Sunday, February 28, 2010

E Minor Chord



So, I've realized that my methods of recording sound really bad. Honestly, this chord sounds better than this recording. If you have suggestions for recording sound, please post! I would like to record "The First Cut is the Deepest" but not when it sounds this bad!

E Minor Scale

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Decisions

So, from my practices this week I have made a couple decisions:
  • Record "The First Cut is the Deepest" by next Monday's class.
  • Find some children's songs and record them.
  • Continue learning new chords and scales.
  • Song for end-of-semester performance: "Colours of the Wind". This song contains these chords: Am, C, Em, Dm, G, and the dreaded F. I will be using the 'survival' strum pattern, which sounds great but also had provided me with another challenge - I've been changing the rhythm of the melody to fit the strum pattern! I will do my best to sort this out before performance time.
This still mostly fits by original proposal, but it has been fine-tuned and molded to better fit my goals and abilities. I can't wait for midterm check-in and put "Colours of the Wind" past Denise to see what she thinks. Please encourage me by commenting on my blog posts! I would really appreciate it :)

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Official Critical Friend Practice #1

So, I had my first official practice with Colter today at my house. Colter said he noticed an improvement in my ability to transition between chords, which is true, but I feel I can do much better. Then we discussed "Last Kiss", a song he'd taught me last time, and decided to leave it because I have a hard time singing that low and it sounds weird singing it an octave higher lol

He brought me several pieces of music including "Colours of the Wind", Creedance Cleerwater Revival's "Lookin' out My Back Door", and "Brown Eyed Girl" by Van Morrison. I will look at these eventually, but by goal for this week is to work on "The First Cut is the Deepest", record it and post.

Then Colter taught me the chords in "Colours of the Wind" that I did not know: Am, D7, Dm, and F - but a cheated version of F because it's really tough! However, after that there wasn't a whole lot he could "teach". I think this session has finally solidified in my mind that I need to practice several times a week in order to be good! I know this is really obvious, but I've been putting it off and hoping I can just be better, but that's not going to happen, and therefore things are going to change.

In exchange for a guitar lesson, I gave Colter a piano lesson. It was tough because I didn't really know what his goals were (ie; learning theory or learning by ear, etc.), but I don't think Colter knew what he wanted either. We tried "Home on the Range" by reading music but he seemed discouraged after a little while, so I let him choose out of a bunch of familiar tunes. He chose "Can You Feel the Love Tonight?" and I taught him half the song by ear. It was tough because I rarely plunk something out by ear, but he made a lot more progress in this fashion. It helped when I explained patterns in the piece, such as octaves and leaps by thirds. Although he enjoyed learning by ear, he vocalized a small want to learn music, so I wrote out the C Scale on treble and bass clef and taught him the acronyms "Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge" and FACE for learning note names. I will create some further exercises if he seems
interested again next time we practice.

So, I'm not only learning about guitar through this project, I'm also learning how to teach music/piano! Yay :)

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Updates

Hello! So, I was in Calgary visiting my sister for the past week and since we stayed in her dorm room on a designated "quiet" floor, I could not practice my guitar... :( Poor Cadence. However, I'm back in Regina now and have been working on transitioning between D-A-G chords. I am working mostly on the song "The First Cut is the Deepest", love it!

I am also getting together with Colter tomorrow to exchange piano and guitar lessons. I haven't worked on his song Last Kiss very much since we've been focusing on D-A-G in class, but perhaps I will go over those chords (G-Em-C-D) before our lesson.

A Chord

A Scale

Saturday, February 6, 2010

An Unexpected Practice

I had an unexpected practice last night which has provided me with *hopefully* a wonderful opportunity for my dwindling guitar project. While at a house party, someone discovered an acoustic guitar. Five out of the ten people could play fairly well, all self-taught, and two people including myself, could massacre a couple chords.

My boyfriend's friend Colter was really happy that I was learning guitar. He reviewed the chords I already knew (C, G, D and A) but also taught me E, Em, and Am. Then he taught me the chords for Last Kiss (G, Em, C, D). This is a great song for me to practice travelling between chords. I think I'm going to learn the words and attempt to be able to sing and play this song by February 22.

Colter also said he'd be in for a couple more teaching sessions throughout the semester. He's not a guitar genius, but he can play better than I can and I can use all the help I can get at this point in my learning. In exchange, I'm going to offer him piano lessons. At the same party I taught him the easier part of a duet on the piano and he caught on extremely fast and also played me a couple songs that he had taught himself by ear.

I've already changed my weekly goal schedule, but I believe as long as I do complete something every week, that is success!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

D Chord

D Scale

Catching Up

Well, I'll be honest. I haven't done a lot of practicing this past week, however, Monday's class gave me a bit of renewed motivation. In order to catch up on my weekly goals, I'm going to post both D and A this week. Then I'm going to work on changing between the chords in the method Denise recommended:

D-8
G-8
A-8
D-8

Wish me luck :)