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Julie C

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  1. 4 hours ago, Todd T said:

    Congratulations @Julie C On the earthshaking progress 👍😄! And if you ever want to give instructions on how to make a great video I am at the head of the list for that service!

    Out of the bedroom ,onto the couch ,and the next step is on stage at some smoky jukejoint belting out tunes & ripping guitar solos 😆👍! Thanks for sharing the inspiration!

    Thank you @Todd T! I really doubt I am the one to give instructions on how to make a great video lol.  I am good at just sitting there and staring though. 

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  2. 2 hours ago, Niels said:

    Hi @Julie C 😊

    Congratz on finishing the 30 day challenge.
    I am very happy that you succeeded before deadline - this is a huge win 😎

    You show a big improvement, and I like your blues solo, where you follow the chord progression perfectly 😃

    I really like your third video with all the outtakes, and I think it may be a great help to others with recording anxiety ❤️
    I distinctly remember that I myself had a lot of tries, before I finally got the “Tony’s 30 Days to Play Guitar Challenge” right 😂
    Using a teleprompter app on your mobile is a brilliant idea 😃

    Thanks for posting 😊

    Thank you @Niels.  I was so sure I would be done on Tuesday.  Then Wednesday.  Then Thursday.  Then panic set in.  My quiet little personalty holds me back in so many ways.  It would be great if that third video helps others.  

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  3. 40 minutes ago, Derrick said:

    OMG! OMG! OMG!  What a tremendous breakthrough for you on so many levels.  Thank you for being so open with us about the process.  You have no idea how many folks you are about to inspire to post their videos.  Brava!!

    Thank you @Derrick ! Making that video was soooo hard for me.  I just couldn't get the thoughts from my head to come out of my mouth. It would be wonderful if sharing how truly hard it was for me inspires others to post their videos.  It is so hard to keep trying after days of failures.

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  4. 9 hours ago, Karen L said:

    Hi @Julie C! I can offer two suggestions. 

    1. Watch some of the other submissions. Not all of them are perfect! And that's okay. It may help to see some other folks and how they have taken on the challenge.
    2. Just roll the "tape" and then edit to what will work. I do this a lot with my performance videos. I simply let the recording go on until I capture something that works. 

    Lots of folks here have that same "red light" syndrome. You are not alone!

    I watched a few and everyone seems to have actual words instead of blank stares lol. I am guessing I need words too. 

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  5. 38 minutes ago, WENDY D said:

    I was the very same way. Like @Karen L said, I finally decided to keep the phone rolling and just start over until I get it right. I also try to pretend I'm just talking to a friend in the room instead of making a video. Always trying to psych myself out. Once I have a good take, I edit out the big mistakes and keep the little ones. Keep at it. I promise it will get easier, AND it doesn't have to be perfect. It just has to be you sharing your journey. It's even ok to say oops, let me start again, and keep it in your video. Then you seem like a real human. LOL

    Good luck!  🍀🍀You can do it!!!

    Maybe I will try the talking to a friend thing. Today is the last day. Thought for sure I would have had this done by Tuesday. 

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  6. 30 minutes ago, Erik B said:

    @Julie C one more tip, which I forgot.


    Like me, you are probably trying to make the 'right' video only to find that it looks 'wrong'.

    So you do it again to get it right. And again. 

    And again.

    And again. 

    Untill it becomes no fun at all but frustrating torture instead.

    Be kind to yourself. Limit this pain by allowing yourself no more than 3 takes (or 5, or 10, as long as there is a limit) and pick the best one. 

    Golden bit of inside info straight from the Guitargeek Inelligence Agency (GIA): there is no 'right' way of recording a video. 

     And suddenly you can no longer do anything wrong. You are just recording a video for the first time ever in your life. Oeh! Exciting! 



    The video at this point has taken up more hours than I spent on the challenge and so far have nothing to show for it. I don’t have the first sentence yet. Forgotten to say my name. Or where I am from. Or what the name of the challenge is again and again. My before video went the same way. Maybe I should just post a blooper reel lol. 

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  7. Completed  the 30 day challenge  a few days ago and really enjoyed it. But I am having a real real hard time with the video component of this challenge. Three days now of getting tongue tied and freezing up and staring like a deer in the headlights. I am a person who is comfortable behind a camera. But not at all in front of one. Any tips on how to accomplish this?  I have written what I want to say. But the words don’t want to come out of my mouth. And the way I play when I hit record -may as well be wearing mittens.  Only one day left...

