Been counting religiously since starting BGU. Have struggled with it considerably but it's getting better. It throws me off and I often mess up, but I notice I seldom place a note wrong if I'm counting. I play much better (it seems to me) without counting but I'm counting anyway because that's the conventional advice and I want to do it right, hoping it just becomes ingrained in me. I'm currently at solo 3 and I've got a question. Griff counts out the entire solo at the end of the lesson but says he's not sure that you actually have to do that, that it might be a bit of a stretch. My ears really perked up when I heard that. That's what I've been doing all along and it's really been a chore. I count the entire solo out from start to finish, wondering when I should play it without counting but afraid I'll ingrain a bad habit if I do. So I count everything. From start to finish, all the way. It takes forever to learn a solo that way. But it seems like Griff is saying at the end of solo 3, that you don't have to do that. I'd just like to know when I can stop counting. I find it's really useful when I'm memorizing a lick but after I have it memorized cold, do I need to keep counting?