Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Monday and Tuesday...


Monday-worked on the chords for "Pioneer"

Tuesday-worked on chords for "Pioneer"
worked on "My Savior, My God" using video and writing down chords

Saturday, September 26, 2009

My Savior, My God by Aaron Shust (practice video)

This is a song I want to learn and it's great to get a teaching video from the artist himself! On the down side, it looks like the most useful part (the inset close up of him playing the chords) is chopped off here. So I'll have to go to You Tube to see that. I put it here anyway just to remind myself to practice it.

I've been practicing:
Take Me In (Petra)
You Are My Hiding Place (Selah)
Beautiful Blood (The Waiting)
My Savior, My God (Aaron Shust)

Wednesday, September 23, 2009



"You Are My Hiding Place"
"Take Me In"

Just played through them, getting more comfortable with the chord changes and trying to think of various strumming patterns or picking that could be used. This will take some time and some more viewing of tutorials.

With "Pioneer" I can't find a tutorial, so I just listened to her (Nancy Honeytree) play it and figured out a group of chords that sounded like the "palette" she's using. From that I should be able to figure out chords for the whole song. Kind of fun!

Monday, September 21, 2009



Practiced "Take Me In" and "You Are My Hiding Place".

The video I used for "You Are My Hiding Place" was made by, I believe, an East Indian lady and I thought it kind of unique. She isn't a great singer, but she's using what talent she has to praise the Lord. I like her! (I made a couple of slight changes in chords and even invented one! Well, probably not...)


"Old Joe Clark"



Saturday, September 19, 2009

Practice video for "Holy of Holies"...


Fiddle-Old Joe Clark's

Guitar-Figured out chords for "Take Me In" using practice video below:

Friday, September 18, 2009

Another epiphany...

About the guitar thing. Just remembered that Jordan showed me how to find You Tube tutorials for individual worship songs, so that's the direction I'm taking now. These folks even show you where to place each finger for each chord as well as strumming and picking patterns they use for that particular song, so you learn quite naturally, by imitating their moves. Sounds like a good idea to me! As with the fiddle and tinwhistle, I'll work on one guitar worship song at a time. Knowing me, it will take a LONG time to learn one song, but that's fine. Thinking of starting with "Take Me In" (to the holy of holies) by Petra.


Thursday, September 17, 2009


Guitar: strummed through chords

Tinwhistle: Morrison's

Fiddle: Old Joe Clark

Having an epiphany concerning guitar. I really don't enjoy it much. I may keep up a little practice just to keep my callouses and get to the level of being able to play around the campfire, but to really play well involves much more practice than I'm willing to do. The fiddle and tinwhistle, on the other hand, are still fun and though I won't be a great violinist, being an average fiddler is within the realm of possibility, eventually. Tinwhistle will become natural with time without the complexities of guitar. So, there you go...

Tuesday, September 15, 2009



Practiced folk fingerstyle 1 and also strumming pattern 9 using all chords learned so far.

Beginning Stage 8, but his video seems to be malfunctioning.


Went through "Old Joe Clark" a couple of times.

An interesting rendition of "Old Joe Clark" by a group of what appear to be drunk Montanans in a hay loft! =0) I watched a lot of other videos, but this was the only one that resembled the song I practice.


Went through "Morrison's" a couple of times. Here's a video of how it should sound:

Monday, September 14, 2009



Practiced "Amazed" by Desperation Band. Learned a few new chords (D/F#, Asus, Em7) to play it. It's still not in my range, but I'm going to mess around with the capo a little more. I also listened to it on You Tube over and over to get the hang of the tune. Even if I don't use it for anything other than personal worship, it's good practice. Gotta keep those calluses...callused.

I have been going through the chords on the guitar a bit even though I didn't record it in the log.

Sunday, September 6, 2009


I'm going to try a new tack with my practicing. With tinwhistle and fiddle I'm going to pick one song and work on it until I have it memorized. That's the only way to begin building up a repertoire. If I just keep going through lots of songs each time I'll keep relying on the sheet music instead of memorizing things. SO...


Working on "Old Joe Clark" because it has some cool features like those two half-notes on the 3rd string. And it's short enough to be do-able!


I worked on "Cooley's Reel" today, but I may change my mind. I'm going to visit Whistle This and see if I like any others better. (I'll probably work on "Morrison's, though it makes me dizzy!)


Haven't done today. Probably just more practicing chords, strums, picking patterns and maybe playing through a song or two.

Friday, September 4, 2009


Man, I'm getting really behind on practicing. It's a good thing that I'm just enjoying the journey instead of getting all uptight about getting great at this...right?

Yesterday I practiced my folk fingerpicking for a while and played through all the chords using strumming pattern #9.

I also found a great chord chart online that shows charts for just about every chord known to man. Now maybe I can play some of those songs I'm finding online!