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  1. If you can't play the appropriate strumming pattern for the song, pick a more appropriate song that suits your level. Practice till you get better. And then practice some more. It's all about giving a shit. I haven't found that strumming patterns are problematic; changing chords are often the trouble spots. Most of my students can learn the basic strumming patterns, but switching between chords while maintaining tempo is the tough task. Problems with changing chords has one time-tested solution, practice and then practice more. If a beginning student can't change chords, then more time on the fretboard is required.
  2. kujozilla, I haven't found that method works very well with my students or with students I've inherited from other teachers. Perhaps it has worked with yours. From what I've seen with students, the ability to play a strumming pattern is in direct correlation with their ability to play in proper time. It doesn't wreck the ability to keep time; it reinforces, supports and propels it. The inability to play a song usually means one of two things for a beginning student: that more practice is needed, or that it is too difficult for the level of the player (and an easier song needs to replace it). I still give a shit.
  3. I give a shit. I usually teach my students a handful of basic strumming patterns. Once you get those, you learn how to "synch up" with what others are strumming. It also helps to play with others as much as possible with others when learning how to do this.
  4. Read or unread, the end result is the same with Finnegans Wake.
  5. I know Martin is a good name, but this seems pretty far down their line. Worth it, or no? The corksniffers will tell you no , but realize that most corksniffers are suffering from allergies & affluenza.
  6. If it speaks deeply to you, grab it. To hell with other folks' ears.
  7. Love the headstock/fret inlays!
  8. Originally Posted by MDR Yes, Rs are tricky things. In my own Canadian English dialect, the R gets a hard pronunciation. But in most European languages the R is rrrrrrrolled. I speak some French & Spanish, and one of the most difficult transitions (to me, anyway) is rolling the Rs. But Lees was mainly talkin' about the endings of words -- not the beginnings or middles, which is typically where you'll hear those rolled Rs in those languages. * Cool post, Mark! I do disagree with Lees about whom. We should drop whom as soon as we should drop him. Replace with who and he and you'll hear what I mean.
  9. I think a good idea is to start with different chord progressions using the I, II, and V in different keys. For example in the key of C this would be C, F and G. After getting those chords into your ears and fingers, you can add the VI, which would be Am in this case. II should be IV -- F is the IV in C. VI should be vi -- lower case is typically used to indicate minor, upper case is for major.
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