Welcome back for my final learning project video!
Wow, what a journey of guitar playing I have been on! Over the past 5 weeks I have learned so much about playing the guitar and my frustration levels when trying to record the perfect video haha. This week I will take you back through the weeks about what my focus was and what websites I had used.
Week 1: Strumming Through The Semester
This week, I wrote about some of my previous experience with the guitar. This was very limited, but I did play the guitar briefly in High School when I got one for Christmas. This was very short lived as I was a busy teenager and once I moved for University, four years ago, I forgot all about it. I decided on learning the Hallelujah by Jeff Buckley. I chose this song because I know it well, it has limited chords, and it is a slower song.
Week 2: Progress With A Side Of Sore Fingers
During my second week, I focused on learning the chords to the song. I had switched my song from the Jeff Buckley of Hallelujah to the Alexandra Burke version. I did this because of the difficulty of chords and key of the Jeff Buckley version. This song has 5 different chords that I practiced: C, Am, F, G, and Em. I really tried to focus on my transitions when switching from chord to chord. Once I found it easy to switch chords I practiced speeding up my playing. This week I used Ultimate Guitar Com as my primary resource to learn my chords for Hallelujah. I really enjoy this website because it is also an app that I could play on my phone.
Week 3: “Hallelujah” I’m Getting Better
During my third week I started to feel like I was making a lot of progress! I continued to work on my chord transitions. They were much faster than the previous week! This week I was also able to memorize the whole song! I was working on my strumming for the week. I used this YouTube video to help me out. This song has a very easy strum pattern which really made it easier for me to learn!
Week 4: Strumming and Singing
This week was pretty basic. I was trying to play the chords without looking down at my hands and sing at the same time. This was not an easy task I soon found out. I was especially struggling with not looking at the chords. I worked hard and by the end of the week I could play the song without looking down as long as I wasn’t singing. Once I added in the singing I was unable to do it. However, this allowed me to set goals for my next few weeks!
Week 5: The Basics Of Hallelujah By Alexandra Burke
Last week was a little bit different. I was asked to make an instructional video about something that I have learned. I decided to make a video of how to play the chords of Hallelujah by Alexandra Burke. Besides this video, my guitar learning for this week was not based on this particular song. For my summary of learning for this class I created a song parody of Just the Way You Are by Bruno Mars and playing the guitar and singing to it. So this meant I had to learn the whole song very fast and put new words to it. I found this very very difficult, particularly trying to sing parodied lyrics and strum at the same time. However, by the end of the week I did it! I was very frustrated at time but glad I persevered.
Week 6: My Final Week
Well this week I refocused on the song Hallelujah. I had filmed my final video on Tuesday. I filmed my entire song and was very frustrated trying to get it all nicely in one take because it is so long, but I think it turned out pretty good! For the last part of the week I decided to experiment with a few more online resources about learning how to play guitar. I found this difficult to do because my main website, Ultimate Guitar Com, was the only website I could find the same chords I was practicing playing. So, for this last part of the week I tried playing the song with different chords. I tried AZChords which was a good site, however I find that to figure out the chords I would have to click on them, they weren’t just at the top of the page like some sites. I do like how this website shows all of the lyrics of the whole song. E-Chords was a great website because it allowed my to change the key of the song and it will automatically transpose the chords for me! It also has auto scroll which is very convenient with a long song like this! The last website I looked at was Guitar Tab!. This website was similar to AZChords. It has an auto scroll which was very helpful, however it does not show what the chords look like, which I find very helpful when learning a song.
To finish this post off, I thought I would upload a video of me my first week and my final video! I hope you can notice the progress I have made. I am very proud!