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Welcome To The 5-Day Lead Guitar Lightbulb Challenge!

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Greg Lee here from Fairfax in the Old Dominion State

I started playing guitar when I was 11 years old and got a guitar for Christmas. 50 years later, I can say that my journey has been spotty. In 2020 I thought about selling my two guitars. But I didn't and instead have played almost every day. Now I feel plateaued and need a kickstart.

I would love to be able to play guitar with a group of other guitar players as a start.

My ultimate dream would be to play lead guitar and really shred it!



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Been playing at the guitar off and on for many years without any formal lessons.  I probably sound pretty good to some people but I keep playing the same old stuff that I'm comfortable and not many recognizable songs (just bits and pieces).  I kind of play my own thing. I'm ready to progress and hopefully make fewer mistakes trying to play music that sounds good.  This program just might open the doors to expanding my understanding of the mysterious and unforgiving fretboard.  Den from Michigan

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I joined this forum yesterday after taking the first 4 days of the 5 day challenge.   I will take day 5 today,  looking forward to it.   I have played the guitar for 60 years and knew much of the material posted already in Days 1-4.   However, regardless of how long one plays there are always some things that you learn even when reviewing basics even if its a renewed focus on techniques and fundamentals.   In the first 4 days the things that caught my attention were the review of improved flexibility in streching your fretboard (right hand) depending on how you are holding your guitar.   I often don't maximize the position of my thumb and right hand to get the best fret board mobility.   Secondly,  the section on building hand strength through repititious exercise while not new is something I've been to passive to do so I'm adding it to my practice routine.   I'm also interested in the "teacher certification" and helping aspiring guitarists to learn things it took me years to discover.

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  • 4 weeks later...
On 12/13/2021 at 8:58 PM, robertw said:

robert, from whidbey island washington...

9-5 day job at a desk...5-9 soccer coach...little free time right now (24hr dad and husband)

tired of looking at my guitar cases in the corner of various rooms...need to do something about it

THOUGHTS...jonathan had a great first call and his knowledge and demeanor and pace are perfect, so calm and reassuring to everyone that wants info but at a level they can digest.  homework (patterns and scales) will be fun...

Robert, instead of keeping your guitar in the case, keep it in a guitar stand so you can easily grab it and play, even if it's only for a few minutes. Plus, guitars look cool in a room.

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