For my independent learning project, I thought it would not only be a good idea to learn the guitar to challenge myself, but also to use my knowledge to be able to apply to my future job. But to be brutally honest, I am at a stand still. Stuck in the mud. I have watched videos, read articles and books, I have had a friend attempt to help me. To my own defense, I am much further than I expected to be, and I AM making progress. (Sort of.) But I am still frustrated at how slow the process is. I am sure this may sound redundant and whiny, but I am struggling with how long this is taking me to learn. Granted, I am busy, and I am distracted at times, but that is not a good excuse. I need to be more understanding. I have gone from only knowing about the physical guitar itself, and knowing the concept of playing, to now being able to play small bits at a time. (Not melodically, rhythmic, or easy to listen to, but I can pluck a chord out when need be.)
One thing I want to continue on bettering myself in is being able to memorize the chords. I want to learn all of the notes and finger formations for each common chord. I’ve downloaded a game that is similar to flashcards. It tells you a chord and you place the fingering formations where they should be, it tells you if you are right or wrong, and gives you a chance to fix what you’ve done wrong. This is what I have spent my last week working on. I have put up the guitar and gotten out the pen and paper (and Kindle.) I am going to devote some time learning the chords so that having to read them becomes natural.
So beyond the mumble-jumble, I will close with a positive thought. I am learning something new on top of all of the other things going on in my life, and that is pretty awesome. I am proud and excited to be able to test my skills, patience, and time management skills. I am grateful that I have this opportunity to learn something new. I am grateful that I have my own guitar, that I have a Kindle to do research on, and I am grateful for this project.