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Title: Mad World - Beginner - first ever video
Post by: DanniTSI3 on November 05, 2018, 09:36:26 am
I figure I may as well get it over with and just post here instead of the beginner thread.

I've been playing for about 4.5 months and am stage 3/4 of beginners course.

The song is not complete: a notification popped up on my phone while recording (on my phone) and distracted me and I forgot the chord  😳😂

Still out of about 5 goes it was the best as as soon as I hit record I got nervous.

I'm really happy for any feedback. I can take criticism as at the end of the day I want to improve.

Cheers and be kind.

Hope your ears dont bleed. There also needs to be the Justin Guitar equivalent to singing 😂



https://youtu.be/HqkkA0tZbHo

Hope the link works?
Title: Re: Mad World - Beginner - first ever video
Post by: PilgrimPod on November 05, 2018, 10:21:45 am
The link is alive and well!

I'm not really in a position to offer critique other than to say I really enjoyed that.  :)

Your reaction to the phone notification was priceless.  ;D

Keep the songs coming!
Title: Re: Mad World - Beginner - first ever video
Post by: DanniTSI3 on November 05, 2018, 10:27:49 am
The link is alive and well!

I'm not really in a position to offer critique other than to say I really enjoyed that.  :)

Your reaction to the phone notification was priceless.  ;D

Keep the songs coming!
Thanks pilgrim! I think I'm having a few issues with my strumming hand looking at the video. It looks jerky and not very fluid. Thinking I'm arm strumming instead of wrist strumming if that makes sense. Might have to start practicing in mirror haha

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Title: Re: Mad World - Beginner - first ever video
Post by: hilts17 on November 05, 2018, 11:09:10 am
Danni,

congrats on taking that big step of posting a video of yourself. I remember the nervousness well when I posted for the first time. For the stage you're at, you did well. I thought your strumming was fine and although the guitar dominates your voice, I can tell you have a very nice singing voice. I'm guessing you just used the mic in the phone to record the sound? I did too for the first few videos. Now I use the mic in the earbuds that came with my phone to record sound. I loop the cords under the guitar and up under my shirt so the mic comes out of my collar closer to my mouth. Still not quite ideal yet but an improvement on the phone mic. You're doing very well and I look forward to hearing more from you. Congrats!
Title: Re: Mad World - Beginner - first ever video
Post by: Sweed77 on November 05, 2018, 11:13:25 am
Danni, congrats on your first video.

You may have had "red light" fever but it doesn't show in your video.  It is something that is normal and gets easier to control with time.  The more you record, the more you get used to that red light and anxiety goes away. 

I thought the playing was solid, timing was good, and chord changes smooth.  Also I noticed you did a good job using anchor fingers that's a huge thing, well done  :)  Don't sell your voice short, you can sing! :) 

One thing will be to find the right spot for your phone to get better balance between the vocal and guitar.  Trial and error can sort that out so not a big problem.  Other than that I thought this was a very enjoyable listen.  Very impressive stuff for 4.5 months and stage 3\4.

Thanks for sharing, look forward to hearing more from you.

Title: Re: Mad World - Beginner - first ever video
Post by: redrhodie on November 05, 2018, 11:35:05 am
That was really good! That was one of my first songs, too. You sound like you've got it. Good rhythm, great voice. Looking forward to hearing your next one. What will that be?

Lynn

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Title: Re: Mad World - Beginner - first ever video
Post by: max_mue on November 05, 2018, 12:11:30 pm
Hey Danni, welcome to the forum!  :)

Quote
Hope your ears dont bleed.
Just checked on them, they are mighty fine ;) Keep sweed's words in your mind, your voice and singing is very pleasant :) Your playing sounded also very good!

A tip for becoming more comfortable when recording: Press the record button only one time, keep recording and trim the video later. This method helps 'forgetting' that there's a red light blinking ;)

Great job overall!
Title: Re: Mad World - Beginner - first ever video
Post by: brianlarsen on November 05, 2018, 12:41:17 pm
G'day from Pommie-land

Welcome aboard and congrats on your first AVOYP  :)

That's a really solid job of a song I used to love when it came out.
Nice steady strumming and the vocals are all in tune (perhaps a tad quiet?)

You're way ahead of where I was, when I started posting here and I haven't had a discouraging comment yet.
Very supportive bunch here.
Keep'em coming
Title: Re: Mad World - Beginner - first ever video
Post by: DavidP on November 05, 2018, 02:03:07 pm
WOW I see you didn't let the grass grow under your feet, so to speak ... after a short discussion this morning, the first recording is made and posted.

Good on you, Danielle, well done !!  Big step you've made.

I can only concur with all the other comments.  All good and steady, clean chords, smooth changes ... excellent work.

