After Christmas, I started learning how to play the guitar. Looking back on how terrible I was when I started, I feel like I have made some progress in the past (almost) 5 months. But then there are days when I’m really struggling.
So to combat that crappy feeling on the days when I am struggling, I’m going to blog about my progress every month. That way, I can look back and really see how much I’ve improved each month.
Since I’ve started, I’ve learned all sorts of things that I never thought I’d be able to pull off. At first, changing chords was my biggest issue and I never thought I’d get to the point where I could change chords without pausing. But now I can. I’m mostly only comfortable doing this with the chords I use the most (C, E, Em, Am, G, D), but I hope to add some more chords to that list in the coming months.
Right now, I’d say my biggest struggle is still handling the pick while strumming. I feel like I have no control over it and I’m always hitting the strings at different intensities, or missing them completely! I’m also really struggling with only strumming certain strings when doing patterns that require downstrums and upstrums.
Songs I can play confidently:
- “All Too Well” by Taylor Swift
- “Back to December” by Taylor Swift
- “Brown Eyed Girl” by Van Morrison
- “Perfect” by Ed Sheeran
- “Reflecting Light” by Sam Phillips
- “Unintended” by Muse
- The riff from “Psycho” by Muse
- “What’s Up?” by 4 Non Blonds
Songs that I’m still working on:
- “The Best Day” by Taylor Swift – This is probably the song I practice the most. I’ve got the chords down and can even sing while strumming (which I usually struggle with), but like I mentioned up above, I struggle with only hitting certain strings and three out of the four chords in this song require you to not strum the sixth string. So when I play it often sounds pretty bad because I’m just strumming all of the strings. I also have trouble singing during the bridge. I think it’s because during the rest of the song, chords change between every bar, but during the bridge, you stay on the same chord for two bars. It really throws me off. I’m hoping to play this song for my mom for Mother’s Day, so hopefully I can improve before then!
Songs I’d like to maybe learn in the next month:
- “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” by Queen
- “Dare You to Move” by Switchfoot
- “If I Could Write” by Sam Phillips
- “The Blower’s Daughter” by Damien Rice
I’ll report back on June 1st with another update!