Just come across this article by Justin
Thanks for sharing, Michael.
Reading through the desciptions, I can tick a few boxes at all three levels
All of us have an intermediate and advanced player in us
not to mention a beginner
“To get from intermediate grades a student should………………….be good enough to play in a band or jam on songs they know.”
Ah well. I’m enjoying what I’m doing. I don’t want/need a label.
I have some advanced level experience with beginner skills. No commonality with intermediate players whatsoever
I’ve not watched it as I generally avoid labels but if you asked me my level, I’d give the stock answer I have used for years. That is I am an Advanced Beginner, as I am always learning somethings new. Therefore I will always be a beginner.
For some reason I always have to ask myself this. It’s probably because I try to structure everything that I do so I need to place myself before I can structure how to move forward. According to Justin’s article I’d be an advancing beginner, maybe really early intermediate. I’m only just starting to get into the stuff that he mentions in the intermediate sections.
The label is meaningless really beyond personal introspection. I need it to have a good idea of where I am and where I should go but beyond that it’s really arbitrary.
My level is '60s garage band rhythm guitarist/pentatonic noodler, and campfire strummer.
Alas, I am still just a beginner. But that’s better than a pre=beginner who knows NOTHING!
I guess I’m an early stage intermediate. The classifications line up with Justin’s learning grades and I’m doing grade 4 now so that makes sense!
Or the “Club of 27”, although gotta admit I’m a bit late for that.
I really don’t pay attention to what level I am at. It’s taken a while but I am comfortable playing what I enjoy and although every new song still needs to be learned, I am confident that I have most of the skills I need to be able to learn what I want. Most of all I am having fun and have found a hobby to see me through to old age.
I’m a beginner, obviously, which makes sense as I’m in the second of Justin’s three beginner grades. I agree with the sentiment expressed by many that labels don’t matter in some grand sense (i.e., I’m not ever going to put my guitar learning grade on my email salutation.). On the other hand, some, like myself, like the idea of levels or grades because they give us goals to strive for. As such, I really like how Justin’s system lays out concrete goals for each grade. I like the game-ified nature of this system.
Frankly, I’m a bit afraid of the Intermediate levels which loom ahead because of how Justin says (in that article, but also on his site), how in those levels you have to start choosing what to pursue. I am, by nature, one of those students who wants to learn it all. I could become paralyzed by indecision if asked to pick what to learn. I like having the objective laid out before me. My swimming coach in high school once gave us a practice set to practice whatever we wanted, and I basically clowned around until he gave me some suggestions. (I started making things up, such as trying to swim Butterfly on my back. That was very difficult. I didn’t even swim Fly in competition or practice, as I was mostly a long-distance Freestyle and Backstroke swimmer.)
Hi Michael, thanks for sharing this.
I started basic fingerstyle pattern practise followed by sixteenth note strumming from day one. That does not make me an instant intermediate player lol.
“Beginner”, “intermediate” and “advanced” thing is just a easy way we want to categorize the lessons into, depends on the insructors some lessons might be deemed too hard, or easy, so the teachings are categorize in such a way. Justin’s course are well planned and we could follow it at ease, and at our pace.
If I want to learn something I would dive into specific thing and learn it, quoting the words from Fred Trump:
Get it done.
Get it done right.
And get out.
Hope it helps! =)
What level am I?