John Olds for Your Story is Important!

February 27, 2024

Video Transcript

Speaker: John O.

Tell us about your Guitar journey before you discovered Steve Stine and GuitarZoom.

John O.: Hi, I'm John, I started playing guitar when I was young. I'm now 58 years old. I really wish that I would have put more into learning to play the guitar like I am now. It's definitely been a journey. And what stopped me before was making progress since taking classes here with Steve and taking advantage of his knowledge. I really enjoy the guitar playing again. So you see results. You wanna play more? This is the place for you. Thanks.

How would you describe the results you’ve seen in your personal playing and learning of the guitar?

John O.: In regards to getting results. I never really knew what to do when I was younger. I would try to read tab and copy songs and always stop playing at parts that I couldn't master. I just thought people were gifted or they weren't and I started putting myself in the not gifted category. Even though I have creativity. I've written a few songs on my own since taking this class and doing a lot of the finger exercises. I definitely see the results. My hands are stronger. My timing is, my synchronicity is together, getting better, nowhere near where I want to be, but definitely seeing results and seeing results is what keeps me going. So I've definitely improved speed is better. I couldn't even hit 100 beats per minute before and I did like so many people started 60 with the metronome worked exercises on the way up, I'm hitting 220 and 240. I don't know why I would really want to go much faster than that when I'm doing them at the four beats per second. So I'm quite pleased with the results I'm getting, I just need to increase my knowledge so I become more comfortable moving around the fretboard. Thanks

What was something you didn't expect from GuitarZoom that really surprised you?

John O.: What has really surprised me the most is things I couldn't even approach before. That seemed impossible. I'm actually doing in some songs now and those things that just blow my mind, I'm able to start approaching those now, at least with some platform of how to get from A to B. And so speed wise for me, it is what it is. The lightning speed is still beyond my comprehension, but I definitely able to play a lot of parts to songs that used to frustrate me and caused me to stop.

If you have to compare GuitarZoom to any other alternative, what would you say?

John O.: I have actually taken some other courses online and some I really liked. Well, I think the difference with GuitarZoom is whereas there are some good sites out there. There are so many courses designed to help you in so many different ways. And Steve the way he breaks them down is great and perfect for me. He gives you short bites and a little bit of food digest it. It's not a race and I don't look at it as a race anymore. So I can go back and review. I can definitely work over and over and over. But I don't like to get hung up on something for too long because I do like to always bring in some fresh information. The number of courses, I don't think there's anybody on the web that's got this many and to affect that many parts of your playing in that greater detail. Hats off to Steve, he's a great instructor, he takes time the community's approachable, but the meat of the program is definitely in the courses and how many there are and they cater to every level. And if you're a beginner, you can you can really make progress quickly into that intermediate It's up to you, put the work in and you'll get better. Thanks

What would you say to someone who's thinking of signing up for a GuitarZoom Course?

John O.: For anyone who's thinking about taking any of these courses. Just ask yourself are you willing to do some work? It will take work and if you can play every day, great, I've got a terrible schedule, I work 12 hours on what they call it, 2 to 3. Some days there's lots of times, sometimes there's very little. So if you're willing to put in anywhere from 5, 10, 15 minutes a day of course it's gonna be perfect for you, you will improve. No matter what level you're at, there's something here designed specifically for you, and if you're like me and you don't know how to connect a path from A to B, What should I be studying? What should I be learning? There's a self test that you can take and it will guide you in that area depending upon your interests.

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