The Encore

EDTC 300, Learning Project, Uncategorized

 

Hi friends!

This is my final #learningproject post for my #edtc300 class.

I had chose to learn how to play the guitar as I have always wanted to, yet never seemed to jump on the band wagon. A.K.A I want to become a rock star. Before I go a bit more in depth as to how my project has gone, I want to give you an overview of each week. I would like to think the process was as graceful as this dog skipping along:

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But it was not quite as elegant.

Overview of posts:

Week 1Learning to Play Guitar

This week explains how I came about my decision to learn how to play guitar and my motivations behind this choice.

Weeks 2 and 3 – How Do Rockstars make it Look so Easy

These two weeks were focused on getting comfortable with my positioning of my hands on the guitar strings. Using the videos and website “GuitarJams” I was able to learn the following chords:E Minor, C Major, A Minor, A Major, and D Major. I noticed some struggle with pain in my hands as they are quite small and not very flexible. My goal was to loosen this up so I was not focusing on my pain, but  more so the chords and connecting transitions to begin strumming notes chords together.

Weeks 4 and 5 – Guitar Chords Don’t Have to Be Tough

Having a job where I travel, some weeks there was such little progress that combining two weeks would contribute to creating more meaningful blog posts, so here was another two week combination for my readers. These weeks I had discovered that shorter videos were the ones that benefited me the most. They allowed me to sit down for a short amount of time and get my practicing in while I was on the road or stationed in a hotel room. It also allowed my anxiety that homework often gives me, to get my sessions done quickly and effectively. I discovered Yousician where chords were taught within one to two minute YouTube videos to create an ease in learning guitar. This was the first week where I filmed myself playing a few chords to create a visual for my viewers as to how far along I was coming. In this post I also introduce my pluses and deltas system as well as a summarizing question for my readers to contribute to a discussion that related to that particular post. I will explain these tactics later on in this post.

Week 6 – Smoke on The Water

This week was the first week I was able t introduce a video of myself playing an entire chorus of a song. Although simple. this was the first week where I felt an overwhelming success! I played “Smoke on the Water” in which it took a lot of practice and attention in order to switch from chord to chord. This week I found strumming to be the most difficult, however my transitions really came together.

Week 7 – Twinkle Twinkle Little Rockstar

This week was yet another successful week of learning another new song, “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”, otherwise known as a children’s classic, haha! I really enjoyed learning this as my boyfriend had mentioned if I learned this song, that I would be able to learn any song. The Chords in this song are the base of many others, so I felt amazing when I was able to get this down. I specifically learned the song from this YouTube video from Quail Guitar Studios. This video was very calm and clear in the instructions, so it was quite easy for me to follow along. After this week I had decided to discover the WHY behind people playing guitar, and I visit that within the next post down below.

Week 8 –  Strumming Some Love

After wanting to learn more about WHY people decide to play guitar or why they have a certain joy behind it, I focused this weeks post just on that. I link to an article as well as some videos of American Idol Auditions that have inspired me and continue to motivate me throughout this journey (mainly because I want to be them).

Week 9 – Back to the Basics

This week was simply a refresher of the past three learning project posts. I became unfamiliar with what I had learned. I thought this was really important to document as the struggles are what creates a learning opportunity and makes it meaningful. I re learned “Smoke on the Water” and “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” and was successful in doing so. I felt a little unmotivated I had forgot, but hey, it happens! All part of the learning.

Week 10 – Breaking the Routine

This week I explained my struggles with anxiety and depression and breaking my routine of progressing my learning project. I felt as though I had been doing so well and then it suddenly came to a halt when homework began piling up (as it does near the end of every semester) and I had a break down. Again, this was an important struggle to document as it contributes the my learning experience. I was able to continue to practice the things I have learned up until this point as well as take a break form learning anything new in relation to guitar. Instead I switched my gears to learning about how to be productive when anxiety hits and I gained comes resources I could use for my students when it comes to dealing with anxiety and depression. Although this week was rocky, I was able to turn it into something positive.

