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The Learning Project: Wrapping It Up

Wow! This Learning Project has been a whirlwind of new learning experiences and rediscovered feelings! While I had fun with the learning process, I now remember why I quit playing the guitar the first time. So, this was a learning experience in more ways than one!

Week One

The Learning Project: Let’s Begin!

Week One of my Learning Project began with an outline of the direction I hoped my project would go in and some preliminary resources that I hoped to use!

Guitareo proved to be a very helpful resource, especially with the videos on Youtube and then the blogs on their website.

Another resource that I relied on throughout my whole project was my book “Absolute Beginners Guitar” which I found very helpful the first and second times around.

Week Two

Before Anything Else

This week was all about re-familiarizing myself with the parts of the guitar and holding everything properly. I looked to Guitareo for my learning this week.

Week Three

And Now, Strumming

This week was all about strumming! I taught myself five basic strumming techniques using a blog post from Guitareo and this resource on the mechanics of strumming from Guitar Lesson Lounge.

This was my progress from this week!

Screenshots in the video are from this post: “5 Essential Strumming Patterns: Essential Strumming Patterns for Electric or Acoustic Guitar

Week Four

We’re Getting There! Time for some Chords!

For this week I really started to get into playing! I started off with three chords, A, E, and D! I looked toward a new video resource, Justin Guitar, to learn these chords this week.

Week Five

Yay! More Chords

This week is mostly a continuation of last weeks learning, adding two more chords to my repertoire. For continuity purposes I stuck with the same video tutorials from Justin Guitar to learn the G and C chords.

Week Six

TAB’s: The Language of Chords

For my sixth and final week I decided to learn how to read Tablature! TABs are essential to playing the guitar and this was a very confusing and rewarding week for me! I went through a bit of a spiral in my lerning this week, moving from my first resource onto more clarrifying videos and websites!

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TAB’s: The Language of Chords

Now it’s time for some Tablature! I couldn’t remember for the life of me how to read TAB’s, and they are fairly essential to learning how to play! This week I looked towards Simplifying Theory to teach me how to read them.

Screen Shot 2018-06-29 at 12.30.21 PMIt started off really basic with an explanation of what each part of the TAB represents on the guitar, and then moved on to some examples!

*I really like this resource in particular because it also showed how some of the different techniques would look like on the guitar.

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This is just one example of a technique that you can use on the guitar and how it is represented using TAB.

Confusion

As easy as the instructions were on this how-to article, I still felt confused about how TAB’s worked. Were TAB’s only used for plucking? What did it look like if you were strumming? In order to answer these questions, I figured that looking towards a video resource might be a better bet for me!

After having looked at the video, my questioned still hadn’t been answered! While the video itself was a great tool for explaining how to read TABs, it still didn’t really answer my question.

The Hunt Continues

Now I had to rely on some very basic google searching!

And, through this site (which I could only find an html version of), my question was finally answered.

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So, maybe not the answer that I was hoping to see but my question was answered nonetheless. This resource did a lot to help me clear up some of my confusion, however!

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According to classictab.org this is what it would look like if you were supposed to be strumming. Each note is placed slightly after the one before it and if the space were any bigger, you might pluck each note instead and this is where you get into timing.

Pros and Cons of TABs

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These are just the things that I felt were the pros and cons of using TABs and they will be different for everyone.

Next Week

This is the final blog post for my Learning Project and I have come so far since May! Look forward to my wrap up post next week!

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Yay! More Chords!

Last week I started to learn some chords. I started with the three that most resources I found seem to think are the easiest for beginners to start with, and now, I am working on the next two. G and C are the final two chords that all beginners learn, and, because I only have two chords to learn this week, I will also try to practice switching between chords. (Which will probably take me quite a bit of time!) For this week I will be sticking to the same resource as last week for learning my chords, just for continuity. This blog post will be a little bit shorter as it is a continuation of last weeks blog. I didn’t think it would be practical to force myself to learn and remember all five beginner chords after just one day.

Learning G

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Learning C

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Next Week

Next week I will be learning how to read some tablature (TABs) so that hopefully, by the end of this project I will be able to play a short tune! Stay tuned!

 

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We’re Getting There! Time for some Chords!

Now, this week I am finally moving on to learning some chords! To start off with I will be starting with three, A, D, and E! I wish I could say that I even slightly remember these from the first time I learned how to play, but sadly, I do not. That being said I am really hoping that re-learning the chords will bring back some sort of muscle memory that will make it easier when I move into chord progressions and switching between the six that I am planning to learn. The resource that I will be using to learn these three chords is Justin Guitar on YouTube.

