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tonypashigian

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Greetings, earthlings. I'm Tony.

I joined last year but didn't really start using GT until sometime this year. I'm hoping to find a way to stitch all this together to be able to sit at a camp fire or in front of an amp and sound interesting for 30 minutes or so.

I feel like I have a bunch of puzzle pieces but don't know how to put them together to just play music. Chords, GT lessons, scales, 12 bar, etc...I have GOT to figure out how to turn it into music.

Be well.

#1

Greetings, earthlings. I'm Tony.

I joined last year but didn't really start using GT until sometime this year. I'm hoping to find a way to stitch all this together to be able to sit at a camp fire or in front of an amp and sound interesting for 30 minutes or so.

I feel like I have a bunch of puzzle pieces but don't know how to put them together to just play music. Chords, GT lessons, scales, 12 bar, etc...I have GOT to figure out how to turn it into music.

Be well.

manXcat

"It's getting better all the time"♪♪

Joined: 02/17/18

Posts: 740

Earthling to Tony. Hello. Welcome to our forum.

As a mere earthling I wouldn't rely on 'hope'. I'd use this starting with pressing on the big yellow Start Here arrow.

That'll keep you occupied in front of your amp easily for an hour or have you playing a zillion campfire songs from memory using just a few progressions within six months or sooner, if you apply yourself to it.

Have fun with it!

"Life is just a bowl of cherries ...."

#2

Earthling to Tony. Hello. Welcome to our forum.

As a mere earthling I wouldn't rely on 'hope'. I'd use this starting with pressing on the big yellow Start Here arrow.

That'll keep you occupied in front of your amp easily for an hour or have you playing a zillion campfire songs from memory using just a few progressions within six months or sooner, if you apply yourself to it.

Have fun with it!

"Life is just a bowl of cherries ...."

ChristopherSchlegel

Guitar Tricks Instructor

Joined: 08/09/05

Posts: 5624

Hey & welcome to GT, Tony!

Originally Posted by: tonypashigian

I joined last year but didn't really start using GT until sometime this year. I'm hoping to find a way to stitch all this together to be able to sit at a camp fire or in front of an amp and sound interesting for 30 minutes or so.

You need to acquire a vocabulary, a list of skills & ideas that you can count on. Things you've done so many times, through repetitious practice, that they are second nature.

Then you need to apply those skills & ideas to learning a repertoire of songs.

The good news is that you can do that at GT.


Originally Posted by: tonypashigian

I feel like I have a bunch of puzzle pieces but don't know how to put them together to just play music. Chords, GT lessons, scales, 12 bar, etc...I have GOT to figure out how to turn it into music.

You've got exactly the right idea! It sounds like you have some skills, but need to turn those skills into songs.

There are 3 primary categories of tutorials on GT.

1. Core Learning System. This is an integrated step by step curriculum of lessons that start at absolute beginner. If the Fundamentals are too simple & you already know all that, then dive into one of the style courses.

https://www.guitartricks.com/beginner.php

2. Song Catalog. This is all the songs GT has the secured the rights to teach.

https://www.guitartricks.com/songs.php

3. Instructor Directories. These are more specialized topics, sometimes organized in sub-categories. You can view the instructors & their specialty here. This is where you dive deeper into the skills & ideas that taught in the courses.

https://www.guitartricks.com/instructors.php

For example, I have over a thousand lesson on various topics, organized by topic or focus.

https://www.guitartricks.com/instructor.php?input=155014

We encourage all beginners to work through the Fundamentals courses, then the style course of their choice. If your knowledge & skill level is beyond the Fundamentals material, then skip to the styles!

At any level you should look for songs you enjoy, want to play & are close to your skill level. Because that's what you do at a campfire, or in front of an amp for fun. That's why we practice all those chords, scales, progressions. Because those are the tools we will use when we play songs. But learning songs is a separate step. Making the time to learn the sections of a song, the chord progression, riffs, fills, etc. is a whole process in itself. And then learning a repertoire of songs takes time also!

