Maya vs. the Guitar, cont. or
Internet Guitar Lessons are the BOMB.
So, I did the beginners course over at nextlevelguitar.com, as I reviewed here, all 150 lessons in about two months, and I really enjoyed it. But then I left them and moved my Guitar Education over to Truefire.com, where I’ve been for the last month, that’s Month Three of my guitar journey (about which I feel, simultaneously , “it’s been that long?” and “it’s only been that long?”). Two reasons for the move: nextlevelguitar was awesome at covering the basics that would probably be about the same for everyone, but (1) after the beginner section it starts leaning heavily in the ‘be in a band, play rock and roll’ direction, which isn’t really what I’m into, which is (2) fingerstyle, which they have a ton of over at truefire and very little of at nextlevelguitar. So, there you go.
Truefire.com is another learn-to-play-guitar-online site, a couple steps up in the production values and with a wide variety of instructors and styles. It’s…well, it’s totally awesome for a learning-glutton such as myself to pay twenty bucks a month and get all the guitar instruction that I can stomach, in tons of styles, and from lots of accomplished guitarists.
Because I can stomach a lot. This way of learning a musical instrument, this video instruction over the internet thing, has, so far, well, it’s just ROCKED. It’s light-years beyond the traditional, once a week, 30 minute lesson, that I did for piano oh, so many years ago. Bored? Do a different lesson. Stuck? Find an alternate teacher who explains it differently and the cross-current of the two or three or ten instructors will make it clear. Do lessons every day if you want, then not at all for a week as you digest. Watch the same lesson several times trying to figure out the tricky bit. Switch to a different genre for a day, just because. Did I mention that I’ve learned how to read tablature? They have the sheet music with tabs for all their lessons over there and I find I’ve picked it up from sheer exposure. It’s just so awesome to be able to affordably learn at my own speed which, when I’m into something, is LOTS FAST NOW.
I’ve been working through David Hamburger’s Fingerstyle Blues Handbook courses, and they’ve been terrific. He has a knack for making incremental increases that seem, and are, totally doable, but then I look back and suddenly realize how far I’ve come in a short amount of time. That’s cool and very satisfying. I’ve also dipped into the Efficient Guitarist and Fingerboard Breakthrough , two really interesting and in-depth theory courses, for when I’m in the mood for that. And I’ve been slowly moving through Vicki Genfen’s very fun 3-D Guitar, all about tapping and slapping and crazy stuff that I can’t do yet, but I will, I WILL. And I can’t wait to do some of the more advanced fingerstyle courses. Not every course I’ve watched the intro of has attracted me, but there are gobs and gobs of them. It’s like going to one of those Chinese restaurants with a buffet of 100 items! Belly up with your shovel and dig in!
All in all, best bang for a $20 bill I got this month.
I believe I wouldn’t be able to do all of this if I didn’t have the methodical foundation I had gotten over at nextlevelguitar, so thanks David Taub!
But, basically, I’m not feeling very Maya VERSUS the guitar right now. My guitar and I are getting along pretty well.
In large part due to Truefire.com. Highly recommended.
ETA: see the next part of my guitar exploration here, with reviews of where I went after truefire.
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today's yoga practice
March 15, 2014 | 12:16 pm
Kino’s arm balance class. I can barely lift my arms now. I think they’re broken.
March 12, 2014 | 6:38 pm
Tried another Kino video, the third, the “leg opener” practice. Not bad. Kind of miss regular primary though.
March 11, 2014 | 4:11 pm
Kino video on “core strength.” Just about killed me. Have discovered I have no core.
March 11, 2014 | 4:10 pm
Full Primary, 2 freaking hours. I’m going to go lie down now.
March 11, 2014 | 4:10 pm
Primary to supta konasana.
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