Vincent Jarus & Strumming Strings


Chloe Stenger

Vincent Jarus is a new up and coming guitarist.

Chloe Stenger, Reporter

Vincent Jarus is a 17-year-old junior who has just recently started learning to play acoustic guitar. He got a guitar for an early birthday present. He started playing on Christmas and wanted the guitar because he liked watching his friend playing it.

Timmy Denison, his friend who does not go to Liberty, has played guitar for a little over a year.

“I asked my friend Timmy Denison. He said he had been playing for over a little a year.”

Jarus makes sure to practice 20 minutes a day, though he wishes he had more time to practice. Work and school get in the way. When he does practice, he has notes on his phone, to remember the strumming patterns. He practices chords and strumming. Jarus has a youtube playlist with a Youtuber called “Let’sPlayGuitar!” who gives acoustic guitar lessons.

“I have the strumming pattern saved in my phone and a playlist filled with guitar lessons,” Jarus said.

He asked his dad, his grandpa, and his friend to show him some tips for the guitar. His dad taught him how to hold a guitar right-handed. His grandpa taught him what a Copa is and how to change the string on the guitar. His friend instructed him on how to tune and how to play chords. After all that, he started using youtube videos.

“Grandpa came over and showed me how to change strings. When I first got it, he said they weren’t amazing,” Jarus said.

Jarus’s favorite song to play on the guitar is “Rewrite the Stars” by Zac Efron and Zendaya from “The Greatest Showman,” which he learned from YouTube. He practiced “Rewrite the Stars” because he liked the song and the movie. He is also learning “WITHOUT YOU” by The Kid LAROI since the music was pretty much already made for guitar.

Some songs he hopes to learn in the future are “Til Kingdom Come” by Coldplay, “Unwell” by Matchbox Twenty, and “Shape of You” by Ed Sheeran. He said he wants to learn “Shape of You” because he wants his dad to play it on the piano with him.

His dad bought him the used guitar for only 100 dollars. He gave it to him for Christmas as an early birthday gift since his birthday is Jan. 5.

He started pretty bad, but he has gotten better at playing overtime. He is still not as good as he wants to be, so he is going to keep practicing in hopes of getting better. He hopes to play for his family at some point.

“I want to play for my family at events, like get-togethers. Like when we get together for Christmas or the yearly camping trips, we do,” Jarus said. “I started bad because I wasn’t sure what I was doing until I had my friends, my family, and YouTube to tell me what to do.”