Pluses and Deltas

Each week I used my system of Pluses and Deltas to discover what I had accomplished and where some areas of opportunity arose that I could focus on for the next week. This was a great tool I used as it allowed me to keep track of what I wanted to work on as I could reference back to it when I needed to understand what to work on. I found this kept me motivated throughout. This idea derived from my part time job at Sephora where I train a group of employees and each day we go through pluses and deltas to see what needs to be addressed the next day. Here are my main Pluses and Deltas for the end of this experience for now.

Main Pluses:

  • I learned more than I had expected to! Two songs is a huge accomplishment.
  • My hand positioning continues to improve and does not hurt anymore.
  • I really enjoyed this experience and am motivated to continue.

Main Deltas:

  • Confidence in strumming without lucking where my hand placement is
  • Remembering individual notes
  • Don’t let struggles effect my learning journey, they are part of it!

Summary Questions

At the end of each learning project post I posed a question to my readers so they could join me in my learning journey. These questions could be asking advice for the following week, to simply starting a conversation about their own learning projects. I figured keeping my readers involved with reading and motivating them to leave a comment with a question would be the best way to entertain readers and keep them reading. Here are some questions I asked:

  • So my question for my readers is, do you or someone you know struggle with anxiety? If so, what are your or their best practices to staying productive during the hard times?
  • WHAT is something you do that you love and WHY do you practice or do something that you love?
  • Are you finding a sense of calm in your learning journeys?
  • Any tips on gaining confidence of feeling the chords as opposed to looking at them?

As you can see they can be quite open prompts, or really specific questions. My motivation was simply to have my readers involved. I found that the more broad the question, the more intense and critical responses I received.

Online/ Tech Resources

The following resources are the ones I used during my experience with learning guitar. Learning through technology platforms is not easy until you find the right one. That’s why I went the route with trial and error to find what worked best for me, and when I did, it worked out perfectly. This is important for teachers to think about as students have many different ways in which they learn. Many options for learning resources online should be given to the students so they can explore what works best for them.

  • Guitar Jamz: This was extremely helpful to begin. Slow and steady pace for learning, and great explanations. I found as I went on, the shorter the videos the more helpful. So as this was great to start with, I did not keep with it throughout the semester.
  • Yousician: This is the program/ videos that really guided me through my experience. The videos are clear and concise and having a busy schedule, it allowed me to gain a lot of knowledge in a short amount of time.
  • GuitarSix : is a blog that focuses on strategies to help recall the knowledge and skills while in the process of learning guitar. After losing recollection of how to play the two songs I learned, this was extremely helpful moving forward and avoid forgetting again.
  • Quail Studios Guitar: Again, another video platform, this one specifically taught me how to play “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”. Great easy to follow video, that is calming and rather nice to watch. Great teacher within the video and clear instruction. This channel provides many different songs to learn, categorized from easy to more difficult.
  • Others Comments/ Support: It truly was the #edc300 community that allowed me to thrive and stay motivated during this whole process. Without the support, feedback, conversation and critical questions they asked me, I could not have done it without them. It really helped to know my peers were working on the same assignment as me and having successes and struggles just as I was. If I was stumped with what to write about, or how to format a particular blog post I simply looked to them or asked them for inspiration and they always gave it. Students could really benefit from an assignment where a community like this develops.

Where Am I Now/ Assessment of Learning

I am still practicing guitar as I have found a new found love for it during this journey. I mentioned anxiety and depression that is stress related within my last post. This new skill has given me a resource to find serenity in times of panic.

So have I truly developed my skills? Yes! I am so proud of how far I have come in this learning journey, and what I have learned. I did not have a computer until about two years ago so my tech knowledge was slim to none. Knowing I took my learning into my own hands and used the internet to teach myself something new is extremely rewarding. I am so proud of myself!

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I have learned a lot during this experience. First off being my new love for learning through online resources and technology. This has opened my eyes to a new world of teaching through what our world is becoming ruled by. Our students are so dependent on technology and this class has given me hopes that I can use their obsession to guide their education. This will create an innovative and interactive classroom that will spark students interest and allow them to enjoy learning.

I have learned patience is key in a learning project. I found through this experience that I was not only looking up resources for how to play guitar, but also how to stay organized, how to have patience with learning something new, and how to handle stress and anxiety alongside of learning a new skill. Without these tools I would not have been successful. I think its important to incorporate these for students as well so they have a set of resources for motivation.

