(to Richie) "I think the ability to play one's ideas without the instrument getting in the way is huge. I think this is the first course I've encountered that really gets at the nuts and bolts of applying these principles of music specifically to the guitar. Or at least doesn't take for granted the idea that the guitar is a difficult instruments to come to grips with. I just want to take this time to thank you for your work and endeavors. I've only just started the course, and just thinking about some basic things you present, I feel like I've made a big breakthrough in terms of not being impeded by positional playing or fingering issues."