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I had to ask myself this recently:What is stopping me from achieving the things I know I can achieve but haven’t been able to see come to fruition.”

Sadly, I think I may not believe in myself enough. Or perhaps I feel I don’t deserve to have success in my goals or dreams. There are many things that block us from getting things done – both the mundane and the important things we need to do and want to do in our lives. Sometimes it is just lack of motivation that holds us back. Sometimes it is a lack of focus. And of course there are real obstacles that stand in our way at times – such as just being too tired after doing the things that we have to do to maintain a “normal” life (working, spending needed time with friends and family, doing chores at home, etc.)

How DO people rise above the obstacles and become above average at anything? It must take a very strong desire that sets our “will” to achieve things that are out of the ordinary, such as being really good at a hobby, learning a new skill or playing an instrument.

And even if you desire something very much, it doesn’t always make achieving whatever goal you have possible. For example, let’s say you have the goal of reorganizing a messy room of your house. What if every time you look at the disorganized papers and clutter it just exhausts you to even consider tackling it. That is the kind of internal obstacle I am trying to write about here. What I don’t know is this: how does someone actually overcome those feelings of inadequacy or lack of motivation to actually get something done that is a hard thing for them personally to accomplish. Experts recommend just working on the mess in short 15-minute segments to clear the clutter day-by-day.

There is a saying, “How do you eat an elephant?” Well, the answer to that is: “One bite at a time.” Of course the real problem isn’t about elephants at all. The problem is how to succeed at a task that seems impossible. And the answer would be a little bit at a time.

So, for newbie guitar players, it is essential to understand that to learn to play guitar as a beginner, you won’t learn everything at once. You have to take it a step at a time. Just like climbing a mountain, there are no quick ways to get to the top. Only taking one step and then another and another will get you to your goal. Practice 20 minutes to a  half an hour at a time on a daily basis - or at least every other day. If you stay committed to practicing regularly, you will see improvement. The worst thing you could do is practice manically for a few days and then stop. So, try just doing a little practice often.

And if you find there are distractions to your guitar practicing, such as the radio or the TV – make yourself restrict their use until after you practice. Then, after you practice, you can reward yourself with those things that were pulling at your attention.

If you feel you are taking steps but things are not falling into place the way you think they should…dig deep inside and try to find out if there is a part of you that isn’t fully committed or isn’t able to totally believe in the fact that you WILL become a guitar player. Work on that belief, make it grow – don’t let anyone tell you what you can or can’t do (including that voice inside your head). Tell yourself you DO deserve to achieve what you are willing to work hard for. And keep taking the steps, one by one, to get to your dreams. Not trying will NEVER get you there, so keep trying – and you might, yes, you probably will get there!

A company that is dedicated to helping you achieve your dreams is Legacy Learning. Their Gibson’s Learn & Master Guitar is widely known as the best home instruction course for learning guitar. It is the winner of an Acoustic Guitar Magazine Players’ Choice Award, two Telly Awards and an AEGIS Award for Excellence in Education.
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These Interactive CD Guitar Lessons are for beginners or for those who want to brush up their guitar playing, this excellent course with guitarist Chirs Standring will take you far. And this course is a step-by-step interactive course for learning either electric or acoustic guitar.

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Jagged Edge Hard Rock Music CD Review

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The super talented group Jagged Edge have released their most recent CD on the Columbia recording label, entitled Hard.

Jagged Edge have been a super stars in the Rock genre for quite a while now and Hard is an excellent illustration as to why.

Hard has a nicely varied, mix of 15 tracks that are very well written and brilliantly performed songs by these clearly superb musicians. With many of the songs displaying a lot of the kind emotion that makes for a really great listen. Clearly drawing from what I can only imagine are their own personal experiences. At different points touching on the most real emotions of love, and the pain of failed relationships can certainly be heard.

Overall Hard is a solid release. Quite possibly Jagged Edge’s best to date. Really sensational from beginning to end. If you’re even mildly into Rock music you’ll enjoy this CD.

While this entire CD is really very good the truly standout tunes are track 2 – Walked Outta Heaven, track 7 – Trying To Find The Words, and track 15 – They Ain’t JE – Remix.

My Bonus Pick, and the one that got Sore [ in "Stuck On REpeat"] is track 1 – They Ain’t JE. Wow!

Hard Release Notes:

Jagged Edge originally released Hard on October 14, 2003 on the Columbia label.

CD Track List Follows:

1. They Ain’t JE 2. Walked Outta Heaven 3. Girls Gone Wild – (featuring Major Damage) 4. Visions 5. Hard 6. Dance Floor 7. Trying To Find The Words 8. What’s It Like 9. Tryna Be Your Man 10. I Don’t Wanna 11. In Private 12. In The Morning 13. Shady Girl 14. Car Show – (bonus track, featuring Big Boi) 15. They Ain’t JE – (remix, bonus track, featuring Street Katz/Woonie)

Jagged Egde: Wingo, Brian, Brandon, Kyle (vocals). Additional personnel includes: Jermaine Dupri (vocals, drums); Major Damage, Big Boi, Street Katz, Woonie, Jazze Pha (rap vocals); Kevin Hicks, Ray Holton (guitar); Melvin Coleman (keyboards); LaMarquis Jefferson (bass); Tiffany Beaudoin (background vocals); Bryan M. Cox.

Producers include: Jermaine Dupri, TK, Jagged Edge, Jazze Pha, Bryan M. Cox.

Clyde Lee Dennis