Guitar Lessons Part 56

May 28: Repeat

I played the walking song and “Get to Know You” on the electric and then repeated the walking song on the tenor ukulele.

I would’ve done more, but my arm seized up so I thought it was probably best I stop at that point.

May 29: Discouraged

I played the walking song and “Get to Know You” today on the electric. I didn’t have as much time as usual.

I’m really getting discouraged by the electric. My arm still hurts while playing it, for one. For two, it still sounds discordant on certain chords and I’m not sure how to fix that. I feel like I must be playing it incorrectly, but I don’t know how to fix it beyond getting lessons, which are not possible at this time.

I don’t know.

Maybe I should take a complete break from playing in order to heal.

May 30: Better

@ericdesmarais played around with the settings on the amp while I was playing and we decided that the “gains” was too high. I was MUCH encouraged by how my guitar sounded today.

My arm also hurt a lot less. I played 3 songs; the walking song, “Get to Know You,” and the wedding song.

I also discovered that the pick I’ve been using is being slowly shaved down. Poor pick. I guess I know what I’m asking for in my stocking at Christmas!

May 31: Tingles

I played the electric today for three songs and the tenor uke for one.

I guess I was a little more enthusiastic than usual because my fingers are still tingling.

I played the walking song on both instruments, and “Get to Know You” and the wedding song on the guitar.

I’m still not used to the electric’s sound. I like the full-bodied richness of the acoustic much better.

June 1: Short

I had a short practice session today. Not only did virtual school run longer than usual today, but my arm was bothering me even before I picked up the guitar.

I played the walking song and “Get to Know You” on the electric and then the walking song on the tenor ukulele again.

I really like it.

June 2: Singing

I think I’m out of practise at singing a full song because my voice broke near the end of the wedding song.

Maybe it’s just not in my range? I should try playing it tomorrow without the capo and see how that sounds.

Also, the D to Fmaj7 for the verse to bridge really bothers me. I practised it several times outside the song, and it sounded fine. But in the song?

I don’t know what’s wrong.

I also played the walking song (on electric and ukulele) and “Get to Know You.” Are you surprised? If you’ve been following me lately you shouldn’t be.

On the plus side, my arm doesn’t hurt today. I’ll take that win.

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May 21: Ukulele again

I played uke today, focussing mostly on the walking song.

I love how this song sounds on the ukulele. It’s so sprightly and chipper. It’s a lot of fun.

I also played “La Da Dee” by Cody Simpson, which I love. That song was literally the first one I looked for in the ukulele app.

May 22: Not much

I only played the soprano ukulele today, and I only played the walking song twice.

I definitely hold my shoulder way too tense. My arm is aching.

But omg I love this song so much!

May 23: Two songs

I’ve missed my acoustic.

Even though my shoulder started hurting the instant I woke up, I still decided to try to play my acoustic.

Since I knew I wouldn’t be able to play for very long, I didn’t play from the app. I played the walking song and “Get to Know You.” This was the first time I played the walking song on the acoustic, and it sounded completely different!

May 24: It’s electric

I decided that moving my electric amp was one step too much for my executive function, so I left it where it was when I played today. It worked. Yay tricking my brain.

I played the walking song a bunch of times, “Get to Know You”, and the wedding song.

I moved one chord in the walking song. I think it sounds better now.

May 25: Teaching

I started off the practice session with the electric first, playing the walking song, “Get to Know You,” and the ballad.

Considering it had been a while since I’d played the ballad, it was actually decent.

Then I switched to the soprano ukulele to play the walking song again. It’s so cute. I know I say that a lot, but it is.

After I finished, my daughter (5.5yo) wanted to play the uke, so I gave it to her. I asked her to play a C chord, which I had taught her a couple weeks ago, and she remembered it.

Then I realized it was the first chord of the walking song and I asked her if she wanted to learn the next one (F). She did, and she switched between the two cords a couple times before asking for the next one (Am). So she can now play the first line of the walking song! I’m so proud.