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  8. 10 hours ago, Katherine S said:

    "Sloppy" pretty much describes most of my barre chords I think! 😆  And chord transitions are a big stumbling block for me.  I force myself to get through the key chord lessons, though I can't usually keep up with the slowest pace.   I hope you make good progress toward your goals and that one day you land that Martin 000! 😍

    I cannot do them at slow either. Always thought they need an extra slow lol. 

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  9. 1. Describe what you’re able to play on guitar so we have an idea of where you’re starting from.

    I can play open chords as well as a sloppy F and sloppy Bm.  I finding strumming patterns easy.  Chord changes not so much. No desire to play any kind of lead guitar.  I like strumming. 

    2. What is the one thing you dream of doing once you’re a guitar player?

    Own a good guitar.  Dream guitar is the 000-15M Streetmaster by Martin.  Would love to do the buy it from the factory deal.  Martin says they make changes to their line-up every September.  Hope it gets continued so I have a chance of owning one some day.  It is just soooo pretty and I love how it sounds and feels in my hands. 

    3. Name one person who’d be surprised by hearing you play.

    No one would be surprised.  They just don't want to hear me.  So they don't.  My playing is done alone behind closed doors.  That alone caused me to stop at one point.  I was done. But the TAC community gave me such encouragement and kind words and support that I started playing again. And I am comfortable playing just for me now.    I have zero desire to play in front of anyone.  A jam is different.  I can disappear into the crowd.  But playing alone in front of others when your own family really doesn't want to hear you just makes the thought of playing for others really sad.  And I don't want to feel sad when I am playing. 

    4. Over the next 30 days, you will hit a roadblock or two due to health, a busy schedule, or your own limiting beliefs. When this happens, what will you do in order to get back on track and finish strong?

    The hardest part of this will be posting  a before and after video.  Even with all those wonderful prizes dangling before us,  my desire not to play in front of anyone is a major roadblock already.  Not sure how I am going to handle that part.  I have no desire to record myself playing. So fully completing  this challenge all hinges on posting a video that really makes me unhappy to do.

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  10. Great idea @rick w ! I do have a suggestion to bring even more enjoyment to the residents- most of the activities at nursing homes are passive.  The residents get to enjoy the entertainment but do not get to participate.  Bring along a selection of cheap rhythm instruments-shaker eggs, maracas etc. Great for the non singers or those who do not know the words.  It connects them to the music more and allows them to physically participate.

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  11. On 3/18/2019 at 9:22 AM, Lou B said:

    So I thoroughly enjoyed the Friends With Strings jam at Casa Tiano last month...

    But am wanting more.  This every other month thing just isn't doing it...

    So now am considering dropping $250/month to join School of Rock just to gain access to playing with other people on a regular basis (weekly).

    I understand there are open mikes to be had around our area.  But, being a new player, that's not what I'm looking for or needing.  What I'm looking for is a small group of players (around 5 of differing skill sets) who are willing and able to get together on a weekly or bi-weekly basis to play and kind of cross pollinate.  Call it Book Club for Guitar Geeks.  Like I said, small group...  Keep it simple logistically.  In other words, guests bring their own food and drink.  I really appreciate all the effort on Sharon and Doms part.  But if this is going to happen often, it really needs to be made as simple as possible for those hosting.  Fair?

    Anyway...  Looking for some feedback on this thought.


    Sometimes the best way to get exactly what you want is to start something that is exactly what you want.  The reality is no one can commit their home for usage one day a week.  Things come up and cancellations would be many.  It is a lot of responsibility. There are many locations however that have meeting rooms available for free.  Such as a local library.  Total Wine by us offers their classroom for free for our video association each month.  The most successful weekly jam I know of is for ukuleles in NJ.  Very organized , weekly and free.   Here is the link to see how they go about it.   


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  12. On 11/26/2018 at 8:54 PM, Sharon Tiano said:

    @Julie C - YAY... I am so happy you got her back.  She looks good.  So, hard case? Check.  Bubble wrap? Check.  LOL    I am sure she is as glad to be home as your are to have her home.  Can't wait to hear you play and SING together ❤️

    Apparently it is a fall forward that is most likely to result in a break.  Doesn't take much of a jolt with all the tension on the head to begin with.

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