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Re: Beginner's Thread
« Reply #120 on: December 15, 2014, 08:20:39 am »
@dbrx Good attempt at this years love. It's a tricky one with plenty of chord changes. Not too much hesitation and just concentrate on getting the strumming even.

@phx1973 Nice and clear recording. Good to see singing and playing coming together. What strumming pattern are you using?  would be interested to see how it sounds with just down strums at this stage.
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Re: Beginner's Thread
« Reply #121 on: December 15, 2014, 06:54:26 pm »

@phx1973 Nice and clear recording. Good to see singing and playing coming together. What strumming pattern are you using?  would be interested to see how it sounds with just down strums at this stage.

Hey Rossco, thanks for that. For walk the line I used the strumming as Justin writes it out in the songbook for boom-chik-a- boom. I think that is down strum on beat 1. Then DUD on beats 2 + 3. Then maybe a DU on 4 +. I don't remember exactly. I know it didn't exactly give that train sound when I did it...so you might be right that all down strums might be better. Eventually I would like to get to the alternating bass line thing, but obviously I am a far way off from there.

I appreciate the comment. I made me think maybe I should try all down strums now and see how it compares. 
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Re: Beginner's Thread
« Reply #122 on: December 15, 2014, 07:20:05 pm »
Good changes for 4 weeks. I'd suggest working on your strumming, you seem to be strumming very hard with a thin pick, and so make an audible click on each string, as you can hear this over the top of the amp.
I have noticed the pick sounding a bit raspy. It probably sounds worse on the recording because I didn't actually have the amp connected, just had the mic in front of the guitar. Is that the problem and there's nothing to worry about or am I strumming too hard, or should I be using a harder pick now? I've been using a 0.5 as it's the thinnest I've got.

Working on strumming could be good for a while actually as I need to give my left hand a rest for a while. Combination of the guitar and work (lots of sanding and machine polishing) is giving me some issues at the moment.

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Re: Beginner's Thread
« Reply #123 on: December 15, 2014, 09:22:57 pm »
@ phx1973

Good job with Walk the Line.  Nice to hear you give the singing a go and the chord changes are pretty smooth.  The boom-chik-a- boom looks like it should be easy but it's just not :)  I found it to be the hardest pattern to do in the BC and I grew up listening to Cash so it's not like I didn't know what it should sound like.  I'm still working at being able to hit it consistently enough to record using it.
                                   
One thing you could try with boom-chik-a- boom to dress up the song would be to just pick the bass string on beats 1 and 3.   
So use  B  DUB  DU with B=6th string on E, 5h on A, and 4th on D.  You don't have to walk the bass yet just pick it on 1 and 3.

I'll also pass on a suggestion given to me when I was recording Walk the Line.  Instead of doing a full boom-chik-a- boom just do a boom-chik like this

1+2+3+4+
B  D  B   D 

If you look on my soundcloud you'll see I have a couple of recordings of Walk the Line both recorded using this simple pattern.  It really does sound quite nice and essentially the same as doing only 4 downstrums.  Only difference is 1 and 3 are picks and 2 and 4 are strums.   
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Re: Beginner's Thread
« Reply #124 on: December 16, 2014, 12:25:44 am »
@Sweed77

Thanks for the boom-chik-a-lite  suggestion. I am definitely going to try that!


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Re: Beginner's Thread
« Reply #125 on: December 16, 2014, 02:30:12 am »
Stage 4 - Killing Me Softly With His Song

That darn B7 chord still gets the best of me! haha. Anyway, let me know your thoughts. This song really intimidated me when I first saw it so I am glad just to be playing it. Just played through the chorus and verse once since they just repeat and I wasn't singing.

This is post #5. Does that make me a beginners thread graduate?

   
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Re: Beginner's Thread
« Reply #126 on: December 16, 2014, 02:46:26 am »
@phx1973 Nice work, does that mean you get your own personal beginners thread now then?  ;)


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Re: Beginner's Thread
« Reply #127 on: December 16, 2014, 06:32:22 am »
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Re: Killing Me Softly

Good attempt. It is hard to get that one to flow, bounce, groove, glide.
And there have been whole threads of discsussion about how hard B7 was to learn so you are not alone there.
It's all coming along nicely so keep on keepin' on.

Congrats on graduating yourself outta here!
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Re: Beginner's Thread
« Reply #128 on: December 17, 2014, 05:54:42 pm »
@close2u

Thanks. I plan to continue to post my recordings to the wider audio /video section of the forums. Im working in Folsum Prison Blues now. I'm a big Cash fan so this one is fun for me.

Ps- I checked out your YT page today. Lots of good stuff there in different styles. It's not often you see a blues scale improv and a Danzig cover from the same player. I mean that in a good way

Out of curiosity, how long have you been playing?


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Re: Beginner's Thread
« Reply #129 on: December 17, 2014, 07:32:10 pm »
@close2u

Thanks. I plan to continue to post my recordings to the wider audio /video section of the forums.
Good on ya mate!
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Ps- I checked out your YT page today. Lots of good stuff there in different styles. It's not often you see a blues scale improv and a Danzig cover from the same player. I mean that in a good way


Very kind words - thank you. The Danzig cover was my response to one of the Guitar Challenges:
https://justinguitarcommunity.com/index.php?board=134.0;sort=subject

btw
some of my live gig vids were  not public but available through links in some old threads I'll find out
Another edit - I have changed them ... all my gig-videos are now public.
Here are those old threads:
1st gig
https://justinguitarcommunity.com/index.php?topic=30758
2nd (and last) gig with that band:
https://justinguitarcommunity.com/index.php?topic=31228.0


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Out of curiosity, how long have you been playing?
Well, seeing as you asked so nicely ... I posted this nearly 6 years ago:
https://justinguitarcommunity.com/index.php?topic=1054.msg80309#msg80309

As to the variety ... I posted this recently:
https://justinguitarcommunity.com/index.php?topic=17315.msg300848#msg300848

I'm happy to continue this chat - elsewhere though so as not to clutter up in here
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Re: Beginner's Thread
« Reply #130 on: December 18, 2014, 08:30:15 am »
@phx1973 really good attempt on killing me softly. It is a tricky track especially that B7 which doesn't crop up that often in songs. There is a bit of clicking/scratching sound but I'm guessing that's mic placement or something. I think this was one of the first songs where I really suddenly felt I could play guitar.
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Re: Beginner's Thread
« Reply #131 on: December 18, 2014, 04:26:49 pm »
@Rossco01

Thanks. I, too, felt like this song was one of my best attempts. Obviously I have a long journey still, but that is part of the fun of BC and guitar in general.
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Re: Beginner's Thread
« Reply #132 on: January 03, 2015, 09:55:12 am »
OK guys, I'm taking the plunge and joining in. Starting right at the start with Three Little Birds, four down-strums to the bar, tempo nice and slow. I notice my A chords sound a bit rattly once I've been holding them down for a few bars, I'll have to work on that.

I'm hoping to manage to post one song from each stage as I go through, by the time I'm at stage 6 I might be brave enough to hit the open forum...  :)

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Re: Beginner's Thread
« Reply #133 on: January 03, 2015, 01:13:22 pm »
Good on you, boobook. Never too early to start recording and sharing, you will most likely find that the feedback is both rewarding and a motivational factor. Welcome to the friendliest forum on the internet.


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Re: Beginner's Thread
« Reply #134 on: January 03, 2015, 01:32:37 pm »
@ Boobook

Nice start and good for you posting already.  Chords were clear and timing was good.  Wouldn't worry too much about a rattly chord here and there those will smooth out on their own the more you play.
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