Ann's Learning Log - 2022 Goals - resurrecting my guitar

Welcome to the community and this is awesome to see goals written out like this. I still consider myself a beginner, started in March and just finished Grade 1 in Justin’s lessons, so seeing the goals of others inspires me to keep working towards my own. Hope to hear you playing soon in the AVOYP section!

1 Like

Welcome Ann, that’s great that you have set yourself short term, mid term and long term goal. I’m sure you will achieve them all, so make sure you’ve set yourself some really good rewards as they are some great goals you’ve set yourself.

The community is full of excellent supportive people of various levels of experience that will help you along the way in achieving those goals. The community operates on a pay it forward basis.

With regards to your goal of play in front of others, the community has a section #all-about-your-music:audio-video-of-you-playing where you can post videos of your performances and get both encouragement and performance advice.

Now that you’ve mentioned the goal of 2 original songs, I look forward to hearing them.

All the best on your guitar journey.


1 Like

Welcome to the community. Having clear and specific goals has always helped me heaps. Keep smiling and enjoy the guitar journey. Look forward hearing songs you’ve recorded.

It’s great to have you here Ann, welcome.

You’ve got clear goals and well sequenced steps to take. I wonder what your rewards will be? One of the best ways of overcoming performance anxiety and Red Light Paralysis or Syndrome RLP/RLS is to make a video and share it. For your first videos this is for you. Ann’s First Videos

For your Blues improv you’ll find threads in the Guitar Challenges section For your Blues Improv

I’m looking forward to seeing you reach your goals and enjoying the rewards.

Welcome to the community, you’ll certainly get encouragement and all of the advice you need here; posting yourself playing for critique and for your own records is a great way forward!
Your schedule sounds good to me, maybe a little bit ambitious but there’s nothing wrong with that, just make sure you’re enjoying yourself no pressure! Looking forward to seeing your efforts on AVOYP and the challenge areas :+1:

Hi Ann and welcome to the comunity.

Well you are certainly in the right place but how it works is anyone’s guess! Just have a look around a get a feel for what’s going on. Many of the posts drop straight out of lesson on the website but general questions will also crop up. So if you are ever unsure of anything just asked and someone will be along to help.

As for the playing front of folks, recording in AOVYP is a good starting point and will provide good feed back. For the experience of playing in front of others and especially in these trouble times, why not join the audience for our next online Open Mic, its the nearest thing you can get from playing in front of a live audience.

The recordings from last year are here



Howdy Ann, welcome! I’m glad you mentioned that book - reminder for me that I was planning to read it. Great job setting goals and writing them down for accountability. Just be open to letting yourself adjust the goals as you move along. Best of luck, you have found the right teacher and courses, along with a great supportive community here!

Hi Ann, great to see such an inspiring Learning Log.

Just something stands out for me that I would maybe suggest you are flexible with as you develop.

You have:

The first of these is modest. The second of those is ambitious.
To work through and consolidate Grade 1 is likely a couple of months. See how a left-handed Justin did here: Nitsuj Grade 1 Practice |
Similarly Grade 2 will take time, perhaps a little more. Nitsuj Grade 2 Practice |

Why mention that? Because, as part of your consolidation of grades 1 and 2 you will be learning songs, learning songs, learning songs. Which means that your long-term goal of learning five songs will be smashed out of sight once you get through Grades 1 and 2.

1 Like

Welcome to the Community, Ann. Wish you well working towards your goals and look forward to hearing how you reward yourself as you achieve.

Thank you so much @Richard_close2u . That is great feedback. I am however finding the opposite so far and here is why. I am picking my guitar back up after a few years of not playing, but, I have previously worked my way up on the guitar so the lessons so far through grad 2 are review. But, I need the refreshers and the way that Justin teaches them are very interesting and well paced so I dont want to skip any. I probably will slow down when I hit module 3.

Memorizing and retaining songs is my downfall. I can practice to a point where I can play without prompts, but, then when I move on to another song, the previous songs seem to fly out the proverbial widow… I would love some hints on how to retain a repertoire of 5 (or more) songs in my brain.

Thank you @DavidP . I am looking forward to my first reward as well. I am open to suggestions for rewards. Maybe a new album (Vinyl); or maybe Justins second song book; or …

HI @Dave911 . I am really enjoying the book so far. I get very anxious when I play in front of anyone, and this book (so far) goes to the heart of our internal battles and how to overcome them. I recommend it so far

Oh @batwoman (love that name). Thank you. Those are great. Others suggested doing the open mic but, after watching the re runs, I dont feel I am good enough yet to do that (Maybe part of my 3 or 6 month goal) The video would be an easier way to get used to doing that.

I am looking forward to doing the blues improv. But, will do it in the timing of Justin’s modules. Right now I am working improv over straight key of C.

I love the potential of this program. It can take me a long way, and right now I am committed to using it to grow.

thanks again


Thank you James (@Socio ) … Thanks for the AVOY link. And keeping me honest on my songs. Look forward to learning from and with you. (PS: If you have reward suggestions, I’ll take 'em :smiley:

Ann you may have opened the floodgates, there are many here who have GAS (gear acquisition syndrome) and they will willingly help you spend your money :crazy_face: :bat: :laughing:

1 Like

Hi Ann, rewards to be little things like new Songbooks to larger things like a new guitar. In your post you say you want to write your own material, so it could even be something like GuitarPro software or similar.

1 Like

Or a year or more in my case :slight_smile:


For sure, I should have stretched the time range out. A couple of months is the minimum for good learning and some consolidation really. :slight_smile:

Thanks for the feedback @Richard_close2u . I will adjust my Grade 2 expectations.

That actually hasnt been clear to me as I go through the modules. How long does Justin expect each lesson to be worked before moving on. It seems that you need to complete all the lessons before the practice module applies, which means going through them quite quickly.

Ann, I don’t recall Justin ever time-boxing anything. Take all the time you need to learn what has been taught in a lesson. Everybody learns at their own pace and many people also have some prior experiences before starting. It really doesn’t matter if it takes a week or a month or more. The crux is to lay that solid foundation.

I haven’t worked through the new grades, so take this from whence it comes. Perhaps it will be helpful to watch the Practice Video once you have watched the first lesson in the module and then apply from it as you progress through each lesson?