Module 10 Practice Schedule

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Hey people -

I’m on Module 10 and am curious whether I should be capably, effortlessly strumming along with the songs in the app before I move on. Depending on the bpm, most of the time I can get a downstroke on beat 1 (Just learning F, so … not that. And I still struggle with C, but this round’s weak G fingering might help…), but strumming on each beat and switching for the next is at the edge of my capacity (despite feeling very confident with the strumming practices themselves). …Should I be parked on a module until I can pair old reliable (isn’t that what Justin calls that first strum pattern?) with each song? (Do I have too many parentheticals in this short post?)

Bigger Picture, I suppose that question holds along many of the other practices, eg. riffs, naming notes, understanding intervals, etc. Should I have those down cold each module before “leveling up?”

Thanks in advance!

Hi Adrewski. If your goal is to play songs by strumming rhythm, then I would say, yes you need to be able to play some simple songs quite smoothly and with good confidence at this stage. Many campfire guitarists don’t even know how to play F chord.

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The simplest answer is why do you want to learn to play guitar? If it’s not to learn songs then it would be mighty strange!
Learn songs, learn songs, learn songs…………

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I think I will use the weak G for the Tom Petty song ‘Won’t Back Down’ because the change between G and C in the song the app is quick.

So, when Justin says we should learn a song–for example La Bamba, what does that actually mean? Does it mean to learn the parts that he taught during the lesson or we should be able to just play it start to end? I’ve got the riff down pretty well (for this level, of course) and the pushed strumming C-F-G progression isn’t too bad considering Justin says that using F in songs at this stage is only something we can explore but isn’t a focus. La Bamba isn’t in the song app. So how would I bridge the gap between knowing the riff and the chord progression to playing the whole song? The song is fun and maybe finding the tab and learning the rest from it would be a worthwhile educational endeavour, but it is far from one of my favourite songs and seems outside the scope of the lesson. Yet, he does say that learning ‘the song’ is a goal of the lesson. I similarly felt like I was cheating with "Wish You Were Here’ cause I couldn’t play the whole song. I’ve got the riff and strumming down enough to make me happy. What have you all done with these elements of the lessons?

No advice but I just want to say I sympathize. “Learn songs”- its hard to know what that means exactly. Learn the lead melody? Learn the rhythm chords? Learn the riff? Learn an easy version? I don’t really like easy versions of anything, not on piano and I don’t like the idea of it on guitar either.

On a side note, don’t forget that on the website, there is an entire section with song lesson videos that you can filter by grade, skill, and a few other ways. There’s hundreds of song lessons there. I’ve been using the website for 7 months and just recently realized I’d been neglecting the free song lessons. I’ve tried a few and found they’re too complicated for me even if they’re in my grade level, but having said that, I clearly need the challenges.

Maybe someone will come in with some great advice here. But I have to admit, I haven’t been doing very well at learning songs. I don’t think I confidently know even one song. Well, that’s not true. I think I’m getting Happy Birthday down pretty well.

LIke @artax_2 I don’t really have advice. But I’ve pondered this as well, and here’s how I’ve processed Justin’s various pieces of advice so far. As a beginner, “learn songs” means to memorize the chords, be able to play through the song by memory (I struggle with this) with a strumming pattern that you can manage. Take satisfaction in what we’ve accomplished, knowing that as we progress we’ll return to songs we’ve learned, and apply new techniques. (I seem to recall that there are four lessons on Wish You Were Here - certainly beyond my current skill level!) I really struggled with this especially in Grade 1 (I’m in Grade 2 now) because I took little pleasure in switching between two or three chords using a simple strum!

I approached La Bamba in a similar way to you, @GuitarZen: I learned the riff (fun!) and the pushed chords. Then I played through the song simply, using the pushed chords - which sounds pretty cool. (FWIW, I do see La Bamba in my version of the app.) That’s enough for this beginner to say “I know that song!”

One problem I have is learning songs that I don’t especially care for, or that I’m not familiar with. I guess I need more instant gratification than those things provide. I’ll need to work on that. :grin:

I think it ultimately depends on your own goals. Personally, I’m not motivated to do this “strumming” kind of song learning as I’m not looking to perform in front of anybody and I don’t sing anyway, so playing the same chord progressions becomes a bit stale after a while. It’s great for practicing the techniques of strumming and keeping time, though.

However, I really like transcribing and figuring out melodies and playing along to real recordings. I think it’s a way to enhance my connection to the music and helps me understand what’s going on musically.

Agreed. A lot of the songs that are listed are ones that, most of the time I’ve not heard, or want to hear for that matter (not my genre) so it reduces down the list of songs available. It also most feels like being forced to learn these. Saying that I have found a couple that I hadn’t heard before that I use for practice.

I haven’t gotten around to that either!

That has absolutely been my experience with the few I’ve tried in the past.

I tend to just pick one or two of the recommended songs and find others in the song app on my own. I like a variety of songs instead of learning one or two perfectly. The exception is if the songs are in the practice assistant. I treat the prescribed practice routine as non-negotiable but do stuff around it.

Yes, I can see that. I wouldn’t/don’t plan to perform in front of anyone either, but I’m a bit different. I enjoy feeling the music with my strumming and feel that since I’m not very good at [feeling/staying with the] rhythm, the strumming is foundational for me. But if that wasn’t my cup of tea then I imagine the course would have been boring for me so far. I’m Beginner Grade 2 Lesson 10 and the lessons seem good for me–Learning chords and scales and then playing around with them seem fundamental to me as well. We’re learning theory without learning theory, if that makes sense.

Thanks for the input! I feel more at ease with the process after reading some of your experiences.

I noticed the practice schedule on the site is different than the practice schedule on the app. Should I be focusing on one over the other or it doesn’t matter?

I’m right on queue with @artax_2….there’s plenty to keep me entertained and busy with productive practice routines yet. But having a song down is definitely not one of my hallmark accomplishments. That said, attempting Harvest Moon on the app is decent chord progression work as I try to get nearer the proper speed. I figure, only 3 months in, campfire entertainment is a long game with a few seasons of fundamental development if I take the patient approach and not make songs a hard line in the sand right out the gate. No sense on penalizing progress at this stage of learning if the ultimate goal is to play songs after they said a tad bit more “realistic?”