• 5 Breakthrough Ways To Transform Your Playing This Year

    in Piano,Self-Improvement

    The first of the year isn’t the only time to set resolutions, goals, and “bucket” lists.

    Successful people are always striving to be better regardless of the time of year.

    So in that spirit, I’ve come up with 5 breakthrough things you can do NOW to realize transformation in your piano playing this year.

    #1 – Pick a time and stick to it!

    This is actually one of my 6 P’s of Practice, written about some time ago.

    In fact, it’s the second “P” on the list — Planned.

    What that means is you pick a time and you practice EVERYDAY — rain, snow or sleet, at the SAME TIME each day.

    This isn’t by accident either. Studies show when you carefully plan a routine activity and do it close to the same time everyday, something magical happens. You “habitualize” the activity, making it a part of your everyday life. And you’re likely to not break it either.

    So one of the best things you can do for yourself in this new year is to pick a time EVERYDAY to devote to your piano playing. And stick with it. Over time, you’ll be so accustomed to the daily activity that NOT doing it seems weird.

    And heck, don’t stop there. Plan your exercising, your reading time, your family time, bible devotions, yoga, etc with the same attitude. It helps.

    #2 – Find a shed buddy!

    A guy by the name of Napoleon Hill first coined the term “mastermind” in 1937. It’s essentially collaborating with other like-minded folks that have the same desires and aspirations as you. The idea being: two or more minds together is infinitely more powerful than each, separately.

    Us musicians call it “shedding” but it’s pretty much the same thing.

    Just like nature, you can look at it as shedding what you know to make room for more! Even the bible says “Give and it will be given unto you.”

    Another person puts it: You receive through the same hole you give through. (Is yours big or small?)

    So find folks to meet with regularly and watch synergy at work.

    #3 – Teach what you know!

    “But I hardly know anything Jermaine!”

    Doesn’t matter. Teach anyway!

    To be a teacher doesn’t mean you have to know everything, it just means you have to know more about the subject at hand than whoever you’re teaching (and truth be told, some teachers don’t even fit that prerequisite).

    So if you’ve just learned your major and minor scales using one of my shortcuts, teach it to someone who may benefit from it.

    When it comes to how much information we retain, according to researchers, different activities provide staggering results. That is, if you simply read something, you’ll remember 10% of it. If you’re demonstrated something, it goes up to 30%. If you practice doing something (that’s why it’s so important), 75% retention!

    And there are many more on the list, but you know what trumps all the modalities? TEACHING.

    When you teach something, you’ll retain 90% of it!

    So teaching is more for the teacher than it is for the student. A student will remember 5% of what is lectured to them but a teacher will remember 90% of what he or she teaches.

    The cool part is we’re all teachers and we’re all students. If you have children, don’t tell me you’re not a teacher! You are!

    #4 – Upgrade your library

    If you want to sound better, you gotta listen to better stuff!

    Now with the advancing of technology, there is no form or genre of music you can’t get your hands on. Youtube alone has millions of files. Itunes is another resource.

    I remember hearing a quote: “You’re the average of the 5 people you hang around the most” (and I believe it).

    But I think it overflows into other areas of life. I think your musical style and creativity will also average out according to what you listen to.

    Just like what goes up must come down, what goes IN (your system) will come OUT.

    Research all-time favorites in your chosen genre, make lists, seek out those records, and carve out some time to listen to them.

    #5 – Master your hardest, most complex song in all 12 keys

    This may seem pretty easy, but you’ll be surprised how many “seasoned” musicians haven’t taken the time to learn their most complex song in all 12 keys. And I don’t mean half-heartedly either!

    I mean equally in all 12 keys, which means if you can play your heart out in Db major, it ought to sound that way in A natural.

    If you’re not a 12-key player, this one exercise will revolution your playing. First, you’ll realize it isn’t as hard as you were making it out to be.

    Secondly, you’ll observe the same chords present in different keys… just in varying “roles” and that connection will be priceless to you.

