but when I bought my setup, I ended up with Studio One.  Is there a way you can share the video?  Like you said, I could possibly do the same on my DAW.

Awesome on the cruise ship performances. Yeah, Max would be able to do that easily! 

I’ve seen scrolling on the Tabs App. It might could work.

Thanks for the interesting information.


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« Reply #20 on: June 18, 2019, 02:25:40 am »
Since my last Road Case posting I’ve tried to venture outside a little more. Recently, my neighbors were outside in their backyard & I was in mine. I kept playing. And a couple nights ago, my two grandkids ( 5 & 8 ) asked me to come play for them (in the bedroom where I practice & they were playing... I think my little man just wanted me in there with him). So I went in there with them & played the song that I plan on submitting for the upcoming contest. At first, I felt like they were enjoying it. The 8 year old was dancing/jumping along on the mini-trampoline while I played. But they quickly lost interest. I was going to play “Brand New Key”, but they were gone by then, so I slipped the guitar back in its case and trodded on out behind them.

Anyway, the main reason I’m posting now is to say that tonight I completed Justin’s Beginner’s Songbook (the first one). I started around mid Apr 2015 and completed today - 17 Jun 2019. So yay me!  On to the consolidation work and then gradually to Intermediate.


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« Reply #21 on: June 18, 2019, 03:54:22 am »
Cheering and clapping for you Pam! Yay you three times round - for playing so others can hear you, for completing BC and for having a song ready for the comp. I hope you're singing, you know how much I love your voice.

Big hugs and high fives sister.  :-* :)
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« Reply #22 on: June 18, 2019, 06:20:18 am »
Three cheers and high fives, Pam ... congratulations, what a fabulous milestone.

Delighted to hear that you're busy with a Contest entry.  Like Maggie said, love to listen to you and, even better watch if this one includes a video, both playing and singing is always a treat.

Consolidating is a good idea.  I think I am permanently mixing up with consolidating by learning songs with some new learning, in my case more finger-picking.

Keep on rocking and rolling ...

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« Reply #23 on: June 18, 2019, 08:35:04 am »
Cool Pam.
Well done on completing the BC, slow and steady wins the day 8)
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« Reply #24 on: June 18, 2019, 08:46:52 am »
Oh wow.
Congrats Pam - on all fronts.
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