I’ve been tossing around the idea of making a learning log for myself here. Decided to bite the bullet, since I’m prone to forget little wins in life in general. So I’ll try to keep track of myself here.
I’m Constance (or Connie or CC, whatever suits your sentence) and I started learning at the end of last year, a few days before my first post I think… I have a lovely Maton M325 steel string acoustic guitar. I’m 35 for a few weeks yet and this is the first time I’ve played since a few weeks in school music class at thirteen. I prop my foot up on my guitar case and use non-slip material under my guitar to get steady and positioned well, and I’m not looking forward to trying to play in winter with one half of me out of a jumper, lol.
I’m up to module 4 in the beginner grade one course, but I’m still doing the practice for the first three because I just couldn’t hang around doing only the A and D chord without going nuts. I’m very grateful that the fourth module has a ‘pick your own chords’ one minute changes practice. Each practice I find new depths to the pudginess of my fingers… but at the beginning of any session I can make my chords ring out clearly without too much pressure, with the exception of high strings and my changes are getting faster and I’m getting more relaxed when I play, which is lovely.
I’m hopeful that one day I can take the music inside me and make it, not for any fame or career, just to create and enjoy.
This is likely to be a boring read as time goes on, I think I’m making pretty slow progress by comparison to others, but I hope this diary-esque approach I take will be okay.
-know A, D, E, Em, Am, Dm, and can place A D E Em fingers pretty quickly. Tried to do one minute changes between D and Dm and found the app couldn’t parse the difference XD
-am working on changes between E/Em and Am, taking my fingers off the fretboard I often lose where they are… (I think slight hyperflexibility is affecting my proprioception but it’s getting better)
-working on placing all fingers for the D chord at once instead of 123… gonna try and put the third finger down first and place the other two simultaneously, I think I can get my brain to merge them all with that approach
-working on keeping good positioning of my wrist even when I am focussing on other aspects of play
-I am working on keeping beat but the metronome has made me aware that I am inconsistent…
-I have the old faithful strumming pattern down pat when I stop paying attention to it
-I have fun trying to get the Seven Nation Army and the Sunshine of Your Love riffs down
-I’m getting better at using chopsticks with my left hand and cleaning my teeth with it too, and it is stronger and my fingers more flexible and controlled than ever before… even with the double-jointed thumb, I’m keeping it from bending back most of the time now…
-I practice almost every day, keep forgetting to time it but it’s at least 20mins most days
I want to be able to play a full-tempo song from each of the first four modules before I move on. I’m currently working on For What it’s Worth by Buffalo Springfield, a song I actually like, at 70bpm. I make it through most of the song now before my fingers forget how to listen to my brain. I have enough chords and other things to work on that I can’t get bored, and even when I have an irritating slide-back session, I still come away feeling good for having done it, and I often find the next session to be way better than I expect.