Tuesday, May 16, 2017

A keyboard to practice on

Jay L. brought us over an eMedia keyboard for us to practice on.  We at first set it up to play outside on the porch when it is nice out.  With much effort, we made a place for it to live inside our small place.(Picture)

eMedia Music keyboard

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

I am still practicing and even got some Piano time

I am still practicing on "The three little birds". We are visiting our Mother in law so am getting opportunity to play with her piano. I have played with a Keyboard and an Organ before but never a real piano.  So I took the opportunity the practice "Christian Dedication". I practiced a couple dozen times​ and recorded  a run.  I practiced a second session the second day here and plan to practice again this evening.

Marion's piano and the Guitar songbook she gave us.
Playing "Christian Dedication" on Marion's piano.
Playing along with our new guitar playing bird mascot Kathy's mom gave us.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

My first recorded practice

My first recorded Practice of my guitar hobby progress.

    I have been using the 'JustinGuitar by FourChords' app to practice the A-D-E chords almost daily since I downloaded it on Feb. 13.  For several days now I have been practicing 'Three Little Birds' using A-D-E chords and the 'JustinGuitar by FourChords' android app.  It takes me a while to learn but I will get there with time. To play this along with the original music I would need to use a capo.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Purchased a C2B Shubb Capo

C2B shubb brass capo
 Shubb clamping action    We purchased a C2B shubb brass capo on Amazon for $16.19.  We want to use it to play the A-D-E chords I am learning so I can have access to more songs using the same chord shapes I already know.  We picked it as it is real brass and and is shaped for 2.25 inches wide flat fretboards as on our classical guitar.  It is solid unplated natural brass which will develop a natural brass patina with use.  Its tightness is adjustable so its over center clamps are on just enough to play cleanly and yet to tight to stretch the nylon strings.  It is also designed so as not to pull the strings off center when clamping.

    1.4 ounces. 4 x 0.3 x 2 inches.  4.8 stars with 45 reviews on 1.4 ounces.  4 x 0.3 x 2 inches.  4.8 stars with 45 reviews on Amazon.  Machined and hand assembled in Missouri. 

    I look forward to learning to use the capo when I receive it. It will be my first capo for my new guitar hobby.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Justin Guitar by FourChords

   I found the link to the Justin Guitar by FourChords App while at Justin Guitar.com. I am finding the app useful and motivating so far.  It is all set up to practice the A-D-E chords that I have been working on as well as a lot more skills done in a fun way. It also has lots of A-D-E keyed songs  for us to practice.  I am analyzing the long term usefulness of this app for us as to keep all it full feature it costs $34.99.  It is worth it I am sure as a lot of work has gone into creating it to be both educational and entertaining as it tracks your progress for you to see. Today while using it, I all time topped my score I have been tracing on my one minutes chords transitions.(see last blog post). It is real motivator to continue using it. But budgets being what they are, it's a tough choice!!!

It also has a feature to help teach timing on new strum patterns that I have played with.  I need work on strumming so will do some more on that. This will lead to playing songs it has built in as well.

Kathy saw me using the app and I showed some features to her. Kathy does like the app but whether it will help her out or not I do not know.

I wish it would sync one's score to all your devices and connected to the Google Play Games app so I could share my score with all my game buddies. They can play candy crush or what ever game they want but I will be learning a new skill. I would like to share my progress with them.

I have been pretty regular since last post and I and picking up the A-D-E chords slowly. App or no app I will continue. I look forward to the day I can play along with friends and keep up. It is a good thing I am a patient man as I wait for that to happen.


  • Justin Guitar App I am finding the app useful and very motivating so far.  It is all set up to practice; Chords, Chord changes, Strum patterns and Songs keyed to chords a beginner knows and does it all in a fun audio/visual way with scrolling chords along a soundtrack.  It has lots of A-D-E keyed songs for us to practice(songs limited to 30sec after 4 day trial).  I started using it Feb 12, 2017 with its 4 day trial period, after which it limited access to its ‘STAGE 1’ lessons and limited playing songs 30 second clips, understandable since effort went into the lessons and the songs are not public damian.  I am not ready to go past ‘STAGE 1’ lessons or to play songs yet anyway so will try the 30 second clips and use the apps other sections to learn some more chords, practice it’s one minute chord changes, timing through it beat exercises and view its videos to practice strum patterns. When I get the 'STAGE 1' lessons down and gain confidence in the app I will consider subscribing to the app for a year for $34.99 to use its 'STAGE 1-4' lessons. I only pause as even though it is well worth $34.99 I do have very limited funding.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Working on A to E , D to A , D to E chord transitions

   For the last three days I have been consistent at working on A to E , D to A , D to E transitions.  Maybe by posting my daily progress chart it will help me to continue to be consistent.

   I time myself for one minute for each of the three A to E, D to A, D to E Chord pairs and see how many changes for each pair I can do in that minute.  I record my progress for that practice period and share the Chord Study Chart automatically updates for all to see.

  Yep, the link to Chord Study Chart automatically updates each practice period. If I skip practice that day it will be posted for all to see.  No pressure.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

A Wayback Burger and a pack of Snarling Dogs

   Jay L. and I had an afternoon out and went to Wayback Burgers then to Guitar Center where we had fun looking around.  Jay found himself looking at all the backpacker size guitars, but was easily dissuaded as he looked at the prices he was unwilling to spend.

   We each did get a tin of Snarling Dog picks.  An odd name for brand, but they are the same price as the bagged ones and come with a cool tin case.

   I picked up the .88mm thick black Snarling Dogs Brain Picks 12 count tin case.  I got the .88mm as I decided I like to play with the thicker picks that I found myself using from my assorted bag pack I had previously picked up.   

  I am using a breath mint tin to store the previous assorted bagged picks.

  I still need to pull out my guitar more often, It is so easy to go a few days without practicing.  A part of it is that I often just do not feel like putting my brain to a workout.