    And third, you won’t be scared to hop on a “REAL” piano at second’s notice (in fear of not being able to play in the chosen key). You’ll be prepared.

    And that’s way this is all about — PREPARATION.

    The really good musicians have put in the time, the energy. In his book “Outliers,” Malcolm Gladwell talks about the folks who are at the top of their game and quotes 10,000 hours as the average amount of time it takes to become a master.

    How many have you put in?

    These 5 tips are “game changers” and if you take them seriously, you can’t help but to realize breakthrough growth this year.

    All the best,

    Jermaine

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    { 81 comments… read them below or add one }

    1 peter

    Great great advice. glad to have you back jermaine

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    2 Tolu

    Yeah. Thanx Jermaine it really true.

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    3 Sheila

    Thanks Jermaine for the Ezine newsletter. I started working with “Musician Transformation” when it came out. Then I started working a job, was diagnosed with cancer and have had two surgerys. I just have not been able to get started back with the program. The newsletter was what I was needing to help me get motivated and find time to start working with the program again. Thanks for wanting to share your music knowledge with others. You have helped me tremendously and there is so much more I would like to learn.

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    4 Mary Ann

    Thank you Jermaine, I love the way make music easy to learn, you are a gift to me, from Heaven, I don’t get to practic enough, but thank God I can work at my own paste (slowly.)

    I enjoy the new voicing I now hear.
    I love the family, all four of you.

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    5 Bruce

    Hey, thanks for sharing my brother. As always, it is very good to receive what you share. You do it with such passion and I want you to know that I for one deeply appreciate it.
    GOD Bless

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    6 Adrian

    Glad to see the newsletter back Jermaine! Lot of good information in a well put organized manner! Can’t wait for the Musicians Breakthrough! Peace and God Bless! Driza!

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    7 Romeo

    Good Stuff J! Funny because I’ve already been implementing most of these things this year. I appreciate the newsletter man! God Bless

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    8 murvin

    Hi Jermaine im from S.A and do really appreciate your time,knowledge and simplicity of which you are sharing all these great ideas and techniques with us I know God will bless you and your fam for what you are doing for us. Shalom

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    9 dineatha

    Everything makes very good since to me. And it sound so very helpful,for beginners and very experienced musicians.

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    10 Jermaine

    Thanks everyone for your awesome feedback.

    Make sure to check back here daily, open the Wednesday weekly ezine, and stay abreast of what’s happening here!

    All the best,
    JG

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    11 Oclan Moses

    Thank you very much for this advice,I’m going to put this technique in to practice and I hope that by time that this year will end,I would have improved in my playing.

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    12 val

    Great Advice Jermaine. Thank you God Bless you and your family.

    Best Regards,

    Val

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    13 **Ruth

    Jermaine I enjoy reading all the instructions and printing them out so I can put them
    into a book so I can learn them while at the piano. (The blogs) what I am working on
    now. So much valuable information given to your students. I can not get enough
    wisdom and knowledge and I LOVE PIANO AND VOCAL COURSES AND SONGWRITING
    TIPS ETC. tHANK YOU FOR MENTOR EACH OF US ON YOUR TEAM. IT IS SO EXCITING
    AND I SHARE WITH SO MANY PEOPLE THAT GET SO EXCITED WHEN THEY FIND OUT
    THEY CAN TAKE PIANO LESSON WITH YOU AND YOUR TEAM. A DREAM OF PLAYING
    MUSIC HAS BEEN A DREAM OF THEIR FOR A LONG TIME AND WHEN I FEEL TO SHARE
    THAT HEART IS READY TO TAKE LESSONS FROM YOU. SO THANK YOU FOR CARING
    SO MUCH AND GIVING SO MUCH OF YOUR TIME TO HELP YOUR TEAM OF MUSIC
    STUDENTS. A JOB WELL DONE. BE ALL YOU CAN BE AND LISTEN FOR NEW INSTRUCTIONS TO CREATE OTHER TYPES OF WAYS TO ACCOMPLISH YOUR DREAMS
    LIKE THE ROBOT…. THIS WILL HELP SO MANY PEOPLE.
    HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY AND TELL YOUR PRINCESS THAT RUTH IS GLAD THAT
    EVERYTHING IS GOING WONDERFUL FOR HER AND ACCORDING TO THE PLANS THE
    LORD HAS FOR THE GRIGGS FAMILY AND FOR THOSE THAT HAVE A VISION LIKE UNTO YOURS. TAKE TIME TO REST SO YOU CAN GO FORWARD AND FEEL GREAT.
    SIGNING OFF FOR NOW. YOUR FRIENDS THAT LOVE AND APPRECIATE YOU.
    THANKS.

