Back to the Basics

This week, I needed an extreme touch up on my guitar skills. I remembered about 4 chords: G, D, Em and A which is okay because you can do a lot of songs with those 3 chords, but on the downside, most of those songs are for children and it’s hard to want to play the guitar when you can’t play any of your favourite songs. On the bright side, the guitar is extremely adaptable to whoever is playing it. Even professional guitar players still learn new things on the guitar, so there is no reason to feel bad. It is also pretty easy to learn because it is incredibly adaptable. Often you can simplify a song that you like and play it without much practice. So the first thing I did was look up on google “country songs that require 3 or fewer chords” the first article that popped up said that “Blown Away” by Carrie Underwood is only 3 chords. Next thing I did was look up the lyrics and chords on a site that my brother swears by, called Ultimate Guitar Tabs, here I found the chords, lyrics, and other information I needed to know for the song. https://tabs.ultimate-guitar.com/tab/carrie_underwood/blown_away_chords_1150707. I could see in the description that I would need a capo on the fifth fret and that this version only required 3 of the 4 chords that I knew: D, G, and Em. (If you don’t understand what I mean by capo, fret or any other guitar lingo I may use here is a quick reference for you)  So I then moved over to youtube and typed in “How to play Blown Away by Carrie Underwood on acoustic guitar beginner” I searched through a few videos and found this one I knew to choose this specific video because I could see that he was using a capo on the fret that was called for on the UGT website. Then I watched a bit of the video and saw that he was using the same 3 chords as well (there is another way to play it without using a capo but it is a bit harder and requires different chords, which is why I chose this version)

In the video, he explains the different counts that the song requires, you can have a 1:1:2 (Em:G:D) ratio of strums for each of the 3 chords, or you can do 2:2:4 but I prefer to use 4:4:8 because I find it goes best with the song. And that’s it, I could play one song already. I will obviously need to work on my finger agility and technique all around but for a rusty player, I don’t think that it’s too bad. You would be able to tell what song it was if I hadn’t told you which I think is a win for barely touching a guitar since fifth grade and not having any formal guitar lessons ever.

As you can see it is SOOOOO easy to find resources online for guitar. There are limitless resources for pretty much anything you can think of, so I most likely will be using different ones every day. I will most likely stick with YouTube and Ultimate Guitar Tabs to find most of my material because they have almost everything you need.

 


3 thoughts on “Back to the Basics

  1. Hey Jess, I enjoyed your post! Guitar seems to be such a popular instrument to learn probably because of its adaptability that you mentioned in your post. Learning any instrument takes a tremendous amount of patience so good on you for giving it a try!

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  2. Great job! I am also trying to learn how to play the guitar and I find my finger agility to be struggling quite a bit. I can’t wait to see your progress in the upcoming weeks!

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  3. Are you continuing your guitar journey from EMUS 202? Learning to play the guitar is such an awesome topic for the learning project! I stopped playing my guitar when I finished the practical exam for EMUS so I need to get back into it again..! It’s impressive how you’re persevering through; learning an instrument is definitely not so easy. Keep up the great work! Looking forward to seeing your progress throughout the remaining month! 🙂

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