The title of this blog might be leaving you confused. Manamana was a big part of my independent learning project this week, but I’ll explain this in more detail a little later.
My independent learning project is to learn the guitar. I found a friend who was willing to set up times to meet each week. He even made a 14-week syllabus for what I should do in between my lessons each week. This week we started with the basics. The basics included the parts of the guitar, the numbering of the frets, an important website to look through for songs to play, and a few basic songs in which my friend made sheet music (seen below).
Photo CC-By: Barbara Pieper
The parts of the guitar include the body, the bridge, the sound hole, the neck, the strings, the frets, the nut, the headstock, and the tuners. There are twenty different frets starting at the nut with 1 and continuing to the sound hole with 20. On the guitar I used, there were dots along the side of the neck that marked the odd frets from 3 to 9 and number 12. This made it easier to correlate the placement of my fingers.
After learning the parts of the guitar and the fret numbers, my friend told me the tabs (numbers seen in the sheet music) for three songs and then played them. After listening, I played the three songs seen in the music. The rest of my lesson included lots of practice and an opportunity to learn to read the written music and a quick overview of Songsterr which is an easy way to find songs and play them along with the computer.
The way the music works is each line correlates to a string. The top line correlates with the thinnest string which is found on the bottom of the guitar and is the highest pitched string. The bottom line correlates with the thickest string which is found on the top of the guitar and is the lowest pitched string.
Throughout my lesson, my friend started playing songs off of youtube to show me what I might be able to play at the end of these 14 weeks. One of these songs was Muppets Manamana 1969. If you do not know what this song entails, please listen to it and see if you agree with me. There is no point to the song except it is catchy. Personally, I do not like this song at all. After realizing how much I dislike the song, my friend would say Manamana every time I messed up. This encouraged me to work a little harder at figuring out the way the song is supposed to sound.
Overall, I enjoyed my first lesson. After my lesson, I was told to follow the syllabus written by my friend in order to prepare for my next lesson. I haven’t looked too much into this double-sided one paged syllabus, but I think this next week will be just as fun.