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    14 Samson

    Thanx man, Jah bless. I so much apprc8 what you are giving to ur fans 2ru the H&P E-zine. I must confess, it is a blessing.

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    15 Cel Mengata

    Thanks Jermaine!
    You got me right back up just when i was down, discouraged and about to quite playing piano. With your methods and advices, i am making so much progress and for the very first time i have a real good understanding of what the music is all about. I make you the best!

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    16 Thelma

    I want to say thank you for the all of the information I have received from you and your staff. I think that this business you have is great. I remember when I was always asking someone to help me advance myself and I realize now that they couldn’t help me because they didn’t know much more then me. Whatever they had in mind it is in the past. Yesterday I received my 300pg book along with other helpful information. I am happy that I invested in class. Keep the good works up. May God bless you and keep you.

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    17 Trina

    Thank you very much for these suggestions above. I have in mind a girl that wanted to learn piano, but I didn’t want to share or even feel capable. But I changed my mind after what you said. You have helped me to see what I need to do. Appreciate you. God bless you greatly. Trina

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    18 Adesokan

    Am always happy with all your leacture,is only that i don’t have money to buy all your cds.but over all you are a graet teacher thank’s

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    19 Joshua

    These were actually put on my fridge so that I can remember them every day. I’m not sure if it’s copyright or not. but what is written up there is VERY true and VERY much needed to be memorized.

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    20 Bea

    Thank you Jermaine for the invaluable information you have sent about practice and especially about the enthusiasm you radiate through.
    May you shine all times .
    Thank you again
    Hugs

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    21 pita

    hi!!! jermaine ; just want to thank you!, for the good wishes to all your students; best wishes for you too, I will do anything to find some time to practice and I think this year I will; playing piano is my biggest dream in life, not to compete) but just to do what I really like. thanks again

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    22 progress

    hello jerm! I love what u are d’ng thanks,it just makes me more determined to improve my playing.God bless

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    23 Bernard Tetteh

    Thanks Jermaine. This is truly a transformational message. I love it .Promise to do exactly that.God bless ya.

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    24 haddsnkhwazi

    Jermaine, you are a great teacher who is so loving, caring and you seem to understand our strength and our weakness very well are you human or an angel ? Point Nos 1 & 6, are my problem but Iam going to improve on these by following your guidance . May GOD bless you even more.

    Hadds.

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    25 Barbie

    Thank you so much! Bless you & your family & your music.

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    26 Madcatmoore

    Hi there Mr. Griggs,

    Just like always you and your crew are the best and brightest at helping up and coming musicians reach their full potential. I don’t think that there is anyone out there that can products the kind of results that hear and play has. Keep up the good work!!!!

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    27 Master P

    Nothing ELSE! Uncle J, I just wish I will keep receiving your messages. Sincerely, they revolutionize my ideas! Thanks a lot!

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    28 Daniel

    I appreciate your concern in improving my playing standard. God will richly bless you.

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    29 Ron

    Jermaine, I consider this to be an extremely wise plan, and I plan to activate it in my life. I’m getting off to a slow start cause I am just as much a beginner as any beginner; even though I know the rudiments of music and play guitar; strictly by ear. I don’t have an encourager on this end, so that makes your encouragement sooo valueable to me. May God richly bless and keep you my brother,

    Ps. You are the greatest. Rusty Ron

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    30 michael

    wow, what a wealth of knowledge. Thanks jermaine.

