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Congratulations on your first AVOYP posting Winni, you’ve done a nice job with the song. Open those windows and let everyone hear your skills on the guitar.

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Hi, pretty new to the community, and not a native English speaker so I hope you understand me :wink:

Didn’t want to start a topic and glad I found this space. Still have to get my recording set up on par (had to mono the video as I couldn’t mix my interface over the phone).

Playing since Oct 2022. Im currently at Module 19 of Grade 3, but revisiting this song right now as I never memorized and learned the strum/picking pattern until recently.

Still not getting it as flawless as I’d like. Some unnecessary slowdowns and mistakes. Forgetting to mute the 1st string on the verses, not enough single picking too much strum…

First time trying to record with mics. So the voice is a bit more clear than I’m used to, but I’m more conscious of the flaws in my singing. Am I close to the pitches, way too flat?
I’m a really inexperienced singer I feel. Always thought I do ok when casually singing songs, but hearing it back clearly I’m doubting my progress in that area… could use some neutral ears, thanks.

Grade 2: Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life) by Green Day |

So any feedback would be highly appreciated:


@LPeterL @SgtColon
Thank you so much
And sorry for the late answer. There were almost 3 weeks with very poor internet. Now it’s back :+1:

My device doesn’t manage to hear anything from your video, so I can’t say anything :woman_shrugging:t3:


@Siehtscheh: Thank you for pointing it out. I uploaded it on Youtube now and edited the post with the link. Hope it works now.

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Marcel, good job with the song, strumming and chord changes look and sound good. Vocally, you are a little flat but I think singing along to songs on the radio and actually playing along with your guitar are totally different. Remember you can use a capo to find which pitch best suits your voice.


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Hi every one! So it is not possible to play a song not included in a lesson? Let us say…a tango for instance? Thanks! Regards! Mario

Surely, it’s possible. That’s how I understand it at least :slightly_smiling_face: The recommendation is to “ideally” upload a song from the song lessons. I guess that’s to make it more likely that people, who listen to the song you are playing in the video actually know the song and can hence give better feedback :slightly_smiling_face:

Still, I think absolutely nothing speaks against you uploading a tango :laughing:

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@MarioD Mario, you can learn to play and share any song you like. As part of mastering and consolidating what is taught in grade 1 and 2 what is important is to exercise what you are learning. That enables you to get feedback to aid in your progress.

And over and above that, you can throw in other things. While we advocate following the lesson flow as Justin as a tried and tested sequence that supports laying strong foundations there is nothing wrong with adding extra things that help keep you motivated, such as a tango.

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Thank you very much David! Anyway…I am 70, so I belong to a pre-tec generation, and still don’t realize how to upload a video here. I would greately appreciate some help on this matter.
On other respect, of course I love Justin’s lessons (I am working on grade 3). But I think it would be interesting for other students to have more contact with Latin styles, and, as I was born in Argentina…a tango rises as a natural option. Thanks again! Regards, Mario

I’m looking forward to seeing your tango on guitar! Go for it!


You can upload a video to YouTube (set the upload to “unlisted” if you don’t want it showing up in search results or autoplay suggestions for other users), and then share the link here.

Understood! Thank you very much! Regards, Mario

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I’m gathering courage… :upside_down_face:



Mario, the first thing to know about sharing videos is that they must be uploaded to the internet. The Community platform does not store the video, it is always accessed via a link to the video.

The majority of people use YouTube for video. Some people record audio-only and use SoundCloud but that is not as common as when I started. You can also upload the file to a file-share like Google Drive or Drop Box. That is also not common here.

Do you have a Google Account, a GMail address. If so best option would be to create a YouTube channel. If you are recording with an Android phone then not too complicated to upload the video direct to your channel from the phone. And you’ll find lots of info to get you started just by searching in YouTube for videos on how to create a YouTube channel.

Hopefully that is sufficient to help you get started. Then you can post up topics asking more questions for further help in #gear-tools-talk:hardware-software-recroding


Thank you very much David, for your really clear explanation. As soon as I gather enough courage, I will try… Best regards, Mario

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Hi all,

I thought I’d have a go at posting a full song as part of my grade one consolidation. It’s a bit rough, I noticed my timing is off a little bit and I missed the start, but any constructive criticism would be more than welcome. Here’s Breakfast At Tiffany’s…



Well done, Matt. The chord fretting and changes, smooth strumming, and foot-tapping plus a good tone and mix in the play along. Lots to like. Also good that you noticed being out of time as you started and I think you found the groove as you progressed.

Keep on keeping on!

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Thank you David!

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@Siehtscheh re: Mad World
Kudos for making and sharing your first recording - it is a big step and you have taken it. The rhythm part you play is clear and recognisable so you must be doing something right1 :slight_smile: I can hear signs of hesitation and uncertainty in places too, either with the rhythm or the changes. That is just a practice and experience issue, nothing to be alarmed at.

From May 9th to the date of posting on June 6th is a very rapid rate of progress through Grade 1. I have arrived a little late to make meaningful suggestion on your next steps as it is another couple of months down the line. Did you pause and spend more time consolidating? Have you been getting more songs learned along with practicing the basic techniques? I would urge you to really ensure that you have some solid foundations of rhythm, timing, strumming and chord changes plus the start of building a repertoire of songs.
Well - you did it. Are you going to do it again? I hope so. :slight_smile:

Your soundcloud file looks set to private but does work with the link you shared.