July 12: chord lesson blahs
I played the same lesson the entire lesson today; Em and Am. I need to get three stars on all three parts of the lesson in order to move on to the next lesson.
I have yet to succeed.
My fingers hurt.
Silver lining? I’m feeling a lot more confident switching between the two chords.
I guess that’s the whole point.
July 13: new chords
I have finally succeeded at the Em/Am lesson!!
Now I’ve moved on to E/Am.
I succeeded on the first attempt, but I like to play it twice because my fingers need the practice switching between chords. I don’t want to move on too quickly.
And then I couldn’t pass it again.
I appear to be on a downswing for my song too. It sounded all off today.
So now my fingers hurt and I’m not feeling great about how today’s lesson went at all.
July 14: moving forward
I beat the level!
Well, it’s not a video game, but it kinda feels like one.
So I completed the song with Am/E. Then I moved on to an Am/E/Em song. I completed it twice, passing both times.
I feel a lot better about my progress today.
That was the end of the chords lessons, and they moved on to basics about the guitar: the names of the strings, half steps and whole steps, and pitches.
I completed all of those easily.
I played my song again. Still not super happy with it today. That’s ok, though. I’ve got time to figure it out.
Yes, my fingers still hurt.
July 15: level 2
I completed the knowledge lessons. It’s nice to know that I haven’t forgotten things like how to count 4/4 time.
That meant that I got to move on to LEVEL TWO!
The first set of lessons are Melody 2. Single fingers, picking and not strumming. I completed the first few melodies with very little trouble (twice each, to make sure I had the lesson down properly).
The fourth melody really picked up the speed and switched from the 2/¾ frets to the ¾/5 frets and wow was that ever difficult! I completely failed (couldn’t even get to the end of the song) multiple times before I finally managed to pass. I only passed once though, so I’ll be playing it again tomorrow and hopefully succeeding.
As for my song…I seem to have stalled on it. I hope it’ll get easier to write the music for it as I learn more.
My fingers don’t hurt too much today. They sting a little.
July 16: slow down
Today I repeated the melody I was having trouble with yesterday and I only made one mistake. I was very satisfied and moved on to the next set of lessons; Melody 2.5.
That was a dramatic increase in complexity.
Changing frets AND strings and much faster than the previous songs.
So I took the time to run through the song on practice mode and slowed it down to 60% and tried again. Then I increased it to 75%. And then 85%. And then I tried again in perform mode. I wasn’t perfect by a long shot, but I got 3 stars (not gold stars) and I’m really thrilled with that.
I am not considering myself as “passed” though. I’ll try it again tomorrow and if I can get 3 stars again, then I’ll move on to the next lesson.
As for my song, I didn’t play it today.
However, I sang it. I think it’ll be easier to get the melody down on the guitar if I have it firmly in my head first.
We’ll see how that goes.
July 17: mostly positive
I started today’s lesson with the melody I was having trouble with yesterday. It took two tries, but I succeeded to my satisfaction.
Then I moved on to the next melody. The app told me I passed on the first try, which was, frankly, astonishing. The melody moved between the first 3 frets and the next 3 frets, switching between the bottom 3 strings. I don’t think it was quite as fast as the first melody I did today, but it was close. Then I tried it three more times before i finally passed it again on the fourth try.
I practiced the chords I know, both with a strum and finger picking each string to make sure I don’t have dull notes.
Again, I sang the song rather than play. I think I’m getting more consistent. I hope.