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Week Eleven


I did manage to brush up on my guitar before our lecture on Monday which was more contemporary pedagogies with Brad. We talked briefly about Constructivist Learning, which is (as so eloquently and accurately put in the UOS outline) "Accidentally learning theory just coz yo in a band." We played some Alicia Keys which was great, and I am even more enamoured with learning through experience. Musicians have this notion of 'practice makes perfect' ingrained into us with regards to the study of our instruments, and I think that is truly and wholly supported by Constructivist Learning. I think that this approach is supported a lot in the primary school system, with Orff and Kodaly which encourages hands on learning, however I found that my high school experience, especially in learning theory, was lacking in this approach. In terms of guitar playing, I'm still just going through songs, trying to brush up on my skills and improving my sight reading, strumming and chord changes with different songs. Unfortunately since my little break, my fingers are hurting again which sucks, because it makes it a lot harder to practice and get a decent sound out of the instrument.

Love Song by Sara Bareilles Al_bus. (2019). Love Song Chords (ver 2) by Sara Bareilles. Retrieved from

Download File Love Song.m4a

I found the movement to the B chord in the Bridge really difficult throughout this song because of the chord shape I'm using (I have to just down to the third fret) but I can improve this with more practice. Otherwise, the movement between Am, C, Em, D and G is becoming a lot easier. I just need to get a clearer, less fuzzy sound now, and I guess that will develop better when my fingers are hurting less?

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