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Offline Rolandson

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Re: Beginner's Thread
« Reply #150 on: January 15, 2015, 10:12:50 am »
thank you  will do that but also I learn it the way with the F Barre. I can change to the F barre faster with this song

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Re: Beginner's Thread
« Reply #151 on: January 17, 2015, 08:12:05 pm »
Here we go. First time I've ever recorded myself playing guitar, and it took a mish mash of leads, so sound quality isn't that great. Something Amplifi may be getting put on the shopping list, given the faff involved with this.

This is me into about day 5 of actually forcing myself to play along with the metronome, which is improving pretty well, but I still have the odd moment of getting ahead of the beat.

I went for a Killing Me Softly as I like the variety of chords. I know there's one obvious mistake where I caught the low E pretty hard when I shouldn't of even been touching it, and it stops a bit randomly as I had a complete mind blank and forgot what the next chord was, so critique away!

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Re: Beginner's Thread
« Reply #152 on: January 17, 2015, 08:26:05 pm »
@ m-c

re: Killing Me Softly

For a first recording it's a very good effort at a song with quite a lot of chords.
Well done.
For the most part I hear smooth changes in time and steady.
Now and again you lag behind the underlying beat with a slightly slow chord change.
Your strumming dynamics are even ... As you progress you will develop greater skills allowing you to create a range of dynamics as the song 'tells the story'.
Keep it up, this shows you are on the right path.
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Re: Beginner's Thread
« Reply #153 on: January 17, 2015, 08:53:51 pm »
Thanks!

Keeping a regular rhythm is my main stumbling point.
I find I get slightly ahead of the metronome (I use the Justin App on my phone and play it through earphones in one ear), then delay while waiting for the next first beat.

I'm thinking a looper may be a handy thing to purchase so I can quickly listen to how I'm keeping with the beat.

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Re: Beginner's Thread
« Reply #154 on: January 18, 2015, 10:21:02 am »
Great first effort mc and well worth recording! I couldn't add a lot more than Close already has. The rhythmn isn't that bad and with more practice you'll soon get it. looking forward to the next one.
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Re: Beginner's Thread
« Reply #155 on: January 18, 2015, 11:22:35 am »
Nice recording mc! Sounded pretty smooth to me :).

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Re: Beginner's Thread
« Reply #156 on: January 18, 2015, 02:28:20 pm »
@ m_c 

Real nice on Killing Me Softly.  Smooth changes, clean chords, and the timing wasn't bad either.  Keep 'em coming.

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Re: Beginner's Thread
« Reply #157 on: January 18, 2015, 02:37:54 pm »
@ Rolandson

Good for you still working California Dreamin.  Can't really add anything to Rossco's assessment pretty much spot on other than I'd stick with bar F if for no other reason than to force myself to practice it.  I agree with you that it is a hard one and if not the hardest in the BSB it's in the top 2 or 3.  The rhythm, the pushes, and the bar F all in one package all make this song a challenge.  Keep at it, it will eventually get there.
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Re: Beginner's Thread
« Reply #158 on: January 19, 2015, 10:27:57 am »
OK all, maybe I should have posted these in the make us laugh thread?

I'm currently on stage 6 practice schedule and have finally started being able to "sing" without everything falling apart as soon as I open my mouth!

Not really looking for critique as such as it's painfully obvious where I drop the ball, (although feel free), I'm posting them as its someone thing I would never normally do (being painfully shy generally) but this is such a great community I thought bugger it, it's a great way to keep me honest and something to look back on over the coming months and hopefully see some progress, so here you go....( I was going to say "enjoy" but not sure that would be the right word to use  :D ....)

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Re: Beginner's Thread
« Reply #159 on: January 19, 2015, 02:15:21 pm »
@m_c- Sounds pretty good to me. I heard that E string. :D

@numbnuts- Thank you  for sharing, you have a really nice voice. I admire that you can play at all while you are singing. My daughter came in while mad world was playing and she said "Too cheerful," maybe that's just the tone.

@Rolandson- I read a theory online that sometimes when you practice something a lot you reach a point where it starts to get worse. The recommendation by the author was to take a break from what you are practicing and let your mind rest.

With that said, I think there were more stumbles in this one than the last one I listened to. The parts where you play more smoothly seem more musical that previous versions though. So, there is good and bad.

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Re: Beginner's Thread
« Reply #160 on: January 19, 2015, 08:45:50 pm »
@ Numbnuts

Both songs are good efforts and are pretty good for the stage you are at.  Nice to hear you singing too, good voice.   I think the guitar is a bit to loud and covering your vocal on these songs.  In this case I think your hitting the strings a bit too hard with the pick which is a common problem that kind of fixes itself over time. Keep 'em coming, you're off to a good start. :)
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Re: Beginner's Thread
« Reply #161 on: January 19, 2015, 11:48:13 pm »
Cheers for the comments guys. I'm gradually getting better at keeping tempo with the metronome. It's all about practise, and I might get something else recorded at the weekend.
Although managed to catch that E string with my fretting fingers while practising today :-/

@Numbnuts, good effort! The moment I even think about singing, everything falls apart for me. Although I will agree with BadOmega's comment about your Mad World sounding too cheerful. It's one of these songs I think needs sung slightly flat/off-tune to emphasise the lyrics, but that is just my opinion. If I ever manage to sing and play, I might have to dig out my good microphone and we can compare bad singing!

@Rolandson, sounding good.

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Re: Beginner's Thread
« Reply #162 on: January 20, 2015, 12:18:30 am »
Thanks for the comments, "Too Cheerful" made me laugh, a lot. I have a very flat, monotone, nasal sounding northern-english speaking voice. I'ts been described as many things, cheerful never being one of them  ;D

Totally agree with hitting the strings too hard, I never really noticed it until I listened to the recordings back. I'll work on that.

Level will be way off to begin with as it was recorded on an iPhone sat on my knee, so very close to the guitar an a good way from my mouth.

I'll keep practicing and set the phone up a bit higher next time I'm game enough to record something.

Keep up the good work all of you, it's really great listening to fellow beginners and following your progress.

Cheers.

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Re: Beginner's Thread
« Reply #163 on: January 21, 2015, 05:36:04 am »
@ Rolandson, sounding good, you're getting smoother and sound more confident with the intro. The chords throughout flow better. Nice work!

@ Numbnuts-- kudos to you for singing! "Killing me Softly", even when you stumbled on the chords you kept the vocal going and caught up well, "Mad World" sounded more confident. Flat nasal northern english? I didn't hear that! And yes, I agree, anywhere else I wouldn't post recordings of my fumbling along but here is so supportive, and the feedback is motivational :) .

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Re: Beginner's Thread
« Reply #164 on: January 21, 2015, 09:47:08 am »
at BadOmega

Thank you. You may be right. I will play the song next week and maybe I am playing this song better.

 

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