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This is to show the times and dates I worked on the product for my senior project.
6:46 p.m. – 7:18 p.m.
(Time: 38 min.)
In this 38 minutes, I began to look at the guitar and get comfortable holding it. This seems unnecessary, but I felt I needed to be able to hold the guitar before learning to play. I then began to play the notes I would think would sound good. By that I mean all of them at the same time. I still have a lot of practice before I can play a song, let alone make a song. After today I am ready and eager to learn more about this instrument.
5:00 p.m. - 6:12 p.m.
(Time: 1 hour 12 mins)
During the school day, I looked around for some videos on my phone that may be helpful for the technological side of my project. One of the videos I used for research was directed towards the how to record an acoustic guitars. This video spoke of stereo imaging, mono recordings, where to place the mic or mics, and it even gave some incite on the mixing process of the guitar. After this video, I had became interested and wanted to soundcheck my guitar through my microphone and software. The only issue here was that one of my guitar strings had been stripped from the guitar. Either the guitar had fallen which caused the setback, or an animal had ventured into my room while I was out and my door opened. Along with mixing and the recording process, I also learned another vital lesson from today. This lesson is to take more sufficient care of my belongings. I now need to find a way to use a guitar for my project that is acoustic, hoping to borrow one.
4:45 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.
(Facilitator Hour: 1)
For an hour I sat with my facilitator, Clay, and he guided me to do one open note chord. In place of the broken acoustic guitar, we decided to use an electric one. After learning that one chord, I had to move my fingers to make a different chord sound; note progression. This became strenuous on note only my hands, but my mental. I became frustrated with my fingers for messing up and off putting the sound. From this experience, I feel I need to practice more and more to continue my ability to play.
12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m
(Facilitator Hours: 3)
For 3 long hours, I sat with Clay and he showed me the most popular chords he learned and has applied in music. The most important of those in my opinion is power chords. I started to notice patterns in music with guitars in them, most indie rock music. After he finished talking, he guided me to learn a very easy chord. It was a power chord on the bottom E chord ( standard tuning). This was used in a popular Linkin Park song which he showed me. This day was very interesting in helping me understand how to move my finger more efficiently. He left I and I continued to try out what he showed me.
9:00 a.m. - 10 a.m.
6:14 p.m. - 8:40 p.m.
(Facilitator time: 1 hour)
(Time: 3 hours 26 mins)
For the morning session, I sat with Clay and we played together. He helped me understand some of the songs I wanted to play. He also gave me some tips for strumming and picking the guitar.
In the afternoon, I tried myself to learn at least two songs I wanted to play. I learned the melody and continued to play them. My fingers were sore shortly after. As for the guitar, I popped a string while tuning. I will have to replace that.
10:10 a.m. - 12:12 p.m.
(Time: 2 hours 2 mins)
On this morning, into the afternoon, I found three songs I wanted to learn to play. After re-stringing the string that popped off, I started to learn the songs from tutorials on YouTube. I picked up on the chords fairly quickly. I was having troubles with pressing down in be-tween the frets. Because the guitar was near to never used, I had to hold down the strings with a lot of pressure. However, I pushed through the pain and learned one of the songs I will be putting onto the CD.
12:45 p.m. - 1:49 p.m.
(Time: 1 hour and 4 mins)
I watched tutorials again for the other two songs I wanted to learn. They followed nearly the same progression and chords. I picked up on one of them really quickly, it was nearly all power chords. All I had to do was strum in the right pattern and I would have it. The third song was more of a challenge because it jumped all of the guitar. Although it seemed very complicated, when I tried it I found it was easy. The fingers on my left hand hurt very much after this. I have gained calluses from hold down the strings and going up and down on them.
8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
(Time: 5 hours)
I woke up earlier than usual because I wanted to practice and record at least one of the songs by the end of the day. I kept practicing so I could get it down to sounding enough like the original songs. Playing with pain from my fingers, I managed to get on of the songs actually recorded in the morning. I hope my sister didn’t mind the loud singing and playing. In the afternoon I began editing and processing the song. I tried mixing the vocals and the guitar. Added some effects such as reverb , but in very low amounts. Then I picked back up the guitar to try out the other song. I was jumping right into recording this time. I cracked a few dozen times when it came to holding the strings down the right way. I finally got it sounding to the best I could. I followed the same steps that I did for the other song, that came from the earlier videos I watched before I started recording.
11:00 a.m. - 2 p.m.
(Time: 3 hours)
Coming to the end of spring break, I only had one more song I had to record. I woke up and ready to record. I found my pick laying on the floor, picked it up, and then sat up the equipment. I had to practice before I played the song because this was the harder one. I watched a video of the band performing an acoustic set so I could see how they went about doing their song. I saw how they did it and morphed what I did to fit more how they were doing it. The product came out decently, and I am proud of it to an extent. I mixed the song as I did with the others. I then took each file and individually mastered them to the best that I could do with what I had. After this, I exported each song as an mp3. I would usually use .wav, but to lower the risk of the songs not playing, I did mp3. I used a program to burn them onto some old CDs I had in my dresser. I labeled it and put it safely back into the dresser.
Joseph McRaetarted to notice patterns in music with guitars in them, most indie rock music. After he finished talking, he guided me to learn a very easy chord. It was a power chord on the bottom E chord ( standard tuning). This was used in a popular Linkin Park song which he showed me. This day was very interesting in helping me understand how to move my finger more efficiently. He left I and I continued to try out what he showed me.
I watched tutorials again for the other two songs I wanted to learn. They followed nearly the same progression and chords. I picked up on one of them r