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  • #80332

    Mars
    Adventurer
    @Mars

    Wow <span class=”handle-sign”>@</span>jonathan@jstewartmusic.com What you’ve done is amazing. I loved reading through the progression and the amount of work you’ve gotten done, considering it’s the summer holidays. Lots of good advice has been given to you, so I’m merely going to say how I love that you used Aliens to teach a child the guitar. Fantastic work right there.

    #80344

    Bradley Morris
    Mountain Guide
    @bradleytmorris
    1. I love the new logo. It looks great. The flame coming out the guitar is fantastic. Way to go on moving forward with the new name and brand man. Stoked for you!!
    2. The outline is beautiful. I’m definitely one of those guys you’ll be selling this to. I’ve been practicing what you taught me last week and am getting better. @blairfrancis went to the big city this week and is supposed to be renting me a fancy new guitar to increase my inspiration for practice!
    3. Keep climbing man. You’re doing soooooo good! Next up, Creatora Heights. Stoked to see your lesson outlines and Theme come to life.
    #80399

    Jonathan
    Adventurer
    @jonathan@jstewartmusic.com

    I’m merely going to say how I love that you used Aliens to teach a child the guitar. Fantastic work right there.

    Thank you, we had weeks of fun with that theme! 🙂 It certainly got the attention of neighbours though, screaming at the top of our lungs DESTROY THE ALIENS! GOOOO.

    1. I love the new logo. It looks great. The flame coming out the guitar is fantastic. Way to go on moving forward with the new name and brand man. Stoked for you!!
    2. The outline is beautiful. I’m definitely one of those guys you’ll be selling this to. I’ve been practicing what you taught me last week and am getting better. @blairfrancis went to the big city this week and is supposed to be renting me a fancy new guitar to increase my inspiration for practice!
    3. Keep climbing man. You’re doing soooooo good! Next up, Creatora Heights. Stoked to see your lesson outlines and Theme come to life.

    Thanks Brad, glad you’re still making progress, and do share a picture of you and your new guitar when you get it! One thing that never changes as you play more and more…is the love of new guitars.!

    I’m working on my Lessons Outlines now, and I’ve made a few changes, following the suggestions you made in the lesson on making sure I give a foundation on the lessons as well as the main bulk of the lessons (ie mindset and practice). So I’ve renamed The Practice Triangle to “Practice Bootcamp” – which will contain info on the practice triangle as well as the mindset I discussed in the interview.

    It’s finally feeling like it’s all coming together! Thanks for believing in my process and giving it a go! Excited to see you continuing your guitar journey! 🙂

     

    #80450

    Jonathan
    Adventurer
    @jonathan@jstewartmusic.com

    So I took the advice of <span class=”bbp-user-nicename”><span class=”handle-sign”>@</span>rbreen@cybersecurities.uk and decided to go for a 3rd Party solution, I’m gonna host my first course on Podia, just to give me the chance to spend less time on fixing problems and more time on actually writing, storyboarding and creating the course. I’ve also created a Mighty Network, but I’m still figuring out how things work on there, so it might take me a little longer to get that up and working. </span>

    I’m about 3/4 of the way through the lesson breakdown, whilst writing I’m still considering my course themeification… still not 100% on that one, but just trying to keep my head on the task I’m on rather than going to far ahead.

    When I’m at that point it would be great to pick your brains a little @bradleytmorris seeing as you’re someone who I’m aiming the course at! 🙂

    #80452

    Bradley Morris
    Mountain Guide
    @bradleytmorris

    Hey Jonathan,

    think you’re smart to go low-tech.

    Podia is for sure easy, but if going with Mighty Networks, you could essentially build your community, replace your blog AND put your courses up. When you get to brainstorming your theme ideas, lets set up a coaching call where we can hash that out and I will give you a tour of how you can use Mighty Networks for your courses and communities. That way you have options and can see the larger picture.

    However, if not wanting community in the beginning, Podia is a great choice.

