VIRTUAL BUSKING aka "so you think you can play guitar"
... aka the first spinoff from the "beginner's videos" thred :roll:
OK I have been playing guitar a few days shy of one year. I am moving off the absolute beginner's page so that people who have only been playing for a few weeks don't get the wrong idea and stop posting. The songs in this thread are intended to represent a reasonably ok interpretation of some easy songs that anyone with a little experience can play. Virtuosos get ur own thred :twisted:
To sum up my current abilities, I have some previous music theory from teenage piano lessons and I can readily name the first few notes on both E strings - after almost a year. Sometimes I still rely on 'Eat an Apple a Day Get Better Everyway' ROFLMAO ... I know a couple dozen mostly first position chords, a few dozen songs (about half I can play reasonably well and you will get to hear most of them :twisted: ) and some practice in picking and/or strumming in time.
BTW I DO have a life but live in a rural area with small children so don't get out much ... I am hoping to move my act to the local farmer's market next summer haha :twisted: put the girls on a leash and make them sing along .... so I am trying to capture that live feeling right here.... anyway the 'perfect' take at my level of experience probably requires doing the song 10x and then picking the best take which is WAY more time than I have at this point so without further ado here is my rendition of what is an incredibly easy song to play - the Metallica ballad Nothing Else Matters.
I find this song good exercise in picking clean arpeggios for the solo and then landing the C and A chords in rhythm. Also it is pretty impressive if you don't know how easy it is.
BTW please don't point out the obvious mistakes to me ... I CAN hear them!
Stella rocks Metallica! 8)
"The only way I know that guarantees no mistakes is not to play and that's simply not an option". David Hodge
Yeah peejay you got that right... I am playing from this version which only gives the chords:
Not that I really really like this song (really but not REALLY really ) but my teenager brought it up as a sort of challenge and I picked thru it once and lo, it was not that hard to come up with an acceptable version. I thought it would be a good beginner song as I've only been playing this a couple of weeks .... Some songs I''ve been playing for months and they're still not 'ready'.
I did a rough breakdown of the intro in the Beginner's Video thred and the only other extra - besides just playing the chords - is working high G when playing the D chord in the chorus and also when moving from the B7. That high G is a handy thing to stick your pinky out on when looking for an 'extra' note.
I try to stay the hell away from tabbed out songs, just looking at them hurts my head :evil: .
I memorize the chord progression and the bits of riff that stitch the chords together. Memorizing songs is my biggest challenge; after 30 yrs I couldn't play you a song on the piano to save my life. I started by breaking simple songs into numbered chord progression I - VII etc until I got more of sense of how songs are put together (at a very unconscious level :? ) .... now it comes readily and I can usually remember a simple song after playing thru it a few times. Like for an hour or two.... I had friends try to show me 'simple' songs so we could jam together 5 min later... this is so WAY past my level ... I'm still a beginner and can't do requests! ... except this one LOL
I don't think any of my songs are 'note for note' so please bear with me... after all Metallica is an entire BAND of professional musicians! I am just trying to demonstrate here that you don't have to be a teenage musical genius with long skinny fingers - or a fossil of rock n roll - to pick up the guitar and produce a real song - although that would certainly help. :roll:
OK I am going on a short holiday - and definitely taking my guitar! - and hoping to impress the in-laws with my new-found guitar skills so felt I should get be able to do an easy track on first take with no rehearsal. Well, you judge. :roll:
Chords for Four Strong WInds are in the Easy Songs section .... I am still working on a version of Hey Hey My My that I can be truly proud of :wink:
OK I'm back with another song !
BTW we do heat with wood so it can be quite warm in our little house - even in October - also Isabelle, have you not noticed that you want break out in a sweat :oops: the moment the camera beeps?
OK the song... this was my 3rd recording of the morning... I decided the hell with it, I am just going to record the song and not necessarily play and replay it.... I don't really improve from playing the same 'easy' song 10x over; once a day 10 days in a row and I'll hear a difference...
So I tried Hallelujah -easy song but not today - the baby woke up halfway thru :roll: . I tried another easy song and the very first C buzzed LOUDLY and I kept playing anyway but it pretty much ruins an otherwise perfect song :roll: ...
So I thought I would just play the first thing that popped into my head as soon as the girls were settled with breakfast and so here is - with a couple of background squawks - Cat Steven's The Wind. This one has been a labour of love over the last few months. Otherwise I deserve no credit for this arrangement which I found thru 911Tabs. :wink:
Stella, that sounds great. It'll be a while before I dare air my own fingerpicking skills on youtube :roll: I'm still very much a strummer of chords.....
There are too many songs that have an 'F' chord in them.
Here is my own verion of 'Jolene'. Its a simple strumming version with only three chords.. Am, C and G. I play it differently from the original, lingering over the C's and G's more than Dolly does. There are some easy hammer-ons on all the chords to liven up the arrangement a little. I didnt bother to play the entire song, just ran through the chord changes a few times.
My wife enjoys singing along to this but could not be persuaded to appear on youtube :roll:
There are too many songs that have an 'F' chord in them.
SIMON THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR CONTRIBUTION :!: .... starting to get a little chilly brrrr out here on the virtual street all by my lonesome!
So I thought I would take advantage of the late afternoon lull to turn on the camera .... played 5 songs and of course only one really turned out but it's a long one! With a few extra sound effects thrown in! ....this one was finally worthy IMHO of converting to .wmv - my version of Pink Floyd's Hey You:
OK OK it needs another four years of work :twisted: as does everything else but I just want to add that if you can play WYWH you can tackle this no prob. Chords can be found in the Easy Songs section :D
Here's a little noodling basic on PF's 'shine on you crazy diamond'. Errors galore, so bring plenty of tomatoes. :oops: I'll be commentating on these vids later tonight, I like to say something when I say something.
...you are pretty hard on yourself! ... that was really nice - the world seemed like a sunnier place for a few minutes 8)