I feel that I have made progress in my guitar skills throughout this term; having a background playing ukulele has definitely helped out my strumming and positioning of my hands while playing but has also caused quite a learning curve. Ukuleles are much smaller than guitars and have four plastic strings rather than six metal strings, making me learn to stretch my hands more and further apart as well as making me get used to the metal digging into my finger tips and building calluses. The strings are very close together and does demand that I use only my fingertips on each string in order to avoid muting the other strings as it is important that all ring clear in order to make a satisfying chord. Having six strings (… bought it at the five-and-dime… great song I would like to learn to play one day) is much more difficult than having four and has been a big change for me. Specifically, the sixth string has caused me the most trouble; since the metal string is so thin and sharp, I have had to press down hard on it as far on my finger tip as I can (my pinky is also sensitive to it) and it has caused indents and been painful. I have now built up some calluses which has helped me play for a longer amount of time with less of a problem. After having done this for awhile, it is hard to believe that popular artists can play the guitar for hours at a time while still being an upbeat performer in their concerts, I feel like my fingers would hurt a lot by the end (play until my fingers bled) and that my energy would be completely drained.
When I search about learning guitar and the length of time it takes, it comes up with
“Frequency of Practice: 4-5 times a week. For around 20 – 30 minutes… Skill Level after 6 months: Can play rock/pop songs easily: strums the chords, clearly plays the chords with no trouble switching” (http://www.severnriverguitar.com/2013/03/04/how-long-does-it-really-take-to-learn-to-play-the-acoustic-guitar-with-real-life-examples-from-actual-guitar-players/). Hopefully that I will have reached that level within six months but hope that I will finish earlier as I have put a lot of work into learning how to play this instrument and feel that my background in music (I have been able to read music for many years due to choir and ukulele) has helped me despite what I mentioned about the difficulties moving from the ukulele to the guitar.