Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Guitar Lessons Learned

It's been almost a year since I taught myself to play piano. Ever since I learned piano, I wanted to learn guitar. My mom has a guitar a friend let her borrow, so my brother could learn to play guitar. So she let me borrow it until I move out into my own place. After about 4 months of it sitting in the corner collecting dust, I picked it up and started teaching myself. It was really, really, really hard. But I kept telling myself that piano was this hard when I started playing, too. After a bunch of flipping pages from "Simple Guitar" by Steve MacKay and so much searching up tutorials on YouTube. I have finally taught myself to play guitar!!

My goal was to start this summer of 2010 and hopefully I would finish by the time I graduate in 2011. Turns out I finished much sooner than 2011. I am so happy I did not give up!!! I have not memorized any songs yet, but I know where almost all the basic chords are at. The barre chords are kind of hard for me, because I am a beginner. And I know how to use the capo.

The capo looks like this:

What is a capo?

Capos are used to change the key and pitch of the open strings of a guitar without having to adjust the strings with the tuning keys.


Sarah H said...

Wow! I am very Impressed!

Jill said...

Hi Alli
I just found your blog. I'm in my 30's and always wished I could play piano, and my younger son took guitar lessons for a year and still is unable to play. You must really have a talent for music to be able to teach yourself. That's awesome! You seem to have grown into such a wonderful young lady.

Jill (Alisha's sister)

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