My Learning Project: Guitar

Yes, I have decided! I am going to become a guitar player. I have always had strong admiration for guitar players since I was little, but I had never really tried to play guitar as young person. I had talked about it to my husband (when I saw the Chordbuddy on Shark Tank, 2012) and he gave me a kid sized guitar (because my hands are small) for Christmas that year. I was very excited about my guitar but I just did not get into it. I thought about taking a guitar lesson in town then, but I was reluctant to do so. Perhaps because I HATED practicing piano when I took it (age 6-11).

I, now, can analyze my reluctance toward practicing piano better…

  1. Practicing the basic skills were boring and I just wanted to learn how to play popular songs.
  2. I did not practice enough to master the basic skills necessary, so the teacher did not approve for playing popular songs.
  3. Teacher wouldn’t let me move on so I wouldn’t want to practice, so I never improved.

Bad cycle… (ahh… this is kind of familiar to some of my students during my internship last fall…) I know I have to practice the basic skills but I think I really need quick and tangible reward (like many young learners are…) So, I came up with my guitar lesson scheme.

  1. No cost = only using YouTube Videos. (Although it is tempting, I will not buy Chordbuddy.)
  2. Motivation 1: Practice songs that can be played with ONE chord at time. (Practicing the basic skills but I can play songs at the same time!)
  3. Motivation 2: I get sing and play with my daughter.
  4. Goal: Play guitar and sing Do Re Me with my daughter.

I found this YouTube channel called, ‘Kids Guitar‘ to start with and I plan to create a Padlet page to organize tasks (videos). I may try video diary but I am not sure how comfortable I will be yet.

Here is my ultimate goal!