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Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself' started by PeterRichman, Sep 13, 2019 at 1:46 PM.

  1. PeterRichman

    PeterRichman Blues Newbie

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    Hi

    This is Pete from Arizona. Always dreamed of taking up guitar and finally at age 52 started doing so about 4 months ago. With a love of rock music, I slowly realized blues was a nice manageable area of playing to focus on and go from there as the foundation of that genre. Griff's practical approach on youtube was very inspiring as he "gets it" that people/beginners want to play not just work on scales etc so I landed at BGU. My approach at this point has been to work on finger exercises daily, work on common shuffles/stretch fingers, handle the minor pentatonic in all positions, add in blues notes, solo to backing tracks in common keys, learn some dominant 7th arpeggios so I could solo with the chords, and watch videos on techniques of those I want to most emulate (i.e. SRV who I was lucky to see twice, Clapton/saw in 1990 and excited to see tomorrow night in Phoenix especially now that I play a little, Hendrix). I am working on learning the major pentatonic (which is really just changing up landing spots and where the roots are as compared to minor pentatonic shapes). I have lots of trouble with keeping time and do most things with a metronome and am following Griff's advice to count out loud (unlike everything else this is going slowly). While overall progress soloing/finger speed/etc has been pretty solid, my learning was a little too disjointed, so I bought the BGU package to work on regularly in order of content along with the things I am already focused on. I would greatly appreciate any advice, additional thoughts as to how to go forward. As I am an ER doctor who only works about 100 hours a month, when I am not chasing 5 kids, I have about 1-2 hours to practice a day and am pretty dedicated.

    Best regards,
    Pete
     
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  2. MarkDyson

    MarkDyson Blues Hound Wannabe

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    Sounds like you're on a good path. Welcome to the forum! :Beer:
     
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  3. Many Moons

    Many Moons Biking+Blues=Bliss

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    Welcome Pete. Sounds like you've done more than me already!!!:ROFLMAO: Have fun learning the blues.(y)
     
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  4. BigMike

    BigMike Blues Oldie

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    Welcome Pete
     
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  5. JohnDX

    JohnDX Blues Newbie

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    Welcome Pete. You can make a real progress here.
     
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  6. artyman

    artyman Fareham UK

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    Welcome from one of the UK mob, great bunch of folk on here with plenty of advice and encouragement. Take a wander down to the basement and check out the Virtual Jam Room, a friendly place to try your new skills.
     
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  7. MikeS

    MikeS Moderator... Another Man In Black.
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    Welcome Pete!
    Sounds like you have added a lot to your place with all the guitar work you are doing.
    Just be sure not to burn yourself out.
     
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  8. PapaBear

    PapaBear Guit Fiddlier

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    Wow that’s a plateful at 4 months in? Welcome and keep rocking
     
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  9. steve o

    steve o Blues Junior

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    Welcome to the forum Pete, it’s awesome having you with us!!!:)
     
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  10. PeterRichman

    PeterRichman Blues Newbie

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    Thanks. Right now it is a labor love. More worried about getting tendonitis as I can't put the thing down.
     
  11. Bob630

    Bob630 Blues Newbe

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    Welcome to the forum, hope you enjoy.
     
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  12. CaptainMoto

    CaptainMoto Blues Voyager

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    Welcome,
    Put that dotor'n away and play the blues, it will heal most conditions.
    Have fun learning.(y)
     
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  13. mountain man

    mountain man Still got the Blues!

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    Welcome to the forum Pete! Good to have you with us!! :thumbup:
     
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  14. PeterRichman

    PeterRichman Blues Newbie

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    I noticed you are from Utica. I grew up in Syracuse/Manlius. Still good friends with many and my mom is still there. Great blues scene there.
     
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  15. arock

    arock Help! I'm a rock

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    Welcome to the forum!