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Week 2 Guitar Post

Aloha! This week I decided to start finger picking with guitar tabs to the song “Hey Mama Wolf” by Devendra Banhart. A great song with a great rhythm! It’s a little fast for a first song, but I figured I might as well start somewhere. By clicking on the link above, you can see the tabs I used, but this is basically all you need to know: 
I started the “session” by filming a song that I knew already so that you, the reader, can get an idea of what I can do already. You can also see my “baseline” post here!
As I say in the video, the song I decided to play for you is “Follow You Into the Dark” by Death Cab for Cutie. If you’d like to strum along to this song too, these chords are easy to follow and accurate! My apologies for the sound being low in the video, apparently the microphone on my iPhone is better than my computer.

After playing a “warm up” song, asked my expert-guitar playing boyfriend, Matt, to help me with learning to read tabs. I took a video of this short lesson, and then two more videos of me learning to finger pick on my own. I’m going to repeat this process for the rest of the week with this song and hopefully next week’s introduction video will be me picking these tabs in perfect rhythm!

What I found was the hardest about this session was being patient with myself. I remember learning chords in a day, and then being able to switch, sing, and strum easily! But finger picking is hard for me, and even these two chords are going to take longer to learn than I initially thought. However, I think that once I get a basis for picking and reading tabs, I’ll be able to pick up others easily. My apologies for the boring videos, but I think that this “evidence” will be pretty cool to see at the end of this project when things have (hopefully) gotten faster and smoother!

That’s all for now! If you’d like to hear the song I’m trying to strum along to you can find it here.




I started thinking about what I wanted to do for this course project way back when I initially registered for the course. I’ve had a hard time choosing, and I thought that I was going to go with macrame. Then, I changed my mind and decided to learn something that I already have the resources for. I love photography and have a pretty good camera and a couple lenses, so I thought that would be a good choice. Although, I don’t think I could fit 30-40 hours with photography, and I wanted to do something “different” than the rest.

So then I landed on “upcycling” clothes, the concept of making new clothes out of old clothes. I have a sewing machine, and I’ve been meaning to use it more. But I was worried it would be a waste because I don’t really like upcycled clothes and I would probably spend more money thrifting clothes that I like as they are! So finally I decided on the much overdone, but maybe undervalued project: guitar.

My father taught me to play guitar when I was 13, ten years ago, and I loved it. The only problem is that I only know five chords and I’m not even sure if I’m doing them right. He’s a great guitar player and I’d love to learn to play with him. Eventually, I’d love to learn to finger pick. So I will start with a song, which I haven’t picked yet, learn the chords perfectly, and strum along. I’ll keep doing this until I know at least 75% of chords (some chords you hardly ever play, so I don’t think I need to learn them all in this class). Then, I’d like to start learning to finger pick.

Watch me go!