Twinkle Twinkle Little Rockstar

EDTC 300, Learning Project

Hello friends!

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Time for my Learning project post for week eight of my journey. I mentioned last week that my goal was to be able to play “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”, as my boyfriend had mentioned to me that if I had learned to play that I could essentially learn most songs a little easier.

Before  show you my absolutely amazing skills of playing the nursery rhyme we all know and love I quickly want to share my better half’s YouTube channel of his covers. he plays all the guitar within and sings as well. I KNOW, I KNOW, shameless plug…. hahah! Here is my favorite cover he has done, and perhaps the reason why I was inspired to learn to play:

There aren’t a ton of covers, as he doesn’t practice as much anymore, but I’m sure a few comments on his video might inspire him to do so 😉

Alright so, the video I found myself referring to in order to learn how to play “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” was from the user Quail Studios Guitar. Check out the video I used:

I really enjoyed listening to Hal as he not only seems humble and patient, but he has a kind tone to his voice, which is what honestly attracted me to using this video as my guide. The shorter length of the video makes learning the song a little less intimidating and he has a means to convey his teaching in a clear and concise matter.

I know this post has an abundance of video, but take a peak at my “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” Cover:

 

In the tradition of my Learning Project posts, I am going to outline the pluses (something I did well on, am feeling motivated by, or improved upon from last week) and the deltas (areas of opportunities for the next week to come).

 

Pluses:

  • my hands are able to grip the neck a little better without any pain
  • I am able to transition from chord to chord
  • I have been staying motivated with achieving my goals each week

 

Deltas:

  • I am not utilizing much of a strumming motion (perhaps I need more challenging songs to try for this)
  • I am having trouble with confidence of not looking what I am strumming (I know this will come with time, but I am a perfectionist haha)
  • Would like to understand the WHY behind how a guitar works and perhaps learn about why some people play

 

So until the next week, I will leave you with a note and a question: I am noticing I feel more relaxed all around or “mellow” as you will because of my journey in learning to play guitar. Are you finding a sense of calm in your learning journeys?

Thanks,

Alyssa

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14 thoughts on “Twinkle Twinkle Little Rockstar

  1. Wow Alyssa, you did a great job on Twinkle Twinkle Little Star! I enjoyed listening to your boyfriends cover song, and I loved how you included the video that you used to learn your song. My brother tried to teach me guitar, but I found myself very frustrated as my fingers did not seem to coordinate properly with the shape of the guitar. I play piano, so I wonder if that affected the way I was trying to control my hands for the guitar. I am finding peace as I sew for my learning project, even though some parts have been frustrating to me. Thinking about all of the possibilities I will be able to accomplish through this new skill is definitely something that makes me excited.
    Thanks for sharing!
    Kaitlyn

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  2. Alyssa! Whoop whoop! As I read through your process for this post I totally felt myself rooting for you because I know firsthand how hard it can be to learn a skill (as we all can in this class haha). But you are doing AWESOME! K and woah – your S/O is SO good! I am using his cover as my background music while I am commenting on blogs for the evening haha It’s really interesting that you are feeling more mellow through your guitar playing adventure. I wonder if this has to do with the fact that it’s music? Hearing this totally makes me think of how we can use both listening to music and playing music with our students to create a calming atmosphere in our classrooms. I also found this interesting because I have no chill with my learning project hahaha Cooking is something I really love to do but I think it’s stressing me out because each of my recipes and videos takes SO long so starting one each week has given me a little anxiety because I have so much on my plate. But at least I can have my cake and eat it too 😉 Thanks for your post!! Keep up the great work!
    Sarah

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  3. Hey girl!
    You are sounding great! You can really see the progress from week one to now. Really impressed with how well you are keeping up with your learning project! It can definitely be difficult especially in the next few weeks as classes are winding down. Keep up the work girl!

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  4. I LOVED your video of you playing Twinkle Twinkle! Good for you for sticking with it and making progress. You seem to comfortable switch between- chords?? I think that’s what they are called lol! I love how excited you seem to be when you finish the song- it is truly an accomplishment to make progress in something you have been working so hard on!
    I am looking forward to seeing how the rest of your learning project goes, and who knows, we might be seeing you on tour in the near future!

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    1. Thank you so much for the comment! I am glad I look comfortable because I certainly don’t feel it!!! Lol a tour is extreme, but I appreciate the support 🙂

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  5. Alyssa, this is AMAZING! Your dedication and progress is truly showing in this post! Being able to play “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” is a huge accomplishment. You have also had to learn so much terminology! I don’t know how you keep it all straight!? Keep up the great work!

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  6. I love that you are thinking about the WHY!!! Take control of your learning and find that answer girl!! Also, like you said, everything will come with time and you are doing great! This makes me want to get back into guitar!

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