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Completing Lessons

Steve answers the popular question, "When should I move on to the next lesson?" by sharing his personal goals and some important advice.

Taught by Steve Eulberg in Basic Guitar with Steve Eulberg seriesLength: 6:19Difficulty: 2.0 of 5
Chapter 1: (06:18) Completing Lessons Because JamPlay is such a big source of instructional material, it is natural to ask ourselves how much time must be spent on each lesson before being able to move on to the next one. Steve Eulberg has some very interesting thoughts on the subject involving three different aspects of comprehension.

1. Understanding

First, understanding what is being taught will help you assimilate what is being given to you. If you can play something without really understanding the reason and use of your accomplishment, you are missing something. Making sure that you are well familiar with the vocabulary used in the lesson and that you can follow the instructor's train of thoughts will help you in that first step. If anything is unclear, make sure to ask questions. Once you understand what is being said and it makes sense to you, you are ready to move on to the next step.

2. Playing

Once you understand the purpose and use of the lesson you are studying, you need to be able to play it. This step is made easier because of your understanding of the studied subject. Strive for a clean and precise technique and always keep in mind the reason why you are doing things the way they are shown to you.

3. Teaching

Finally, once you have a clear understanding of what is being said to you and can apply it on your instrument, ask yourself if you could explain it to someone else. Teaching what you have learned is an amazing way to organize your thoughts and to solidify your knowledge. This step is quite important as it will really help you tie your technique to the musical concepts you are working with.

A very useful way to keep track of your progress here at JamPlay is to use your progress slide bar according to these previous three steps. Moving your slide bar in increments of thirds will help you focus on the areas of the learning progress you have not yet quite mastered.
These three elements are meant to help you in your learning. They should not hinder your progress. As you may know, it is sometimes beneficial to explore new musical concepts that in the end will help you master a previous lesson. Using your progress bar will help you keep track of your progress. Just don’t let it stop you from working on other material.

As you work towards mastering the guitar, don't limit yourself to a particular genre. Acoustic guitar players can learn a lot from electric guitar players and vice versa. The biggest difference behind these instruments are the tones you get from them. Keep an open mind when you are learning.

Finally, as you are going through these lessons, keep in mind the following five points:

1. Tune up. (Playing out of tune won't help your ears.)
2. Warm up. (This will ensure an effective practice session.)
3. Jump into the hard things. (While your brain is fresh, start with what you are struggling with.)
4. Play something familiar. (This will build up your confidence.)
5. Play something you have memorized. (This will help you move forward.)

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DL8149DL8149 replied

Steve, do you have any lessons on legato practice? Did not see any?

christianreadychristianready replied

Terrific advice. I wish I saw this at the beginning of the series though!

drx1drx1 replied

Now video freezes and audio keeps playing and progress bar is frozen. I have zero issues with audio or video on any other site and have 30Mbs Internet access. #frustrated

ViennaBeefViennaBeef replied

Seems that this should have been posted as lesson 1 ... newb here who has spend all his time on first three lessons, still nowhere close sounding anything other than a hack beginner. This seems to say to move on as you want....

slayer1987slayer1987 replied

Hey Steve good advice. I really get frustrated doing the Barre chords, hell just chords in general. So I go on to something else for a little bit. Maybe to another lesson or just play some songs I have already memorized. What is jacked up is I didn't realize that I am playing chords in some of the songs I already know. What a dummy. Great lessons though. I like your teaching style. Thanks.

nedrahejnedrahej replied

dude i wish there was piano lessons this easy

brucealoosebrucealoose replied

Hey Steve I just finished your series and I must say it was great! I have been playing(self-taught) for years but it is crazy how much I learned in this first series. In saying that I was wondering if you have any suggestions to where I should go next in Jamplay. I am interested in playing contemporary worship music and am a little unsure about what to do now. Thanks again!

askenasken replied

Hi Steve. I am a semiretired Norwegian dentist, age 66, who have been playing guitar (with redwine and cheese) for over 40 years. Mostly by learning songs. This is my first attemt on learning the handicraft / the "why do they do that"? I am very glad I startes with you and your way of teaching. Thanks

duhpranksterduhprankster replied

Very helpful. Thanks for the advise and suggestions.

jaranthjaranth replied

Thanks, Steve, for a nice intro to the guitar! Much was review for me, but it had more than a few enlightening pointers that broadened my understanding. Very well done!