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    31 Victory

    Thankz u sir,u r really doin a gud work.happi 2 knw n we are greatful 2 u.

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    32 Kenya

    Hello Mr. Jermaine, i got a lot from this section also; you also reenterrated on the 6 P’s . it was almost like a review of everything you have already been over, which is great; the more we hear and read it the better! Thanks so much! KEEP ON KEEPIN ON!

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    33 YVETTE

    THANKS JERMAINE,

    YOUR POSTS ARE ALWAYS MOTIVATING…AND IT’S PRICELESS!

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    34 Teresa

    Thank you, Jermaine, for your continuous motivational speeches, newsletters and tips to help us speed up the learning process and to keep us motivated to continue and improve one day at a time. I greatly appreciate the emails, Monday minute texted tips, etc. I have created a study schedule, and plan to read something from your website every day to keep me motivated toward making a steady progress toward my goals of playing the piano by ear and gaining music theory knowledge.

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    35 Irwin

    Germaine,
    You have a great way to make your message known to many, many people. When I awoke this morning, I found 17 emails from you. They were certainly welcome but I worry about your health. You’re workikng day an night. I think a more balanced schedule would be best for you and your company. I’ve met too many people who work themselves into exhaustion. Youre presence on line is warm and caring. It woul be great if you could direct your concern for your students toward yourself.

    All the best,

    Irwin

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    36 Jermaine Griggs

    Irwin,

    Thanks for your comments .Sorry for any inconveniences.

    That was an error by our e-mail program. I work hard but would never intentionally send you 17 e-mails. I hope you’ll continue to welcome my help.

    All the best,
    JG

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    37 merlie

    thanks jermaine,for great great idea i will be start working on. i hope i learn how to transform and everything. thank you so much for you are the best! sharing your best knowledge and talent.God bless!

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    38 George

    Jermmaine Griggs, man I’m sorry for not responding on time, I didn’t had a chance to reply back to you. But hey man you are doing a greate job, the best part of it, is that I’m learning the keys out of your lessons. I want to learn more on the combination of chords. Thank you very much for your help, your are the best piano player.

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    39 Oriokot

    hi Jermaine,
    you have never stopped encouraging from one occassion to another.
    thanks a lot.

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    40 TOSIN

    Thanks a lot Jermaine for this…God bless Ya!

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    41 Emmanuel

    thanks jermaine,i’ve been hoping for this

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    42 Yves A.

    Thanks Jermaine. God bless U

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    43 Haig

    Hi JG,

    I really do appreciate all the effort you and your team has done to help us, with these useful information. Thank you

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    44 Plaisimond. E

    Thank you so much Jermaine for this article, i like the way you do it to help another musicians to be better. may God bless you, your family and your ministry.

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    45 Andrea

    Great…thanks for sharing.

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    46 Andrea

    Great. Thanks for sharing.

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    47 Praise Alian

    Thank you.

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    48 David

    Hi Jermaine, thanks for your encouraging words. I will surely work my way up!

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    49 chrischords

    great advise boss

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    50 emmanuel

    hello sir i have a problem i found it difficult to sometimes find some chords they play in some gosple music when am learning them and that gives me headache and is difficult for me to excel in all the 12 keys help me sir. thank you

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    51 morrison

    Thanks!!
    I appreciate your time.. You are a great teacher. God bless ya life

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    52 emmanuel

    big bro i love what you do and am praying for money to get all the tutorials i might need from you to enhance my play i need a teacher like you love you god bless you

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    53 Mihailo

    Hi Jermaine and family,

    Thank you so very much for the latest advice. I shall put it to good use.

    Best regards from Sunny Australia.

    Mike.

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    54 Debra

    Thanks Jermaine, the first tip really encouraged me, thank you.

