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  • How to take the Online LessonsDateFri Dec 20, 2013 12:30 pm

    I've actually tried on 3 different operating systems and 5 different browsers. I'll contact PayPal and see what's up.

    edit: what the fuck? I decided to give it another round of tries and got denied 7 times in a row and then suddenly it decides to go through. Makes no sense to me, but I got it now.

  • How to take the Online LessonsDateThu Dec 19, 2013 6:03 pm

    Thanks for making this. I just watched the video.

    I've been practicing since I last posted, and I've decided I want to go ahead and actually subscribe and get into this.

    Only problem is when I try to pay - paypal says the link that it came from is invalid.

    -I click the pay thing.
    -brings me to paypal
    -enter login info
    -says "The link you have used to enter the PayPal system is invalid. Please review the link and try again." when I proceed.

    I don't know if this is a temporary thing just happening now by weird chance, but I thought I'd post it here to give you a heads up.

  • Online Lessons Questions For People Taking ThemDateMon Dec 02, 2013 2:19 pm

    "Hey thanks for posting your vid. I know you wanted to hear how great you were but don't expect it here. As a beginner though I was impressed by your playing, you are good, definitely beyond beginner status. I sure can't do the scale as fast as that. That being said my opinion means shit. So listen to Pebber. Slow the fuck down. Work on your technique. You're good so keep at it. Good luck."

    I didn't want to hear how good I was at all, actually. I wanted to hear what I need to work on; where to start and focus. I need help finding the spots to focus on. I have a habit of taking on far too much at once and not narrowing down the small bits to work on. There's so many exercises and lessons; I don't want to be working on the wrong stuff. I want to narrow it down and figure out which bits I need to start with.

    I know I suck. I've been playing for 20 years and can hardly play a chromatic scale. If that's not the definition of an underachiever, I don't know what is.


  • Online Lessons Questions For People Taking ThemDateSun Dec 01, 2013 5:29 pm

    Quote: pebberbrown wrote in post #19
    You need a lot of work. You lift your fingers up too far off the fingerboard, dont keep them planted down, you repeat the scale in only ONE direction on each string, picking technique looks really weak as well, you make the sliding noise when shifting positions, and the timing is uneven. Go back and watch ALL the chromatic scale videos and all the VBLOGS and then try again. This time add the Wholetone scale to it all.

    Well I've spent probably 3 hours today watching videos and practicing the scales with improvements.

    Should I just keep working on Chromatic/Whole Note Scales and not worry about any other exercises for now (like the spider stuff and picking things)?

  • Online Lessons Questions For People Taking ThemDateSun Dec 01, 2013 12:09 pm

    As of right now, it's being processed. I did it standing, when I do all my practice sitting, so it felt weird. Backwards I'm extremely sloppy and my fingers both ways are flying all off the fretboard; but having been practicing some of the spider exercises, it's far better than it was a few months ago.

    I just went up each string and down each string at a speed I felt comfortable with (although, I could slow it down backwards). I haven't practice enough doing things backwards, so it really messes me up when I do them.

  • Online Lessons Questions For People Taking ThemDateSun Dec 01, 2013 7:30 am

    Nicholas - I have absolutely no idea what you're trying to say; but thank you anyway!

  • Online Lessons Questions For People Taking ThemDateSat Nov 30, 2013 5:04 pm

    Well thank you both for your input. I'll definitely do the above, and I'll be around.

    I really want to finally learn this instrument I've been playing for 20 years, and this seems like a great place to get it done.

    Thanks again for putting up with all my questions.

  • Online Lessons Questions For People Taking ThemDateSat Nov 30, 2013 4:04 pm

    My level is low. Very low. I mean - I can belt out early Metallica rhythm guitar in a lot of cases; but that's just learning how to play a song; not how to play guitar. When it comes to knowing how to play the guitar and with good technique, I'm at a 0/10.

    I'll start with the practice videos and see what I can figure out.

    There's so much information, and it's hard to know where to start and when to move to the next level; you know.

    My goal is to start with the basics and learn properly from the ground up. I've been playing a long time; but never properly. I want to start at the beginning and learn the guitar properly and turn myself into a real guitar player.

    Should I just carry on with Module 1 Part 1 exercises for quite a while? Then do I subscribe when I feel ready to move on to Part 2 (since those are subscriber only)?

  • Online Lessons Questions For People Taking ThemDateSat Nov 30, 2013 3:37 pm

    So what you're saying is don't worry about the subscription lessons; just follow the practice routines and post videos when I need help?

  • Online Lessons Questions For People Taking ThemDateSat Nov 30, 2013 1:39 pm

    Thanks for taking the time to get back to me on this.

    One last question, if I may.

    Is writing down the scales and that other stuff listed in the "how to take online lessons" necessary, or can I just subscribe and start at the beginning and do the monthly videos? That page says its to tailor out suitable lesson plans, but if it's following a very specific structure, then it wouldn't seem pertinent to beginning the plan.

    I guess this is two questions, now... Sorry. Does one also still need this SkyDrive thing you've listed? What exactly gets sent up to that?

    Just wondering if I can subscribe and get started, or if I need to go through setting all this stuff up first.

  • Online Lessons Questions For People Taking ThemDateSat Nov 30, 2013 10:46 am

    I took some time to look into the syllabus and what not. So if I'm getting this correctly it's less back and forth "here's what you're doing right and wrong" and more of a "follow this syllabus and these videos/routines"? Like everyone starts at the beginning of the path and works their way down; the more experienced you are, the faster you'll move on?

    It sounds like the videos are all pre-recorded and you kind of get to them each month (from your post), but on your website it makes it sound more like it's required I send a video of me playing in, and you'll base the lessons I get around that.

    It says on the subscribe page you'll do a video exchange/swap - does this include personalized videos from you, or pre-recorded lessons that you feel are appropriate based based on what I've sent in?

    Sorry if I'm asking a lot or not picking up on what might seem obvious - I just really like to get my head around something before I jump in. I kind of like to know what's going to be required of me, and how things are handled.

    I am planning on the one a month format - but I'm also curious if I can up it for a certain month here and there if I feel I need more feedback on what I'm doing? Like if I can decide say in March that I want to pay $40 to get two lessons for whatever reason; or are you required to pick a one of them and make that your plan?

  • Online Lessons Questions For People Taking ThemDateSat Nov 30, 2013 6:30 am

    Alright, I guess my last post was too big.

    -Can anyone explain to me exactly how the lessons function, like how the back and forth goes and what the feedback/assignments are like? (like what type of stuff is sent back to you, are you given feedback and instructions at the beginning of the month and expected to reply in a certain time frame so that the next set of stuff can be prepared, etc).

    -are things fairly structured and narrowed down in terms of "start with these few things...ok... now start practicing these techniques"? Or is there a lot given to you at once? Just curious if you're given a narrow view to really work on things, or if you're kind of given a lot to work on at once.

    -Is there a specific level someone needs to be at before trying to take these lessons, or is he open to all sorts?

    Thanks for any help. Hopefully this doesn't break any rules and sticks around a little longer. Just looking for some help/insite.

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