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  • I hadn't even known about the film, but when I saw that Philip Seymour Hoffman's was in it, I definitely added it to the "soon" list. Thanks.
    I'll have to dig-up "Synecdoche, New York". I may have to watch that while on a business trip. We don't get much time for "art films" right now. Definitely as the kids get older.
    Charlie Kaufman: Being John Malkovich, Adaptation, and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind :agreed:
    Sorry, It's a movie reference that got out of hand. :lol: - Conversation Between Mr. Big Noodles and ElRay
    I know I didn't get it when I was a teen, and my skills developed very unevenly, which sucks a lot.

    So, one suggestion is to really point it out in your book in the best possible way, describing what happens when you practice freely.

    Glad I had been of help, and thanks for the book.
    Keep up the awesome work and have a nice day :)
    I checked the phrasing part but didn't apply it on the instrument but I can tell you that it's one of the thing that made me move my butt to start using guitar pro and made my exercises and my backtracks.

    What I think it's hard for every self taught student, which includes students using books, is to understand how important the metronome is, how important to start slow is.
    It's a book that takes time, and it's a book that has "character".
    I mean, you sense that going through it will level you up, but you can't rush it.

    I think it's good that you don't treat the beginner as an idiot with insulting easy exercises, simplified theory.
    I think that even throwing hard exercises (obviously not including insane stretches) at the beginning of guitar study will help anyway if the student accepts to follow a metronome.
    It's difficult both phisically and mentally, but never cheap or insurmountable.
    I wonder how many talented and skilled guitarists have the decree of independance in the movement of the two hands that you encourage to develop. :)
    Building strength and independance in the right hand is what I'm mostly looking for, so I find it great.
    For a guy that 99% of his life used a pick, moving right index, then thumb, something that I really have to apply to with patience, not to mention using all the fingers on a single string.
    It's like..."keep focused, keep focused, keep focused dude!"

    For now I'm still at the chromatic exercises and the table tapping, but I had a quick look at how you developed the book and the unusual path to start with no theory but just sense of music, then going onto scales, modes, chords...which I found very interesting.
    Was meant to write you a pm, to thank you about a book, and...well the thanks somehow ended up publically in the thread.
    I much appreciated it.
    It's giving me food for thought and cramps at the hands :lol:
    But it's good, hard things means there's still lot to learn.
    Lot to learn = lots of reasons to enjoy life :)
    A combination of court order, witness protection program, death of the village elder, and finding my spirit animal.
    Cheers for the eBook, after 2 years someones finally managed to force my brain to retain the knowledge of the Modes & Cycle of fifths. Excited to get onto chord theory, but going to try and master this single note stuff first :lol:

    Thanks for liking my post. I'm glad someones reading the only helpful advice I've ever given on this forum
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