I'd encourage you to try out Hilts's suggestion on using the ear-bud mic ... make a significant difference to his recordings in terms of balancing out voice and guitar.

Keep 'em coming
Title: Re: Mad World - Beginner - first ever video
Post by: Balamuthiah on November 05, 2018, 04:11:48 pm
Good going Dani. You play and sing well! Keep it coming! But echoing everybody’s thoughts on the matter, do work on the vocal and guitar balance! :)
Title: Re: Mad World - Beginner - first ever video
Post by: LBro on November 05, 2018, 05:01:56 pm
Hi Danni, (or is it Dani - per YouTube?)
Welcome to this area of the forum and thanks for taking the bold step to post.

Very nicely done. No matter your stroke, the timing seemed pretty good to me. Vocals are nice too. Some have mentioned the mic position and that is really the only area of improvement you can make IMHO. Just have to spend a bit of time experimenting there. That would allow us to hear you nice voice/vocals better.

I took a second pass on this and do notice one thing I am guilty of as well. Others should help me here as I an not sure. But your chording hand fingers seem a little flat instead of pressing down more from the top vertical position. I am trying to get more vertical here and unlearning habits is tough after doing it a long time. Maybe something to look into. But I must say your notes are ringing out nice and clear so if there is an issue it is not affecting the clarity of your notes... Maybe you're still hitting the strings with the fingertips vs the "pads" of your fingers??? One way I can tell is where my finger calluses are. Mine were more on the pads, so I knew I had to change up.

Great first post and you did it up well. I found this very nice to listen to!

Rock on and keep that strumming hand/arm moving!
LB
Title: Re: Mad World - Beginner - first ever video
Post by: b1rdland on November 05, 2018, 05:31:21 pm
Hey Danni, having only ever recorded one video of myself playing and therefore fully aware of how hard it is, I can not fault what you've done here. A fine first post, a nice song, well delivered. You have a lovely voice. I look forward to your future posts and to seeing you develop as a guitarist.
Nice one!
Title: Re: Mad World - Beginner - first ever video
Post by: max_mue on November 05, 2018, 05:41:29 pm
I took a second pass on this and do notice one thing I am guilty of as well. Others should help me here as I an not sure. But your chording hand fingers seem a little flat instead of pressing down more from the top vertical position. I am trying to get more vertical here and unlearning habits is tough after doing it a long time. Maybe something to look into. But I must say your notes are ringing out nice and clear so if there is an issue it is not affecting the clarity of your notes... Maybe you're still hitting the strings with the fingertips vs the "pads" of your fingers??? One way I can tell is where my finger calluses are. Mine were more on the pads, so I knew I had to change up.

I had similar thoughts but failed to express them (damn you past-me for choosing Latin over English lessons :D)
It's hard to tell because of the angle, but the guitar neck seems to be held relatively high. (Classical guitar players seem to do this usually though)
Title: Re: Mad World - Beginner - first ever video
Post by: CT on November 05, 2018, 06:19:06 pm
Welcome aboard the train to guitar town! You sounded great. Lots of excellent feedback so far as well.

I would only add that I think this song is great for beginners because it can be slowed down bit more. I also think it calls for a greater accent on the bass strings on the down strum, and it seemed like you are mostly catching the high E string on your up strums. None of this takes away From the overall stellar performance.

All of this can be a bit much to focus on in the beginning. For your first time recording you hit a home run. Keep the jams coming!   
Title: Re: Mad World - Beginner - first ever video
Post by: DanniTSI3 on November 05, 2018, 11:06:01 pm
Well what can I say, feeling on cloud nine after hearing all of your responses. What a fantastic supportive community.

Hilts17 - thank you for the suggestion about the earbud mic! Will look into it that for sure!

Max_mue - also a good tip just to keep recording and then trim it down later. Hadn't thought of that!

LBro - I have calluses on the tips of my fingers not the pads... is that right? I hope so! I have very tiny hands so it may just look flat cos there's not much hand haha

CT- my upstrum has me struggling. I too notice that a lot of the time I only hit the high E and B strings (which I think is ok?) I used to only hit the high E until I realised this was incorrect. I really think I have a technique problem with the angle, or how I'm strumming, like my strum is too big? Sometimes I hit the scratch plate with my pick which you can hear in the recording. Something is amiss. Not sure on how to fix it but perhaps just strum practicing in the mirror?

As for the comments about my voice - THANK YOU. I can generally keep in tune within a limited range, but high notes forget about it. I'm just not a real fan of the timbre of my voice... its like when you hear a voicemail recording of yourself and its like "OMG do I really sound LIKE THAT?" haha!

