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(@daverod)
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Ok, so I don't usually do New Years Resolutions. But this year is different. I've decided to make a real effort to improve my guitar skills with focused practice and a couple other new strategies.

I've never played guitar in front of anyone but my immediate family (apart from an instructor or two). I've decided this, too, should change, both to help me improve (by playing with those who are better than me) and to solicit feedback. Which brings me to the reason for this post....

I've been trying to learn a song called "Me Llaman Calle" by Manu Chao. I can pretty much play it the whole way through, but I need to make sure I have it down before I can try to sing while strumming. I've uploaded a video to youtube and would appreciate any feedback on any aspect of my playing. My assumption is that I could very well be making mistakes which would jump out to a more seasoned guitarist.

In any case, let me have it, I can take it. :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=flWNhFrhNM8
(Sorry, the video is much darker than I anticipated.)

Here's a version played by Manu Chao, for reference:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lzZWXUfIyIs

Oh, and for any non-spanish speakers: yes, the song is about prostitution. The lyrics are sung from the perspective of a prostitute, as she details the hardships of her life.

thanks so much!

 
Posted : 16/01/2009 3:12 am
(@joehempel)
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Hey Dave!

I just took a listen and I think it sounds pretty good. The only thing that I noticed, and this may be intentional, but it stood out a couple of times to me, is when you are changing chords a few times you are strumming before you hit the chord and you get that hammer on effect on the bass notes of the chords. I'm far from a seasoned guitarist, but that's what it sounds like to me.

Nice job and keep posting!

In Space, no one can hear me sing!

 
Posted : 16/01/2009 4:37 am
(@daverod)
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The only thing that I noticed, and this may be intentional, but it stood out a couple of times to me, is when you are changing chords a few times you are strumming before you hit the chord and you get that hammer on effect on the bass notes of the chords. I'm far from a seasoned guitarist, but that's what it sounds like to me.

Well, you're obviously much more seasoned than I am! When I listened back, I couldn't hear it myself, but you're absolutely right. And it is intentional, at least when I move from D to G. I think maybe it was a mistake initially, but I came to like how it sounds, so I kept doing it.

If you're hearing it elsewhere, please let me know!

Also, I forgot to mention in the original post: I think the tempo may be slightly slower than it should be. I tried to sing along with the video and it seems off when compared to the actual song. Just an observation....

thanks for the feedback!
Dave

 
Posted : 16/01/2009 4:57 am
(@dogbite)
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the tempo was a bit slower. there is no problem with that.
I enjoyed the original very much. I am usually interested in music of other countries.
that was a great piece. nice guitars. lively.
you attempt was very good. you changed the rhythm pattern a few times, so your playing
was not mechanical. your fingers knew where to go and you looked relaxed. that is a good manner
for guitar playing. I liked your right hand string muting.
have you thought of using the back of your fingers for a downward strum? it livens things up and the listener has a little treat.
thanks for posting.
I like that song and video.

http://www.soundclick.com/bands/pagemusic.cfm?bandID=644552
http://www.soundclick.com/couleerockinvaders

 
Posted : 17/01/2009 12:32 am
(@daverod)
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the tempo was a bit slower. there is no problem with that.
I enjoyed the original very much. I am usually interested in music of other countries.
that was a great piece. nice guitars. lively.
you attempt was very good. you changed the rhythm pattern a few times, so your playing
was not mechanical. your fingers knew where to go and you looked relaxed. that is a good manner
for guitar playing. I liked your right hand string muting.
have you thought of using the back of your fingers for a downward strum? it livens things up and the listener has a little treat.
thanks for posting.
I like that song and video.

Thanks very much for your comments. I agree, it's a great song.

Regarding the alternate rhythm, I realized after I'd begun doing this that I'll likely not be able to use do it as I try and sing the song. But I guess if the lyrics are there, there's less need to throw in a different strum here and there.

I actually do use the back of my fingers for the downward strum. For the upward strum, I use the back of my thumb. Unless I'm misunderstanding your point?

 
Posted : 17/01/2009 4:31 am
(@dogbite)
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you do not misunderstand me. I don't think I have used my thumb. what is important is the sound you get from the back of the fingernails strumming.

http://www.soundclick.com/bands/pagemusic.cfm?bandID=644552
http://www.soundclick.com/couleerockinvaders

 
Posted : 17/01/2009 1:04 pm