Hello Allen...I have learned a lot from watching your videos and instruction and I wanted to make a comment. I just watched the video about conversing and having a dialogue with yourself as you go through a piece; telling and talking to yourself about how you're playing and where you're going on the fret board and basically what you're doing or going to do step by step. It was difficult at first because I'm not used to talking to myself and my wife kept interrupting me thinking I was talking to her, but I got used to it and, I want to tell you, it really helps. When I read, I say the words to myself in my head-I'm not a sight reader, so it does make since to talk to yourself out loud about each step you're playing and even the notes. I would be curious to know how you figured that out or where you got the idea from...it's brilliant. Also, I never really thought about slowing down when I'm playing, I mean really slowing down, and this is helped tremendously. Your sincerity and friendliness comes across in such a nice way it helps to relax and enjoy playing with a lot less pressure and stress. Thank you Allen, you're making what was rapidly becoming an unmanageable obsession into something now very enjoyable and I'm making good progress.
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