Finally I have learned to keep up! Especially with having weekly blog posts, commenting and doing my learning project, it is important to stay on track. I found myself flustered if I didn’t. Creating a schedule for practicing and writing these posts became a must during this process. Students would need an organizer for an assignment such as this so they could feel confident in keeping up too.

Overall, this assignment was a fun an innovative practice that I really enjoyed. I love that I found a passion for a new skill, but also learned some new techniques to finding resources online, potentially gaining some new material for a future classroom of my own.

In the classroom this could be a useful idea for students within many different subjects. Its an interactive way for students to take responsibility of their own learning through online platforms. They are not only learning to have confidence in learning a new skill, but gaining skill in technology and creating relationships through online resources.

I will leave you with one final question: Are you continuing on with your learning project? If so, why are you choosing to?

Thanks,

Alyssa

 

 

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Breaking The Routine

EDTC 300, Learning Project

Hello friends!

This is my week ten #learningproject post. I know I’m posting this quite late, but I have been recording my notes each week so I could sit down later on and finish up my blog posts as it has been way to hectic the past two weeks to get any small assignments done as the big ones were standing in the way.

With no finals this semester all of my semester projects were due, therefore they needed my attention.

My title “Breaking the Routine” is simply because week ten I had to take a break from my learning project. I did not quit all together as I had been picking up the guitar to continue practicing my “twinkle twinkle little star“, and “smoke on the water“.  But in general, I put learning anything new to a halt. Not only because of my assignments, but because of my mental health, which I think is important to share.

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Dealing with anxiety and depression for many years, I notice that as soon as school becomes extremely stressful I tend to have a bit of a break down and separate myself from the tasks that need to get done. I did a little research on finding some articles and blogs that could help me stay on task. The blog/article: 7 Ways to Turn Anxiety into Productivity, was the most motivating I have found in years. If you suffer from, or know someone who does (and teachers you will certainly have students who do) please take a look.

So for this week in my learning project, I read a book. It doesn’t necessarily have to do with learning about guitar, but more so about how to cope with anxiety and depression to stay on track and work through the struggles. So all in all this week was actually quite productive because reading this book pushed me through the hard times to pick up that guitar and at least practice what I has already previously learned. This read allowed me to have enough strength to preserve my knowledge.

I read What You Must Think of Me by Emily Ford. The novel What You Must Think of Me by Emily Ford is an emotionally heart breaking and refreshingly honest retelling of life experiences, while dealing with social anxiety and depression. Outlining her struggles to get help, readers gain insight into the strategies that can lead to a happier and healthier life. The sub headings within each chapter switch back and forth from her narratives in experiencing social anxiety, to outlining exactly what the disability is by definition and showcasing studies to support why certain treatments may or may not be successful. Ford gives clear and concise advice for specific situations that can cause social anxiety, giving readers preventative measures so they might not have to go through as many struggles as she did. Alongside of preventing a life of trauma, she proposes many strategies of how to gain control of already possessing social anxiety. Each section connects to the next as if she were telling her story chronologically and what advice she could have used at each stage in dealing with her troubles.

I think it is extremely important to outline the struggles and opportunities that come along with the learning project. How can one truly learn if there is no room for improvement or not set backs?

In true fashion of my learning project posts, here are my pluses (accomplishments or things that went well this week) and deltas (room for improvement or areas of opportunity).

Pluses:

  • I was still productive even though it was a tough week mentally.
  • I was able to harness my anxiety into something positive.
  • I kept up my practice with the songs and notes I know and have already learned.
  • I feel better!

Deltas:

  • I did not build upon my prior knowledge towards learning guitar.
  • I am going to have to work extra hard in my final week of learning.

So my question for my readers is, do you or someone you know struggle with anxiety? If so, what are your or their best practices to staying productive during the hard times?

Thanks for reading,

 

Alyssa

Week 9 and Back to the Basics

EDTC 300, Learning Project

Hello friends!

