Well, I forgot to post about week two of my learning project, so I shall combine weeks two and three in this post. Learning to play guitar is hard. I have decided every two weeks, I will switch up the program in which I use in order to see if I one program works better for me and to essentially test out as many as I can to give my audience the pros and cons of each.
So these past weeks, I have begun to learn via YouTube. I figured this may be the easiest route to start, as well as the most common amongst what many people choose to do. Most video series through YouTube come from an original host website from the musician seen playing. Watching a variety of videos, I actually found one of the oldest series was the easiest to follow. The first video I watched was “Absolute Super Beginner Guitar Lesson”. First of all, the title of the video sounded exactly like what I needed. Second of all, I re watch each section of the video to make sure I was properly strumming the notes. After learning from this video, I moved on to the connected website GuitarJamz.com. Here you have to enter your email for the videos to be sent. I was weary of this at first, but checked out some reviews and everyone raved about the videos. I sent it to my old email account just in case it was a scam of some sort, but its legit. You will be sent 15 intro strumming lessons, where you learn a variety of techniques and chords.
So far I have learned the following chords; E Minor, C Major, A Minor, A Major, and D Major. I must say, I forget most of these by the next morning! So I find myself having to reteach myself every time I pick up the guitar. I am hoping the app I have been looking at to blog about next week (stay tuned) will have some sort of quick refresher to help me retain information. My plan is to master these by the next week and perhaps have some transitions from chord to chord out in place, as well. I have googled a few charts alongside of my videos I am using to refresh my own mind.
Some struggles I am having are they my fingers hurt! Not only my fingers, but my hands in general. I have such small hands and they are not used to pressing metal wires to strictly and moving so quickly and in odd directions that I find my hands kill me throughout the day. I have trouble taking notes in class because of this, but I can tell my hands are warming up to the positions, so that’s exciting. I also have trouble understanding how to work an amp. I didn’t realize I would have to learn how to use these as well in order to make my playing sound more authentic. Here is a picture of the amp that is slowly eating up all of my patience (even more than the actual guitar)
I will include some sounds of me playing the notes I have learned in one of the two next blog posts, but first, because I am a perfectionist, I need to make sure they do not sound terrible. And as of now, they don’t sound great, but I am getting there. Below I have included some Pros and Cons to using videos through YouTube/ host websites connected to YouTube. Here they are:
- Audio: You are guided orally through the steps to play certain chords, hand placement, etc. You can hear how it should sound too!
- Visual: A visual video that will allow you to replicate the exact motions being made.
- Replay Function: You can replay the same part over and if extra practice is needed.
- Variety: So many types of learning videos for different levels of learning.
- No confirmation you are doing things correctly as there is no test to be taken, no sound recognition, no mentor responding, etc.
- Ads: Ads always interrupt YouTube videos now.
- Had to sign up for the video (give email).
Luckily I have my significant other who is well established with his guitar playing skills to keep me on track and letting me know where my mistakes lie (there are a lot, haha!). Check back next week to hear some of the chords I have hopefully gotten close to perfecting. P.s. If anyone reading this has any free programs they have used or have heard of, please let me know!