Thanks again. Now for my next song..... hhhm. Time to get to work :-)
Title: Re: Mad World - Beginner - first ever video
Post by: LBro on November 06, 2018, 12:05:10 am
LBro - I have calluses on the tips of my fingers not the pads... is that right? I hope so! I have very tiny hands so it may just look flat cos there's not much hand haha
Ah, that is good to hear and yes, that would be right. Very good then and you well on your way!

LB
Title: Re: Mad World - Beginner - first ever video
Post by: CT on November 06, 2018, 02:23:17 am
It's been a while since I did the beginner modules, but I think Justin recommends doing all down strums with a thin pick until the RUST lessons kick in. Maybe someone else can confirm.
Title: Re: Mad World - Beginner - first ever video
Post by: DanniTSI3 on November 06, 2018, 02:36:33 am
It's been a while since I did the beginner modules, but I think Justin recommends doing all down strums with a thin pick until the RUST lessons kick in. Maybe someone else can confirm.
Hi CT I have done the first strum lesson and have 5 mins in my practice schedule doing dddud. As I already know DDUUDU from when I was learning guitar about 5 years ago (but right handed guitar) the teacher had me strumming from the start... . I know it's not recommended in Justin's course but I can't help myself haha and naturally try and do more than I should. I'm pretty sure I shouldn't be singing along yet either. Naughty me

I do try and step back and take it slow and practice with down strums until I have it right.

You are right tho

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Title: Re: Mad World - Beginner - first ever video
Post by: LBro on November 06, 2018, 02:56:25 am
Wait a minute... in your footer I see you have a STRAT!!! Now then, since your a posting I am challenging you to a vid of you playing that!

As a side note it says something about a 1960.... is that some sort of reissue or a true 1960's Strat???

Thanks,
LB
Title: Re: Mad World - Beginner - first ever video
Post by: DanniTSI3 on November 06, 2018, 03:09:38 am
No it's not an original - I wish! So it's a squier strat but done with as 60s throwback here's a picture of my Joanie

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Title: Re: Mad World - Beginner - first ever video
Post by: DanniTSI3 on November 06, 2018, 03:12:51 am
Ah I can't add a picture. But if you do a google search it will come up! I've got the 3 colour sunburst with tortoise shell plate.

I will do a vid but she's new and I'm still getting used to the bigger fretboard, Lower action, etc.

In hindsight I should have got a full size acoustic when I started out to make the transition easier but ah well!

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Title: Re: Mad World - Beginner - first ever video
Post by: batwoman on November 06, 2018, 03:20:13 am
Thanks pilgrim! I think I'm having a few issues with my strumming hand looking at the video. It looks jerky and not very fluid. Thinking I'm arm strumming instead of wrist strumming if that makes sense.

Hey Danni, congratulations  :) Glad you dived in. You've made a good observation about your strumming arm. When you can see and hear things that could be better that's a great way of improving. I like that you aren't hunched over looking at the strings, something that can be very tempting in the beginning, so gold star for that too.  :)  I can see and hear some good things - rhythm, good sense of pitch when the phone isn't distracting you.
Title: Re: Mad World - Beginner - first ever video
Post by: batwoman on November 06, 2018, 03:23:42 am
Ah I can't add a picture.

You'll need to sign up to one of the image websites. I use http://imgur.com/  It gives you the code to paste into your message. Check that you have it right with the Preview button.
Title: Re: Mad World - Beginner - first ever video
Post by: Garfield on November 06, 2018, 07:43:48 am
That was really good. Strumming very good I wouldnt worry about your strumming arm or looking at it at this stage. I didn't really notice that you did. You're miles better than I was at 4 months I can't remember if I could sing and play then. You're going to be a good player. 

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Title: Re: Mad World - Beginner - first ever video
Post by: embishop on November 07, 2018, 12:47:21 pm
Sounding really good Danni! Nice smooth strumming, and consistent timing. Really great for your first video. I had a thought about your picking, and also noticed the high E string ringing out on up strums - I wonder if you’re holding your pick so tightly that the angle on the up strum impacts the strings you’re playing. You could try a thinner pick, or a looser grip. The problem with the looser grip though is the tendency of the pick to fly away completely ... !

Great job. Welcome to the community, thanks for posting.

Mari
Title: Re: Mad World - Beginner - first ever video
Post by: DarrellW on November 07, 2018, 01:32:02 pm
Sounds pretty good to me, especially bearing in mind how long you have been playing and singing as well!!
Keep at it and keep practicing and learning new songs and posting them and all will be good. I can recommend having a look at some of the Roadcases, especially DavidP they will help you get the best encouragement you need to get to your goal!
Title: Re: Mad World - Beginner - first ever video
Post by: DanniTSI3 on November 07, 2018, 08:56:26 pm
Sounds pretty good to me, especially bearing in mind how long you have been playing and singing as well!!
Keep at it and keep practicing and learning new songs and posting them and all will be good. I can recommend having a look at some of the Roadcases, especially DavidP they will help you get the best encouragement you need to get to your goal!
Thank you!

