Getting an F Chord

Today I finally got the fabled F chord under my fingers. Unlike the F word, I’ve found it very difficult to learn and use in my play. Though, I am really glad to have conquered a new challenge since my progress has stagnated a bit over the past few lessons. May main challenge is still the JUSTIN ear training though. I’m going to have to really focus on it. Oh, as you may not be aware, I have been working my way through the beginners course on justinguitar.com.

It’s a very thorough, “soup to nuts” course. It starts with how to hold the guitar and works up all the way to, well, I am not quite sure yet. The suggested pace was a bit slow for me at first, but that’s probably due to my background with the instrument. Justin does a great job explaining everything, and if you watch the videos on his site, you will get nice subtitles to go along with the videos. Not that you need them, and please forgive me for gushing a bit here, on my blog, because he has a nice British accent.

Once the JUSTIN exercises are nailed down, I will be moving onto BC-181. Each lesson is numbered as such, and you can tell that a lot of effort has been put into organising the lessons, and producing the videos. For example, each lesson includes a full-text version of the information presented in the video. Awesome job all around.

I cannot thank Justin and his crew enough. A truly amazing resource for current and future generations. Oh, and it’s mostly free. There are plenty of ways to show your support though, I picked up the song book and the app. You could totally learn everything in the Beginner’s and other courses without forking over a dime, but you will have to work hard and be patient if you want to get the most out of it.

For me, being able to play along with the artists’ recordings of their works sealed the deal. I knew my goal to become good enough to make my own recordings was attainable.

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