Week 13: Days 84 to 90

Day 84: Monday, June 21st 2021

Practice Time – 0

Well, it had to end sometime. Today was just so busy and exhausting, I didn’t even realise that I didn’t practice until Tuesday.

Still, a 20-day practice bounce felt really productive, and it’s got me back on track!

Back on the horse tomorrow.

Day 85: Tuesday, June 22nd 2021

Practice Time – 20 mins

I’m at the stage now where there’s nothing new to report in what I’m learning. My what are the most used open chords – A, C, D, E, F, G, Am, Em, Cadd9, and I’m going to stick to only these chords until I’m able to blast out some campfire bangers! 

The songs I’ve been working on in no random order are:

Time Of Your Life by Greenday

Redemption Song by Bob Marly

Wild Thing by The Troggs

Whatever by Oasis

Little Talks by Of Monsters And Men

Catch The Wind by Donavan

The Times They Are Changing by Bob Dylan

Don’t Look Back In Anger by Oasis

About A Girl by Nirvana (chorus)

Thunder Only Happens When It Rains by Fleetwood Mac (verse)

I think I need to start ordering the songs into categories relating to the chords used in each. 

I also think I need a few more songs, maybe a lot more for teaching purposes. Some research is needed here I think!  

Day 86: Wednesday, June 23rd 2021

Practice Time: 10 mins

Exact same drill as yesterday, albeit for 10 mins. 

I feel a little bit of improvement each day, and I’m enjoying my time with the guitar. However, I often find myself thinking that I’m not enjoying it as much as when I learnt guitar the first time around as a right-handed beginner. Learning felt far more adventurous the first time around, but this is to be expected! 

Day 87: Thursday, June 24th 2021

Practice Time – 0

No practice again today due to a super busy day teaching. Again, I didn’t realise that I’d not practised until the next day (Friday).

Day 88: Friday, June 25th 2021

Practice Time – 5 mins

Managed to get a cheeky 5-minute session in today. Just a brief run through all my chords to keep my fingers ticking over. I really like these 5-minute sessions. Even though they’re small, they still give me a tick for the day!

Day 89: Saturday, 26th June 2021

Practice Time – 20 mins

I practised all the regular songs today, but mostly really focussed on the F chord. The F chord is the one that seems to be holding me up right now, so I’m going to give this the attention it deserves over the next few weeks.

Day 90: Sunday, June 27th 2021

Practice Time –  20 mins

An absolute carbon copy of yesterdays practice session.

Progress update after 69 Days of Practice.

Weekly Round Up

Total Days Practiced: 5

Monday – 0 mins

Tuesday –  20 mins

Wednesday – 10 mins

Thursday – 0 mins

Friday – 5 mins

Saturday – 20 mins

Sunday – 20 mins

Total Weekly Minutes Practiced:

1 hour and 15 mins

End of Week Thoughts: 

The Run Ends

So my practice run ended this week. I got 20 days in on the bounce and in terms of progress, I can feel it! 

It was fun to do as well, and after around 10 days I found myself just not wanting to break the practice cycle. I felt really good watching the days build up.

This has me thinking more about “practice runs” and how they might help us push through certain barriers. 

More Songs

I need more songs! Lots of songs with a variety of different chord changes. And I need to organise a song list in accordance with the chords and changes made. 

The F chord

This is the one chord that’s holding me back now and so I’m really going to focus on nailing it over the next few weeks. 

The End Is In Sight – 100 Days of Practice!

I feel as though I’m coming to the end of this Campfire Guitar Star phase of learning. It’s almost there!

This week was my 13th week – 90 days in! 

Up to now, I’ve practised for a total of 69 days, and a total of just over 25 hours (1507 mins).

So I think I’m going to set myself a target. I generally don’t get along well with targets and goals, and this might backfire. However, I’m going to give myself a finish line at 100 days of practice. 

This gives me a further 31 days.

My aim is at least 5 days of practice per week, which means I could be finished within 4 to 6 weeks.

After 100 days of practice, my plan is to have completed my Campfire Guitar Star phase of learning where I’m able to knock out a few party bangers around the campfire without much difficulty at all!

Let’s see how this works out!