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 my own diagram of beginner guitar chords using these free fretboard diagrams. I’ll add a few more in the next couple weeks. As someone who has hurting fingers and a hard time remembering where to place my fingers, I’ve found these chords to be a good base for starting out! If you’re interested in learning, these chords definitely give you the ability to try out some songs.
One new thing my brother pointed out was the little “x” above a line on the chord chart means you don’t strum that string when playing the chord. I already knew the circle represented an open string, meaning I would not place my finger on the string, but still strum it.
I practiced strumming using the video above, but found those patterns pretty straight-forward. My biggest struggle with strumming is switching from one chord to the other, which is obviously vital to playing songs! The Yousician app I mentioned before was great for practicing chord changes.
You can hear how I mute some strings when I’m switching chords, but I’ll keep working at that! I also need to watch the position of my hand on the fretboard to make sure my fingers have the best opportunity to hold the strings down.
- Keep working on chord switches
- My greatest guitar enemy…barre chords…