Aug 2: Scales!
I finished this set of chord lessons. I think I’m getting the hang of up strumming. Sort of.
The next set of lessons is knowledge stuff. So I’m learning how to do scales! They’re starting off with a simple scales with no sharps or flats. They didn’t give it a name, but I start on an open E, so I guess it’s an E major?
I guess the guitar isn’t in the same key as a flute, because E major for a flute has flats, if I’m remembering correctly from twenty years ago. (??)
Oh, and big news for my song! I sent the recording I made (and the lyrics) to a very talented guitarist friend of mine and he sent me back some chords!!
So I have music for my song now! (Note to self, remember to credit him for the music!)
And he gave me chords I already know, which is so very sweet of him to think of. Thankfully I have a capo.
They’re very basic chords, which is perfect for a beginner like me: C, Am, and F (which I’m cheating on and only playing the bottom two strings).
Now I have to get used to singing the melody while I play a harmony. That’s going to take a lot of time and practice.
I tried it today and my voice automatically dropped into the harmony. Sigh.
Practice makes perfect, right?
Aug 3: What a difference!
I played the scale again today. It took a couple attempts, but I was able to play it.
Then I moved on to playing arpeggios. It took some time, but I got them today too. I think I’m a little lazy with my finger placement, not using the tips of my fingers. I’ll have to pay more attention to that tomorrow.
The last thing I did was a song with whole notes, half notes, and quarter notes. It had a couple string and finger changes that I struggled with in the first go-through and then my time was up for the day.
Then I got to play my song!
I decided to put the recording I had made on the Google mini while I played the chords to keep my voice on track and IT WORKED!! The chorus is so good I’m ridiculously excited about it. The verses need work, but I have a month to practice before I’m going to play for people.
Omg I’m so hyped from my practice session today!!
Aug 4: Challenges
I passed the knowledge section. I don’t really have anything more to say about that.
Now I’m on to level 3!!
It starts with melody lessons; adding the fourth finger! I did very well with the first two training songs. They were both on the bottom string (1st) only, so very simple.
The next song in the lesson was on the 4th, 3rd, and 2nd strings and used the first four frets.
Apparently I have no idea which string I’m on with either hand. I think this song is going to take more than a couple days to master.
It’s a good challenge.
My song. Omg my song.
I played my recording once, singing along with it. Then I played it twice more, singing and playing the chords. And then! I turned off the recording.
And I was able to sing it properly!
I’m still so in love with the chorus.
I think I really need to master the F chord because the cheat I’ve been using feels very unfinished. So I’m going to work on that.
I still awkward with the verses. I’ll get there.
And the bridge is slightly uncomfortable, but I think that’s because there are F chords in it, so hopefully it will get more comfortable as I get better with that chord.
A good day.
Aug 5: Well then
You know that melody I said was going to take days to master?
I passed it today. And passed it well. I played it four times, and got three stars on all of them except the first (only two stars). So yay?
However! This next melody is actually going to take me days. I’m playing it at 75% speed and barely managing a third of the notes. So yeah. DAYS. That’s ok. I feel like I’m learning.
I played my song again. Once with the recording, several times without. Still in love with the chorus. Still fighting with the F chord.
It’s ok. I’m getting there. It’s nice to make progress.
Aug 6: Accomplishments
I worked on the melody from yesterday today for the entire half hour. I played it at 80% speed several times, sped it up to 85%, sped it up to 90%, and then played it at full speed.
And you know what?
It wasn’t as difficult as it was yesterday.
It was still really hard, but I came really close to passing. (3,3,2,2 and then 2,3,3,2 stars on each part of the song – I have decided that I need 3 stars on each part of a song in order to consider it passed. According to the app, I have passed.)
I played my song again. I’m still having trouble with that pesky little F chord. (my nemesis!!)
Keep on practicing.
Aug 7: Playing with a Headache
I completed the melody I’ve been working on for the past couple days. I’m honestly kinda surprised. Even though it was very challenging for me to start with, I felt competent while playing it today.
Shows the value of practice, I guess!
Then I played a new melody. I got three stars on all three parts the second time I played it, but then every time I played afterwards, I got worse and worse! It was kinda funny, looking back on it, but very frustrating in the moment.
I played my song without listening to the recording first. It went very well! I’m very pleased with my vocal training. Making the recording was definitely the right thing for me to do.
F chord, you will not defeat me!!!