Friday, January 22, 2010

Frustration

So, my practice session today did not go very well. My chords are pretty horrible, I'm having problems keeping my fingers in the right places. Sometimes they touch other strings, or they aren't strong enough to keep curved or they just plain hurt too much.

Scales are going much better because I don't have those particular problems. I am using a pick, as my goal is to learn to strum so I think I should practice using it (even though it's easier to pluck out a scale than to pick it, in my opinion).

Plus, my C scale and chords haven't really improved since I recorded them last week. So, I am frustrated. I think this is mostly due to the fact that I haven't actually played with someone who can watch me and give me advice. Hopefully Monday's class will be able to supply me with some advice and mostly renewed hope.

Sorry for the somewhat depressing post. Here's to a better practice session this weekend :)

G Chord

G Scale

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Proposal

Here is a Google Document of my proposal. It includes my goals, my timeline, trouble-shooting and critical friends. Enjoy :)

http://docs.google.com/Doc?docid=0AU2pFIGJg2KHZGZ6azU2emdfMGhiOTlia2R2&hl=en

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Introducing Cadence

After much research and deliberation, I have decided to name my guitar Cadence, or Cady for short. A cadence is "progression of at least two chords that concludes a phrase, section or piece of music" to describe it simply, so it's musical origin fits a guitar. Plus, when you shorten it to Cady it becomes one of my favourite names :)

I considered Hathor (egyptian goddess of love, music and beauty), Euturpe (one of the nine greek muses; the muse of lyric poetry) and Asteria (greek mythological name meaning "star"). In the end, I didn't like the first two names and Asteria didn't really seem to fit my guitar. Cadence just popped into my head and ta-da! Cady was named.

First C Chord

... and here is my first attempt at the C Chord. My fingers don't quite curl properly so I know there are some sketchy notes in here. I will have to find some fingers exercises or something to help me get my hand in the right position for playing.

First C Scale

Hello everyone. During Monday's class, the lovely Erika taught me how to play a C scale - thank you! I obviously need to work on it a lot more (and tune-up a bit), but here's an audio file of my first scale:

Guitar

Hello everyone! Long time, no posts, I know, but I'm glad to announce that I will be back online for another semester. However, instead of posting about my learning in ECMP355, using technology in the classroom, I will be posting about EMUS202. I will be learning guitar this semester and recording my progress here.

We'll start with a couple pictures of my new (yet un-named) partner. She is a beautifully "pumpkin" coloured classical guitar, complete with Dean Markley nylon strings and Jim Dunlop nylon picks. More progress to be posted soon!