Watch the Your Learning Timeline online guitar lesson by Tommy Emmanuel from Fingerstyle Milestones
It is my great desire for you to start out the right way and for this instruction to be the key to your future as a player. I'm going to start this whole thing making you aware of fine detail and the simplest things. But along the way there has to be milestones, goals for you to aim for. Your first milestone will be truly understanding the technique of fingerstyle. When you can see that, feel it, and understand it, that's a great milestone. Then we're going into independence and working on playing the thumb against fingers, and I'm going to show you a lot of exercises to develop that, and then learning the simplest songs that we can. That's your next milestone, getting to the point where all of the things you've learned and the practice along the way has gotten you to the point where you can play a song all the way through, and make it sound like music. It's really up to you how good you want to get at it, which equals how dedicated you are to it. I can only speak for myself and my peers, and I can see how driven we are. We don't only love it, we're consumed by it, it's our life and our passion, and I'm hoping the same fire can be lit in you. If that is the case, then the next milestone in your life is to take all of these techniques and abilities and seek out other songs and slowly build an arsenal of great songs. That's going to be a great thing for you, you'll be able to go everywhere and jam with people. And you'll know songs they mention, because you did this course and you know the importance of learning certain songs. If you travel all over the world, and you meet players that play fingerstyle, you'll find 99% of them know these certain songs, because those are the important songs that teach us so much about the instrument, and they came from the big guys before us like Merle Travis, Chet Atkins, Jerry Reed. The guys who really showed us the way, and what's possible. So let's run with it, set our goals, and get going.