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Offline embishop

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O Christmas Tree
« on: December 31, 2020, 07:11:00 pm »
I think I could have learned it with 3x as much practice ... I'm aiming for the stars and not quite (!!!!!) getting there.

The first half in particular is particularly cringeworthy - you'll see why :)





Happy New Year everyone!! Cheers for a wonderful 2021 filled with love, laughter, good health, and of course music

Mari

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Re: O Christmas Tree
« Reply #1 on: December 31, 2020, 09:10:10 pm »
Great stuff Mari, I think when you bear in mind it's only 7 hours of practice in total you did really good! Another 7 and you will definitely nail it :) I quite enjoyed the idea of recording your progress, really good for all those folks starting their guitar adventure to see not everything comes effortless and that patienceis a key.

Glad to see a competitor in Justin's contest and I hope to see more soon!

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Re: O Christmas Tree
« Reply #2 on: December 31, 2020, 09:20:01 pm »
Phew, some wicked chords there! I think that based on your practice time and the difficulty of the chords you’ve done really well. I would be having nightmares trying to learn that one in less than about a month 😂
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Re: O Christmas Tree
« Reply #3 on: December 31, 2020, 10:54:38 pm »
Well done! I tried to play this song through and it's tough! So good vibes for entering, sharing and also a nice creative touch with sharing your progress. As Adi said, it's important for the new players to see that it takes practice to reach the goals, so extremely inspiring and motivational.

All the best in 2021!

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Re: O Christmas Tree
« Reply #4 on: December 31, 2020, 11:27:12 pm »
Wow! Thanks for posting it as a "progress" video.  You've come a long way in 7 hours.

Makes me feel better about my effort. Might even do a "work in progress" post tomorrow.

I do know for sure I am using all available 6 days left LOL..

Which reminds me - Is the deadline time zone specific?  i.e. midnight GMT or midnight US Eastern time? - I may need every second. (just kidding...)
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Re: O Christmas Tree
« Reply #5 on: January 01, 2021, 06:09:08 am »
Bravo, Mari. Good to set yourself a challenge and you've made great progress in playing this piece. Enjoyed watching the short clips along the way ... now why didn't I do the same.

Wish you and Kris everything of the best in 2021.
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Re: O Christmas Tree
« Reply #6 on: January 01, 2021, 11:12:10 am »
Oh Mari, how I enjoyed each and every little step you took.
A tricky little piece to play smooth and steady.
I love that you shared your struggles with us, it makes your final effort so much more rewarding and enriching.
Bravo.
Best wishes to you all.
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Re: O Christmas Tree
« Reply #7 on: January 01, 2021, 05:55:39 pm »
Thank you for listening and commenting everyone! It's obviously far from a 5 star performance, but I was happy with the video idea and seeing my progress, because I can also see how much my playing improved with practice. That includes going back to listen to the GP version a few times btw, and noticing timing errors I had (even though I know the song, and read music!), and also noticing some incorrect chord changes. That reminds me of Justin's adage 'practice makes permanent' - it's best to practice correctly rather than having to correct mistakes later.

Not sure if I will continue on with this one, or let go of my interest in jazz guitar for awhile, these chords are tough on my arm, and with 15 minute practice sessions it takes a good long while to improve. Lots of other guitar goals though :)

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Re: O Christmas Tree
« Reply #8 on: January 04, 2021, 05:48:26 am »
Nice job!  That was cool that you documented your progress.  You came a long way!

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Re: O Christmas Tree
« Reply #9 on: January 04, 2021, 01:52:27 pm »
Nice job!  That was cool that you documented your progress.  You came a long way!

Thanks - maybe I'll finish practicing by Christmas 2021 lol
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Re: O Christmas Tree
« Reply #10 on: January 05, 2021, 07:30:07 pm »
Mari

That was a great share and what a journey, like a sleigh ride through a mogul field. I was urging you on every step of the way and boy there some hard to finger chords and tough changes. 7 hours I reckon 7 weeks for me to get to where you are. Great job on a tough challenge.

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« Reply #11 on: January 05, 2021, 10:20:30 pm »
That was great Mari, I enjoyed watching your progress learning the song too. Some really clever jazz chords in there and it’s not an easy song. You say the chords are hurting your arm but it would be a shame to give up on them after getting to where you are.

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Re: O Christmas Tree
« Reply #12 on: January 14, 2021, 09:24:13 pm »
Ah, Mari,
Dare I say I might have saved the best till last?
I really enjoyed watching your progress.
If I were ever tempted to go down the fancy chords/jazzy path, I would come back and watch again how progress comes with practice.
You make me want to make unrealistic New Year's resolutions  ;)
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Re: O Christmas Tree
« Reply #13 on: January 14, 2021, 10:13:06 pm »
Mari

That was a great share and what a journey, like a sleigh ride through a mogul field. I was urging you on every step of the way and boy there some hard to finger chords and tough changes. 7 hours I reckon 7 weeks for me to get to where you are. Great job on a tough challenge.

Cheers

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Don’t know how I missed this, Toby! Thanks for the listen, and the encouragement vibes through the cringeworthy performance! 😃
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Re: O Christmas Tree
« Reply #14 on: January 14, 2021, 10:15:58 pm »
That was great Mari, I enjoyed watching your progress learning the song too. Some really clever jazz chords in there and it’s not an easy song. You say the chords are hurting your arm but it would be a shame to give up on them after getting to where you are.

Well done you.

Thank you Gordon. Yes I feel a little lost in my guitar journey right now, but I’m glad to see with this one that 15 minute practice spurts does get me somewhere - even if not quite (!) to the desired end!
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Re: O Christmas Tree
« Reply #15 on: January 14, 2021, 10:19:57 pm »
Ah, Mari,
Dare I say I might have saved the best till last?
I really enjoyed watching your progress.
If I were ever tempted to go down the fancy chords/jazzy path, I would come back and watch again how progress comes with practice.
You make me want to make unrealistic New Year's resolutions  ;)
Vibes etc... xxx

Well and isn’t that a lovely comment, thank you so much Brian 😃 Maybe I should keep practicing this one 15 minutes at a go, the Easter bunny might be okay with a Xmas tree 😃
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Re: O Christmas Tree
« Reply #16 on: January 14, 2021, 10:32:03 pm »
Hi Mari, if you’re interested in learning some Jazz this is my Go to for tuition, Sandra is very good for explaining things and does quite a few simplified versions!
https://youtube.com/c/GuitarversumSandraSherman
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Re: O Christmas Tree
« Reply #17 on: January 18, 2021, 01:11:06 pm »
Hi Mari, if you’re interested in learning some Jazz this is my Go to for tuition, Sandra is very good for explaining things and does quite a few simplified versions!
https://youtube.com/c/GuitarversumSandraSherman

Thanks Darrell, I subscribe to her channel but haven’t looked at much there.
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Re: O Christmas Tree
« Reply #18 on: January 18, 2021, 04:12:56 pm »
I love the parade of guitars! Nice jazzy, playful cover. Had a lot of fun watching this one.

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« Reply #19 on: January 18, 2021, 04:48:31 pm »
I loved this, Mari. Good job. I, too, loved the variety of guitars and progress.
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Re: O Christmas Tree
« Reply #20 on: January 22, 2021, 01:23:18 pm »
Thanks Clint, thanks Tosh 😃
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