telboytelboy replied

I,be been sitting in the back porch, in the dark for hours, and I haven,t. Heard one cricket....... Lot,s of bum notes, but no crickets. Must be doing something wrong......could u send one over to Ireland !! ;)

john103141john103141 replied

I've been studying classical guitar in private lessons for several years now but I was holding back for reasons I did not understand? I think it had to do with giving myself permission to call myself a musician. Going through these 19 lessons was illuminating in that I was seeing all that I had already learned. Now I call myself a musician. Thanks.

girljamzgirljamz replied

Steve, this is jane and i have been w/ you for couple of weeks. Have a good knowledge of chords but missed the theory part. this is great. thanks so much. really love these lessons. Enjoying your playing in between lessons. playon man.

clownno9clownno9 replied

Hi Steve,I have finished all 19 basic lessons and they are sound, easy to understand and i can do all the fingerpicking on D but where do I go next? what lessons follow on from these ones?

bungalowbillbungalowbill replied

I started from the beginners even though I could read music from a young age. I just now finished the beginners course and I'm very happy to have done it. The hardest part for me was back in lesson nine keeping my 3rd finger down while my first finger barred and it took me hours and hours and now it seems I'm hardly putting any pressure at all on the strings and it sounds perfect. I'm just sorry I didn't join Jamplay a few years ago. Thanks for the lessons and the motivation to keep on practicing.

benisplayinbenisplayin replied

Steve you have put together a thorough and concise set of lessons. It is the best I have seen in 35 years playing at a guitar. Thank you.

steveeulbergsteveeulberg replied

Thanks, Ben--I'm glad they've been helpful for you!

dhyanashadhyanasha replied

Very inspiring, thankyou Steve!

steveeulbergsteveeulberg replied

You're very welcome!

acoustic woodacoustic wood replied

Steve, I love the way you teach!!! You and the JamPlay Website are the BEST online site I have run into!!! I am probably a lot older than most of your beginners but you and JamPlay have motivated even more to continue despite being long int the tooth!

steveeulbergsteveeulberg replied

Thanks for the feedback acousticwood!

lutelute replied

I've been trying to play on my own for almost a year now. I enjoy it when I have time to get down to it. I knew I needed something structured & have visited free sites on line. Judging by what I see from Steve E. so far I can say I'm really glad I decided to sign up.

steveeulbergsteveeulberg replied


dodgydodgy replied

The frustration has kicked in. I have been practicing everynight for at least 1 hour per night and I am still having problems with hitting the strings right. I thought I would progress much faster as I use to play the violin for many years. Any tips.. Dave

steveeulbergsteveeulberg replied

Are you talking about issues with right or left hand accuracy? How about sending me a message directly in the JamPlay Community section.

gimangiman replied

Thanks for all the teaching and insight . Very happy I chose you to start JamPlay with

chuckmunierchuckmunier replied

Thanks Steve. You are a wonderful teacher and I loved your ability to use analogies to explain things. My father was a musician and music did not come naturally for me. He had a gift and I only got a deep appreciation for the art and love of music. After a 40 year break I decided to pick up my old Yamaha FG-180 and really learn music and how to play it. You have really helped start the process.

steveeulbergsteveeulberg replied

chuck, I'm so glad to hear that you picked up your guitar again. Hope it brings you closer to the memories of your father, as well!

Mighty.MikeMighty.Mike replied

Excellent! I agree with many of you. This should be required reading. I know were not in kindergarten, but this is helpful and would clear up a lot of confusion for some folks. I kinda picked this up in lesson 2 or 3 but this has a lot more insight and thoughtfulness. Thanks, Steve!

thirdnelmthirdnelm replied

AWESOME - I am so glad I jumped to this one after doing the first two - I agree - This should be LESSON 1A....

poppy wallspoppy walls replied

Thanks Steve you have shed a lot of light and given me a better understanding. I plan to go through Dave Mackenzie's basic secession as well before I continue to the second Phase. I enjoyed your teaching style and feel I more confident in my playing. I also have to give credit to Jam Play for creating this wonderful site. Looking forward Jamming.

boonejlboonejl replied

Lesson #15. What the @!%&*(%$%#@%^^**#@!$%^ are you talking about. I could watch this the rest of my life and not have a clue about what your saying.

dwlinkinsdwlinkins replied

Steve, I just completed all the lessons in your beginner set. Lesson 11: Playing Lead & Scales gave me the most trouble. I plan to repeat this lesson and practice scales before I move on to other beginner lessons. You are a great teacher.

