It has been about 22 months since I started to play the guitar. I have to admit that the first maybe 4 – 5 months of playing I wasn’t even sure if I’d continue to play this long, looking at my past records. 😀 I didn’t have a practice structure, in other words I didn’t really track my progress other than seeing if I could play some songs. First year it was all strumming mainly. I am not really happy at how I’m progressing.
In May of this year my husband subscribed to Guitartricks for himself and I started to use it once in a while. I am still on the guitar fundamentals 2. I am ashamed to say that I haven’t been faithful to it. But I promised myself to do one lesson from it a day.
Recently, on top of guitartricks I also used 2 other books. One is this “Play classical guitar” by David Braid.
I am on Exercise 7. Doing an exercise or two a day. What I like about it so far is that I’m learning to read the notes and finding it on the fret one by one. So far it promises to teach theory, and practice in one go. Though I’m still in my early stage but being a non musical notes reader I find it somewhat challenging.
And on top of it, I am also using this Guitar Aerobics by Troy Nelson. The exercises are split into 52 weeks, 7 exercises a week, one guitar lick a day in different genres. I’m on the 5th day and loving it so far.
I love the combination of these in my daily practice. Each exercise doesn’t require so much of time and I can squeeze them in my daily practice for 20-30 mins each, or even more. The exercises are neither too easy nor too difficult. Some are easy but some are a bit intriguing but because of this they kept me going for more. Which in the end I feel a sense of accomplishment, which is very important in order to keep motivated.
I will keep an update. Thanks for reading! 🙂