Montyster. Learning Log

This is brilliant I have just discovered that I can write a log of progress this is really going to help with motivation. But as I am already ploughing ahead most of this for now is going to be backtracking I hope that’s ok. Reading back through emails I started the first Module on 5th May 2022 and I am now just finishing module 10 at La Bamba.
So what’s happening along the way, looking back to module 1 holding the guitar has been harder than anticipated, certainly it’s contributed to poor strumming and chord changes at times, definitely a tendency to tilt the guitar and loose finger hold, however I found the solution a couple of weeks ago this being a foot rest I realised I being short was not getting a particularly good seating position and this was causing backache but with one foot on the step I can hold the guitar straighter and more comfortably. Ok I do miss looking at my fingers but that was the cause of the problem.
My first song was Ain’t no Sunshine love that song and as the key was the same on JG as original Bill let’s me play along with him on U Tube via Chordify.
Chords so far for the most part have been fairly accurate save for bad F known in guitar circles as the F, but I am going to leave the bad in front. I can play a perfect F in fact I didn’t have a huge problem in finding it but as soon as you say F my fingers just slow down to around 10 bpm, so I am trying to rectify this with daily practice of C major chord progressions, that seems to be helping but I reckon it’s become a bit phycological its F for fear I think.
Strumming was a huge issue in the beginning I didn’t think that had any hope but surprisingly practice with songs has pulled it into line and although I can’t put that many patterns into songs yet I am getting the hang of them with a muted fret board it’s the 8 strum patterns that are still somewhat elusive at the moment but I feel progress is positive.
My second song Wish you were here, now I can’t sing but the first time I played this I was crying my eyes out holds a lot of emotion for me this song and has become a huge inspiration to progress. The intro I can play but I don’t play it to time, I think I could I just I like to play it gently for myself.
Now we come to Harvest Moon playing with old faithful strum pattern this has become a successful daily play I bring in a 4 heavy down strum on the last A chord of each a sequence when he sings On this Harvest Moon I find that really works what do you reckon?
My focus now is trying to polish my playing accuracy in changes still a problem, timing is pretty good, strumming can still let me down. So it’s accuracy now that I must focus on.
My song sheet consists of the following apart from the 3 already mentioned.
Spooky
House of the rising Sun
Candy
Dreams
You don’t love Me
Luka
Although I struggle with dreams due to F but these are all quite tuneful and practiced daily
As I move on I’ll tell you what songs I am going to tackle next
At my current position in the course my issue lies with push chords I have done the lesson 3 times and nope still can’t get that chord half a beat early. I have to think about this and find a way. I hope this is a good start to a log and if it is I will update regularly if that’s ok

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These dreams will come true……with practise!
The learnings logs are a great thing to look back at down the road. You’ll marvel at how far you’ve come and how bad you were when you first started! :smiley:

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I struggled with the F chord when I was learning. Took months before I could play it (full barre) cleanly. So worth the effort.

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Sounds like you are doing great, Mark, following the path, making progress, learning through practice and playing songs. Keep doing what you are doing.

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A quick update I finished module 10 yesterday, to be fair I haven’t mastered or even comprehended push chords, but I am not going to forget I just incorporate that element into my practice now, so I think it’s fair to move on, otherwise you can get too frustrated with a single element. It was good though with the end of module practice regime I definitely absorbed more than I had anticipated, I felt quietly confident afterward.
I get very excited when a new module looms and last night it was very warm I couldn’t sleep so at about 2.30 am I was (without guitar) watching the first couple of lessons, I often watch the lessons without guitar as I find Justin very easy to watch and listen too.
So this morning I was keen to try the embellishments of sus chords which on the D were pretty successful. I’ll watch the lesson again now with guitar.
An update to my song list
I’m my own Grandpa ( actually I am someone’s great Grandpa)
Guitar Man
Comfortably numb
Hallelujah
Dirty old town
Dance the night away
These are my projects for learning
I also subscribed to the Blues Lick app when I started and I have grasped the TBone Walker lick but not to a great speed yet but it’s been a good practice element.
Still slow with F changes I am guessing one day I won’t even remember this or I’ll only play songs without F hopefully the former :joy:
I cannot believe what I have achieved in 3 months with Justin, it’s almost learning subliminally, I have thoroughly enjoyed it, what I would add is unlike most teaching methods if you do get stuck there is so much more that you can or have achieved you don’t focus on the negative. Just return once you’ve improved.
Any way that’s it for now

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Thanks for the update, Mark. Lovely to hear your enthusiasm and that you are making good progress.

You’ll notice I moved this post to add it onto the first Learning Log topic you created. The convention we follow is to have a single topic and just add your subsequent updates as a ‘Reply’.

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Hi Mark, good you are enjoying the practice and the songs you are playing. Keep working on it (and enjoying it).

Hi Mark sounds like you are making good progress and having lots of fun along the way. It’s been many years since I heard dirty old town that was one of my favorites sing-a-long songs. I’m going to have to look that up on YouTube now for a listen.