Let’s see. I started learning guitar on 10/3/2023. I posted about that here in my introduction. My primary goal is to learn well enough to lead worship at my church while singing and playing acoustic guitar. I’d be the only instrumentalist.
I’ve given myself a 2-3 month goal, which is of course very quick, but with my background I think is doable.
I’ve made it to Grade 2, Module 9. I’m hanging out here for a while, trying to get competent at the F chord and its variations. I was able to get the barre chord to sound in my first practice session, but that’s a far cry from playing it in a musical context.
My strumming is getting decent but I can tell the rhythm isn’t consistent enough yet. I’m still trying to get cleaner with my chord progressions, but that’s really started to come together.
Relatively early on in this journey (relative, because I’ve been at it for just a day shy of 3 weeks as of this post, so it’s still early by any measure), I decided I wanted to learn fingerstyle. I’d already suspected that, but when I looked into it, I found it to be a lot more accessible than I’d imagined.
So while I’m still learning regular strumming with a pick, and also learning to strum without a pick, I’ve also added regular fingerstyle lessons and practice to my learning plan.
At first, I worried that I might be spreading myself too thin with that, but in reality, it’s where things felt they began to click. My transitions while picking/strumming are cleaner. Again, I’m still a long way from performing, but the two skills are going hand in hand.
I’ve got a chord book with a cool list of chords, almost exclusively from Justin Guitar so far. I also have a couple of song books that I’ll pull out occasionally and try to play songs from. The chords make sense. There are still several that are beyond me, but in some cases I’ve seen a song I wanted to try, and a new chord or two in it, and was able to use the chord chart to play through the song.
I really wasn’t positive that my 2-3 month goal was an obtainable one. I’ve still got a LOT of ground to cover to reach it. But it just might be possible.
Oh, and even if I make that goal, I’m not going to be content with keeping my skills at that level. I’ll continue to grow as learn as a guitarist and musician.