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Brian Pateman

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  • Birthday 10/10/1952

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  1. 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.

  2. Brian.

    Many thanks for you support and advice.

    Appreciate your comments.

    Brian C

  3. 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? 

    thanks

    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 !

       

  4. @Brian Pateman  I wanted to thank you again for the spreadsheet for chord changes!  I use it all the time to give me a routine.  I am not recording how many I do in one minute yet, or even use a metronome (other than the one in my head - I heard somewhere to let your right hand drive, and your left will do its best to keep up)  The sheet provides structure for going through the various transitions.  I am getting better (touch wood), albeit slowly!!!   😀

    1. Brian Pateman

      Brian Pateman

      I'm so9 pleased to hear this @Linda O'Sullivan and I'm glad I was able to help. Like you I have a reasonable internal metronome  (I sang in choirs from the age of seven or eight). As I'm left handed I wonder if I should let my left hand drive - tricky as I play right handed!

      Stay well and keep twanging away.

  5. Hi Brian , hope yourself and Helen are safe and well and you have a good , if quiet and relaxing weekend , we are fine and well thank goodness but being inside for coming up to eight weeks we have had no contact with the outside world except the tesco driver once a week (from a distance ) my daughter bringing medication and odd items again from a distance and phone calls to my grand daughter and friends , but we are continuing to do the right thing , so hopefully we can stay well . I have found some of the fingerpicking a bit challenging ,get some bits right but a bit heavy going so will revert back to other items for awhile and come back to it ,but still very keen to progress ,one point you may be able to help with ,i am ok on going to members when i have received a message from them or i can pick up a person from activity showing but not sure how to get their profile if they are not currently posting , can you help please Brian , keep safe and well , kind wishes Rob and Carol .

    1. Brian Pateman

      Brian Pateman

      Hi Robert,

      I'm glad you and Carol are well. We are both fine and it's been very quiet here - no bad thing.

      We've been sitting out in the garden enjoying late evening bird song. We have a blackbird who is in very fine voice.

      The easiest way to contact any one is to send them a message by hovering your mouse over their profile picture and then selecting "Send Message".

      Otherwise if you click on their forum picture it will take you to their profile and you can leave a message that way.

      Take care both of you and keep cheerful.

      Best regards,

      Brian.

    2. Hi im Robert Viney

      Hi im Robert Viney

      Hi Brian , thanks for reply , sorry I missed seeing it completely and only just noticed your reply , sorry for that , enjoy the quiet while it lasts , it may get a lot busier everywhere now that the idiots have been given licence to roam free, hope people try and be sensible but i have my doubts , please take care both , kind wishes, Rob.

    3. Brian Pateman

      Brian Pateman

      Hi Rob,

      Yes, living on the edge of the Lake District National Park we are hoping that people will take notice of the message that Cumbria is still closed!

      Do we have any confidence that everyone will be sensible? I'm saying nowt!

      Barrow in Furness is our big town to the south and has one of the highest rates of COVID-19 in the country. We are remaining in isolation as far as possible - I have a trip out to the Co-op in the village and then to drop off a guitar cable (essential supplies!) with a friend the other side of the village.

      Best wishes to you and Carol from me and Helen.

      Brian.

       

  6. Good evening, recently signed up and just starting the 30-day challenge.

  7. Thanks for the link Brian. It was great to get 'permission' to take longer than 30 days with the 30 day challenge as I am sure I will!

  8. Hi Brian;  I wonder if you can help me a bit.  I have started the flat picking course, and am practicing the 10 minutes minimum every day at 4 pm on some exercises of Tony's that I have seen (the one he calls the best exercise - that sounds like an intro to a horror movie) and now the flat picking course.  While I understand exactly what is required, I make a lot of mistakes and flubs, as I have habits (poor technique or no technique) that I have built up over the 50 years of hacking around on the guitar.  While I understand what is required in each section intellectually, actually perfecting them, or making a habitual change in my (so-called) technique is slow going.  So the question is, when should I move on an mark the lesson complete and take the next part?  Since this is a journey I know  I can go at my own pace no matter how tedious and slow in certain parts.  Do you have any advice on the matter?  I don't want to become stuck and frustrated becuase I simply am poor at a skill, but I also want to ensure that I unlearn my bad technique habit and re-learn the correct way as that will result in a better outcome as things get more complex and demanding.  A long winded explanation of one of the challenges of self directed learning!

    Cheers

    Gord

  9. Hi Brian,      Hainford    Near Norwich, Norfolk

    1. Brian Pateman

      Brian Pateman

      Hi Steve,

      I'm a way from you, in Cumbria, although as an East Anglian in exile I know Norfolk very well

  10. Thanks Brian for the support and taking a listen

    1. Brian Pateman

      Brian Pateman

      Hey, no problem Kevin.

      I'm really enjoying the listen.

  11. Thank you Brian ,have a good weekend, regards Rob.

    1. Brian Pateman

      Brian Pateman

      I'll do my best Bob.

      Watch the Rugby tomorrow and I'm nor working on Sunday so that's an easy weekend.

      Cheers,

      Brian.

    2. Lisiate F

      Lisiate F

      I find week end good time for growing my guitar passion. Great to be around you guys. Very encouraging!

       

    3. Brian Pateman

      Brian Pateman

      Weekends are good, although my Saturdays are often busy preparing for leading worship on Sunday.

      This Sunday's a day off though so I can play a bit.

  12. Brian  Thanks for the info on stretching.  It helped with my elbow pain from golf practice.  

     

    1. Brian Pateman

      Brian Pateman

      Wow, Don, I'm glad to be of help. We moved here 18 years ago because the village has a great links golf course. Unfortunately my physio advised against my taking up golf again - haven't played for over 30 years.

      I do have some serious back and musculo-skeletal problems from other sports.

      Cheers,

      Brian.

  13. You coming over this weekend to jam around a bit?  😃

    1. Brian Pateman

      Brian Pateman

      I'd really love to but it's a long way. I'm also leading worship on Sunday morning so I'd better not be late for that.

      Thanks for the invite!

  14. Hi Brian Pateman, hope you have a good playing day and thanks for your help and comments to date ,I am pleased to find lots of new friends and encouragement in the community, its a great help and hopefully one day I will be in a position to help other newcomers kind regards.

  15. Hi Brian ,thanks for your welcome, hope to chat again soon

    1. Brian Pateman

      Brian Pateman

      Hi Robert, it's always a pleasure to welcome new friends, especially if they are in the UK.

      Whereabouts are you? I'm in the cold wet north west on the Cumbria coast.

    2. Hi im Robert Viney

      Hi im Robert Viney

      Hi Brian Pateman, I live on the outskirts of Bristol in the South West of England, its generally very mild here and we get very little of the harsh winter weather that the north of the country gets , we are whats known as "soft southerners" but its a very nice part of the countryI hope to progress myTAC and will know doubt talt to you again ,with kind regards.

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