Roadcases? Can you explain what this is and where to find the thread? Still learning my way around the site and what is what

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Title: Re: Mad World - Beginner - first ever video
Post by: DanniTSI3 on November 07, 2018, 09:02:54 pm
Sounding really good Danni! Nice smooth strumming, and consistent timing. Really great for your first video. I had a thought about your picking, and also noticed the high E string ringing out on up strums - I wonder if you’re holding your pick so tightly that the angle on the up strum impacts the strings you’re playing. You could try a thinner pick, or a looser grip. The problem with the looser grip though is the tendency of the pick to fly away completely ... !

Great job. Welcome to the community, thanks for posting.

Mari
Hi Mari!

Im using Jim Dunlop tortek picks (green) . 88mm as I just love the warm sound they make. I was using a really thin nylon pick but hated it but might play around with some thinner ones. Wonder if Jim Dunlop comes any thinner. Will have to look!

I know I'm not gripping my pick too hard ad it ends up in my guitars sound hole all the time!

I think it's the way I'm strumming like my hand is doing an arc away from the guitar on the up strum rather than going straight up so I'm hitting the high E string harder than the rest. Think I'm going to strip back on the strumming for a bit and rewatch Justin's first rhythm strumming lesson again!

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Title: Re: Mad World - Beginner - first ever video
Post by: DarrellW on November 07, 2018, 09:40:28 pm
Roadcases? Can you explain what this is and where to find the thread? Still learning my way around the site and what is what
Look here, this is a blog of what you have done since starting your learning, it’s a great way of observing your progress!
https://justinguitarcommunity.com/index.php?board=92.0
Here is the one I referred to
https://justinguitarcommunity.com/index.php?topic=41958.0
Title: Re: Mad World - Beginner - first ever video
Post by: batwoman on November 07, 2018, 09:43:02 pm
Well what can I say, feeling on cloud nine after hearing all of your responses. What a fantastic supportive community.

Told ya  :)

Road Cases? Go to the Home page, scroll down to Social Area. Here's DavidP's RC that Darrell recommended https://justinguitarcommunity.com/index.php?topic=41958.0
Title: Re: Mad World - Beginner - first ever video
Post by: DavidP on November 08, 2018, 05:39:02 am
Hi Mari!

Im using Jim Dunlop tortek picks (green) . 88mm as I just love the warm sound they make. I was using a really thin nylon pick but hated it but might play around with some thinner ones. Wonder if Jim Dunlop comes any thinner. Will have to look!

I know I'm not gripping my pick too hard ad it ends up in my guitars sound hole all the time!

I think it's the way I'm strumming like my hand is doing an arc away from the guitar on the up strum rather than going straight up so I'm hitting the high E string harder than the rest. Think I'm going to strip back on the strumming for a bit and rewatch Justin's first rhythm strumming lesson again!

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Danni,

I also use Jim Dunlop and I think my favourite on the acoustic is .63.

The other thought I had about the up-strum, after you mentioned hitting the pickguard, would be to check the position of the guitar body.  If the top of the body was leaning into your body creating a slight angle then maybe the up-strum could catch higher strings more readily? 

I think this sometimes happens to allow a better view of the fretboard when one is needing to see what is going on.

Title: Re: Mad World - Beginner - first ever video
Post by: DavidP on November 08, 2018, 05:40:08 am
Look here, this is a blog of what you have done since starting your learning, it’s a great way of observing your progress!
https://justinguitarcommunity.com/index.php?board=92.0
Here is the one I referred to
https://justinguitarcommunity.com/index.php?topic=41958.0

Told ya  :)

Road Cases? Go to the Home page, scroll down to Social Area. Here's DavidP's RC that Darrell recommended https://justinguitarcommunity.com/index.php?topic=41958.0

Now I'm blushing ...
Title: Re: Mad World - Beginner - first ever video
Post by: w44dde on November 16, 2018, 01:33:58 pm
Brilliant 1st attempt at recording!! Strumming up and down whilst singing is very hard so a big well done to you :)

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Title: Re: Mad World - Beginner - first ever video
Post by: pkboo3 on November 17, 2018, 11:24:06 pm
Danni, I thought you did great. Your voice is fine so don’t worry. Lovely tone. This is one of my favorite songs in the justinguitar course.


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Title: Re: Mad World - Beginner - first ever video
Post by: DanniTSI3 on November 18, 2018, 03:10:50 am
Thanks pkboo! Hoping to get another video up soon but I've hurt my hand so having a week off the guitar. Boo.

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