In-Depth post

Time for another in-depth post! This time, me and my mentor mixed things up a bit, so let’s just get right into it!

During our last meeting, my mentor and I went kind of crazy with the song learning and started practicing tons of different songs. The idea behind this was to help me practice other chord transitions and explore more possibilities for my final project. We spent the whole night flipping through different tutorials and trying out new techniques, while also having a blast. A memorable moment was when my mentor insisted that we try learning country roads, to which I then spent some time explaining to him how “country roads” was a meme, and what memes are. It was a really engaging, somewhat difficult, but a fun meeting. We ended up covering at least 13 songs during the meeting.

As for my final presentation and goals, I have modified them to be more achievable. My initial goals were to be able to easily read music, and play the guitar comfortably, being able to hear out songs and play them without much construction. I was also expecting myself to play far more the chords and be able to somewhat do simple guitar solos. Needless to say, I was grossly overconfident. I underestimated how difficult it would be to learn how to play guitar and then practice becoming proficient at it. Although I have continuously practiced, I am just now starting to master basic chords. I have decided that by the end of this project, I want to be able to play the chords for a collection of songs, with small melodies here and there. Simple melodies that don’t last longer than 5 seconds. Narrowing my goal down will let me stress a bit less about my progress, and focus more on my final presentation, which is now more achievable than before.

How to Have a beautiful mind:

Due to our relatively relaxed meeting, we didn’t actually work that hard on practicing my current songs and therefore didn’t have long conversations where different hats were used to help my learning. However, I can use brief moments within the meeting to exemplify the different hats.

White hat:

We used this when trying to find chord progressions for certain songs. We would both do some research, compare sources, then given the information that we had, we developed our own chord progression through trial and error of the different sources given.

Red Hat:

Used when we decided to break off of chord progression charts for some select songs such as “Elanor Rigby”, in this case, we played different chords, went with what felt right, and bounced off of each other until it felt like we had created our own chord progression without the help of external sources.

Black hat wasn’t used much unless you consider skipping certain songs after deciding they are too difficult for me to attempt a situation where the black hat is used.

Yellow hat not used

Green hat:

Helped me while I was trying to learn a melody section in let it be. I was trying different methods of the plucking section, and my mentor helped me practice the routine and decide which one sounded the best.

Blue hat not really used, as I said, it was an unstructured meeting.

I’m happy to say that with these new goals set in place, I’m now ready to power through to the end of in-depth, and achieve my new plans!

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