I need your help, /mu/tants,
I have a solo performance assessment tomorrow at college and I need a song to play.
I've only been playing for just over a year and I've never had lessons.
I can do basic finger picking patterns, all the basic chord shapes, barre chords, all the basic strumming patterns, a few picking patterns, all the hammer on, pull off stuff. I never play electric, so I can't do solo's and fast playing or anything like that.
I'm trying to paint you a picture of my skillset, could anyone recommend me a song to learn and perform tomorrow based on what I said I can do?
Would really appreciate it
OP here with a self bump, I was thinking I'd maybe try one of these songs, but I doubt I could play them flawlesssly
if you're looking for something instrumental, here are some really nice guitar arrangements of erik satie's gymnopedies about on the internet, try one of those, they're generally really easy but will look and sound really good as a solo performance.
Yes it is but if you can play if fluently and well, that's about the limits of your skills unless you want to play something faster. You are essentially a novice and how well you can play as a novice is what determines your wuality right now. If you can play KoCF without buzzing frets, stopping, etc, you're doing alright for a totally uneducated pleb
Your Hand In Mine by Explosions In The Sky
Prob don't have enough time to learn it but it's a great tune to know
Picking was a little bit all over the place at first but when you got into it it sounded really good, close to the original.
Dank vocals as well desu senpai, you nailed the whispery technique he used
You posted the wrong vocaroo but I assume you mean my link so thanks. I was glad it worked out that way. That was my vocal style since the beginning but since discovering Eliott Smith, it really solidified it and I took to his songs right away. Same for Thom Yorke, and Sufjan Stevens, I can play a lot of their stuff pretty well. I can play most of the songs in the thread so if you need help OP, I got you.
I may as well contribute a bit. Don't think twice is a good pick, anything Dylan can work. I love Cohen but the audience rarely appreciates what they're hearing when they hear someone sing a Leonard Cohen song. He is the grand master of song. Big shoes to fill. Try Bright Eyes. Anything from Wide Awake. Land Locked Blues, or Lua.
Yeah wrong vocaroo lol
No problem, I've just finished learning Blackbird but it's still not quite ready yet.
I'm gonna try Don't Think Twice desu, got all night to learn anyway. And yeah I agree about Cohen, pretty polarizing to cover but Jeff Buckley hit it out the fucking park with Hallelujah like nobody ever has with a cover
I'll look at those artists you mentioned, I'm already a fan of Bright Eyes.
Do you like Nick Drake?
Talking of great covers, what about trying something from Johnny Cash's later albums. Everyone knows Hurt, but his cover of Mercy Seat by Nick Cave is my favourite. Doesn't sound too hard either.
Hallelujah is one of the MOST covered songs of all time and Jeff Buckley did it better than anyone has or ever will, I can't stand to hear anyone else even attempt that song. I prefer Jeff's covers to his own material, not to knock his writing, that's just how spectacular of a performer he was. I prefer Live At Sin-E (the special edition) to Grace. And I love Grace. Listen to his Dylan covers. Especially Just Like A Woman. My God. He loved Dylan. I love Dylan. But I could never do Dylan the way Jeff does. I've played open mics, and you can't do anything about the obnoxious chatter, Jeff could quiet the whole house and drop jaws with his voice. Elliott Smith could do that too in his own way. I'd give anything to see that. Both of them.
I do love Nick Drake. I don't play any of his songs though. And if you aren't into Sufjan Stevens, get into Sufjan Stevens, he's a genius. I also love Conor Oberst, I can play just about everything he's written.
Also, Don't Think Twice is widely covered and in turn rarely played correctly. People want to cut corners so they can play campfire versions. This is the correct way. So ignore any tutorial or chord chart that doesn't place the capo on the 4th fret. Unless you want to give it your own twist.
Very simple folk changes. http://vocaroo.com/i/s08Nx6WnEfyx
I agree 100%, I admire your passion for music. Jeff, Dylan and Smith are all among my favourite artists and I know what you mean about quieting the room.
And I am into Sufjan Stevens, absolutely loving his latest album. I'll check out the other guy you mentioned.
There's one note I think you got wrong both times you played it in Blackbird, in the descending part, and Yesterday sounds a bit too quick but I guess you'd play it differently on the day.
Hell yeah. But use your thumb to hit the A# (F# to capo) when you play D7. It makes for a nicer melody when you can hear the bass note traveling. Especially with a D7 to G7. And you don't have to be too particular about picking. It's a folk song so give it a folk feel, as long as you keep the rhythm (you do). Sounds nice.
If I understand right I think I had my thumb where you're saying (6th fret if you ignore the capo?) on it but must have missed the string. Thanks for the advice, that's the only folk song I can play so haven't really got any experience with that sort of music. I want to learn A Hard Rain's a-Gonna Fall next.
Fucking awesome dude. I've always wanted to people to play a translation of the piano notes on the guitar because it sounds great
You wouldn't happen to have tabs would you? Or did you do it by ear?
Mostly by ear plus watching this video https://youtu.be/cZZG126_acc
I'm probably not playing it PERFECTLY but it's good enough. Chords are easy enough.
Like Am/B? x20120
221000. (Just the C shape moved down half step)
Back to F. And that's the verse, watch the video for the changes.
Outro is A - F - D7 - D7 with F in the bass and open high e, not sure of the name - and E.