Syd's Musical Journey -- Syd Learns Guitar with Andrew!

Updated: Nov 25, 2020

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 a Violin lesson with Lauren; you can read all about that HERE

Today I took a guitar lesson with Andrew! We started off the lesson by making sure that the guitar was all tuned and ready, and then Andrew taught me about each of the guitar strings. Each of the strings on the guitar is a different note; E, A, D, G, B, and E again! A good way to remember this is the saying “Elephants And Donkeys Grow Big Ears”, which sounds funny, but it really helped me remember them.


After Andrew taught me about all of the strings, we moved on to some strumming patterns. Changing the way you strum the guitar can make what you play sound so different, even if you’re playing the same notes and chords. There’s also a big difference between strumming all of the strings at once, and plucking one or two strings. Side note- it is NOT easy to play the guitar with long nails. Learn from my mistake here!


After that, it was time to play some music. Andrew taught me some quick notes, and just like that I was playing Hot Cross Buns! It might not be the most complicated song in the world, but I thought the fact that I was able to play it after only a few minutes was so awesome. I would consider my first guitar lesson to be a total success!


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 tkaminfo@gmail.com, or giving us a call at (519) 893-2121. We can’t wait to hear from you!

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