How do you know you are Intermediate?
How do you know when you are Intermediate? There are many answers to this question.
One simple one that I like is "when you are good enough to perform in front of your friends".
Which means you have gained some confidence. You have learned something and you are confident enough to risk it.
Everybody knows that you have to learn some skills, but the confidence part is underrated. Confidence is huge, super important.
Here is an amazing video. The performer here claims to be doing this song for the first time in public, and she says it is 90% F barre chords and she begs the audience to be kind, and she makes it funny, for the first three minutes. Whatever you say about her playing the guitar, she plays the audience like a master. You can learn something from this.
Time After Time - Anneke Van Giersbergen - La Scene La Scene Bastille 13/12/2012
Last edited by nwhy; 09-05-2019 at 01:02 PM.
Might have been the first time She played That song in public - but she's been a pro vocalist going back to a least the 90's. As with many other of her yts, She's not playing the crowd - she's working it with decades of exparience (my intentional phonetic spelling).
How do you know when you are Intermediate? Here is another simple way to answer that question.
You are a beginner at something (a skill, a song, whatever) when you are learning to play it.
When you have learned it well enough to be able to do it at least sometimes, you are intermediate.
When you have learned it so well that you can nail it 100% every single time, you are advanced.
In this mind set, intermediate is not a different set of skills, but rather perfecting the ones you already know.
There's a big gap between being able to do it once and being able to do it without even thinking about it, and maybe even do something else at the same time, like singing.
There is yet another way to measure your progress from beginner to advanced.
Beginners need someone to show them -- show them where to put your fingers, show TABs (or other notation) of how to play a certain song. The point is that they need someone else to do this for them.
Advanced players can figure out how to play a song by themselves, just by hearing it.
Intermediate players are somewhere in between. They can partly figure out a song themselves or with the help of technology such as Transcribe.
The old and famous guitar players almost all say the same thing -- they learned to play from vinyl records, repeatedly lifting the needle and setting it back down, trying to learn the songs. It must have been hard, doing it just by ear.
But maybe that was an advantage. Maybe blind people have an advantage learning music. They have to do it by ear, so they learn to hear better. They are not distracted by the eyes. They go straight to ear training.
Music is hearing. We forget that in the age of video. A soundtrack is background music.
So in short,
beginners: see it and play it.
advanced: hear it and play it.
Beginners are limited, they can only play what someone else has written.
Advanced players can play what they "hear" in their head; they can improvise.
If you compare it to painting, beginners can paint-by-numbers or do coloring books.
Others will want to do their own thing and paint whatever they can imagine.
Don't get boxed in. It's all in your head.
Another sign that you are transitioning from beginning level to intermediate: when you practice, your mom no longer leaves the house but actually stays and listens instead.