It all starts as a happy accident on Saturday 13th March 2021. I grabbed my kid’s 3/4 size right-handed guitar and turned it around to get a feel for how a beginner (with bigger fingers) might feel picking the guitar up for the very first time.
The first 6 days are an adventure of discovery into how difficult learning guitar from scratch actually is. The A chord is much harder than I thought. I don’t like anchor fingers so much. It all starts off excruciatingly difficult, but progress is quicker than expected.
So, this is where the adventure officially begins. This is where I decide to officially learn guitar again, from scratch, left-handed.
This is also the period where I start to document my process and progress.
And we’re back on track!
This week was a really good one, and I managed to clock up over 3 hours of practice time 🙂
I’ve also decided to really commit to using the plectrum, but it’s messing with the quality of my chords.
I stuck to my promise and practised with the pick all week.
I’m not feeling as much progress as I’d like though, which temporarily draws me down a path of technical exercises – this didn’t work out very well for me.
A decent practice week though, racking up a total of 2 hours of guitar time.
This week felt a little strange. My motivation seems to be withering along with my perceived lack of progress and practice.
The week finishes pretty poorly with only 1 day of practice out of 4.
This week, I just tried to power through my motivation dip.
I practised for a total of 2 hours and found some progress with my new chord-changing/strumming learning idea, which was motivating.
Things needed a drastic shake-up, so I shook them up. I changed my mindset from “Progress” to “Process”!
I practised every single day, making this week my most consistent week to date.
And the best bit, I enjoyed it.
My practice run finally ends at 20 days, but I still had a solid week of guitar playing.
I’m also starting to see the finish line with this Campfire Guitar Start stage of my journey and set myself a target!
Not the best of practice weeks really.
I think I’ve been a little too focused on the 100 Days of Learning objective and need to reevaluate my priorities.
Still, everything is coming along nicely, except for the dreaded F chord! This is my last level Boss!
F Chord! F Chord! F Chord! F Chord! F Chord! F Chord! F Chord! F Chord! F Chord! F Chord! F Chord! F Chord!
Still working on this one, but it’s a tough nut to crack.
This week, I start to add a few little extra open chord workouts for the left hand to try to speed up the process.
Slightly back on track this week, and so the countdown to 101 days of practice begins!
4 x 1-hour practice sessions take me up to 98 days of current practice!
3 practice sessions left!
The Summer Holidays end, the kids are back in school and a sense of normality resumes!
I have 3 practice sessions left before I finally reach my goal of 101 Days of Practice.
Can I do it?
Yes I can! 🙂
A 2022 Update!
So for the past year, I’ve been testing the learning methods that I discovered from my Guitar From Scratch experience on my students (new and current).
Here’s the update.