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Hey Ya (Take 1)

I’ve been practicing my chord changes with C & G, so I thought I’d take a stab at a simplified version the Outkast’s song Hey Ya. My C chord continues to give me fits. It takes me about one beat longer than I want before my fingers find the right position. I want to give this tune another try in a few more weeks. There is another strumming pattern that I want to try, but it’s gonna take me some time to practice. This is the video tutorial I’m using to help me practice. JustinGuitar has been super helpful. I…

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Learning Guitar: Desire (Take 1)

I haven’t been practicing with the guitar as much as I’d like to the past couple weeks, but my changes between A, D, & E have sped up, so I decided to give a simplified version of U2’s Desire a try. I still need to practice my rhythm. I can’t get the timing down with the correct up-strums and down-strums, but I’m getting closer. I need to work on keeping a steady rhythm with my right hand.     This is the video from Justin Guitar that I’ve used to help me. His Beginner’s Course has been very helpful for…

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Learning Guitar: 1-Minute Changes w/ Problem Chords

Nothing like airing some dirty laundry! This is a video of me drilling chord changes with a few chords that have been giving me a hard time. The idea here is to change chords as many times as possible in the span of a minute. The chords shouldn’t be total rubbish, but the aim is to speed up the fingers and build muscle memory while worrying about accuracy later. I have discovered a small tweak that’s helping me speed my changes along. I’ve started changing the order I place my fingers on the strings. The goal is to have all…

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Twist & Shout (Take 1)

  Here’s my weekly guitar practice video. This week I’m taking a stab at a simplified version of The Beatles Twist & Shout. I’m beginning to see some progress with my changes between chords A, D, & E while I continue to practice up-strums and various rhythms patterns. Here’s the original Beatles version for reference. Someday in the distant future, if I’m lucky and keep chipping away at my practice, I may make girls scream like this.  

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This Land Is Your Land (Take 1)

This is my first take on a simplified version Woody Guthrie’s famous folk song. After reading the Dust Bowl Ballads a few weeks ago, and with everything going on in the political world now, I kinda figured this was timely practice. I’m still working my up-strum and slowly building different strum patterns. Trying to keep a steady rhythm and hitting my chord changes is plenty enough for me to think about now. Maybe one day I’ll at least start humming the lyrics.   Take ‘er easy, but take it.

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French 004

Here’s my pronunciation practice from my fourth French class.     The following are the texts I’m using to practice.     I am still very dependent upon reading the text to help me speak, but I can feel my confidence slowly building as I become more familiar with the vocabulary. I struggle with the French numbers and need to practice them more. As we begin to tackle higher numbers, I realize that I need to spend some time on the basics.

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Wild Thing (Take 1)

  Honestly, I’m not sure if this is Wild Thing or Louie Louie, but I love them both! This is one of the first tunes I began learning on the guitar. It’s fun to play because it’s just the same few chords repeated. I’ve recently been practicing my up-strum, so I decided to give it a go on this tune. The up-strum makes this sound so much better! I still have a long way to go, but I feel like I’m beginning to see some slow progress. I still need to get a metronome to help me keep a steady…

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French Class 003

This is my French pronunciation practice from my third French class. I’m beginning to realize that I rely heavily on reading and seeing what I’m supposed to say. I need to practice my listening and responding without looking at my textbook, especially when replying with a negative.       If you speak French, I would love to hear some feedback on my pronunciation. I’m actively looking for ways to improve my French language skills outside of my class and would appreciate any tips on apps, podcasts, websites, etc. that could benefit me. Merci beaucoup!

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