Magdy Shehata wrote: ↑
Sun Jan 14, 2018 9:14 pm
I recently got into a mess .. I don't know where to begin or how ??...
I've had my guitar for 2 years , slooow progress and nothing regular or in focus
I'm really into classical music and i have worked my way through sight reading but still too complex and it takes eternity to figure out the notes
I really need help about how to know what I lack and how to work on it - like a curriculum or something _ as I do not have the chance to have a teacher
thnx in advance :]
One thing that somewhat surprised me as I started reading various threads on this forum is the astounding number of decent guitar players who are in fact self-taught. Do not get me wrong, a good teacher is undoubtedly worth every penny you pay him or her as they will see problems you may never otherwise become aware of, to name just one of many benefits. But we cannot all afford professional instruction and you like me and countless others resort to teaching ourselves. That is much less of a hindrance today however as it was say 20 years ago due to the internet and sites like this.
I have been playing for longer than you, well, if you add up the various spurts of time I have put in over the years, and I can well relate to what you are experiencing. My solution was to take the free lessons here and start at lesson 1 of level D01. If you do not find that challenging then you probably are not trying hard enough. Set the bar as high as you can while still being able to succeed. The biggest obstacle you and I and countless others is the one we erect ourselves, that is, tackling material that is beyond ourselves. Lesson programs like this are structured to the extent that each successive lesson builds upon the skills acquired in the preceding lessons. Do not neglect the boring exercises but rather constantly try to perfect them. Learning to play a piece well is your reward, but it is largely the exercises you perfect that enable you to play the music well.
The huge benefit from these lessons however is that you will give and receive feedback from fellow students. We may all be in the same boat, but from my observations the feedback is valid and helpful.
As an aside, as you have been playing for two years you may well be able to catch up with the rest of us. Just make sure you don't do so at the expense of glossing over the material.
I hope to see your first submission in D01, lesson 1 and promise to offer you my 2 cents worth.
"We all need people who will give us feedback. That’s how we improve." — Bill Gates
"The biggest room in the world is the room for improvement." — unknown