Not So Beautiful Just Yet!

In my post last week I’d asked for people to vote on which song I should play! Well, it was a tie of points between “You’re Beautiful” by James Blunt, and “Do You Hear What I Hear?” the Christmas Traditional as sung by Carrie Underwood. Firstly, thank you to everyone who participated!

I chose to play “You’re Beautiful,” because after some more careful looking at the chord charts I realized that I could not find my way around a barred chord, and no matter how hard I tried I just could not make that note play! So, back it was to the song with the 5 chords I could figure out! I really do enjoy this song though, so I’m happy to learn it.

I was away for the weekend with my provincial gymnastics team though, so unfortunately did not get my continuous days of practice in, but I have been working diligently on it for the last three nights and thought I’d update my progress!

Photo Credit: Paul 李加乂 Li via Compfight cc

To learn the song, I’ve been relying on this TAB chart, and also this YouTube video, which I believe I posted before. I also found just a straight up recording on YouTube of the song itself to play along with (censor warning it does have one swear in it), as the radio link I found before doesn’t let you rewind the track, which is important to me so that I can keep practicing it!

It’s been so much fun to actually try to play along with the song! It just makes me smile to know that I’ve learned enough to play along to a real song!…ok, enough to sort of fumble through playing along and make myself think I’m actually playing it.

I didn’t have anyone around to video me playing tonight, so I made a “voice memo” on my phone. I figured I could just load that on my computer and link it to the blog. Easy peasy right? Uh…no. Turns out you have to sync voice memos to your computer, find the file, then import it into iMovie, add an image, save it as a .mov file then upload it to YouTube….oy. But hey, I did it! I actually ended up making it into a slideshow of photos of my husband and I, which probably took a lot longer than it needed to, but I think I’ll probably keep it like this and just update it at the end with a better version of the song! Way back when this song was newer my husband used to play it for me all the time because he liked the words, so it certainly reminds me of those moments.

Now my playing is not very good….and I missed a lot of chords, but I think it sounds pretty decent so far! And if you really find my playing to be horrible, just turn the volume down and enjoy all of the cheesy photos!

Aside from just practice, practice, practice, does anyone have any suggestions or tips?

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