    #80477

    Ranger Boss Lady
    Mountain Guide
    @rangerbosslady

    Howdy Jonathan! “Practice Bootcamp” I like that better too!

    Boot camp… like a camp where boots go to play… nah, just kiddin.

    #80502

    Jonathan
    Adventurer
    @jonathan@jstewartmusic.com

    Podia is for sure easy, but if going with Mighty Networks, you could essentially build your community, replace your blog AND put your courses up. When you get to brainstorming your theme ideas, lets set up a coaching call where we can hash that out and I will give you a tour of how you can use Mighty Networks for your courses and communities. That way you have options and can see the larger picture.

    Thanks @bradleytmorris that’ll help a lot! 🙂 – I’ve done a little more work on MN and it does make a lot more sense than Podia now I’ve sat with it a little longer. It would be fantastic to see how to use Mighty Networks as it’s still a little odd at times. 🙂

    Howdy Jonathan! “Practice Bootcamp” I like that better too! Boot camp… like a camp where boots go to play… nah, just kiddin.

    I don’t mind provided them boots  get practicing! I don’t mind them staying in the camp, provided they get and practice 🙂

    #80515

    Mars
    Adventurer
    @Mars

    I’m liking Mighty Networks more and more. I’m slowly moving my free eCourse there, and my community is growing each day. It helped that I had a FB ban for posting the picture of a footling breech.

    Thanks to @rangerbosslady I now have an image of dancing boots in my head.

    The course themeification will come to you. It’s just at the edge of your mind. It’ll fall into place soon.

    #80557

    Jonathan
    Adventurer
    @jonathan@jstewartmusic.com

    So I’ve finally finished my course outline. Originally this course was going to be a free walk in the park, but looking at the amount of content I’ve got on the course, the modules being split into proper lessons and everything being laid out a little more clearly, I realize it’s a lot for a walk in the park.

    So after talking with @monika I kinda realized I’m going to need to split things up a little further originally I was going to have two Putting it Together Modules, which demonstrates Pop and Rock chord progressions, however this would end up being quite a lot of information to have on a course, so I’ve decided to stick with one of the most popular progressions the one used in an AWFUL lot of music.

    Module 1: Intro

    An introduction to the course, with what you need to know before starting

    1 -1: Be A Lazy Guitarist – Teaching minimal movement (moving as little as possible when moving fingers, is incredibly key with some open chords)

    1-2: Open Chords – A general overview and chord cheat sheet, showing the chords we’re learning for those not as familiar with them (so that people who know what they look and sound like can know what they are (thanks @bradleytmorris for that idea)

    Module 2: The Practice Bootcamp

    A module surrounding practicing, and making mistakes teaching students how to embrace mistakes, and a guide to practice using the Practice Triangle.

    2-1: Mindset & Mistakes – Talking about how mistakes are not bad, as we’ve been told for years and that they are a tool that you can use to improve!

    2-2: The Practice Triangle: Plan – How to plan your practice time, to gain as much as possible from it! You don’t have much time, so lets maximize what you get from it!

    2-3: The Practice Triangle: Do/Play – A quick tour of how to practice what you’re learning in this course, in only 10 minutes a day, and why it’s a day! 🙂

    2-4: The Practice Triangle: Reflect – Ask the right questions after you’ve finished a session, the most important aspect of practice, and the one that’s neglected the most!

    Module 3 : Splitting It Up

    Teaching how to split up your chord changes, starting with only moving one finger, than two than more if applicable, and tricks on how to do it!

    3-1: How It Works – An explanation on why this method works, building up chord changes in stages! Why you struggle changing chords as a beginner!

    3-2: Single Finger Changes – Demonstrating a single finger change, between C & Fmaj7

    3-3: Double Finger Changes – Demonstrating a double finger change between C & Fmaj7

    3-4: Multi Finger Changes – Demonstrates how to move multiple fingers at a time, with ease due to breaking down the chords!  – By the end they’ll know how to learn new chord changes using the breakdown methodology

    —End of Free Course—

    Module 4: Pivot’s and Transitionals

    Describing how to use Pivot and Transitional fingers to help ease moving between them, using the methods of minimal movement.