Learning A

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Learning E

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Learning D

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Next Week

I am very excited to be adding two new chords to my repertoire next week, and I am hoping that I get better at switching between these three!

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And Now, Strumming

This weeks Learning Project post will be all about strumming! This week, I am going to be branching out a bit as well and taking a look at more than just one resource. Guitareo will still be one of my go to’s, especially now that I have discovered their blog! So, not only can I be watching the video and following along to visual/audio instructions, there is also written instructions, tips, and diagrams/pictures! To start off, I found a resource that really explains the mechanics of strumming and explains what you should and shouldn’t do. And then, I moved right into practicing five basic strumming patterns.

This is a screenshot from Guitareo

First Things First

These are the markers that are universally used to identify downstrokes, upstrokes, and mutes. I have seen them in almost every single resource that I have been looking through. They are pretty self-explanatory, downstrokes go from the top string and down, upstrokes the opposite, and mutes are when you move your arm the same way as you would for a downstroke or upstroke, but keeping your pick off the strings. There are also rests but those have no signifier. The distinction between mutes and rests though is quite important. With a mute, you would still move your arm so that you are in the position to stroke the opposite way on the next beat, for rests, you do not mow your arm and the next stroke will be the same as if you never rested (almost like a delay instead).

Screenshots in the video are from this post: “5 Essential Strumming Patterns: Essential Strumming Patterns for Electric or Acoustic Guitar

Regrets

After looking at resources online and in my book, I am noticing that many of the strumming practice happens after learning a couple of chords. While it wasn’t necessarily bad for me to learn to strum first, it would have been easier to follow along to some songs in order to really get a feel for the patterns if I knew some chords.

Coming Soon

This is a screenshot from the website

In my search for follow-along strumming patterns, I stumbled across this site that has a number of resources for beginning guitar players. One of their resources that I am very much looking forward to using in the near future is their collection of 2 and 3 chord songs to play along too. This will make it a bit more exciting to practice! Rather than just switching between chords (Which I am sure will get tedious) I can practice to some tunes!

 

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Before Anything Else

For week one of my learning project, I have tasked myself with re-familiarizing myself with how to hold the guitar and pick, and rediscovering the strings, frets, and how to tune! I looked to my main resource Guitareo and instead of starting with the first video (which was just a bunch of talking) I skipped to the second video to start my learning!

How to Hold the Guitar

As soon as he started introducing the different ways to hold the guitar I knew that the Casual Method was the one I had used previously and the one that I would definitely be using for this project.

In the Casual Method, you rest the guitar on the leg that is the same as the arm you are strumming with. This method is the one that is the most natural for me (and I assume most others as well as it is more comfortable).

 

 

 

Second, is the Classical Method, which I do not like, at all. It is extremely uncomfortable for me to hold the guitar like this for longer periods of time and just generally feels wrong. Although it does have the benefit of better reaching the whole neck of the guitar will only be at the beginner stage and won’t need to reach every note.

 

 

Lastly was the standing pose which I couldn’t even attempt because I do not have a strap for my guitar, guess I just have to stay sitting!

Numbering Systems

Next, I moved on to video three which covers the numbering systems for your fingers, frets, and strings.

As he states at the beginning of the video, this step is pretty simple to wrap your mind around. Surprisingly, it was all these small little details that I remembered most from my lessons years ago and as such, this lesson wasn’t too hard for me. That being said, this was a great starting point to reintroduce myself to playing!

Stay tuned because next week is strumming patterns!

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The Learning Project: Let’s Begin!

For my learning project, I have decided to re-teach myself how to play the guitar!

I already tried to learn the guitar once and was taking lessons, however, I stopped playing a couple years ago and have completely lost any skill I had. Now that I have to teach myself a skill for this class, I thought what better to teach myself than something I know I will be able to learn.

In order to focus my learning, I will be using a couple of online and physical resources. One of the online resources that I have found so far is Guitareo on YouTube. The physical resource that I will be using, mainly to help section off ‘lessons’ is the Absolute Beginners Guitar book that I received from my old instructor. Although I will probably look to other resources as I get further into my learning project these are the two resources that I will start with to base my ‘Lesson Plan’ on.

Week 1: Getting familiar with the guitar

Holding the guitar and pick, frets, strings, and tuning

Week 2: Strumming

Learn basic strumming patterns

Week 3: Chords

Learn the first three chords A, E, and D

Week 4: Chords pt. 2

Learn the nest two chords, practice switching between cords

Week 5: TABS

Learning how to read guitar tabs so that I can actually play music on my own

Week 6: Picking

Explore beginner picking