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Title: BS-103 • Hound Dog - Elvis Presley
Post by: justinguitar on August 17, 2012, 09:45:22 am
Lesson Link: http://www.justinguitar.com/en/BS-103-HoundDog-ElvisPresley.php

Questions?
Title: Re: BS-103 • Hound Dog - Elvis Presley
Post by: mickk on August 18, 2012, 11:16:38 am
The songbook has a capo on fret 3. Typo or a matter of choice?

Mick.
Title: Re: BS-103 • Hound Dog - Elvis Presley
Post by: patzw on October 15, 2012, 08:24:57 pm
Now that I feel comfortable enough with A, D and E and my changes for those three are at least 30 a minute (not quite 60 yet, but I'll get there) I've decided to get started on Hound Dog.
I watched the video and Justin is singing along and makes it all look so easy.
I find that I can strum -just simple downstrums- the song okay when I just count the beats/bars aloud or in my head, but as soon as I try to play it and sing the words along, I just can't do the counting and it messes up my strumming and the song. Honestly that was kind of a bummer for me because the strumming alone doesn't really feel as if I'm playing a song yet...
 
Am I expecting too much at this stage? Should I just focus on the count in my head and the strums for now, even though it feels a lot less like I'm making music?
Title: Re: BS-103 • Hound Dog - Elvis Presley
Post by: misterg on October 15, 2012, 08:38:27 pm
Am I expecting too much at this stage? Should I just focus on the count in my head and the strums for now, even though it feels a lot less like I'm making music?

You're on the very edge of a breakthrough, honestly! :)

Keep practising with the count for just a little longer, maybe until until you're getting a little tired of the song and your right hand develops an autopilot. If your experience is anything like mine, you will suddenly find that you can mumble the lyrics instead of counting without interrupting the rhythm. From there is a short step to being able to sing and play. One problem I then found is that I was fine until I started to *think* about strumming....

It sounds like you're exactly where you should be - singing and playing is hard to start with, but comes quite suddenly.

Andy
Title: Re: BS-103 • Hound Dog - Elvis Presley
Post by: patzw on October 15, 2012, 08:47:57 pm
Thanks for the fast reply and the reassuring words Andy! Guess I need to be a tiny bit more patient ;) I'll keep on practising with the count and hopefully I'll stumble upon that breakthrough just like you did.
Title: Re: BS-103 • Hound Dog - Elvis Presley
Post by: misterg on October 15, 2012, 10:11:48 pm
One other thing - try playing along to the record. It'll help firm up your rhythm and let you hear the chord changes in the context of the lyrics. If the record is too fast, use a program that will slow it down without changing the pitch (Windows Media player will do it) - get it right slowly first.

Andy

Title: Re: BS-103 • Hound Dog - Elvis Presley
Post by: SabyasachiK on November 20, 2012, 03:16:38 pm
I am practising this song at 90 bits per minute with metronome as it is the best speed I can get as of now.
But while making the changes from A to D or D to A or E to D, there is an abrubt stop in the sound.
its not continuous. Its like every time I make a change of chord, the sound stops until my strumming begins again. Please advise how to get rid of this.
Title: Re: BS-103 • Hound Dog - Elvis Presley
Post by: kentl on November 20, 2012, 10:35:50 pm
There is a "stop" anytime you do it, becuse your fingers move, the point is to make it so smll that it dont afeect the song, no one no matter how fast can go form one chord to the other with the first chrod still rining besides open chords

A good way is for the last strum just have open strings then go where you want

So A 1 2 3 open strings 4
D 1 2 3 open strings 4
E
Title: Re: BS-103 • Hound Dog - Elvis Presley
Post by: misterg on November 20, 2012, 10:58:12 pm
It will improve with practice, too: As your changes get quicker and more fluid, and your coordination between left and right hands improves, the stop will disappear without having to do anything special.

Andy
Title: Re: BS-103 • Hound Dog - Elvis Presley
Post by: Sanchit007 on November 07, 2013, 01:56:52 pm
Hey
My chord changes arent as swift as of now and I guess due to the same I am having a little trouble with 'Three Little Birds'... :'(
BUT
I really would like to know the strumming pattern for 'Hound dog'. The way Justin explained 'cutting off half the chords' is something I am interested in as of now.  :)
It would be a huge help
Thanks :D
Title: Re: BS-103 • Hound Dog - Elvis Presley
Post by: rolfie on November 16, 2013, 01:24:37 pm
sorry I am not complete beginner , the riff that the guitar palyer plays half way through the song on which position on the fret board is it and which shape of minor pentatonic , although I suppose I could work that out if the the key is C :P
Title: Re: BS-103 • Hound Dog - Elvis Presley
Post by: shash on November 16, 2013, 09:41:31 pm
Hi,

I'm a newbie here and I'm able to play the basic strumming pattern shown in this video. Can someone help me with the faster strumming pattern that Justin uses in the song?

