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  6. Thank you, Brian!  I wasn't sure if I was to be doing both or just pick one of them.  Doing the daily practice sessions during the week, and then the classes on the weekend will work (especially since as a beginner my finger tips are extremely tender and I've switched from nylon strings to steel strings).  I did some research on guitar strings and found there are now coated steel strings and different weights which have helped my finger tips in adjusting to the steel strings.  I've learned so much more about guitars since being a member of TAC in 6 weeks than my entire guitar journey!!!

    1. Brian Pateman

      Brian Pateman

      My pleasure Debra. Helping each other is what TAC's all about.

      I take your point about sore finger ends and I've just fitted one of my guitars with a set of @'Addario Silk & Steel 11 - 47 (EJ40) and I rather like them. They've been on since 11 June and are not showing any signs of wear so far.

      I've found that TAC has re-vitalised my guitar life since I joined in September '19.

      Keep playing and having fun.

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  8. Newbie I am
    First lessons today.
    Fingers crossed but I'm hopeful!

  9. AT31


    1. Dennis G

      Dennis G

      Great documentary that is required viewing in Texas. 😀

  10. Hold a true friend with both your hands.      

    -- Nigerian Proverb

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    Stuck at home in UK during lockdown, so have invested in a Zoom recorder. Here's my first rough cut. Not worked out how to edit it yet, so it's 'feature length' 😀 Hope you enjoy.
  12. Brian.

    Many thanks for you support and advice.

    Appreciate your comments.

    Brian C

  13. Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.

    -- Helen Keller

  14. Day 29 - AT29


  15. It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.

    -- Confucius

  16. "Sufferance is the badge of all our tribe."

    -- William Shakespeare

  17. "To climb steep hills requires a slow pace at first."

    -- William Shakespeare

  18. Day 28 - AT28


  19. Overcome your limitations. Onward!!

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  22. 1. Describe where you're at with guitar so we have an idea of where you’re starting from. Are you brand new? Coming back after a long time off? Stuck in a guitar rut? Did you take the 30 Days to Play Challenge in Stage 1? Played guitar when i was younger but didn't keep it up; wasn't disciplined enough to practice and grow.

    2. How often will you show up to practice every week? Describe your ideal practice schedule. M,T,W,T,Su 8pm

    3. Where will you do the TAC practice routine? Describe the setting. Is it a designated guitar room? Dining room? Break room at work? In my home office

    4. What does success look like to you? Describe it in as much detail as you can. When you've stuck to a regular practice schedule for a year, what will you be able to do with guitar? Describe the dream and don't let doubt cloud your vision! Play solo and with others well enough not to be embarrassed or board. Play a small coffee house gig.

    5. Over the next year you will hit several roadblocks due to health or a busy schedule. When this happens, what will you do in order to get back on track and enjoy guitar? Chat with my brother and friends who play music, work on building a music room.


  23. A little progress every day adds up to big results.

  24. Day 26 - AT26


  25. Been years since I was serious about my guitar. Now that I have retired it's time to get reacquainted with my first love. I think my marriage is strong enough for it. My wife agrees.


  26. Brian, I was working on Chord transitions and made a statement that I was discouraged because I could just change chords a 50 bpm. I thought it was slow. The reaction I received from others was "you should count that as a win." So I went back and thought about it. I realized I was skipping every other click on the metronome (ha ha). So my guess is that I was really making the chord changes at 25 bpm. Just wanted to clear that up. 

    Also, I have a question. In the chord changes demonstration made by Tony, What are the Metronome settings for slow, medium and fast ? Do you know? 


    1. Brian Pateman

      Brian Pateman

      Hi David,

      I think they are usually 60 / 80 / 100 BPM.

      It doesn't matter if you are doing 25 or 50 BPM. What matters is that you are making progress and your speed will increase without you realising it!

    2. David B

      David B

      Thanks Brian. I appreciate the feedback !


  27. “Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: ‘What! You too? I thought I was the only one.”

  28. “In family life, love is the oil that eases friction, the cement that binds closer together, and the music that brings harmony.”

    —Friedrich Nietzsche

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