May 26: Interesting

I played the electric first today. On it, I played the Assassins! Accidental Matchmakers theme using a pick for the first time, which didn’t go as poorly as I thought it might, the walking song, “Get to Know You,” the wedding song, and the French song (the latter is not one I wrote, in case you don’t remember it… It’s been a while since I played that one).

Then I switched instruments and played the walking song on the soprano ukulele, and then again on the tenor ukulele.

I have noticed that I prefer certain instruments for different songs. I finally understand why musicians change instruments during their sets (the tuning probably changes while they play, but they also might change instruments because the tone is slightly different).

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May 15: Partial success

I got the guitar amp! It’s lovely. I’m much happier with how the guitar sounds now that the bass isn’t majorly reverbing.

I played mountain king… Meh.

I played “Get to Know You” and the wedding song. I don’t like that I can’t do the percussive element for the former. The latter sounds better with the toning turned up. I still much prefer the sound of the acoustic.

And then! I tried to put chords to the walking song! Yes yes, I know it’s for the ukulele. I played chords that I knew were simple on the uke and I figured out the chord progression for the verse!!!! I tried to figure out the chorus, but it wasn’t working for me today, so I left it for tomorrow.

Then I switched instruments to try to play what I’d written on the uke, and it sounds so lovely. I’m quite happy with it.

Did you happen to catch the cover of Assassins! Accidental Matchmakers that I posted today? Click on the tag, because you need to see it!!

May 16: Complete

I had some major issues with the app hearing my guitar today, so after two fails on mountain king, I stopped. It was just pissing me off and I was playing the right notes at the right time.

I played “Get to Know You” twice and then I worked on the walking song.

Omg.

Not to brag, but this song is so flipping cute.

I can hear the cheekiness of the character who “wrote” it.

I ended up writing it on the guitar, but it’s got chords that are really easy on the ukulele (C, F, Am, G, D, and A). I think I was having trouble writing the chords on the uke because I’m not as familiar with the instrument.

I figured out the chords for the chorus, which means the song is complete!

I played it through once, and I’m really happy with it. The ending sounds incomplete, but then I realized that was the point, because Randal (the character making it up) stops singing because he gets distracted.

May 17: Short

I only had a few minutes of playing today, so I grabbed the new song and played it on the ukulele.

I am completely in love with this song.

It’s so cute.

I’m really happy with it.

Some of the chords aren’t in the right place on the paper, but I’ll fix them once I figure out where they’re supposed to go.

May 18: Fixed

I didn’t have much time so rather than pull out the electric, I focussed my entire practise time on the walking song.

I played it through about four times, listening closely to the melody and trying to make the verses as similar as possible.

I ended up shifting the chords a tiny bit in the second line of each verse, and I am so much happier with how it sounds now.

I think I might actually put the chords down on the file instead of penciling them in. Maybe tomorrow, if I’m still happy with it.

Wow. I wrote a song in less than a week. I’m pretty damn proud of myself.

May 19: Swing

I played the electric again.

Sometimes I feel like I’m really getting the hang of it. And then others…..

Mountain king from the app didn’t go so well. I don’t understand how to play the electric loud enough for the app to hear me but stop the echo. Very frustrating when I’m playing a fast song.

Then I played “Get to Know You” twice and the ballad. I shouldn’t have played the ballad. My arm hurts now.

Last, I played the walking song. I played it on guitar instead of the ukulele. It’s okay, the chord names are the same no matter the instrument. I just have to get used to the slightly more complex finger positions. NBD.

It’s cool how different the song sounds on the two instruments. The electric makes it sound much more hard rock, which is fascinating. The ukulele makes it sound much cheekier.

May 20: Fiddling

No, I did not start learning a new instrument. I think two is enough, don’t you?

For now.

Mwahahaha

I started off with mountain king. Ehhhhhhhhh….. I almost feel like giving up while playing the electric, but then I would have trouble with the fingering when I start the acoustic again.

