June Strings

My electric guitar.
My electric guitar.
Welcome to the month of June! I couldn't wait for this month to get here... As you may know, every month I pick a topic to focus on. Meaning I spend my free time and money trying to learn or improve myself in one specific thing. This past Sunday night, May 31, I was so excited to move on to this month's topic that I jumped onto the computer and started ordering things to help me out in June. After all, the money wouldn't come out of my checking account until this month. So, what am I focusing on for the month of June? If the photo here hasn’t given it away, for June I am working on electric guitar. I’ll be doing individual posts going into more detail of my gear soon, but for now I’ll just say that I like my set-up but need to learn how to use it much better. I’ve taken the money to invest in the equipment, now I need to take the time to invest in learning to play it well. The things that I plan on focusing on this month are fret positions, triads, power chords, scales, arpeggios, and picking techniques... I know it’s a lot, but I don’t want to cheat myself.
Guitar Trainer
Online Guitar Trainer
Yesterday, I found a tool on the web to help me learn my fret board, the "Guitar Trainer" tool shows a fret position and then has you type the corresponding letter on your keyboard, for sharps and flats just hold the up/down arrow keys. It seemed a little too easy with the names of the strings listed on the side and the notes listed at the bottom, so I put the fret board in the bottom left of my screen, cutting off the string names and notes. I’ve decided to only use this tool when I don’t have a guitar handy, or when I don’t have any projects to work on while at work. Last night while I was babysitting my niece and nephew, I set the trainer to 12 frets and went through 100 positions, getting them all correct, but it took me way longer than I would have liked. I want to get to the point where I know what the notes are without having to sit there and think about it. I am also using two of Paul Baloche’s training DVDs from his Modern Worship Series CollectionThe Electric Guitar DVD, which has great insight and exercises for electric guitarists on worship teams, and the Music Theory Made Easy DVD, which teaches simple music theory. I do plan on talking to the worship leader at my church to see if I can practice playing guitar with the worship team on Wednesday nights... However, I think it will be a while before I join them on Sunday mornings. All of this along with my regular weekly guitar lessons that I started in February and I should be able to improve my guitar skills by spending a few hours a day working on it... I’m excited to see what I can learn this month!pixelstats trackingpixel