Guitar: Takes a Good Teacher, Time, Patience, and Tons of Practicing

Some of you may remember my SOLO from my groups Summary or Learning

So this semester I decided to take on the task of learning to play the guitar. Needless to say it was a lot more challenging than one (an inexperienced one) would think. I naively believed that I would become some amazing guitar player. GUITAR IS LITERALLY SO DIFFICULT. Even after all my practicing I still finished with only learning 1 song. Which I will play for you below….brace yourself.

Sorry for the lack of pictures….I look like crap today.

As you heard….it doesn’t quite sound like the official song but I tried my best haha…the struggle was real (and my hands hurt….a lot).

…….maybe someday.

Anyways…it has definitely been a journey. Although the journey didn’t give me the results I had hoped for I still learnt a lot about myself through this process.

  1. I am not a very good self-motivator…I need other people with similar goals.
  2. I learn better with face-to-face interactions.

As a result of the above two things, I am now looking into taking some actual guitar lessons in the next couple of months. I think that my learning style is better suited by having a time and place where I meet someone and learn the instrument. I still want to learn how to play the guitar…I just think I need a different process.

Pro’s and Con’s of Online Learning:


  • Multiple perspectives (look at multiple different peoples posts)
  • Convenient (access the internet anytime you want)
  • Free (No cost for basic instruction)
  • Can chose to learn the way you feel you learn best (Learn through videos or sheet music)
  • Interactions with other people (you can connect with other people online who have similar goals)


  • Screen Time (Increases your daily screen time)
  • Solitary (You learn alone)
  • Challenging to know what to search (Hard to find resources that are reliable and accurate)

As you can see there are more pro’s than con’s. So I would definitely recommend trying to learn a new hobby online. It is a great way to learn new skills and try something other than watching Netflix when you have some free-time on your hands!

Here is a Summary of my Journey:

  1. Guitar Learning Plan Intro
  2. Guitar Lesson 2
  3. Name that Tune
  4. Learning the Guitar with 2-way Skype
  5. Do Guitars Have a Place in the Classroom
  6. Setting Smaller Goals to Achieve Bigger Goals
  7. Guitar Tutorial Videos; Pros and Cons
  8. “Music is a Great Thing”…find out Why
  9. Guitars on Pinterest
  10. DIY Guitar

You probably have noticed that I usually tried to branch out with creating posts about the guitar. I found that I needed to find ways to expand my learning project, to try and find different things about guitars to put in my blogs. This helped keep me interested and I hope it also kept you intrigued.


Learning Project: DIY Guitar

I have been working on learning the guitar and my younger sister is always wanting to join in. SOO I decided to research a way to include her in playing the guitar. I read this blog post that talked about the importance of children playing an instrument that is the right size for them. However, I do not have a guitar that is the proper size. So I then begin to research different ways that we could make a somewhat ‘real’ guitar on our own. I found multiple sites that take you through a step-by-step process for creating guitars (I have provided links below). I also recognized some of the websites, I had done a sound unit in internship were the students created their own musical instruments. Because of this previous experience I knew that the craft would work.

As you probably noticed Lydia was interested in created the guitar and decorating it. However, she KNEW that it wasn’t the real deal. As I am sure you noticed we tried a few times to sing songs, each time we would start she would get distracted by the guitar and get off track.

Different DIY guitar “how to’s”:

I know that some children start playing instruments at a really young age…I am curios as to how you would get a small child to focus enough to learn an instrument?

It was really fun to make, I think Lydia really enjoyed being able to engage in the guitar with me. It would be interesting to try it again with her when she is a bit older!

Hope you enjoyed my branch out from my learning project!


Guitars on Pinterest

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Pinterest is one of my greatest addictions. I have many times found myself lost in the world of Pinterest for more hours than is healthy I am sure! So naturally, when I started my learning project I decided to create a Pinterest page about guitars! I also have started to follow guitar accounts:

Following these pages has helped motivate my own learning project on an online domain that I regularly visit. I have found that this is essential in order for me to find new ideas for playing the guitar and to be reminded to practice.

Today I decided to try out a new collage making app I heard about the other day at a PD event. It is called Kizoa. This collage-maker worked really well. However, I didn’t like how you had to make an account in order to access the collage. Does anyone know of any easier-to-access collage makers? I tried a few before deciding on this one, although I still am not a huge fan of it…it worked better than other ones I tried.































“Music is a great thing”: find out why…


Found HERE

Take a look at this news article that was published just this month. It tells an unique story about the ‘Syrian Refugee Crisis’. It shares an important perspective on this popular topic.

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Read the WHOLE article here


It grabbed my attention because it really connected to my own personal learning project. It made me rethink about the power of music. It also made me think to not take this time in my life to learn the guitar for granted. Recognizing the community, security, and language it can provide was really eye-opening. I think that music is so universal and I love how it can bring ALL people together!