I played “Get to Know You” twice. There was a weird discordant echo the first time I played it. I have no idea how to deal with that. I definitely need a music teacher if I continue with the electric, I think.

I also played the walking song twice. I noticed on the first pass that I wasn’t quite matching up with where the chords were supposed to be. So on the second play-through, I paid more attention, and I ended up tweaking the placement of two chords.

Hence the title of my post. 🙂

Oh, and I finished chapter 14 in our WiP last night, which means we’re 2/3rds done!! I’m really proud of this latest chapter; @ericdesmarais wrote a riddle at the end of chapter 13 and the characters had to solve it, but not too quickly.

Not to brag, but I was really clever. I’m very proud of myself.

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May 9: New!

I was super spoiled for mother’s day.

It arrived yesterday just after dinner.

I played it today. It’s really fun. A little longer between the frets than my acoustic, but with a little practise, I should be fine.

I played mountain king and all 3 of my songs today, with only a little pain in my shoulder, so this guitar is doing what it’s supposed to do.

I still think I’ll prefer performing with my acoustic, but we’ll see.

May 10: Wider frets

The biggest difference I’ve found between the acoustic and the electric is the wider frets. So I’ll play the C chord, for example, and my ring finger has to stretch further to get onto the fifth string, third fret.

I’ll get used to it, but right now it’s just frustrating.

My brother-in-law tells me that I’m supposed to strum differently as well, so I should probably look into that…

Played mountain king not well at all. (Wider fret issue)

Played “Get to Know You” twice and the wedding song once. Because I’m using the capo on the 3rd fret, there’s less of an issue with the frets, which is nice.

May 11: Tuning

I didn’t have to tune strings 4, 3, 2, and 1 today. That’s nice.

I played mountain king. Ehhhhhhhhh… I think I’m getting better? Maybe?

I also played “Get to Know You” and the wedding song. I played around with the tone knobs and volume. It’s a lot of fun, but I still prefer my acoustic. I prefer the sound.

I still haven’t looked up the difference between acoustic and electric strumming. I should really get on that. (I say as I pick up volume 4 of Heartstopper by Alice Oseman.)

May 12: Echo

I had a lot of trouble with my electric today. Like, I had to stop in the middle of my song to tune it again, even though it didn’t actually need tuning, because one string was sounding so discordant.

My husband suggested that it was because I’m using a bass amp instead of a guitar amp, so there’s an echo and a bass reverb and my ear can’t handle both.

Maybe?

My amp is supposed to come in tomorrow by 8pm, so I’ll find out by Saturday at the latest.

I nearly failed mountain king. I don’t think I’ve ever gotten such a low score and actually completed it.

I played “Get to Know You” and the wedding song.

May 13: New song

So… I wrote a new song yesterday afternoon.

It’s for the ukulele. It’s a walking song, so there’s no capo and needs to have easy, repetitive chords.

Today, I set about getting used to the ukulele again. I used my husband’s tenor uke rather than the soprano. No particular reason for that, really. Maybe I like the sound a tiny bit better?

I played a couple songs from the ukulele app first, to get used to the chords.

I really love the Winnie the Pooh song. It’s so cute. I played it twice just because.

Then I tried to put chords to the song.

Yeah, that didn’t go so well.

I’ll try again another day.

May 14: Late practice

One of the best things about having an electric guitar is that I can play it after the kids go to bed and they can’t hear it. (If it’s not plugged in.)

So tonight I played a couple songs I hadn’t touched in a while and “Get to Know You” because I have the beginner version memorized and I didn’t want to run down to the basement to get my music.

I also tuned the guitar again. It thought my D string was the high E string. 🤷🏼‍♀️

Hopefully tomorrow I’ll try the uke again and be able to get the chords down for the walking song.

Book Mood Board

I had fun looking for pictures that made me think of the book Assassins! Accidental Matchmakers.

And I thought, why not share it with you?

