My poor, sore fingers

Hello those who are interested in my guitar learning projects!

One of the biggest challenges I’ve encountered is finding time to practice my skills.  It’s really hard to find a balance between work, my rec soccer team and the two classes I’m taking this spring.  I constantly tell myself that I need to practice for a considerable amount of time.  But by the time I finish my other business, it’s time for bed.  The days slip away and my to-do list becomes larger.

Luckily I have found an amazing website for beginners at guitar.  This website provides video series where Nick Savage shows us the basics of guitar.  His lessons range from the basics like how to hold the guitar, tuning, and strumming.  What I like the most about these tutorials is that not only does it provide videos, but there are written text post going in depth on the lessons from the video.  The text posts also provide useful pictures and diagrams of cord placements.

If I hadn’t read through through the text posts, I wouldn’t have learned about buzzing cords.  Buzzing cords mean that I’m not pressing hard enough of the strings when I strum.  The buzzing sound comes from excessive vibration on the strings, which means that I need to press harder.  But frankly, I don’t know if I can press any harder.  My poor fingers are red and sore all the time!

Sometimes I find it frustrating that I can’t ask questions when watching the video.  I’m a tactile learner, and could benefit from someone pressing my fingers down so that I knew how hard to press on the strings.  I’m glad that I have family who knows how to play guitar.  I’ve been able to show Levi what I learned and have him tell me if i’m right.  In my next learning project post, I plan on showing pictures of all the cords I’ve learned!


3 thoughts on “My poor, sore fingers

  1. Hey Megan,
    I am feeling the exact same way with learning my ukulele. It’s always on my list, but life gets in the way and I’ve really struggled to find time. I had never heard of buzzing chords before, that’s really interesting! Keep hanging in there! I hope guitar becomes more of a getaway to you rather than something you feel obligated to do.

    You’re doing great!!


    1. Thanks Kyla! I’m sure with time I’ll feel more confident with the guitar and it won’t seem like a chore. I hadn’t heard of it either! It just means that the correct sound for that cord isn’t clear enough.


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