This is sound advice here.
This is primarily aimed at swashata Dont know if my rudimentary forums skills are able to pick out DavidPs’ response in a quote. We will see.
I learned the chords initially in my late teens and had no issues since then, doing them. Even after 30 years off i am able to finger them without fretbuzz and mute appropriate base notes with thumb when needed.
What i lack is the sustained strumming effort and timely chord changes for a 3 min effort. I can strum for 3 min. That is not a problem. My issue is keeping it in time for the whole effort and keeping hold of the pick.
Grade 1 without the song app to play along with got boring really quickly and i moved up to grade 2 out of boredom only to be told by my own playing that i was not ready to move up yet. I was not able to strum consistently enough to warrant a move up in grade. I only moved up cos i thought i was, arrogantly, above the grade 1 since i am able to finger chords perfectly and know how to fret the chords by heart ect.
Playing music is more than just being able to finger the chords without fretbuzz ect. We have to be able to play consistently over a longer time period with nearly no gaps in time or loss of sound on chord changes.
I do have the song app, and the metronome app, now so i will start all over again even if i am able to pass many sections of the white grade that pertain to how to fret certain chords. I had previously given not much effort to the songs in grade 1 cos i am “better” than a 1 downstrum on 4 beats in a bar Three little birds song. How wrong i was. How can i expect to keep time and consistent effort in woderwall if i am not even willing to commit to the basic skills needed to to strum all downstrums on an easier song?
Moving up to grade two out of boredom and not having the song app to help was a SERIOUSLY humbling experience. Yeah, you are not as good as you think you are kind of experience.
Dont be in a rush to leave white grade is what i am trying to say.
EDIT…i have to edit this and post the part of DavidPs’ response that i was commenting on since the quote did nor for some reason
This what he wrote:
Your practice routines sound just right, so keep on keeping on. I’d just guard against rushing through the lessons of each module too fast, developing a “let me finish this lesson, so I can get to the next one” mindset. Make sure that you are solid on each module, able to complete the practice routines and meet the suggested criteria of each module. This is the foundation on which everything is built.
Start building up your repertoire of songs. Perhaps record a few more of the songs suggested in the modules.