Mood board of Assassins! Accidental Matchmakers. Pictures of a black motorcycle, a stargate from Stargate SG1, a metal pineapple, a cottage, a street sign indicating Westmeath is to the right, a fun-looking mushroom, a stuffed bear, two croissants and a coffee, and a dessert pizza surround the front cover of the book, art by pinkpiggy93, layout by Nathan and Mackenzie.

Summary

Kennedy Fairfield just graduated in the class of 2002, and is now trying to find her purpose in life, or at least a job in her field. When she saves Jason Johnson, the leader of a secret Community of supernatural people called Aetherborn, from an attempted assassination, they embark on a whirlwind epic romance and adventure.

For Kennedy and Jason to discover why people are disappearing in time to save her friends, they’ll have to face teleporting assassins, grumpy wizards, gossiping hags, mafia robots, and secret military groups, all in the city of Westmeath, Ontario, which has more secrets than residents.

The first book of four in The Gates of Westmeath series.

Pre-order Assassins! Accidental Matchmakers now!

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May 2: D to Fmaj7

I need to practise D to Fmaj7. And G to D. Just D in general, I think.

My throat feels like it’s all scratched up, so I should probably take an allergy pill today.

I played my songs. I played mountain king.

It’s been ten months since I started learning guitar. I’m not a beginner anymore, but I certainly don’t feel like I’m at the intermediate level yet.

May 3: Same thing

I feel like I say the same thing over and over again.

I guess that’s what practise is, right?

Mountain king will not defeat me. I will get this song.

I played my three songs. I got a little too enthusiastic regarding the third song, and now my arm hurts quite a bit. Ibuprofen is my friend.

May 4: Missed

No post was written on this day :'(

May 5: Challenge

There was a new challenge song today: “La Llorona.”

My daughter recognized it as one of the songs from Coco, which made me happy, both because we haven’t watched that in a while and because it was recognizable enough.

Then I played sugar plum fairy and mountain king, passably well.

I only played “Get to Know You” of my songs because my shoulder was starting to hurt.

Husband bought me a pretty awesome mother’s day gift that will hopefully help with that. I can’t wait to try it out. Pictures will be taken.

In other news, Thank you to those who already voted for Assassins! Accidental Matchmakers on the Goodreads lists! I can already see our cover on several of the banners (which means that it’s within the top five on those lists!) It would be really cool if we could get it onto all the banners!

https://www.goodreads.com/list/book/60868742

P.S. You can only vote on a computer! But you can add our book to your “want to read” lists on mobile! 🙂

May 6: Short

I didn’t play much today. My shoulder hurts now.

I did mountain king. Not very well, though.

I played “Get to Know You” twice and the wedding song once. My middle finger’s callus split a bit and it was hurting to play, so I stopped at that point.

Also, please vote for Assassins! in the Goodreads lists! Thank you!

May 7: Stressful

The kids were, I’ll use the phrase “high-spirited,” today.

Which meant I was rather stressed.

My husband suggested I try practising guitar to calm down.

Yeah, that didn’t particularly help.

I played mountain king. It actually went fairly well, considering I’d forgotten to turn on the volume on my phone so I couldn’t hear the song through the app.

I also played “Get to Know You” twice.

Let’s hope tomorrow is better.

I love my kids I love my kids I love my kids

May 8: Pretty good day

I had a lovely day so far. The kids played nicely together and we brought up some of their big toys from the basement (a ball pit, tunnel, tent combo that they love but is too big to be out all the time, and a giant Yoshi that is, well, giant). They had fun with those.

I was hoping the new thing would be in today (it’s out for delivery) before I played guitar, but it didn’t make it here in time unfortunately.

Mountain king went better than usual today.

I played “Get to Know You” twice, pausing in the middle to change a dirty diaper (not mine, just to be clear 🤣). Then I played the wedding song.

I definitely play the ballad the least, mostly because it’s the most strenuous on my shoulder, but partially because I play them in the order I wrote them. 🤷🏼‍♀️

Reminder to please vote for Assassins! Accidental Matchmakers in the Goodreads lists: https://www.goodreads.com/list/book/60868742

Please and thank you!!