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    55 sbobet

    Do you have a spam problem on this website; I also am a blogger,
    and I was wondering your situation; we have developed some nice methods and we are
    looking to exchange methods with other folks, please
    shoot me an e-mail if interested.

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    56 Lucky ayolo

    Thanks jermaine, may thy word and thy meditation never depart from thy sight in jesus name “amen.”
    may it be friutful, beer fruit and multipler the nation and the world.

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    57 Henry

    Uncle j,
    i would really like to hear ur playing… Can u give me any album title? i will really appreciate it.

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    58 cobeey

    Thanks soo much for this great piece of advice..I know it will go a long way to affect me positively..thanks once again

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    59 DAVID

    Thanx alot.

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    60 Lecia Boyd

    Thank you so much for caring and sharing your knowledge and expertise Jermaine…I appreciate every advice and lesson you’ve put forward and I’m thoroughly enjoying learning to play piano…
    Thanks again and god bless

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    61 Augustine

    Thanks Jermaine for the great advice. Will work. towards that.God bless you

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    62 Steven Kovacs

    Hello Jermaine,
    I’ve studied classical piano on and off for about 6 years. I do not want to be a classical pianist, nor do I want to play classical music, but I understand there is a lot of foundation to playing the piano in studying classical. I am a fan of true POP music, the HITS from the past and today. Your blog on the 6ps of practicing is brilliant. My problem is the first and second “p”, Purposed and Planned. As far as Purposed goes I do not know what I should be practicing at this point in my piano studies, and as far as Planned is concerned you can’t make a plan if the purpose is not well defined. The problem is finding a good teacher. I am finding that most piano teachers are people giving lessons because they are not making enough money playing piano. They may be great piano players but that does not make you a great teacher. I am willing to push, I’m pumped, and I am persistent about learning the piano but I am lost. I am tired of wasting energy practicing without a plan. Where do I go from here? Suggestions?

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    63 Allen (Mack)

    I have been working on your flash cards. I have the Majors down now. I’ve added the Minors and then I will add the Diminished & Augmented, each in turn as I know that I know the one that I’m working on. Thanks so very much for all your help Jermaine.

    P.S. I keep the Majors in the rotation. Don’t want to go stale…….lol

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    64 Cal-I

    Great article! I needed that. Thanks Jermaine.

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    65 lebza

    ok i hear brother i see to it i make time great advise man thank you.

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    66 kelvin

    Thanks so much

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    67 ernest

    God bless u Jermaine we luv u

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    68 justice

    God bless you Sir.We are indeed profoundly appreciative.

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    69 Andre Springer

    Hey brother, you just make me feel small. I just begun to walk through the dirt, don’t laugh this is serious.

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    70 Jerry

    Another Eye Opener.. . Thanks boss

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    71 Promise

    Jermaine Griggs, what a genius! Wow! In fact God bless the day I met you. Thank you so very much. I hope I can see you live one blessed day. Thank you once again.
    I wish to acquire most of your materials but I have just this challenge, though I’m working on it; my credit card issue. I would’ve made a lot of order by now. Is there no other way?

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    72 Lee

    Great Advice! I will take heed.

    Lee

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    73 Jan

    THANK YOU JERMAINE, GOOD FOUNDATION ADVICE, AWESOME. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

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    74 fredrick

    thanks a lot for the inspiration. God bless you

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    75 David

    Thanks a lot sir!
    You are truly a blessing.

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    76 Marc

    The newsletter was good stuff thx

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    77 Anne

    Thanks ! All inspiring.

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    78 Ese Valentine Onome

    hi sir Jermaine. thanks a lot for your decision to bless lives through your teachings……you don’t jst teach…..you bless lives…..thank you!!!!!

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    79 Samuel

    Mr Jermaine thanks for ever thing

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    80 Reney

    These is really good advice.
    One Love!!!

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    81 Mpiyabo Sibanda

    I love what you do a lot because there is none who does it the way you do out there even if they tried. There will always be one J.
    Be blessed

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