SteveP1961SteveP1961 replied

This should have been THE First video!!!!! just a thought!

wolfskiwolfski replied

Great tips to help some of us get started!

ntodentode replied

Great info. I'm glad I checked it out before finishing the 18 lessons listed before it. this should have been the first lesson!

dmanisdmanis replied

Steve, thanks so much for these lessons and tips. I realize and appreciate all the thought, preparation and the other superb teaching that you've done in these lessons. Well done. Thanks.

ray_bsray_bs replied

Thanks for the lessons, Steve. Very enlightening with a good blend of practical and theory. Much appreciated.

nicky bnicky b replied

Thank you for the lessons Steve.I'm movin' on,wish me luck!

wussywussy replied

Thanks Steve!

garybridghamgarybridgham replied

This lesson was so inspiring I just had to write and say THANK YOU!

tikifranktikifrank replied

This should be one of the first lessons in this series, instead of the very last one.

ShannonBShannonB replied

Thanks so much Steve! I am now going back and completing lessons again that I had marked complete (as in I watched them) now I'm attempting to master them!

jackie134jackie134 replied

I haven't been around jamplay for a while, busy.... but i am still practising every day and learning from music. Anyway, I am determined to sign in regularly again as I enjoy the jamplay lessons so much and they are a great help. Really pleased I looked into your set Steve and saw this lesson. What a wonderful motivator!! Just what I needed - thanks! It is Snowy her in London UK just now and I never hear crickets but ........ we do have garden birds! Happy and a peaceful 2010 regards to all Jackie

paulhpaulh replied

PaulH I have compleated lesson one with Steve Eulberg, but where do I send my progress report

jboothjbooth replied

You have to adjust the slider yourself based on your "understanding" of the lesson and click update. Since we can't measure how well you grasp the material we leave it up for you to choose. Just having watched the lesson doesn't necessarily mean it's "done" because some people need to do them a few times before it's mastered, or accidentally left it playing while they were away from the computer, etc.

Rick BRick B replied

Thanks for the tips on how to use the progress bar. One thing: the bar is for the COMPLETE lesson, right? There is no progress bar for each chapter of the lesson. So is this how it might look?: You wouldn't be at 33% until you KNOW ALL of the chapters in a lesson. Then 66% when you can PLAY ALL of the chapters. Then 100% when you can EXPLAIN ALL of the chapters. So you might be able to PLAY many of the chapters in a lesson but still be at 33% because you haven't gotten to that point for ALL of the lessons? So for some chapters you might be at 33%, some at 66%, and some at 100%, but until you get to those points for ALL the chapters your progress bar might still be at 0% or 33% because you haven't gotten that far for ALL of the chapters. Is this correct? Thanks, RB

mazzystarlettemazzystarlette replied

That would be really cool if JamPlay could send out a guitar response team. ROFL

kevinhkevinh replied

I have to agree with revans and buffy136, thought I'd peek ahead and saw this glad I did.

tumble123tumble123 replied

Good points - I agree with your rating scheme. Thanks for a great lesson series. Lots of good stuff.

enzeru2k5enzeru2k5 replied

Brilliant! I was just wondering this on my way to the computer, and this answered everything on my mind. Simply brilliant.

boozerar223boozerar223 replied

Just the right info for a beginner!!!

revansrevans replied

this is good advice, it would have been nice to have it at the beginning of the lesson sequence. i pondered quite a bit on how to rate myself since it is such a subjective decision based on your personal character. A perfectionist will rate themselves differently from someone who is not a perfectionist. General guidelines are good and help to ground you to start with.

tomorrowtomorrow replied

I finally nailed a lesson 100 %

buffy136buffy136 replied

this should be on the Jam Play main page Before you begin READ ME FIRST with other questions a beginner might have

dennis.hodgesdennis.hodges replied

wow! Great advice and insight, Steve. This should be required viewing here!

gone workingone workin replied

Practical and right on time for me on several counts. Thanks. Short and to the point(s).

Basic Guitar with Steve Eulberg

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Phase 1 Acoustic Lessons with Steve Eulberg is a great place to begin your journey as a guitarist. With over 30 years of playing experience, Steve appreciates the importance of beginning your guitar training the correct way - no bad habits! These lessons are not just for acoustic players. Electric guitarists will receive the same benefits from this lesson series.

The Absolute BasicsLesson 1

The Absolute Basics

You will learn the parts of the guitar and how they function. Steve also discusses the importance of technique.

