June 2020 - So I first bought a guitar around this time and casually went through grade 1 of Justin guitar, however, I didn’t actually play any songs. I just learned chords at this time because many of the songs did not interest me, at least the ones easy enough to play.
Up to Early 2022 - I was not consistent with my guitar practice and took months off at a time, with about a year off in total. Oddly enough, I did ‘complete’ grade 1 even though I never made an account. I can play all the chords okay with 40+ changes a minute and also learned a scale with some barre chords, however, I had VERY low song-playing ability.
Leading up to Late 2022 - It’s not like I didn’t have an interest in playing songs, but just the ones I wanted to play were very difficult. For a long while, I did try for months at a time at certain songs, but it was just so far out of my ability that I couldn’t make it happen, especially since although I could play chords, my rhythm, timing, and just general sense of playing were and are severely under-developed.
This led to frustration and ultimately a realization.
Now - I’ve made an account, decided to join this community, and will be going through all of grade 1, but I will not move on until I can play 5+ songs from each module and record them here as proof no matter how basic. That’s over well over 30 songs.
From my mistakes and experience, I’ve come to the understanding that I need to humble myself and not think I am above a seemingly simple song, because in order to play the more complex music I want, I need to take it in steps and use these beginner songs as those steps.
Knowing my pickiness and to ever increase the fun factor, I will also view this as a way to discover music from now on through playing and will include thoughts on these songs as a sort of side music appreciation blog.
Some basic info about me - My name is Thomas and I’m 25 years-old in the U.S working as Nurse Assistant and studying to be EMT (Lower-tier Ambulance Medic)