Where's everyone at?

Discussion in 'SWS Questions' started by Griff, Sep 21, 2010.

  1. Rue

    Rue Blues Newbie

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    Alex !   I want to stop in and say a few words of encouragement.   Certainly you're not too old to do this....
    I'm doing it !    I'm positive everyone who's ever picked up a guitar has had those periods of discontent with our progress...I know I have for sure...about once a month I feel that way for several days.   The 3 things that got me over that ledge was Griff's courses , hour upon hour of  practice , and playing with other people ...that was large !...when you play with other people you learn  a couple things ..you are pushed to keep up and play better so you work harder at it and you find out you play better than you thought. 
    So  hang in there....die with your spurs on honey  :)   And quit talkin' crazy .    ( Jimmi )
     
  2. wgabree

    wgabree Blues Newbie

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    You always find what your looking for....

    "Seek and ye shall find"

    If you're looking for how you can't play well, guess what?

    If you're looking for how you haven't improved, guess what?

    Start looking for how well you play even just one note, and you'll start finding it!

    :cool:

    Alex, I applaud you and everyone on this forum for taking up the guitar! 
     
  3. kgarkie

    kgarkie Been living the blues.

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    Alex, there are a bunch of us older people on this forum.  Some that have just recently picked up the guitar and others like myself that have been plugging away at it for years.  Personally, I know I will never the next Jimi Hendrix or even Neil Young (he doesn't think he's a great guitar player).  I don't have the talent, I don't practice enough and my left hand is stiff with a pinky that's bent to 90 degrees.  But, when I finish practicing, I know that I'm better than I was yesterday.  And I practice for the sheer enjoyment of it.  I also know that I'm not the greatest gardener, a top chef, a great carpenter or Ansel Adams.  But, that doesn't keep me from doing what I enjoy.  And I will say, I'm not bad at any of these things.

    Wayne's right, it's all about attitude. 
     
  4. Charlie_13

    Charlie_13 Guest

    I'm old and see no use in trying to learn to record.
    I'm working on BGU and SWS at the same time as well as some of the old songs that interest me.
    Still having fun with your stuff Griff and am learning most every day.
    I have been able to retire early and have been using my extra time playing my Tele.
    Strato, if your there I have finished "Summertime blues"
    with "Twangy" and have most of "Johnny B Good" under my belt, His stuff would be hard for the beginner but it is very rewarding when you get it. I have ordered all five of his disks and I hope Griff does something like this. :)

    PS. I play, practice and rock for my own pleasure.
    If I get good enough I may sit in  with a couple of bands I know. The fun of this is in the doing, kind of like putting together plastic models of the many cars I would like to own.
     
  5. stratogeezer

    stratogeezer Blues Newbie

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    A.B...I've been at the guitar for 3+ years now (picked it up at 56) and if I had a dollar for everytime I felt discouraged I could buy a new Fender Deluxe Strat.
    The learning process is slow going and frustrating at times for a lot of us.
    I still can't play very well but that's not stopping me one bit.
    It all boils down to do you really want to learn to play guitar or not.
    I think you do..so keep on plugging away.
    You might want to get together with a live person and get some help with the barres.
    A good player will see where the trouble lies.
    I can't believe they are beyond your capabilities.

    Chilly..that's real cool..I'd sure like to hear them.
    I've got the rhythm down and some other parts but haven't put them all together yet.
    I love that tune.
    Johnny B. Goode ..the same bits and pieces.
    By all means start the recording ball rolling guys and gals ...it is fun to hear your progress being played back and it helps improve your playing.
     
  6. kgarkie

    kgarkie Been living the blues.

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    Solo 3 has been posted.  My left hand did give me some problems--on the easier parts, imagine that.  Oh well, I'll play it more but won't record it again. 
     
  7. Alexander Blue

    Alexander Blue Surfers Rule !!!

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    Hey Y'all,
       Thanks for the encouragement ...
            Rue : I never take my spurs off Sugar  ;) ...
       Wayne : Thanks for the one note at a time idea ... I can play the open E A D G B & E strings pretty clear  :) ...
            kgarkie : Neil Young is correct ... he's NOT a good guitar player  :) ...
       and Strato : It's a good thing to hear others say the road is difficult and frustrating now and then , puts things in perspective ... I get all my advice here ... I do not know anyone else who even dabbles at the guitar ...
                Thanks all ... I've been learning to play coming up on 1 year in Dec. when I purchased Tater's courses ... been pluggin' away and sometimes it just seems like I'm climbing a sand dune ... 1 step forward and 2 back ... then other times it comes together and sounds and feels good ... kinda like life in general I recon    :cool:   
       
     
  8. pornsuda

    pornsuda Guest

    Hi Griff,
            I've had SWS for a few months and posted a Solo1 Funk Blues in G a while ago. I had (having) issues with bending - first joint of third finger giving some pain (from bending I think!). Also kept breaking the high E string due to bad technique.  Slowly getting the bending better now, so will continue SWS soon.
       I am currently about to start lesson 13 of BGU today. Also I am doing Wayne's ' Learn a new song challenge' , which has some easy bending 1/4 and 1/2 steps on the 4th and 6th strings. Funny, it's just the high E that gives trouble ( 1/2 step OK, One step - hard).?

                                          GI.
     
  9. MikeS

    MikeS Moderator... Another Man In Black.
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    Hey Griff, There you go kicking me in the butt again!
    I've been jamming with two different groups lately so that east up my weekends and I've "come out of retirement" and taken a part time job, so that eats up more time, then the hour or so I spend on  the forum, and practicing songs for the band and oh, yeah my wife want's a little face time too. i just haven't been able to squeeze in much more than trying to get the boxes and notes on the neck work. I also wasted any free time I had trying to get UBANTU Studio running on one of my PCs. Talk about a waste of a large part of my weekend!
     
  10. Rue

    Rue Blues Newbie

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    I've decided to go back to Solo  box 1 and work that again from the begining....I had worked up to Solo 3  but I think I'm trying to go to fast....I need to get each box pattern much better before moving on.   I'm working BGU again from the begining and I'm very happy with how much I learned the first time I went through it .  I'm finally getting the bends a large part of the time.  :)
     
  11. CyberSchnook

    CyberSchnook Guest

    BBG Lesson 1 ... a l-o-n-g way from SWS!  ::)