You can build & expand you skill set in the process of learning songs, but without a solid foundation of skills, you can't even start to learn to learn some songs! So, it's important to be objective & honest with yourself about your current skill level. That's why working through a course is helpful. At some point you hit a wall & that's where you need to work on your skill set. So be prepared to be patient with yourself & practice a whole lot!

If you have a question about a certain topic, or how to do some skill, please ask! The GT database of lessons is enormous! That's one reason the forum is here, to help you find the resources you desire.

Hope that helps! Please ask more if necessary & have fun!

Christopher Schlegel
Guitar Tricks Instructor

Christopher Schlegel Lesson Directory

#3

Hey & welcome to GT, Tony!

Originally Posted by: tonypashigian

I joined last year but didn't really start using GT until sometime this year. I'm hoping to find a way to stitch all this together to be able to sit at a camp fire or in front of an amp and sound interesting for 30 minutes or so.

You need to acquire a vocabulary, a list of skills & ideas that you can count on. Things you've done so many times, through repetitious practice, that they are second nature.

Then you need to apply those skills & ideas to learning a repertoire of songs.

The good news is that you can do that at GT.


Originally Posted by: tonypashigian

I feel like I have a bunch of puzzle pieces but don't know how to put them together to just play music. Chords, GT lessons, scales, 12 bar, etc...I have GOT to figure out how to turn it into music.

You've got exactly the right idea! It sounds like you have some skills, but need to turn those skills into songs.

There are 3 primary categories of tutorials on GT.

1. Core Learning System. This is an integrated step by step curriculum of lessons that start at absolute beginner. If the Fundamentals are too simple & you already know all that, then dive into one of the style courses.

https://www.guitartricks.com/beginner.php

2. Song Catalog. This is all the songs GT has the secured the rights to teach.

https://www.guitartricks.com/songs.php

3. Instructor Directories. These are more specialized topics, sometimes organized in sub-categories. You can view the instructors & their specialty here. This is where you dive deeper into the skills & ideas that taught in the courses.

https://www.guitartricks.com/instructors.php

For example, I have over a thousand lesson on various topics, organized by topic or focus.

https://www.guitartricks.com/instructor.php?input=155014

We encourage all beginners to work through the Fundamentals courses, then the style course of their choice. If your knowledge & skill level is beyond the Fundamentals material, then skip to the styles!

At any level you should look for songs you enjoy, want to play & are close to your skill level. Because that's what you do at a campfire, or in front of an amp for fun. That's why we practice all those chords, scales, progressions. Because those are the tools we will use when we play songs. But learning songs is a separate step. Making the time to learn the sections of a song, the chord progression, riffs, fills, etc. is a whole process in itself. And then learning a repertoire of songs takes time also!

You can build & expand you skill set in the process of learning songs, but without a solid foundation of skills, you can't even start to learn to learn some songs! So, it's important to be objective & honest with yourself about your current skill level. That's why working through a course is helpful. At some point you hit a wall & that's where you need to work on your skill set. So be prepared to be patient with yourself & practice a whole lot!

If you have a question about a certain topic, or how to do some skill, please ask! The GT database of lessons is enormous! That's one reason the forum is here, to help you find the resources you desire.

Hope that helps! Please ask more if necessary & have fun!

Christopher Schlegel
Guitar Tricks Instructor

Christopher Schlegel Lesson Directory

lissa78

Registered User

Joined: 10/15/19

Posts: 1

Hi Everyone,

Hope you doing well,

My name is Lissa and I am newbie here.

#4

Hi Everyone,

Hope you doing well,

My name is Lissa and I am newbie here.

William MG

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Joined: 03/08/19

Posts: 292

Hi Lissa

Welcome

Repertoire:

(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction (Made Easy)

Link to the lesson here - very good for a beginner

Wild Horses (Made Easy)

Link to lesson here

Highway To Hell

Link to lesson here

Honky Tonk Women (Made Easy)

Lesson here - very easy for beginners

Breaking the Law - fun, fast paced song.

Lesson here

Honky Tonk Women - (Not Made Easy!) I will lick this song someday

Lesson here

#5

Hi Lissa

Welcome

Repertoire:

(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction (Made Easy)

Link to the lesson here - very good for a beginner

Wild Horses (Made Easy)

Link to lesson here

Highway To Hell

Link to lesson here

Honky Tonk Women (Made Easy)

Lesson here - very easy for beginners

Breaking the Law - fun, fast paced song.