Thank you,
Shash
Title: Re: BS-103 • Hound Dog - Elvis Presley
Post by: sophiehiker on November 17, 2013, 06:40:34 pm
@shash, The faster pattern is

1 2 3+4
D D DUD


Where D is down strum and U is up strum.  Does that help?
Title: Re: BS-103 • Hound Dog - Elvis Presley
Post by: Andreas Fischer on February 19, 2014, 03:36:36 pm
4 per bar, cant count them

my question is not only about this song but it fits to this song

it feels easy to me to strum it like 4 down per bar ---- but i am not sure if i am realy on 4 per bar, because everytime i count, i get completely lost
maybe i am, but maybe not

so what to do?
try counting even if it disturb me
or follow my feeling? (if it feels good it hopefully is good)

will it come with the time or will it never come if i dont get it right now?
Title: Re: BS-103 • Hound Dog - Elvis Presley
Post by: de_conne on February 20, 2014, 02:54:35 pm
Andreas,

You can use your metronome?

Most metronomes will make a different sound on beat one then they do on beat 2-3 and 4.
That way you don't have to count and can get the groove down.

If you don't have a metronome (like me), there are multiple apps (for smartphone) available, if you don't have a smartphone there are multiple online metronome's available also on Justin's homepage. If you don't have a computer, ... wel ...;-)

Hope this helps.

Cheers,
de_conne
Title: Re: BS-103 • Hound Dog - Elvis Presley
Post by: Andreas Fischer on February 20, 2014, 07:11:51 pm
good idea, ill try ma metronome, (always forget to use it)

good to know that you also dont count, maybe its more important to feel the "groove" than counting it ;-)
Title: Re: BS-103 • Hound Dog - Elvis Presley
Post by: de_conne on February 21, 2014, 08:08:10 am
Andreas,

I'm definitely no expert, but I heard an expert say: "The more you think, the more you stink!" :-)

So feeling the music:
Title: Re: BS-103 • Hound Dog - Elvis Presley
Post by: Elisabeth on June 20, 2014, 08:47:12 pm
In 'Hound dog' Justin uses an 'up-strum'. If you don't use a plectrum, what finger do you use to strum upwards? And do you pull or push the strings in an up-strum?

Greetings and thanks, Elisabeth
Title: Re: BS-103 • Hound Dog - Elvis Presley
Post by: Tim Mason on June 20, 2014, 09:05:18 pm
Does this help?



Title: How to play the Solo parts?
Post by: w_ww_me on August 30, 2014, 09:53:56 am
I have the Beginner's songbook, it says capo on fret 3, is that an error?

Also, how do you play the solo?
Title: Re: BS-103 • Hound Dog - Elvis Presley
Post by: shadowscott007 on August 30, 2014, 02:39:40 pm
If you want to play along with the original recording you'll need to put a capo on the third fret.  It is in C rather than A.

The solo appears to use mostly the C blues scale, pattern 1 at the 8th fret. 

http://www.justinguitar.com/en/BL-019-BluesScale.php
Title: Re: BS-103 • Hound Dog - Elvis Presley
Post by: lapalmana on July 23, 2015, 03:11:34 pm
Hey i am completely new to guitar, so maybe it's a dumb question. In the songbook there are no chords for the verses for this song and for some others also. Are the same as the ones for the chorus or am I missing something?

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Title: Re: BS-103 • Hound Dog - Elvis Presley
Post by: de_conne on July 23, 2015, 03:59:49 pm
Off my head: Yes.

They're the same.

Just listen to the music, tell me where's the difference between verse and chorus? ;)




regards,
de_conne
Title: Re: BS-103 • Hound Dog - Elvis Presley
Post by: Kat Reen on July 11, 2016, 05:00:41 pm
Hi, I have a question about tempo. While practicing three little birds I did't have that problem as it is slower and my tapping was the same as the internet info. But when I started doing Hound dog I could't get at what bpm it should be played :\ My tapping along the song is about 172 bpm, on the Internet different sites have very different info: 144, 88, 175. I can't understand how to get it right(
Title: Re: BS-103 • Hound Dog - Elvis Presley
Post by: shadowscott007 on July 11, 2016, 06:46:13 pm
I get around 172.  Hearing the snare drum beats on 2 and 4.

Title: Re: BS-103 • Hound Dog - Elvis Presley
Post by: m_c on January 22, 2018, 05:54:38 pm
The solo fits over the top of the 12 bar blues.
As it's a 12 bar blues in the key of A, you can just improvise using the minor pentatonic with an A root (5th fret), however that doesn't get covered until a later stage (just checked and it's stage 7).

It's one of many things that will make more sense as you work through the beginners course.

It's a 12bar blues because it's using certain chords in a certain order, which will become clearer once you learn about a basic 12 bar blues (which is covered in stage 8, or in even more depth in the Blues Rhythm course).
Title: Re: BS-103 • Hound Dog - Elvis Presley
Post by: stitch101 on January 22, 2018, 06:12:41 pm
It's a 12 bar blues because it covers 12 bars (measures) then repeats. A 16 bar blue will cover 16 bars
and an 8 bar will cover 8 bars
You're at stage two you have a lot to learn before you tackle soloing.
Work on your chord changes and rhythm.
Remeber to have fun and learn songs.