A Little of This, A Little of That

As I continue to try to learn a song on guitar, I find myself struggling to maintain a solid practice schedule. I’ve gotten better now that assignments are thinning out at University, but I am still not learning a solid song structure. I have, however, learned little bits of many different songs including:

a) the Morrowind theme using these tabs
b) Binks’ Sake using these tabs and these tabs
c) I Walk the Line using these tabs
d) Leaving on a Jet Plane using tabs provided
e) the faintest bit of Take me to Church by Hozier

However, I will have to narrow my studies to one specific song if I am to succeed at the final exam. I will update later.

Guitar Update; Also, what’s this about sketchbooks?

I’ve been practicing guitar on and off, and I am finding that I am not sticking to my guitar-playing schedule! I’ve been careless when it comes to practicing. This is something I feel I need to improve if I am to learn how to play Binks’ Sake on guitar. On a more positive note, I am fairly comfortable with the first intro part of Binks’ Sake. I will continue to practice after I am finished all of this next week’s presentations – I have three that I have to look forward to.

Click the logo to visit the Sideline Sketchbooks facebook page!

Click the logo to visit the Sideline Sketchbooks facebook page!

In the past year I’ve learned the basics of bookbinding. I’m going to try to explore this skill by opening a small venue wherein I will make and sell custom books. I’m setting up a page for Sideline Sketchbooks now, and it will be out soon! More information on that later, though if you’re still interested, you can click the logo or click here to find the already-made Sideline Sketchbooks facebook page. Contact me to make a custom book!

Update on Guitar: A New Song?

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Photo Credit: exxp via Compfight cc


Cody has shown me several finger-stretching techniques. They are helping with my finger flexibility immensely. Since I’m having troubles managing Santa Monica, I’ve chosen to focus on another song as well. I’ve chosen the song Binks’ Sake by Kohei Tanaka. This song is a very well known song in the One Piece anime, which is presently the largest and most popular show in Japan. I am a huge fan of this show, and I deeply respect Eiichiro Oda, One Piece’s creator. This song is one of the many well-recognized theme songs within the show, so I will be much more motivated to learn it. In the anime, the song is sung by a skeleton character based off of Slash from Guns ‘n Roses.

More information on Binks’ Sake can be found here. Its a pleasant, catchy song in both English and Japanese versions! I’ll be using these tabs to learn to play it.

Sore Fingers!

I’ve started my learning project, and I find that my fingers are getting sore. I’ve been warned about this, but now it’s especially prominent. I’m meeting several troubles as I’ve started playing on the guitar I’ve rented from the university. I’m finding it hard to bend my fingers into some of the positions required to play certain chords! My middle and ring finger are curved towards each other so that it’s hard to place them on frets that are farther apart. Additionally, I can’t move my hands as fast as I’d like. I’d like to be able to go fast to play what I think needs to be played. Its very frustrating.

On a more positive note, the things we cover in classes are very simple and fluid. I’ve also asked my boyfriend to help me learn to play guitar. He’s an extremely talented bassist, so he will be able to help me outside of class time.

I’ve found sheet music for the Morrowind theme and Santa Monica. My first attempts have been okay; I’ve started with the easier non-chord parts of the songs. I’m finding the Morrowind theme to be far easier than Santa Monica… I’m more familiar with it, and I enjoy finger-picking.

Altogether, things are going fairly well!

Guitar Introduction

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For one of my university classes (EMUS202), one of the larger assignments for that class is to learn the guitar. When I first heard of this, I was both happy and anxious. In a previous semester, I had learnt how to play the recorder and how to read basic sheet music. I’d wanted to learn music for a long time, and it seems as though I’ll have to, in these classes. What an interesting assignment!
There will be class time to learn chords on guitar, though Denise is perfectly fine with us learning on our own time. We have to document our learning progress, so I will be recording my progress on here. I’ll be providing links to all of the materials that I use for reference later. It was recommended that we set goals, and then try to reach them periodically. I have no knowledge of guitar other than the ability to recognize them. Therefore, I have set the following goals:

Denise said that it was fine if our goals change, though, so I shall see how I progress.