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Sunday, January 25, 2009

Update v1.6

Current mood: Motivated

   Hey, sorry it took so long to get back to ya. My chord changes are coming along quite nicely. I am starting to get where I can do them without looking and almost to where I can change without a pause in strumming with some faster strumming patterns. I just added a few more chords to my practice also so now I'm up to all Major open chords except B, minor chords and some 7ths. Barre chords still seem very hard but I will start practicing them soon.
    I have been adding some scales to my practice every so often to mix it up a little. Then I try to play a few songs; Wish You Were Here then there is Bob Dillon's Knocking on Heavens Door.
I leave you with this for today.

Keep building

If it were quick and easy you would have already done it.
The fact that it is difficult and time-consuming means you're doing something truly worthwhile.

The value of any achievement is built with the time and effort you put into it. Keep going, keep building, keep at it and you'll truly have something of great value.

It is often difficult to stay positively focused. And it is always worth the trouble.

Sure, it would be much easier to do nothing. Yet by doing nothing, you create nothing.

Instead, step forward and do the difficult work that must be done. With each effort, you are adding more value and substance to the achievement. Feel the satisfaction as you continue the difficult and rewarding work of building that achievement. Know that the value has already started coming to life. -- Ralph Marston

3:21 pm - 1 comments - 2 Kudos
Monday, January 12, 2009

One Week Mark

Current mood: content

I did it. I made one week.
I practiced a little today but then decided to let my hand rest a bit because it seemed I got slower but I will try again later.
After today I will not post daily progress reports. They will be weekly unless I make some big improvements.
Before I end this without a word to everyone who may read it I leave you with this thought:

“If all our misfortunes were laid in one common heap
whence everyone must take an equal portion,
most people would be contented to take their own.”

~ Socrates

5:31 pm - 1 comments - 2 Kudos
Sunday, January 11, 2009

Moving Onward

Current mood: satisfied

OK, time for update.
I Practiced for about 45min total today. My chord transitions are becoming much smoother and I have added some chords to my practice. I have have tried to learn how to play in the past but I usually am the kinda person who likes to see instant results. I have found a technique that works for me.
In the past I tried to learn songs and gave up quick when I couldn't play them very well after a while of trying. How stupid was I. I didn't know how to play. Starting at the basics and really focusing on small stuff helped a lot. I can see progress in the little things now, satisfying the need to see results.
So, if your new to guitar like I am and your thinking of giving up because you can't play anything yet. Don't, just focus on the small stuff you will see you are getting better.
4:56 pm - 2 comments - 3 Kudos
Friday, January 09, 2009

Making Progress

Current mood: lazy

Well, I just wanted to update this for today to keep it going I find that it helps me stay motivated.
I practiced for about an hour today and my chord changing speed is up to 32 chords a min. still a little slow to play some songs I have been trying to play but I can see some improvement, so thats a big +.
6:38 am - 1 comments - 2 Kudos
Tuesday, January 06, 2009

More Chord Changing

Current mood: determined

OK, I just want to note today I started the 1min chord changing exercise.
This exercise seems to work great because I went from about 11 changes to 23 changes with just a few runs.
I am just changing chords at random using Major Chords G,C,D,E,F,and A
from time to time I threw a minor or two in there.
I know all this is real basic but I have playing with my guitar for awhile and had others try to teach me some stuff. I had picked up on a few parts of songs and a few chords before this but I really sucked and didn't learn much. So I'm going back to the very basics and starting from there trying to use proper technique.
I'm going to do some of the 1 min exercises again today then try to learn a few more chords and play around with some songs I already know to see if I'm getting better.
If you guys have any more tips I could use them. Thanks
9:16 am - 1 comments - 2 Kudos
Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Chord changes and songs

Current mood: awake

Today I spent a few hours playing with chord changing and a few songs.
My chord changing has improved some what. Still not where I want to be but progress none the less.
I also played around with a few songs i got tabs for creep,broken,wish you were here to name a few.
My strumming pattern is improving and I'm starting to play a lot smoother.
Well thats my update. See ya!!!
P.S. I am following Jusinguitar'ss methods.
7:51 am - 0 comments - 0 Kudos
Monday, January 05, 2009

First Post

Current mood: accomplished

OK, I'm just going to use this to keep track of my progress of learning guitar.
I have always loved guitars but never learned how to play and been surrounded by guitar players most my life. I bought one last year and learned to play a few chords and a few little lead parts nothing special. It kinda got stuck in a corner and just pulled out from time to time. I recently pulled it out and something clicked and my playing seemed to have improved a bit, not much but enough to notice. This motivated me to really try to start with the basics and learn how to play. So in the last 3 or 4 days I have been learning. So far I have got all the major chords down F was a challenge until today, I picked it up and tried to do it BAM!!! I was so stoked it happed. Just like that perfect chord no fret noise no muted strings just clean sound. Now I can't figure out why it was so hard.
I will be working on chord changing speed until I get that down good with these chords then ill move one to something else.
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