#learningproject – Fretting Frenzy

It’s been a awhile since I last updated on my #learningproject, and I figured it was time to give you all an update on how it’s been going!

No, I am not ready for the spot light on a stage yet, but I have made some major progress. Yousician has been good to me, so good in fact that I took the plunge and paid for the extended version of the app. Dedication at it’s finest! With the extended version, I can practice and do as many lessons at a time that I would like, so it’s been pretty typical the last week or so when I sit down to practice a short lesson turns into strumming away for the better part of an hour.

With more time, has come more knowledge and skills. Instead of simply just writing about it, I made a video highlighting some of the guitar basics that I have been working on. Learning notes on the guitar is tricky business, let me tell you.

Along with learning the fundamentals of guitar playing, I have been working on fretting a lot and utilizing the “one finger per fret”rule. Turns out, I am a but of a rule breaker and my hand likes to slide to each position instead of using all four of my fingers. This is something I am working hard on correcting. Synchronizing your fretting hand with the strumming hand with each string and fret position has been one of my biggest struggles. But with every practice, I am gaining more and more fluency when it comes to switching from note to note.

And then there is learning chords. The awful, frustrating because I can’t do it, CHORDS.  In the first lesson it walks you through what they say are the simplest cowboy chords. I’d like them to define simple for me, because I still can’t do it very well. If I have a good 40 seconds to arrange my hand the way it needs to be, I am generally good to go and can go on strumming a single chord song like nobodies business. It’s when they want me to switch between chords that the system horribly breaks down. Given my utter frustration with this, I admit I have taken a break from working on learning them – so my next action plan for the upcoming week is to buckle down and work through the frustration and pain and see where it gets me. A fellow classmate of mine Lisa Perry said it best when she said “learning to play the guitar has given me a renewed appreciation for music.” So here I sit, keeping on keeping on because I know it will be worth it in the end.

So that is basically where I am at in my learning journey. Like I mentioned earlier, I have lots of success using the app, but have been keeping my eye out for resources that will enhance my learning. This blog post was a great gateway into the rest of the WordPress page and has lots of good information and tips.

To finish off this long overdue post, here is another video showing off my stellar skills playing the song Ode to Joy by Beethoven. Although still fairly rusty and very basic, playing this song was pretty exciting for me because it was finally one that I recognized and gave me a huge sense of accomplishment. Yay me. Enjoy!



6 thoughts on “#learningproject – Fretting Frenzy

  1. Nice job Janelle! I am going to give this app a try. Have you heard about HD Tabs? It was recommended to me but is only available for the iPad, so I haven’t been able to use it.
    Best of luck moving forward! 🙂


    • No I haven’t! I’ve looked, but it doesn’t seem to be available for android devices, or I just can’t find it. I’ve been looking at different onestyles and reading reviews to find one that is at my skill level. Need a little more practice before I start reading tab I think. Haha


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