Here we are again. As an independent learning project, I chose to learn how to play guitar. I have owned a guitar for many years, I just have never been able to teach myself how to play. I have picked up this project and am running full speed ahead. I am excited to be learning something new and I hope that everything goes as planned.
One night, I sat down to try to find an app that might assist me on my Kindle. So far, I’ve found two apps that are extremely helpful! (And free!) The first app that I found is called “Guitar Beginner’s Notes”. It is an informative app. It has several different categories of notes and articles you can read to help you learn about the guitar before you learn to play it. Some of the things that it teaches you are: learning the parts of the guitar, changing your own strings, tuning your guitar, basic music theory, how to properly hold the guitar, learning the notes, the basic chords, and the list goes on. Wow! It is a lot of information and I am quickly learning that I am going to benefit from reading ABOUT the guitar before learning to PLAY the guitar. The other app that I found is called “GuitarTuna” and it is a helpful tuner. It demonstrates the different strings and is extremely accurate. This app also sounds out the different musical chords and demonstrates how to play them. Both of these applications are helping me tremendously. I think that it is important to be able to learn the basics and work your way up. Many times, people (I am guilty!) jump in feet first and go full force ahead. This can be great, but it is also important to learn the underlying basic components of the task at hand.
I have been working on learning the different strings and memorizing simple chords. So far, things are going pretty well. I’ve been working on it as much as I can and I am starting to get the basics down. This project is going to help me in the long run in many different ways. I am so excited, as an aspiring music teacher, that I will soon be able to play guitar. (If everything goes as planned!) Especially in elementary music, being able to play the guitar is a huge help. Many schools require it as music majors, and I am glad that I am learning now. It is better late than never, and I know I will feel accomplished if I succeed!