    4-1: Introducing Pivots & Transitionals – An overview on what the two types of movements are, and a challenge to find two of each!

    4-2: How To Pivot Between Two Chords – A demonstration on how some chord changes revolve around a pivoted finger (the finger always stays where it is)

    4-3: How To Transition Between Two Chords – For chords with not fingers the same, we learn about transitional fingers, using unused fingers (or fingers on the same fret) to ease the transition between the chords.

    Module 5: Putting it All Together 

    This module is where all that has been taught is brought together into chord progression, which is a foundational aspect of learning rhythm guitar, It’s also where I can add more and more progressions as I get used to creating courses etc.

    5-1: Putting it Together With Progressions – A lesson discussing what a chord progression is and how they work, a very brief explanation of Roman Numerals, and how major and minor is written.

    5-2: Pop Progression:  I – V – vi- IV – Introducing the first progression and examples of songs that use this rather famous progression!

    5-3: Pop Progression: I – V – How to transition between the I (G) and the V (D) in the Pop Progression

    5-4: Pop Progression: V – vi – How to transition between the V (D) and the vi(Em) in the Pop Progression

    5-5: Pop Progression: vi – IV  – How to transition between the vi(Em) and the IV(C) in the Pop Progression

    5-6: Pop Progression: IV – I – How to transition between the IV(C) and the I(G) in the Pop Progression

    Now onto themification, I know for certain it’s going to be:

    1. Fun
    2. not to serious
    3. Slightly mad…

    As that pretty much sums up my physical lessons, but trying to figure out a theme that encompasis that will be a tricky one…

    #80745

    Jonathan
    Adventurer
    @jonathan@jstewartmusic.com

    So I’ve been battling around with a few ideas, and i’ve come up with this one…and would love to hear input from others to see what they think! Thanks to the help of @monika..I’ve got the following idea for the course I’m currently working on.

    As I mentioned previously, I’m planning to split the course in two. As the information from the free course really can open up all the answers that way students who can’t afford to pay anything will still gain an awful lot out of what they’re doing, by simply splitting up the notes one at a time.

    I was thinking a little more about this idea after my meeting with Monika and it seems to fit me perfectly, as I came from someone who used to produce music for games (and some media projects) I can use that to my advantage and I’ve decided that the two courses will become two “TV Shows”.

    The Free Course will be as follows:

    S.1. Chord Criminal – With creativity going wild I had an idea of creating a “Cop Drama” theme in which you learn how to: Practice correctly, change between chords. My idea for the first lesson in particular would be to create a PDF download with “Mug Shots” of the Chords that are taught throughout the course. Then as they go through their rehabilitation learning how to play the chords they’ll progress through until they’re finally free to go….once they’ve been released they get snatched up by an “Agent” which brings us into:

    S.2 From Chords To Concert – This “season” expands on what you’ve learnt, and helps you become more confident in your playing, by helping you change between the chords easier and also sets you up with the first chord progression so that you’ll be able to “set the stage” and do a big performance at the end, which could be in front of family, or recorded for the community to hear!

    I really love this idea, but slightly wobbly on whether i’m hitting the right spot here.

    What are peoples thoughts? 🙂

    @bradleytmorris : If you’re not to busy I’d love to book in that breakthrough session you mentioned about going through Mighty Networks and working through these ideas, and perhaps bringing them into more clarity?

     

    #80752

    Bradley Morris
    Mountain Guide
    @bradleytmorris

    Hey @jonathan@jstewartmusic.com,

    I’m liking the creative flow that’s happening here and I’m just curious what you have in mind for how it will be produced. I’m not clear on that. So lets dig into it to see if it’s the best idea yet.

    I think understanding your student’s motivations is KEY. Are they wanting to get to a point where they can feel confident enough to play on stage OR are they wanting to get to a point where they could feel confident enough to play with or in front of some friends?