Are we all stressed out of our minds?! It is really winding down to the last few weeks of school and EVERYTHING is due! All I want to do is sleep, procrastinate and eat. And by eating, I mean stuffing my face with all the greasiness I possibly can #comfortfood

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From my title you may think this post will be quite ironic, and in a sense it is. However, just like any learner, sometimes you get ahead of yourself or your focus leaves what you have been paying attention to. So this past week my recollection of many of the things I had learnt, seemed to just diminish. This is exactly why practice and consistency is key!

However, I don’t think having to go back to the basics is a bad thing. Sometimes a refresher is what will make your learning experience that much more heightened. And as educators we know repetition can be so very beneficial for anyone.

You’re probably wondering what basics I needed to revisit; that is chords and hand position. My hands have seemed to not remember how to switch from chord to chord with a comfort level that avoids any pain, and my memory of chords is slim to none.

So this week was simply a refresher of everything I have done. So this week I found myself looking for a resource that could help me to memorize chords effectively so I don’t run into this issue again. I really enjoyed visiting Guitar Six, which is a website that focuses on strategies to recalling skills you have learned previously and strategies to avoid forgetting. The article I read was specific to both of these aspects.

Not as exciting of a post, but I think its important to outline our “fails” within our learning journeys. I heard and acronym once that “fail” means “first attempt in learning” and that is exactly what I had experienced and the mindset I held this week!

Question for my readers: What fails have you been having?! And how are you overcoming them or overcoming the feeling of defeat?

 

Thanks,

Alyssa

 

Strumming Some Love

EDTC 300, Learning Project

Hello friends!

For this weeks #LearningProject, I am going to speak to a different side of my learning journey that has arrived from many weeks of practicing guitar.

Although I have been practicing this week and have an exciting video and post brewing for next week, I would like to focus on the WHY behind people playin guitar and how it has become a tool for me to relax. It is crazy to think that homework relaxes me, haha! It almost makes me uncomfortable because it does not seem like an actual real life thing, however learning to strum and compose chords together has  create a real serenity for me in time of stress (a.k.a the last couple weeks of school). So I am going to talk about the inspiration behind me having motivation to play guitar weekly.

Now, I am OBSESSED with American Idol audition videos on YouTube. Is anyone else with me? Anyways, it is specifically the auditions that have to do with guitar playing as well as singing that are giving me some serious motivation to become a rock star. There were two videos in particular that I have been playing on repeat. The first being a more soul – bluesy type of feel. This type of guitar playing is what I have listened to growing up, so the chords and rifts and the transitions between just give me goosebumps, take a listen:

 

And this video really captures the connection and relationships that music can make. I dare you to watch this and not tear up:

Other than videos, I was trying to find some articles as to why music is soothing to some and not as effective for others, but instead found a great blog about why people play guitar. It outlines the effects of playing guitars and the benefits. This blog post is clear and concise which I love, so I highly recommend you take a quick peek if you have any interest in music. I understand the WHY so much more now.

SO my question for you is actually not a question. But if you so choose to comment (if not, simply think about my prompt): WHAT is something you do that you love and WHY do you practice or do something that you love?

I think we often forget about the why behind committing actions or practices within our lives. Once the reason is understood behind doing something, I believe the experience is enjoyed at a higher level because the understanding is there.

Thanks for reading, can’t wait to hear your responses,

Alyssa

 

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

Smoke on the Water

EDTC 300, Learning Project

Time for my Learning Project #6 post! Getting back into the swing of things has been tough since reading week. I was away in Winnipeg for five days training a session for my part time job at Sephora. It took a lot out of me to be travelling on the one week I had to catch up with all my homework for my last semester of my degree, and I must say…. I did not do any catching up whatsoever. In fact, I fell behind more than anything. My  learning project took a hit too so I have been working extra hard this week to get back to the point I wanted to be at by now. I originally said I would try different platforms for learning, however I now know that would only slow me down as I found success with shorter videos last week. So I’m sticking to the path that has been working for me. My fave videos are from Yousician on YouTube.

My goal for this week was based on my own schedule I had created at the beginning of this project was to be able to play a small portion of an easier song to learn by now. I am happy to say I did it! I posted my latest video to my YouTube channel of my playing it and am super stoked I did it with little hesitation. Here it is:

 

Not too bad, hey? I basically feel like this now:

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Each week I write down some Pluses (things that went well this week) and Deltas (areas of opportunity) that I have come in contact with. I compare each week to see if some of my deltas were met, here is the progress:

 

Pluses:

– My hands aren’t hurting as much anymore!

