This month I challenged myself to play the guitar every day, even if it was for only a couple of minutes (every little bit counts, right!?). :P I have to point out that I wasn’t completely new to the instrument and being a pianist myself, I have a pretty good understanding of music to begin with. My dad’s a guitarist so I’ve learnt the basics before.
Challenging myself to play each day of the month gave me the chance to strengthen my fingers where they were weak before and develop healthy calluses on the tips of my fingers. Take a look at how I went in my week to week break down.
During the first week I managed to play almost every day of the week. I missed a day when I got home later than usual and the footy was on. :P I hadn’t chosen a song to focus on yet so I played a couple of things I could remember from years back. I also worked on developing the strength in my fingers to hold bar chords which if you’re new to guitar is incredibly hard to do! Other than that I just had fun playing guitar again.
I decided to learn one of my old favourite acoustic songs For You I Will by the incredibly talented and insanely gorgeous Teddy Geiger. I learnt the chords one afternoon and focused on getting used to changing between them. The hardest part for me was the strumming. It’s not that I don’t have good coordination between my hands, but something about strumming is hard for me to get used to. :P
During the third week I got a little lazy with the practice. I actually ended up playing piano more than guitar during the week. I played three times in total and practiced only the song I chose to learn. The strumming got a little easier, but I’m not perfect by any means!
During the last week of August I was busy with uni assignments, work and birthdays so I played a grand total of twice. I was surprised that I hadn’t gotten worse over the last couple of weeks. I really haven’t improved much since the second week but I’m pretty close to perfecting the song. (That may or may not have been a bit of an exaggeration ;) )
I was amazed at how easy it is to learn a song on guitar at a very basic level. It just goes to show that a little practice really does go a long way. I’m going to try and keep playing until I perfect the song, and if I do, I’ll record it for you guys to hear. Don’t hold your breath though! This is going to take me a while haha. :P
Come back next month when I’ll be challenging myself to wear a different hairstyle every day. This is going to be pretty challenging for someone who is content with a simple pony tail most of the time!
What did you achieve this August?
Have you got any goals to reach before the end of September? Let me know! :)