    One thing I loved in all the brainstorming sessions was the idea that your students had to record themselves playing the chords your teaching and coming back to the community to share their video, so you can critique and everyone feels validated in their progress. I think that’ll be huge for folks.

    Can you do noon PST tomorrow? *Thursday*

    #80758

    Jonathan
    Adventurer
    @jonathan@jstewartmusic.com

    @bradleytmorris:

    One thing I loved in all the brainstorming sessions was the idea that your students had to record themselves playing the chords your teaching and coming back to the community to share their video, so you can critique and everyone feels validated in their progress. I think that’ll be huge for folks.

    Yes, I’m gonna put that into the free course as well, as part of the “assignments”. That’ll mean even if it’s free they’ll still get more support (which is something not often done…)

    I think understanding your student’s motivations is KEY. Are they wanting to get to a point where they can feel confident enough to play on stage OR are they wanting to get to a point where they could feel confident enough to play with or in front of some friends?

    It’s more to do with being able to play in front of friends, rather than being on stage, but the “stage” is a more figurative stage, in front of family and friends.

    I’m liking the creative flow that’s happening here and I’m just curious what you have in mind for how it will be produced. I’m not clear on that. So lets dig into it to see if it’s the best idea yet.

    That’s also where I’m slipping up at the moment, I am also free at Noon PST tomorrow to give me a hand figuring out the best way forward and if there is a more refined option as I’ve been messing around through this for a while, and feel a little stuck with what works best.

    #81016

    Jonathan
    Adventurer
    @jonathan@jstewartmusic.com

    So after my meetup with Bradley, I’m in the process of creating my Walk In The Park course – which is designed to take a student through learning how to play chords, with finger split up. I’ll be teaching that in a short and concise manor.

    I was also challenge to get the video setup with a simple setup which is a video of me (all of me) and then a closeup video of my hand in the bottom corner, so that it’s possible for everyone to see what’s going on!

    I also know how to do this already, as I can use OBS to create this (and actually have done something similar a few years ago…for students.)

    I also created my manifesto, which has helped me put together the best way of explaining The Busy Guitarist theme in a far shorter amount of space (being seeing as clarity and ease of use is my main idea, this really helps.

    I’m in the process of finishing off my moodboard and I feel I’ve got a pretty good idea on what my plans are and how I’ll be using them inside the course…

    I’m planning to go over the “sales page” again, as I need to improve it so it’s even clearer!

    I’ve been set a challenge by @bradleytmorris to record and finish my first video (with everything setup as if it was the final version)

    As part of this I created the ident for the full video:

    Which I’m pretty happy with, it’s a nice little effect with a simple (yet slightly corney) guitar intro to get people into the video when it first starts up.

    Fast and simplistic…which is the point!

    Next is the storyboarding!

    #81025

    Bradley Morris
    Mountain Guide
    @bradleytmorris

    KABOOM! You are really motoring along now @jonathan@jstewartmusic.com. Way to go man. I love the intro and as you said, it’s short and simple just as it’s intended to be. I can’t wait to see your video this week. 

    Keep rocking it!

    #81097

    Jonathan
    Adventurer
    @jonathan@jstewartmusic.com

    This is the face of the guy who after a very very long day attempting to get a video recorded, whilst:

    1. Family wanted my help setting up their Alexa
    2. My audio recorder (h4n) stopped working…
    3. Light Bulbs not suitable for the UK (a whole different story)
    4. Trying to organize 12 students, and also setting up a new stage in my private tutoring offering workshops for Home Ed kids
    5. Two takes in which one take the teleprompter app decided to speed ahead and mean I had to stop 4 times to change it…

    and goodness knows what else happened today….however:

    I’ve done my recording! 

    Thank you @bradleytmorris for setting me this challenge, I’ve now got two days to edit and show it off! 🙂 and even better the footage I’ve got (with all outtakes and screwups) come to around 10 minutes! So I’m gonna be under 10 minutes for the final video! Hurray!

    It’s not perfect…but for once I GSD on a completely new level! 🙂 can’t wait to share it with you all!

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