This story definitely pulled at my own heart strings. If you have any personal stories to share….maybe a time when music played a bigger role in the outcome of a situation…or when music was used to connect with others…please share below!


Guitar Tutorial Videos; Pros and Cons

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Photo shoutout because it’s our 4 year anniversary 

Well…today I have decided to show everyone how I find tutorial videos for learning the guitar.

  1. what videos worked well?
  2. why some videos are better than others?
  3. how to search for videos?

I have learnt that it is very important to be as specific as possible when searching for tutorial videos. I usually type in ‘How to play the guitar for beginners’. This narrows down my results to videos that are specifically tailored to my competence level.

This first video really breaks down how to hold the instrument and the basics to using a guitar. It was very useful during some of my first few lessons when I had no idea how to hold or play a guitar.


I personally really like this video below because the guy is pretty funny and easy to listen too. He doesn’t stay monotone and he zooms in on what he is doing as well.


Lastly here is a video I really like and am currently working with to learn the song ‘Stay With Me‘. She uses great visuals throughout her video so it is easy to see the chords she is play, she doesn’t move on to quickly, and she give optional chords if you feel you are more advanced.


This video below is one tutorial video that DOES NOT suit my learning style. I find that she moves to fast and it is hard to follow, especially as a beginner. I also don’t like that she talks a lot about other things, for me I am just looking for videos by people who give lessons.

I hope this blog post has helped some of you see what works for me and what doesn’t. If you have any suggestions on better tutorials for beginners, please share below!

Setting Smaller Goals to Achieve Bigger Goals; re-evaluating my capabilities and adapting

This above quote is really going to have to motivate me because at this point in my Learning Project I am pretty sure that this DOG is WAY better than I am. For two reasons:

  1. A lot more focused
  2. Great timing

For some reason I imagined the guitar to be a lot easier to learn than it ACTUALLY is. It has been testing me PATIENCE in many different ways. I have found the hardest thing to be accepting my lack of skill with this instrument.

“GOAL: For the next couple of weeks I plan to work on my guitar every single day, rather than every couple of days. ” -Sarah Ross

I initially thought that I could stop and start my learning project; however, I have learnt that because my fingers have not callused and because my brain is not used to reading TAB I need to practice every day in order to get better. This is going to be a much bigger time commitment. BUT because I want to learn the guitar for my students, I have found it to be a bigger motivation to succeed than just to learn for my own enjoyment. 

My students from internship have been following my progress and constantly ask me how it is coming or why I haven’t posted in so long. It has helped to keep me accountable and makes me want to do better so that I can show them that I follow through with my plans.

Wish me luck…

P.S. I have learnt Netflix and Guitar go great together!

P.P.S. If anyone has some magic formula for getting-good-at-guitar- quick please share below ha.

Do guitars have a place in the classroom?

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My learning project for ecmp355 is about me learning to play the guitar. However, lately I have found myself wondering how I could transfer this skill into the classroom? During my internship many of my students gravitated towards playing with the guitar I had brought into the classroom for our sound unit. This was one of the main reasons I chose playing the guitar as my project.

I Can….Learn the Guitar

I’ve spent the past few days researching different resources that I think could be used to help students learn to play the guitar.


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Here are just a few^

Questions I still have….

  1. Has anyone seen guitars used in regular classrooms? How were they used? Was it successful/meaningful?
  2. What are your views on making instruments available to students?
  3. How can we provide quality instruments for students to experiment with?

Learning….2-Way Skype Recording and the Guitar

Well, once again I decided to try out a new app. I found this lovely new app though a Twitter share! It is called Screencast-O-Matic! The most basic version…which is the one I used is….. completely free. I have also not gotten any viruses from it! (A double win!!!) I used it to create my latest vlog on my project.

I still have a few things to learn….like why my face time video did not show up, but I still think it is a really good app!

One MAJOR pro: You can record anywhere on your computer screen using a cropping tool!

Also for anyone who tried to Name that Tune for my learning project! It is……..DRUM ROLE…….’Hey, Soul Sister‘!

Thanks for watching! Technology is a tricky thing to figure out and so I am glad to have so much support through all of this!

Name that Tune!


Hey there!

I have been having a lot of fun with my learning project! From feelings of frustration to feelings of success it has defiantly been a roller-coaster!

One cool thing that has come from this learning project was that I was able to connect with an artist from Nashville. He saw my video and offered to help!

Here is his blog if anyone would like to check it out farther: Justin Beene

This last week I have started to work on learning a song! I am super excited about this because it is one of my favourite songs and it would be awesome to be able to play it on a guitar! Below is a short excerpt from the song, something I have been practising this week! So check it out….please take a guess at what song you think I might be learning!!

Write in the comments below if you think you can ‘Name the tune’!

I will post the link to this amazing tab I am using next week once the guesses are in!!