Greetings, JustinGuitar Community!
My name is Z, and I’m super new to learning to play the guitar. As such, I’m nervous about sharing myself on screen as a part of documenting my learning journey. I’m going to push through it – I think, LOL – for at least the following 2 reasons:
- I’m hoping that seeing the real, utterly raw learning of a complete, super newbie will help others know that they’re not alone in how challenging they might find it and that they should keep pushing forward to progress . . . and . . .
- I’m thinking that one day I will LOVE being able to go back and look at where I once was before I could play well.
I am hoping that as time goes on I will acclimate to being on video. For now, please forgive my nervousness.
A Little about My Musical Experience/Background
I’m one of those people who is amazed at how wonderful music feels. I LOVE the sound of instrumental music and of voice. Chords and voice caress my heart and spirit and mind. I have the thought all the time that it’s such a beautiful gift and pleasure that we are designed able to experience music that way.
Music-wise, I learned to play the clarinet in the 6th grade and played it for years. I’ve sung for most of my life. I sang in college in a group that performed quite a bit.
A Little about My Experience with the Guitar
This is my second go at learning the guitar. The first time was a decade or so ago and very short-lived. A few months ago, a handful of Justin’s online instructional videos convinced me that it’s totally okay to not find this easy . . . and so now I actually believe I can do this, just with work and time. Before Justin, I had interpreted my struggles with learning guitar as an indicator that I wasn’t getting it and maybe WOULDN’T (ever) be getting it. So thank you, Justin, for turning that around for me. I’m really grateful and having a blast learning and growing.
I want to try to keep each individual post in my learning log brief, despite being talkative, so I will close this entry with a photo of my main learning guitar and a video of me working on playing the “E” chord and transitioning among “E,” “D”, and “A.”
Deciding to learn the guitar has been SUCH a good decision: It’s great for my mental health, and I just know it’s great for my brain health. If you are reading this and thinking about learning the guitar but are worried that you’ll be slow at it, please consider giving it a go anyway. I’m RIGHT there with you and am still getting major joy from it. My intention is to share in this learning log what’s making that the case.
My Main (Learning) Guitar
I am a small woman with short fingers and small hands. People strongly advise us small people to learn on a regular-sized guitar, and I tried . . . I really did . . . but it was so discouraging for me that it made me want to quit. Instead of quitting, I decided to see what would happen if I picked up a 3/4 size guitar. This was maybe a decade or so ago, and at that time Wechter guitars were being produced and sold. I obtained an acoustic-electric travel-sized one . . . and I’m really glad I did.
Every now and then I pick up my standard-sized acoustic Yamaha – just to make sure I can replicate on it what I’m doing on my Wechter.
Here’s the Wechter:
Video 001 of My Learning Log
Practicing the “E” chord and Practicing Transitioning among the “E,” “D”, and “A” Chords
Well, that’s it! Thank you so much for visiting my learning log! Many blessings all around!
Until next time!