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Syd Learns Guitar with Travis

Updated: Jun 30, 2022

Hi everyone! My name is Syd, and I’m the Front End Manager here at the Kitchener Academy of Music. Even though I work at a music school, I’ve actually never taken music lessons before- can you believe that? So I figured now is as good a time as any to get started! Join me as I take music lessons with some of our amazing teachers. So far I’ve

taken Violin, Guitar, and Vocal lessons! You can read all about them HERE!

Today, I took a guitar lesson with Travis! Since I had already taken a guitar lesson with Andrew I already knew a few of the basics. I was excited to learn some more about the guitar, and build on what I learned in my last guitar lesson. Travis started off by reviewing some of the things I learned in my lesson with Andrew, such as the different strings and how to properly hold the guitar. Since I had already learned some of the notes, Travis decided to teach me about chords. A chord is basically when you play a bunch of notes at once to make a new sound! There are a lot of songs that can be played by only learning a few chords, because a lot of music uses the same ones.

Travis decided to teach me the chords to “If I Had A Million Dollars” by the Barenaked Ladies. I learned 3 different chords, and then spent a lot of time practicing how to switch from one to another quickly. This was a fun challenge for me! Travis drew out all the chords for me so I could easily remember which was which, and then all I had to do was switch between them quickly enough. We finished up the lesson by going over a new strumming pattern, and then I played the song! Granted, I did play it pretty slowly because I was still figuring out the chords, but for my second lesson I’m pretty proud of myself!

If you’re interested in taking guitar lessons, or any music lessons, contact us today! Right now you can sign up for Music Lessons at The Kitchener Academy of Music for by emailing us at, or giving us a call at (519) 893-2121. We can’t wait to hear from you!

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