Aug 8: Very Good Day
I passed the melody I was working on yesterday, after several attempts.
Then I moved on to a pinky finger exercise. It was fun and easy.
I got to play a song I recognized!
Ode to Joy!
Omg you have no idea how excited I was too not only get to play this, but I got to hear myself play it properly!? I passed it on the second try and then I played it two more times just because I could. So cool!
I played my song too, again without listening to the recording first. My daughter sang along with me. Super cool that she knows most of the lyrics to a song that I wrote.
I got the F chord today! Slowly on the changes, but I got it!
Aug 9: Melody Challenge
I played Ode to Joy again, just because I could. I did well on it, although not as well as after 4x yesterday.
Then I moved on to the next melody. It has FIVE parts! I passed according to the app, but I have not gotten 3 stars on all 5 parts yet, so I’m going to keep going with it tomorrow.
I played my song again. The chord changes are getting faster, which is very encouraging!
I’m still feeling weird about the timing on the verses. I might have to do a video call with my music mentor again this weekend.
Aug 10: Gah
The lesson through the app went really well. I passed the song I was working on yesterday on the first try and then again on the second.
The next song was difficult at first, but I’m feeling confident I’ll get it tomorrow.
Then I played my song. It sounded okay, but I could hear the dull notes, so I tried to play each chord individually.
Apparently I cannot play the F chord today. Like, at all. 4th string, fine. 3rd string, fine. 2nd and 1st? Dull, no matter how I move my hand.
I am incredibly frustrated today.
I stopped playing because I felt like smashing something and I thought it would be smart to just leave it alone for now.
Aug 11: Not Bad
I passed the melody I was working on yesterday. It took several tries, but I managed it.
The next melody has barely any pauses in it. If I mess up, I have a really hard time finding the notes again. I passed it once before my time ran out for the day.
My song went well. I added an E chord, for “colour” as my music mentor says. I’m not sure if I’ll keep it, but I liked how it sounded today.
And that F chord… I managed it correctly about a quarter of the time, if I’m being generous.
Aug 12: That F-ing Chord
I completed the melody lessons for level 3 in my app. I only needed to play that one melody from yesterday once more to pass it.
Then I learned a new chord! D chord. I’ve been practicing it with the other chords for about a month, so I was able to get it right away. There was another chord challenge where I had to play as many chords as possible in a set time frame. I did that a bunch of times and managed to get 19 chords to give me three gold stars. Woo!
The first chord song in the app ended up required down strumming AND up strumming. I haven’t been practicing the up strumming, so I didn’t do very well. Something to work on for tomorrow.
Then I played my song.
That F-ing F chord. I couldn’t get it even once. Not even outside the song. I’m seriously considering transposing the entire song so that I don’t have to play the F chord.
So frustrated today.
Aug 13: Chords
The app I use is EXTREMELY picky (pun not intended) about chords. It’s exhausting.
I passed the chord song I was working on yesterday… Barely. I wouldn’t really say I passed, but I was tired of playing it. It kept not hearing me properly.
So I skipped on to the next one. I only played it once, but it didn’t hear a single C chord. Very frustrating.
I told my music mentor about my frustrations yesterday, and he suggested I play Fmaj7 instead of F. Omg what a difference! I’m very happy with the switch. I know I’ll have to learn F someday, but that day is not this day.
I played my song several times. It’s coming along well, I think.
Oh, and we ordered a soprano ukelele that came in today. Our daughter is EXTREMELY excited about it.
So it looks like I’ll be learning uke as well as guitar.