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  1. I would like to start a Jam Club in Fayetteville, NC

  2. This is something I ran across before but didn't remember. This time I want to remember this so I can apply it.

    4 Stages to Compentency

    1. Unconsciously Incompetent - we all start at this stage because none of us came into this world knowing how to do things.  It doesn't matter if you're learning to play the guitar, learning how to type, developing your skills in a trade, etc.  When we first begin a journey of learning, we not only do not know what we're doing, we don't even realize we don't know what we're doing.


    2. Consciously Incompetent - we've gained enough knowledge to realize we don't have the skills to complete the task.  Someone showed me how to make a G chord (or I can see a diagram in a chord chart) but my hand won't do it.  After trying a few times my brain accepts I do not know how to make a G chord and I'll have to work on it.


    3. Consciously Competent - we've practiced enough to have gained a slight amount of skill and ability.  We know what a G chord looks/feels like without be told or looking at the chord chart, but we have to stop and think about it.  We will get to the point we can skip the "stop" but we still have to think about it before it all comes together.


    4. Unconsciously Competent - we've honed our skill with the task to the point it can happen automatically, without conscious effort.  There are hundreds of things we are all unconsciously competent with in our daily lives.  Your hand can reach for the mouse on your desk without you having to look to see where it is.  We can use the remote for the TV without looking to see where the 'Guide' or 'Volume' button is; our hand just knows where the buttons are and the fingers will go there without thought.  We can ride a bike without any thought whatsoever - the kickstand goes up, the foot hits the pedal, we push off and we're gone.  It all happens in a split second and we don't even realize we're doing each individual task.  Stage 4 is commonly referred to as having 'muscle memory'.


    Most people drop out of the workflow somewhere between steps 2 and 3.  Be it frustration, losing interest, or giving up too soon because they think they "can't do it".  Getting over the hurdle between steps 2 and 3 is the key.  Once you're consciously competent with a skill/task you will usually stick with it until it becomes an unconscious ability.  Going from step 2 to step 3 might take years though, and it could take even longer to get from 3 to 4.  The fun part (at least for me... it might be frustrating to some folks) is seeing how the various aspects of my guitar playing are at different stages!  Taking a particular task/lesson and being honest with myself about categorizing into one of the steps helps me know which areas to focus on when I practice.

  3. Hey Mike, I joined a couple of weeks ago. The image of Tony burning a guitar for wood haunted me. I picked it up again 10 yrs ago after a long hiatus and though better would say I have a love/hate relationship with the instrument after doing the online thing and not happy with in person instructors. 

    I'm in Cowpens, SC and work in Shelby NC. I sometimes get up to Hickory so you're within reach. I came here 5 yrs ago from CA by way of IA (6 yrs prior) due to the last recession - 2008-09). I would love to hook up with you and your gang to jam if possible. Give me a shout when you have time. 


    1. Mike-Gaurnier


      Wow, I am confused. I'm not sure how to get here except through an email that has a link. I can't find this page to save my life. I apologize for taking so long to respond to you @Gerard O

      Yes, I would love to have you join our group. You can sign up as a member of our group even if you can only make it once in awhile, or even once period. Several of the members have never come to a jam. 

      Right now, we are not having live jams and I have not yet set up virtual jams through the Zoom app. For now, I will send you an invite to join the group. 

      MG 9_9

  4. I wonder how far away Franklin is from Winston Salem?

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    2. Marty69


      Thank you for the offer Mike.  My Mrs., born and raised in the same CA town as I and went to the same high school,  has trips planned & scheduled out till 2022.  If we are not traveling somewhere in the world, we are doing a road trip somewhere.  I put my foot down this year and told her I was going to attend the Acoustic Life Festival in 2020 in Bozeman, MT with or without her.  LOL  I even told her I would forgo my 50th Class Reunion in CA in Oct. to attend the ALF.

    3. Mike-Gaurnier


      Now that is guitar-centric motivation. I like it. 😄

    4. Marty69
  5. Hi @CHAD M this is @Mike G. Obviously, I am a member of Tony's Acoustic Challenge. I live in Winston Salem on Ardsley St.

    I wondered if you are interested in meeting and playing together once or twice, but with no strings attached. I have done very little of that since I started playing guitar 20 years ago. Now that I have joined TAC, I am expanding my guitar horizons and playing music with others will help my guitar journey.

    Please let me know one way or the other. No hard feelings either way.😀

    1. Mike-Gaurnier


      BTW, don't worry about anyone being better or not as good. We could both improve. ☺

  6. I'm still learning the site, but I'm having an awful lot of fun. I am learning so much about guitar playing I just can't believe it. And the community is just awesome. We are all learning and sharing with each other. This is the most fun I've had since I started playing guitar.:)

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