After a VERY relaxing reading week I’m back and ready to hit the books.Between Netflix binges on the break, I did mange to get some actual work done. I scoured the internet for inspiration for my guitar learning journey. I found some great guitar players and inspired I was!
Facing West Music on Instagram features two sister singer songwriters who happen to be awesome at guitar, among other instruments. I loved their modern take on country music.
Patrick Breen Music on Instagram was also a big inspiration to me this week. He’s an up and coming singer/songwriter with some awesome new songs out. Check out his single The Waters! His true passion seems to be guitar. His Instagram page is full of “groovy” jams he’s created on guitar. Lots of his music is based on alternative/rock, but he also has some great country mixed in.
Watching these two artists motivated me to keep improving on my own learning journey this week. Going into Reading week I knew I waned to improve on past skills. I decided to put a focus on playing chords. Before I ever picked up a guitar, I desperately wanted to be able to play the twangy cowboy chords heard in country music. I struggled with learning this skill however. The pace at which I had to memorize where to put my fingers and when to strum proved very challenging for me.
As time went on and I kept practicing my fingers found their way along the strings of my guitar. Although I’m nowhere near as good as the Patrick Breen or the Facing West sister’s I’ve made a lot of progress. Below is a video of my first time playing a song on Yousician called El Condor Pasa, versus me playing the same song a month later after a considerable amount of practice (ps. Forgive the acoustics in my kitchen). You can see in the overlay on the video the Yousicain app displaying the chords to be played and whether I played those chords right or wrong.
Watching my progress was motivating for me. I remember how frustrated I was when I first started learning this song. It took me many attempts before I was even able to complete the song, let alone before I could play it well. I realize now that with enough practice that I could one day be as good as even my inspirations!
Next week I plan on continuing learning chords. Ill be leaning power chords! Power chords are typically played in rock songs on electric guitar. Their often heard in heavy shredding guitar solos. wish me and my acoustic good luck!