Lesson here

Honky Tonk Women - (Not Made Easy!) I will lick this song someday

Lesson here

martinoermando

Registered User

Joined: 10/17/19

Posts: 4

Originally Posted by: tonypashigian

Greetings, earthlings. I'm Tony.

I joined last year but didn't really start using GT until sometime this year. I'm hoping to find a way to stitch Speed Test Scrabble Word Finder Solitaire all this together to be able to sit at a camp fire or in front of an amp and sound interesting for 30 minutes or so.

I feel like I have a bunch of puzzle pieces but don't know how to put them together to just play music. Chords, GT lessons, scales, 12 bar, etc...I have GOT to figure out how to turn it into music.

Be well.

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Welcome

#6

Originally Posted by: tonypashigian

Greetings, earthlings. I'm Tony.

I joined last year but didn't really start using GT until sometime this year. I'm hoping to find a way to stitch Speed Test Scrabble Word Finder Solitaire all this together to be able to sit at a camp fire or in front of an amp and sound interesting for 30 minutes or so.

I feel like I have a bunch of puzzle pieces but don't know how to put them together to just play music. Chords, GT lessons, scales, 12 bar, etc...I have GOT to figure out how to turn it into music.

Be well.

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Welcome

LisaMcC

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Joined: 11/02/06

Posts: 2711

Hi Lissa!

welcome to GuitarTricks!

- Lisa

Lisa McCormick, GT Instructor
Acoustic, Folk, Pop, Blues

Full Catalog of Lisa's Guitar Tricks Tutorials
Find Lisa on Facebook!

#7

Hi Lissa!

welcome to GuitarTricks!

- Lisa

Lisa McCormick, GT Instructor
Acoustic, Folk, Pop, Blues

Full Catalog of Lisa's Guitar Tricks Tutorials
Find Lisa on Facebook!

tonypashigian

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Joined: 04/22/18

Posts: 6

Thanks, Christopher. I've been slugging my way through Blues 1 and skipped to Blues 2 for a few lessons. When I find something that is beyond my ability to fly through, I spend time there until I figure it out. It's more building blocks.

I need to jump into a few songs on GT. I dipped my toe in the pond but didn't connect. I just need to jump in to try it.

#8

Thanks, Christopher. I've been slugging my way through Blues 1 and skipped to Blues 2 for a few lessons. When I find something that is beyond my ability to fly through, I spend time there until I figure it out. It's more building blocks.

I need to jump into a few songs on GT. I dipped my toe in the pond but didn't connect. I just need to jump in to try it.

ChristopherSchlegel

Guitar Tricks Instructor

Joined: 08/09/05

Posts: 5624

You're welcome!

Originally Posted by: tonypashigian
I've been slugging my way through Blues 1 and skipped to Blues 2 for a few lessons. When I find something that is beyond my ability to fly through, I spend time there until I figure it out. It's more building blocks.


Sounds good. Please do find some songs you enjoy & have fun learning them![/p]
Christopher Schlegel
Guitar Tricks Instructor

Christopher Schlegel Lesson Directory

#9

You're welcome!

Originally Posted by: tonypashigian
I've been slugging my way through Blues 1 and skipped to Blues 2 for a few lessons. When I find something that is beyond my ability to fly through, I spend time there until I figure it out. It's more building blocks.


Sounds good. Please do find some songs you enjoy & have fun learning them![/p]
Christopher Schlegel
Guitar Tricks Instructor

Christopher Schlegel Lesson Directory

tonypashigian

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Joined: 04/22/18

Posts: 6

Chris, in one of the lessons that someone suggested I review by you, you refer to "the 5 of 2" when putting together some chords. What is that?

The lesson has been fun. I have a way to go, but it's doable.

Thanks,

Tony

#10

Chris, in one of the lessons that someone suggested I review by you, you refer to "the 5 of 2" when putting together some chords. What is that?

The lesson has been fun. I have a way to go, but it's doable.

Thanks,

Tony