– My wrists are becoming more flexible

– I met my goal of playing an easier part of a song

– I am feeling more confident in playing

– I have memorized the chords and don’t have trouble remembering them

 

Deltas:

– I still have to look at the chords I’m strumming to make sure they are correct

– still have trouble with getting practice in each day

– have trouble going beyond a small part of a song

 

Any tips on gaining confidence of feeling the chords as opposed to looking at them?

My plan for next week is to learn how to play the entire “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”, as this is a song that can be the basis for translating to others. My boyfriend (who has been playing guitar for years) said if I can learn that song, I can learn any basic song there is!

 

Wish me luck,

Alyssa

 

Guitar Chords Don’t Have to be Tough

EDTC 300, Learning Project

Hello all!

Reading week was extremely busy as I was on a trip for work out in Winnipeg. I was teaching s a seminar for about six days, so essentially did not get to use the week to catch up on school.

Being behind one Learning Project Post has me stressed out, however I think my progress is growing slowly, but surely. Here I am again, combining weeks 4 and 5.

This week I was watching shorter videos to be able to fit in some practice having it sit down for a large amount of time. I have found that these more concise videos have been helping me to not only learn more quickly, but to remember what I have learned the following days as it is less content to remember. Practicing seems to be going smoother now as I can activate prior knowledge as I move forward, and have things flow freely.

I have been watching the YouTube Channel: Yousician and it has been so extremely effective at helping my development.

In the video of myself playing (shown down below) I am following this particular video:

You can see within this video, the ease of following along. The time of the video is extremely short and I LOVE THIS. Through a descriptive movements, these types of videos would be really quite easy for many people to follow along with. Having the visual, alongside of the voice over has really been able to meet my needs. I believe all learners could benefit from this type of learning. This video showcases how to play the E chord. Specifically it outlines where the fingers will be placed and how to strum.

As embarrassed as I feel to share this here is my attempt at following the video shown above:

 

 

With my students during my internship I did an formative assessment every Friday called “Pluses and Deltas”. Pluses are defined as; everything you loved about the week or everything that worked. Deltas are defined as; gifts of change or areas of opportunities. here is an example of how it looked in the classroom:

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I figured I could do this each week to outline my progress, create goals, and become aware of if I have achieved them.

Pluses:
– Clear and concise videos are easier to follow
– Having the visual and auditory aspects really help
– I was able to learn multiple chords and to smoothly transition into each.
– I learned “Smoke on the Water”
– Feeling more comfortable with playing

Deltas:
– Feeling comfortable with posting a video! – Smooth positioning of hands
– Training hands to not be as stiff
– Dedicating more time to practice

 

To finish off this post, I have some questions:

How do you stay on track with learning a new skill?

Do you have an resources to help you stay organized?

Are there any platforms that I should be using to help assist me in learning guitar?

 

  • Alyssa

 

 

How Do Rock Stars Make it Look so Easy?

EDTC 300, Learning Project

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.

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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:

Pros:

  • 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.

Cons:

  • 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!

Learning to Play Guitair

EDTC 300, Learning Project

It has been such a tough thing to try and decide what I want to learn over the course of this semester for EDTC 300. Then I realized, that I have resources right in front of me for a project in which I have been wanting to take on for years! For my learning project, I have decided to learn to play guitar. My boyfriend is a musician (an extremely talented one at that) and I have asked him to assist me in my journey to learn to become at least an “okay” guitar player. Of course my main studies and practices will be coming from online programs and videos, however he will also be helping me a few times a week as he is the one who owns a guitar and knows how to play it. I plan to make at least one post a week, perhaps even more, depending on when a come to hitting a goal, or have some struggles in my learning journey. These posts will come in the forms of either written blog posts or vlog posts (videos). My goal is simply to allow myself to learn as much as I possibly can! Wish me luck in this journey!

The guitar is being polished so here is a picture of the amp I will be using alongside of it:

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-Alyssa