Almost sounds like a good song title. I’m 42, in rural Nebraska, and only just starting out, so hello, greetings, and salutations. I’m currently borrowing my mother’s guitar - a 1979 Fender F-65 - if anybody has any info on this guitar, that would be awesome because I’m not finding much. Good sound, really great condition (no bend in the neck, had a thorough check done when I replaced the strings with a fresh set), and there’s just something about it that helps. I’m hoping one day I’ll be able to get an electric, but for now, borrowing this old acoustic is like a dream. I got a one-year subscription, and finished my first lesson - so now I’m practicing the A and D chords. I first started with Simply Guitar, and while I really like their song selection (I See Fire by Ed Sheeran, Shape of My Heart by Sting, Long Cool Woman by The Hollies, etc), I felt like I was being rushed through the course and I didn’t see goals or suggestions on what to do next. Justin’s comment “Take a week or two to really practice this switch, get to X many switches in a minute” really helped set a goal for me to reach. Plus I didn’t see a community like this for SG, and after a coworker suggested JustinGuitar, I didn’t hesitate. I’m glad to be here, and you’ll likely see me on here chatting or asking questions.
Welcome to the community, Adam! You mention a one year subscription - I assume, it’s for the App? If you watch the lessons of the Beginner’s Course on the App, check out the corresponding lessons on the website too, as there is additional written information below each lesson (there’s a “learn more” section and often certain ressources are provided for download via a second option “ressources”).
Have lots of fun and enjoy your guitar!
Thank you all for the welcome! It’s good to be here, and I’m finding some really amazing answers to questions I’ve had. I am curious how people tend to do the courses. I’m watching videos on both the app and the website, and practicing/playing using the app. I’m having issues with too much sensitivity (practicing A and D chord switching, and strumming once causes both to count multiple times) and wondering how best to mitigate this? Any tips? How do you practice between the two, website/app?
Welcome to the forum and I’m glad to meet you. I’ve been here a few years now and made tremendous progress with Justin’s methods. The key is to take your time and don’t race through any fundamentals. Check out our record yourself and progress section to see what we have been uploading. Remember this quote from Justin, “practice makes permanent (not perfect)” have a great journey and happy to answer any questions.
One tip, kind of a cheat to switch from A to D is use a one finger bar to bar the three strings for A and try a d sus 2 (2 fingers instead of 3) then build to add the third finger. I sometimes do that while playing songs with fast changes. Other than that just repeat over and over very slowly to ensure your fingers move as a group. Precision is better than speed.
Hi Adam, welcome to the community. Your Fender F65 looks like the Sigma DM3 that I played for years and used the first time I worked through Justin’s classic course. If the action is set up well then you should also be able to play it for years, if you can keep borrowing it. Have fun learning songs.
Alternatively if you play the A the way Justin teaches with 3rd finger fretting 2nd string, 1st finger on 3rd string, and 2nd finger on 4th string, then you can switch to a D without moving your 1st finger at all (and to an E by sliding your 1st finger one fret without lifting off the string, but that comes later in the course). See the module 1 lesson on the website called “How to Use Anchor Fingers” linked here