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  1. Hi everyone :) Thanks for taking the time to read my topic, I'd like to say hello to you all and to introduce myself a little and ask if I'm doing the right thing. My name is Casey on the discord, you may have seen me there :) I've had Rocksmith 2014 for little over a month now. I bought it at the same time as my guitar. Honestly I don't think I'd had even touched a guitar before so I don't think it's really possible to be more of an amateur than I was.. I feel that I've definitely gotten better in the time I've spent with it. Although it's very hard for me to quantify so I'm really not sure how much better. I just know that doing some of the practice tracks from the lessons started feeling impossible and eventually I could work up to fully completing them. The main thing I've been doing with rocksmith is following the lessons and trying to 100% the practice tracks. So far I've got to the hammer ons and pull offs. I am fine with the amount of time it takes me to progress through each practice track but what I've found very frustrating is after I have done it it can take me a long time before I can 100% it again and I can't yet do any of them consistently. I'm always really close though, only missing one or two notes. I think I am way too much of a perfectionist to my discredit though because I've been treating a 98% as a failure (at least when it comes to the practice tracks) and I'm not sure if that's a healthy way of looking at it or not or if I should even be expecting that level of nailing it at this stage. I also don't know how hard those practice tracks are, they do feel quite challenging but should they feel that way? Do you find you can nail them without much effort? I've also been doing the string skipping game and the duck game too, I don't really know if I'm doing any better with those, I suspect I probably am but a high score seems like a bit of an abstract way of tracking things especially since the multiplier keeps changing. Recently I had to take a break for a few days because my partner wasn't very well, I started it up again today and I was feeling kinda demotivated so I thought I'd try out some songs instead and play some nice custom tracks. It felt quite nice to play but I do wonder if its teaching me doing that. I mean, I guess it is in as much as it's getting me to actually play the guitar. What I think I'm really missing is some kind of syllabus which seems to be the only thing rocksmith doesn't really offer. I guess the idea is to be open ended to allow you to find your own way of learning which I think is really cool but I do wonder if what I'm doing is learning efficiently by what I'm doing. Is rocksmith the only thing you use to learn or do you supplement it with something else? I'm considering buying a teach yourself book. Sadly I can't afford lessons at the moment. I've heard that music can be taught in grades and maybe finding a grade compliant book could give me a syllabus to follow? Thanks for your time, I appreciate that my head might sound all over the place here, I am having a lot of fun with rocksmith and I do intend to keep going I just want to make sure I am doing things right :) Take care and have a great week! x Edit: P.S. I picked lead when it asked me, although I'm wondering if maybe I would have been better picking rhythm instead?
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