• Josephine Brereton

Week Six

9/9/2019

This week was spent consolidating the chords I have learned so far, and just brushing up on the skills I have been building since the start of the semester. This includes changing chords smoothly, and maintaining my strumming patterns. I think my chord changes are improving - they are still a bit chunky and hesitant, especially when I am moving to chords C or G, but are mostly coming together. My strumming is improving - I no longer get caught on the strings when I am strumming upwards and I'm finding it a lot easier to lock in with a pattern, though I still find it really difficult to maintain the strumming pattern while singing. I'm not overly concerned about this as it isn't required in the assessment task, however it is still a skill I would like to have because I think it will be useful in the future. I tried to play through a series of songs this week, just for the fun of it, but also to practice sight reading the chords and to have a wider repertoire in my head. Song choices included:

  • Copious amounts of Taylor Swift​

  • A Team - Ed Sheeran

  • Photograph - Ed Sheeran

  • Beds are Burning - Midnight Oil

  • I Was Only 19 - Redgum

  • Little Talks - Of Monsters and Men

  • Stone Cold - Demi Lovato

  • She Taught Me To Yodel - Frank Ifield

  • And more!!

In the following two weeks I want to try finish learning all of the chords and have them memorised so I have time to really become comfortable with them before the exam. I do have my Kodály exam next week and will be busy preparing for that, but hopefully I will have all the chords under my fingers shortly.

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