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  1. Suzy
    June 27th, 2012 @ 10:07 am

    Excellent article! I think #3 is where a lot of beginner players fall behind. Taking lessons is one thing, but the magic happens IN BETWEEN the lessons! Great advice.

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    • Rob
      June 28th, 2012 @ 7:19 am

      You’re so right! I see this difference with my own students. You can really tell the ones who practise in between the lessons more often, and work on their own initiative in combination with tuition.

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  2. Jon
    June 27th, 2012 @ 8:00 pm

    Great article. Really well-written, not only applies to guitar playing but life.

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  3. Ryan
    July 3rd, 2012 @ 3:09 pm

    fantastic article. Thank you for this. This is exactly what I have been stuck with. I am a high intermediate player but have been increasingly frustrated with being stuck, and I think at least 3 of the 4 apply to me. Thanks again

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  4. Borhan
    July 6th, 2012 @ 5:46 am

    Yeah as a self taught beginner ,i can’t really choose how to proceed .As i like most of the fingerstyle guitar playing but i also like metal sweep pikcing .so guess what, i m practicing both of them at the same time .Yeah progress is slow but i think as long as i m doing it my way i m happy with the progress

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  5. Pat
    July 10th, 2012 @ 2:14 pm

    For me #4 has always been a problem for me, in the way that I try to blaze through a lick at a speed I’m just not ready for, then I’ll do it again and wonder why I can’t get it. Well after I take a breath and go through it slowly, then I can start to get it right. Thanks for the article

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  6. tristanography
    July 25th, 2012 @ 11:27 am

    i think for me its probably number 4 although to a lesser extent as i progress

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  7. Jamie
    August 16th, 2012 @ 8:28 am

    Hey i agree with many of the principles here. Especially the part about quality over quantity with regards to practicing. The brain learns best when it is fully engaged in an activity, so noodling away while watching the tv doesn’t really work.

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  8. Vax
    August 30th, 2012 @ 1:01 pm

    Practice. Just practice the right things within appropriate time and you will see the progress :)

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  9. panacea
    October 14th, 2012 @ 7:19 pm

    1st point reminds me very much of my gr8 teacher, i miss him n his lessons? Sum1 ask dat question 2 my teacher wud b his last day with my teacher ;D
    My teacher not only teaches music, once he told me that he has 32 hours a day n not 24; so he practice more then ny other. I was wndered but he was quick 2 tell me, u lost 8 hrs in sleep sleep only 5 n 3 is urs to practice…u ppl here are like my teacher u cover all aspects into becoming a musician! Gr8!

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  10. panacea
    October 14th, 2012 @ 7:24 pm

    4 d 2nd point, to learn is easy but to unlearn is hard! Its nice u ppl make aware this to us the budding guitarist!

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