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fredramsey
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Well, I've been at the guitar thing for about 4 months. It's been slow going, but at least I can tell that I am making progress.

I recently started going to a new teacher. At Friday's lesson, he kind of threw me into the deep end of the pool. He started playing a chord, rhythm-wise, and told me to improvise on the one pentatonic I know really well.

What happened next was nothing short of magical.

Sure, I've been listening to a LOT of guitar blues, but...

It was incredible. It was like I was in a different place. I couldn't really listen, even though I could hear. I took to heart the idea that music is the space between the notes, and paused and doubled and tripled notes, going up and down the scale in what sounded good to me. Sure, I hit some "wrong" notes, but not many.

My wife was downstairs waiting for me to finish, and heard the whole thing. She said she couldn't tell who was playing what.

My teacher said he stopped playing just one chord and went into a 12 bar, and I followed perfectly. I can tell you I wasn't doing it on purpose, it just kind of flowed.

It was profound.

I think I'm gonna like this guitar stuff :D

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Nathan080
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Sounds great! Congratulations... i'm sure there will be many more moments like that :D
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jackss565
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Sounds great! Congratulations... i'm sure there will be many more moments like that :D
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I hope there are for everyone, i'm still waiting for mine. But congrats.

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ballybiker
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congrats!!!!!!!

moments like that...sometimes few and far between :cry: .....make all those hours of frustration melt away to a distant memory.... geetarism is kinda magical 8)

what did the drummer get on his I.Q. test?....

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:lol: Congratulations!! :lol:

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I am sure glad you had 'the moment' with guitar.
now I hope you alter the guitar language a bit....'guitar thing and guitar stuff'???

if my guitar were Rodney Dangerfield it would say, "I get no respect".

just teasing ya.
those moments are greta. sometimes I feel they are rare. on any given day I could grab my guitar and play really terribly. and then the next day play brilliantly.

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8)

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+1

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good for you!

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Wes Inman
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Congrats on the great guitar moment Fred. :D

You know, Blues players have never received their proper credit from so-called "learned" musicians because of the basic 3 chord structure of Blues and the simple Pentatonic scale. But that is what is so difficult about the Blues. I am always amazed that a great Blues artist can play 30 Blues songs, all basically the same progression, and yet each song sounds completely different and fresh from the others. Easier said than done.

Sounds like you were into the moment, and this is what a great Blues player has to do. Just keep playing, you will get it, and you have many great guitar moments to look forward to.

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Anonymous
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just so you know, the more you play, the more often it happes.


   
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Vic Lewis VL
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But that is what is so difficult about the Blues. I am always amazed that a great Blues artist can play 30 Blues songs, all basically the same progression, and yet each song sounds completely different and fresh from the others. Easier said than done.

So, so true. It's one of life's great mysteries - how CAN so many different guitarists take the same old 3-chord progression, and make it sound different? It's all about the feeling for the music - once you're in that zone, and like Jason Brann said, it happens more frequently the more you play and practise, you feel like you could play all day and all night. You don't HEAR the music, you FEEL it - you become part of the music, and the music becomes part of you. If you could bottle those moments and sell them, you'd be a rich man! Oh wait - isn't that what musicians do?.........

Sounds like you've had a "musician" moment - here's hoping for many more for you!

:D :D :D

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Classico
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Good for you man :D it's moments like this that you practice for, and i'm sure that as you continue your learning of this "guitar stuff" you'll have many more.
it's always magic when something you learn on paper and thecnical practice becomes music you can hear and feel.


   
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Dan T.
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:D Congrats! :D

Dan

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