A Music Teacher Learns to Play Guitar

What kind of music teacher can’t play guitar? This one. Until now!

I’ve been playing piano since I was seven and currently teach choir at Balfour Collegiate. My best days are those filled with listening to great music and singing with enthusiastic students! It makes me truly happy. Learning to play guitar will give me more ways to make music with students and maybe I’ll even be able to play a few popular campfire songs this summer.

It’s tough to be patient in this learning process. I have never really thought about the number of hours that I spent learning how to play piano. I take for granted that it is something I can sit down and enjoy doing. It’s been a long time since I’ve challenged myself to do something that I struggle with. And based on the numbness in my fingers, I am struggling to make those chords sound good! I have a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Regina, so I have a background in music theory and history, but guitar technique is all new to me.

I’ve learned how to tune my guitar using both a tuner and the fifth fret method and how to play an E major chord. I’m using GarageBand to learn the basic chords and strumming patterns.

To watch me in action, follow the link below.

By next week I hope to learn how to play G major and C major chords. Wish me luck!

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5 thoughts on “A Music Teacher Learns to Play Guitar

  1. It will be interesting to see how quickly you pick it up vs. someone who hasn’t had your background (piano especially). Looking forward to seeing your progress. Be sure to share the sites where you are learning from (e.g., instructional videos, music sites, tabulature/chord sites, software, apps, etc.)

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  2. I have really enjoyed playing guitar over the past 8 years. I do remember it was slow going at first but it’s a beautiful instrument and lots of fun. Good Luck!

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