1 month review of the course

Discussion in 'Pentatonic Scales & Technique Mastery Questions' started by sdbrit68, Jun 17, 2018.

  1. sdbrit68

    sdbrit68 Student Of The Blues

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    Been playing with this for almost a month now, so a couple of thoughts

    1) I don't think I would ever recommend this to a beginner

    why ? I think from the courses I have worked on,this one really requires the the focus @Griff talks about. Since I started it, I have taken his full advice. I set an egg timer ( hey I am old, I do it old school). I focus on nothing else, I stand in one spot, laser focus on the book.That timer is set for 45 minutes, no interuptions, this is olympic training

    You cannot rush this course, stay at the speed or slower, this really is a boot camp for your hand and your mind......heck, just the warm ups are one of the toughest things I have tried on guitar. I think when you take this course, you have to want it for yourself to learn to solo, it can't be the guy who just wants to noodle and play the camp fire(but I have been wrong before), this is the dedication lessons.

    I am also only allowing myself to go through one box a week.......I review the past material, but I dont go to the next set of box exercises until the following week.

    2) Improvements

    I have struggled with learning the boxes for a long long time, never seem to get them quite right, now, I am finding in AM, I am almost gliding through them, with very little looking at the guitar or book, big win for me

    I have gone back to other solos I struggled with, and found them much easier, I can now concentrate on phrasing and sounds more than where my fingers are, so I dont sound like I am playing a scale....another win

    Learning curve on new things is speeding up, I think not thinking so much about my hand position is helping me digest other material quicker

    Hearing - this is a big one, I am not sure what to call it, but I am getting better at hearing the differences in notes and sounds, another tough area for me as I am tone deaf. When I hear something on the radio now, I may not know the note, but I know they are somewhere in box 1 sliding into box 2, it just seems to make more sense

    Using the fretboard - I can move lots better from one box to another instead of just trying to solo in box 1, I can slip through two boxes up and get back to where I want, still suck at solos, but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel

    Overall, even though I curse a lot while practicing, and it is frustrating, there is hand fatigue, this is quickly becoming my favorite course, but, I am also at a point where I WANT to dedicate myself to getting better at this specific thing, not just playing around

    Tonight, it went awful, but when the timer let off its ding, I realized, as bad as I thought it was, compared to a month ago, it was miles ahead

    So yes.................I think this is a must have course for those of us who are not natural solo artists, or who don't have the finger dexterity, this "Boot Camp" is incredibly well written and done

    YMMV
     
  2. JestMe

    JestMe Student Of The Blues

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    Great review. I'm glad to hear you are getting so much out of it. I own this course [and have an AAP too]. Your review and whetting my appetite to really dig into to and apply much like you are doing.

    Keep up the great work!
     
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    sdbrit68 Student Of The Blues

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    Its a great course, and a ton of benefits, but man.......I do think it takes some desire to get everything out of it.

    If BGU is a pre-med college course, this one is your internship......lol
     
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  4. jmin

    jmin San Francisco, CA

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    This one is on my list...thanks for an inspirational review!
     
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  5. MikeS

    MikeS Moderator... Another Man In Black.
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    @Griff I think you could use Sbrit68's comments in your marketing material!
    Way to go Mark!
     
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  6. wildwood

    wildwood Playin' Blues

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    I have said this before...this is one of my favorite courses and I use it often. Good review...:thumbup:
     
  7. Paleo

    Paleo D'oh!

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    Thanks, Mark.

    I've recommended this course every chance I get over these last few years.

    And now I always suggest following it up with @Griff's new course, "Blues Speed Building Blocks".

    A one, two punch.
     
  8. Griff

    Griff Chief Cook And Bottle Washer
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    That's a great review, thanks!

    And, for what it's worth, I think your assessment of desire being a requirement is spot on. It's not for everyone, but if it's for you, then it does work very well (it worked for me :)
     
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    sdbrit68 Student Of The Blues

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    All I can say, once I made the mental decision, and really wanted it.........this course is exactly what the trainer ordered
     
  10. mountain man

    mountain man Still got the Blues!

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    Great review! I have talked about this course on the forum for several years now. I mentioned it quite a bit at the last BGU Live at Lake Arrowhead. I emphatically agree if you want to learn to solo this course in a mandatory course. And I too have found my learning curve for other courses and riffs are a lot quicker. As it was one of the first 2 or 3 courses I did in the BGU curriculum it also helped my learn some fundamentals on how to count which has helped me. And all the sequencing of notes 3x 4x 5x ect helped me break the habit of just rifling up and down the fret-board and sounding like I was playing scales. I think you will find that after this course you will find combining the Major and minor scales easier. That will also open up another surge of what you need to learn which I found will need to be somewhat independent. The courses that are available to cover combining the Major and minor are riff based courses and kind of focus on a different thing. But it's all good @sdbrit68! Keep it up!! :Beer:
     
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  11. Dr. Ron

    Dr. Ron JUST FEEL IT AND PLAY!

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    Nice review Mark. I have also seriously been going through PSTM. I have been working on it in concert with
    Griff's speed building course since April. You are moving faster than me. I have been working the course ~4-5 days/wk and have just finished all 5 boxes. I have all the exercises down pretty well.
    The main pearl to date for me has the been to more accurately and comfortably play 1/8, triplets, and 1/16 note rhythms. The repetition really internalizes it well, especially with all the counting. Tapping out a 1/16 note rhythm has been a bit inconsistent for me in the past. This course has definitely given me more confidence in that regard.
    I feel my overall touch on the fretboard is slowly improving; but, I haven't been to a jam since Lake Arrowhead.
    My hand strength is definitely increasing which I am really happy about. Upper extremity weakness from DJD
    eventuated in a cervical fusion some years ago; so, any strength gained is a plus.
    My only disagreement with your review is that I would have liked to have done this course when I first started playing blues. I believe the 5 boxes would have been internalized much faster than the way I learned them. I do see your point however. It is a labor intensive course and could be discouraging to some. Looking forward to jamming again with you.
     
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  12. sdbrit68

    sdbrit68 Student Of The Blues

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    The only reason I would say NOT to do it at the beginning, I feel it's not sexy, it's a bow down and put work into it. Where as I think a beginner is usually more interested in sounding musical. To my thinking, they would get bored and frustrated. I remember when I first started playing, it was scales and exercises, I got bored and quit.

    I learned more and got more excited when people would show me something that sounded like a song.

    Going to the jams at first, I realized my rhythm needed work, so I did it.............then I watched you guys solo, and that gave me the motivation for this course with a goal of being a solo player by the end of the year, it just seems to me to need a desire and dedication to stick with it, if that makes sense
     
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  13. Dr. Ron

    Dr. Ron JUST FEEL IT AND PLAY!

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    Good point Mark. One additional thing...some of us (like me) are OCD enough to really enjoy doing endless scales and fret board exercises.
     
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  14. sdbrit68

    sdbrit68 Student Of The Blues

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    me too..............but, after going out and playing, I can see the end result, and the reasons why
     
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