Length: 45:09 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Your First ChordsLesson 2

Your First Chords

Three simple chords will literally enable you to play millions of songs. In this lesson, you will learn the primary chords for the key of G.

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Strumming TechniqueLesson 3

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All About ChordsLesson 4

All About Chords

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Chord TheoryLesson 5

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Steve explains how basic triads are formed in this lesson. He also explains the relationship between scales and chords.

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Intro to FingerpickingLesson 6

Intro to Fingerpicking

Steve Eulberg introduces you to the wonderful world of fingerpicking.

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Bringing it TogetherLesson 7

Bringing it Together

Steve starts to weave the strings of the past lessons together.

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Chords, Keys and RelationshipsLesson 8

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Length: 34:25 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Barre ChordsLesson 9

Barre Chords

This lesson covers power chords and barre chords. You will learn how these chords are formed and how to apply them.

Length: 38:24 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Tools for GuitarLesson 10

Tools for Guitar

Steve explains how basic tools such as the metronome, capo, and picks aid your guitar playing. Enjoy!

Length: 27:12 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Playing Lead and ScalesLesson 11

Playing Lead and Scales

This lesson gets you into the basics of playing melodies on the guitar. Playing melodies and solos is often referred to as "lead guitar."

Length: 45:00 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Hand StretchesLesson 12

Hand Stretches

Steve demonstrates some great stretches for the hands, wrists and upper arms.

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Steve discusses the difference between the steel string acoustic, classical, and 12 string guitars.

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Changing Guitar StringsLesson 14

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Timing and TempoLesson 15

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Steve Eulberg delves into the wonderful world of rhythm and time signatures.

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Circle of FifthsLesson 16

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Steve Eulberg introduces the Circle of Fifths. He demonstrates a song that features a Circle of Fifths progression.

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Clearing Up ConfusionLesson 17

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Review and Moving OnLesson 18

Review and Moving On

Steve Eulberg does a quick review of this lesson series and talks about moving on.

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Completing LessonsLesson 19

Completing Lessons

Steve answers the popular question, "When should I move on to the next lesson?" by sharing his personal goals and some important advice.

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About Steve Eulberg View Full Biography An Award-winning multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter, Steve Eulberg weaves mountain and hammered dulcimers with a variety of unusual instruments to create thought-provoking, smile-inducing, toe-tapping acoustic experiences.

He has sung and composed for religious communities, union halls, picket lines, inter-faith retreats, mountain-top youth camps, as well as the more familiar venues: clubs, coffeehouses, bookstores, festivals, charity benefits and showcase concerts.

Born and raised in the German-heritage town of Pemberville, Ohio, Steve was exposed to a variety of music in his home. Early piano lessons were followed by trumpet in school band, and he became self-taught on ukelele and guitar and harmonica. Mandolin was added at Capital University where, while majoring in History, he studied Ear Training, Voice and took Arranging lessons from the Conservatory of Music.

While at college, he first heard hammered and mountain dulcimers, building his first mountain dulcimer just before his final year. Seminary training took him the west side of Denver where he built his first hammered dulcimer. With these instruments, he was able to give voice to the Scottish, English and Irish traditions to which he is also heir.

Following marriage in 1985 to Connie Winter-Eulberg he settled in Kansas City, Missouri. There he worked cross-culturally in a church of African-Americans, Latinos and European Americans, with music being a primary organizing tool. He moved with his family in 1997 to be nestled beside the Rocky Mountains in Fort Coillins, Colorado.

Founder of Owl Mountain Music, Inc. he teaches and performs extensively in Colorado and Wyoming with tours across the US and the UK. He delights in introducing the “sweet music” of dulcimers to people in diverse settings and in addition to his own recordings, has included dulcimers in a variety of session work for other musicians.

In 2000 he was commissioned to create a choral composition featuring dulcimers for the Rainbow Chorus in Fort Collins. It was recorded in the same year (BEGINNINGS). He is currently at work on a commissioned symphony that will feature hammered dulcimer and Australian didjeridu.

Eulberg passionately believes that music crosses cultural and language barriers because music builds community. Influenced by a variety of ethnic styles, his music weaves vital lyric with rap, rock, folk, gospel and blues. Audiences of all ages respond well to his presentation and to his warm sense of humor.

Steve is a member of Local 1000 (AFM), The Folk Alliance, BMI and BWAAG (Better World Artists and Activist's Guild).

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