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Music to My Ears: Summary of Learning Guitar

Music to My Ears: Summary of Learning Guitar

Hi everyone! Several weeks ago I decided to learn to play guitar for EDTC 300. While it wasn’t always music to my ears, I did learn a lot and had fun along the way! As we focused on learning through online means and documenting the process with online tools, I had the opportunity to try out a wide range of new platforms. Below is a breakdown of each week. Week 1: Introduction I shared a video of the chords I knew at…

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Making Music Isn’t Always Easy!

Making Music Isn’t Always Easy!

Hi everyone! After learning about guitar maintenance last week I was interested to find out more since it kind of blew my mind that people online were saying to change strings every 1-3 months. I know it depends on how often you play and on the strings you have, but I decided to take to social media (Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter) to find out what others think.  Here were some of my results. The average response was either every 6 months,…

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Making Music With InShot

Making Music With InShot

Hi everyone! Originally, I was going to learn some picking patterns this week and work on playing/reading tabs. However, I decided I wanted to stay focused on chords because I enjoy that, and that’s what I can see myself using the most in the future.  With that said, I did find a helpful website for future refence for playing tabs. This website features simple picking patterns, along with videos, and some sheet music to help with playing tabs. However, I noticed…

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Are Barre Chords Really Necessary?

Are Barre Chords Really Necessary?

This week I tackled my greatest guitar enemy so far … barre chords. I’ve been told they open up many possibilities and become easier with time. So, I figured I would focus on them this week. First, let me explain what a barre chord is! Guitar Lesson World defines them as “chords that have your index finger holding down more than one string and not playing with any open strings”.  Learning Guitar Now writes, “[s]imply put, barre chords will allow…

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Entering Uncharted Waters: Week 3 Continued

Entering Uncharted Waters: Week 3 Continued

Hi all! So, I’ve been wanting to try out Screencastify for my learning project. However, I wasn’t too sure how to do that with learning guitar. In my week three update I made a chart of beginner guitar chords and that got me thinking. I thought I’d make a quick video explaining how to read the chord charts so you can give them a try! I’m still getting used to the proper guitar terms, so I’m using pretty basic terminology. For all…

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Slowly Strumming Along

Slowly Strumming Along

I’m happy to report I honestly had a hard time putting the guitar down this week! I’m really enjoying learning it. Week 3 Accomplishments:  Spent time practicing chords (C, D, E, Em, A, Am, and G) using the Yousician app Found suggested chords to learn on Pinterest, such as these 10 Guitar Chords for Beginners Created a Pinterest board to organize ideas, diagrams, and songs in one place Super comfortable tuning my guitar Learned Bm7 chord Started working on F chord This week I created…

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Information Overload!

Information Overload!

After getting started on my project I knew it was time to learn to tune a guitar on my own, instead of having someone with greater guitar skills do it for me! There are so many ways to tune a guitar! To name a few options, you could purchase a vibration tuner, a microphone tuner, or you could download an app on your phone. If you have a piano available you can also tune by matching the guitar string sound…

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I’ll Just be Here Strumming Away!

I’ll Just be Here Strumming Away!

When I first heard about our EDTC 300 Learning Project my mind instantly jumped to the guitar. I have always wanted to learn, and have picked up bits and pieces here and there, but I have a long way to go! I have loved music from a young age so I’m very excited to spend time strumming away on the guitar!  What I Already Know I can read and understand music well due to my many years of playing piano….

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