Grade 1 Consolidation Update
#1 You should be able to tune your guitar with a tuner.
I’m confident tuning a guitar. Though I just bought a replacement tuner, a Peterson Stroboclip HD. So, I will be familiarising myself with using a Strobe Tuner this week.
#2 Memorize and play the 8 essential beginner chords on the guitar
I’m confident with playing the chords from memory and without looking at the fretboard.
#3 Play 30 chord changes in 1 minute.
I’m confident of doing this with any pairing of the 8 essential beginner chords.
#4 Play The Old Faithful strumming pattern consistently at 80 beats per minute.
I’m confident of doing this up to 120bpm, along with the other strumming patterns taught on Part 1 of the Strumming Techniques Course.
#5 Memorize 5 easy songs.
I’m confident of playing from start to finish Brown Eyed Girl, Stand By Me, Mad World, Girl Like You and Last Kiss.
I’m currently working on Module 9 of Stage 2, while I continue to consolidate Grade 1 by learning more songs and applying the strumming techniques that I have learned from the Strumming Techniques Course including playing on the base note. So far, it is going well.
Why does it always rain on me?
This song is coming along well. It’s the first song that I’ve played and felt I’m making music. It’s been really fun playing along with the YouTube video of Travis playing it. I have to admit, at first, I thought I’d bitten off more than I could chew taking on this song, but the changes to and from the barre chord are starting to come together. I just need to keep working on those Perfect Fast Changes.
Bad Moon Rising
This is a song I’m really enjoying playing on the base note. It’s been a good song to take and apply the lesson from the Strumming Techniques Course. I’ve been starting off slowly and gradually increasing the beats per minute. A bit more practice required but it doesn’t feel like practising a strumming technique when it’s a lot of fun.
Sweet Home Alabama
The reason I chose this song was to have a song where I could practice some alternate picking and strumming at the same time. It also has that little section where I could apply the F Chord or one of the cheats to practice F Chord changes. It’s also one of those songs that as I develop I can go back and learn the proper version taught by Justin. Surprisingly, it is coming along well and playing it is a lot of fun.
Still no sign of the electric guitar that I want becoming available. It’s probably going to be a few months or more before it’s available. It will be worth the wait, I tell myself.
In the meantime, I’ve ordered a Trio Plus, which I’m looking forward to using. I’ve been wanting to learn some songs that use a looper. And having read the reviews on here for the Trio Plus, the band in a box sounds like fun.
I’ve also ordered a Scarlett 2i2 Studio package to start recording and analysing my progress as I continue on my guitar learning journey.