July 26: Ugh
I passed the Am/C chord lesson once. I didn’t pass a second time, so I’ll be trying it again tomorrow.
The lines on my fingers from pressing on the strings were turning purple, so I stopped for the day.
Then I tried to play the melody line I had written out yesterday and it sounded all wrong.
I had (mostly) forgotten that I have an annoying little problem with my ear.
Any note I sing will change to the note I play.
This makes writing a melody incredibly difficult.
I tried to avoid this problem yesterday. Apparently it didn’t work.
I need to figure out a different way of doing this.
July 27: Not much
I didn’t play much today.
I completed the Am/C chord song, somehow.
Then I moved onto the next Am/C chord song. I got 3 stars on the first part of it, and then only 1 on the next two parts. Sigh.
I know that Am and C are super easy to switch between, but I’m looking forward to the difficulty of switching between chords that require me to move all my fingers around so that I’m not digging gauges in my fingers every time I play.
I tried out a new app to translate my song into guitar chords. It’s called MyChord. I’m not sure how pleased I am with it. It definitely records, and it definitely gives me chords (most of the time), but I feel like it picked the most complicated chords imaginable! I need to figure out how to transpose them to chords I can actually play, or maybe just cut out half of them.
It’s probably that my voice isn’t perfect. I know it isn’t. I have choral training from high school and that’s it, no private lessons.
Anyways, I’ll muddle along. At least this gives me something to start off with!
July 28: Ups and downs
I had a really hard time getting my fingers to cooperate holding down the strings today.
I gave up on the Am/C chord lesson after five attempts and practiced the chords I knew, plucking each string individually to make sure I had no dull notes.
Which I did.
On many chords.
Like I said, my fingers were not cooperating today.
Then I tried the lesson one last time.
And I passed with only one mistake!
I’m going to play it again tomorrow to make sure I do have it down, but yay for only one mistake!
I sang my song once.
I talked with a musician friend last night about guiding me on how to write the music. First step is to record me singing it. So I guess I’m doing that at some point this week.
Did you want to hear it?
Bear in mind, I’m not a professional singer by any stretch of the imagination and that this was “written by a 14yo boy” as his coming out love song to the guy he likes (I am not 14yo, gay, or a boy).
July 29: One Whole Month!
It has been a month since I officially picked up a guitar!
I am very happy with my progress, even though it feels slow at times.
I passed the Am/C chord song and moved on to learning G.
One of the major benefits of getting this Fender; the neck is narrower and G is easier to reach. The only trouble I’m having with it is switching in and out of it.
I passed the chord player, where the app gave me a series of chords that I had to play in a certain amount of time. I played 14 on the first try. I’ll probably play it again tomorrow.
Then I played the first G chord song.
This song had G/C/Em/Am!
My fingers are still feeling cramped from playing. It’ll get easier though.
I didn’t pass the lesson, but I’m really excited to be moving onto a more complicated song!
I tried to find a simple app that would tell me what notes I was singing for my song. All I learned is that my voice is wildly out of tune.
Maybe I shouldn’t try to write the song.
July 30: Fun!
I had a lot of fun playing today.
I played the G/C/Em/Am song multiple times. Haven’t passed it yet, but it felt really good to play something that required a lot of brain power.
I even played it for an audience! And the toddler didn’t attack the guitar!
I sang my song a few times.
I’m supposed to record it for my friend to help me and I keep putting it off because a) we’ve been busy, and b) I’m nervous.
July 31: Moving right along
I passed the G/C/Em/Am chord song twice today. I’m very proud of myself.
Then I moved on to the next song, Em/G/C chords. I passed it on the first attempt, and then had trouble the next two times.
I’ll get it tomorrow, I think.
I sang my song once and then I recorded it to send to my friend who’s guiding me.
Good day today!
Aug 1: Progress
I passed the Em/G/C chord song today.
Then I learned about up strumming. That was… Interesting.
Then I played a G/Em chord song that was all about switching between down and up strumming.
I did not pass it, but I feel pretty good about my progress on it.
I put on my recording of my song and sang along with it multiple times.
I need to work on my confidence.