Wow, how time slips away as things start to get busy! I cannot believe it! With that being said, it’s about time that I start writing more about my personal learning project for my EMUS 202 class so that you get to see how things are evolving on the guitar!
Maria Elena has become the centerpiece of in my learning and this means my playing is starting to sound like a stuck record. It is the same thing over, over, over, and over again. Then I add a little more and the process repeats. I think that my lovely little roommate is about ready to take my guitar and go El Kabong!
I have never played lead before or really concentrated on playing any form of melody, so I have broken the song down into little sections and learned to play it one part at a time. I have been doing this by using Ultimate Guitars’s Tab Pro site. I am finding that it works well for this because it has a loop function as well as a speed control – great for learning a new song!
This recording is after about two weeks of playing along with the song on Tab Pro and it is coming together not too badly. There are a few parts that are still a little messy and it drives me crazy to post something that isn’t perfect. But then again, if it was 100% clean, how could I show the learning process that is taking place? For the most part, the song has a fairly straight forward melody, but oh my goodness, some of those runs! It seems like my fingers get wrapped up in the strings every time! However, I do think that my musical background helps with finding and playing those notes a lot quicker. Those fiddlin’ fingers come in handy!
After playing the guitar continuously for these two weeks, I have noticed that I have become a lot more familiar with the guitar as well. When I first started looking at the TAB and when it said play the 9th fret, I had no idea which one that was. I literally had to count from the first fret – 1, 2, 3, 4, etc. Now, I figured out the little white dots on the fret board and use those as a guide to where I need to put my fingers. The 16th fret doesn’t seem so far away now!
Overall, I am starting to see the value of this project in terms of student-based learning projects. It feels great to have homework that is enjoyable and bona fide!