I speed up as I get more confident. Need to work on keeping a steady tempo
I badly blow one of the Cadd9 changes, which I do often This seems to be a concentration issue…I need to anticipate the next Cadd9, but my fingers get ahead of my brain. Fortunately, I kept going and avoided a total train wreck.
Thumb muting is still spotty…I can hear the open E string ringing sometimes.
Less serious, but noticed…
Probably looking at my fretting hand too much, and moving my head too much in general…wasted energy.
Tried to vary the strumming patterns a bit…not sure I quite pulled it off.
Often do a quick muted DU strum before each chord change, which mostly sounded ok to my ear, but sometimes not so much.
I jumped straight to the second video, as I know how much first time recording can effect performance. I thought that was pretty solid and a good cover and great to see someone lifting that neck real high!! I have recorded both The Who and Limp Bizkit versions of the song and know how hard it is to learn and play (on my YT channel if you are inclined to look). There’s some tricky chord changes for someone who has not been playing that long and you accomplished them well. Your self critique seems to have things in perspective but the more you play it the more it will all consistently fall into place. Doing grand !
What a location to be strumming away at, lucky man Tom!
Sounding good overall and I’ve not much to add to other’s comments as well as your own critique. What I will do is echo JK’s comment about not noticing the Cadd9 bit you’ve mentioned. We always remember every little thing in a piece that we’ve not got right but the reality is if you keep the momentum of the song, it’ll go unnoticed by the audience!
Yes, someone once said to me a long long time ago for every negative critique always give at least two positive critiques (and that doesn’t apply just to guitar). I thought there was a lot positives in that can be taken from that performance, you accomplished some tricky chord changes, your strumming was smooth and it sounded good. The only negative that I would add is that you had me singing along with the recording. Well done Tom. Keep on doing what your doing, you’re coming along well. Look forward to the next recording.
Good stuff Tom, well done and as you say, huge improvement between the two videos.
The only thing I’ll add is usually we’re telling people to raise the guitar neck above the horizontal. You’ve got opposite issue. Your guitar neck is so high that I think your strumming suffers as you’re hitting the low E string at the point where the fretboard meets the soundhole and the high e string almost at the bridge. Your strumming hand is moving vertically so you’re hitting the strings at an angle if you see what I mean.
Hi Tom, I listened before reading your self critique, which generally covers a lot of the things we as learning guitar players work on. The one point I would comment on is that I think I stopped looking at the fretboard a lot when I stopped worrying about looking at the fretboard a lot!
You sounded good to me!
For me, the classical-position-with-strap seems to work best, because my fretting hand is much clumsier than my strumming hand. For me, this position noticeably reduces the tension in my fretting hand.
You are right that this makes my strumming more diagonal, and maybe looks a little strange.
But it feels comfortable to me. After reading your comment, I experimented with lowering the neck, but felt it increased fretting hand tension, without improving tone.
Maybe I’m missing something? Are you seeing or hearing something that I am not?
What I’m thinking is that when you come to strum chords that need you to emphasise the bass note or miss the low E and hit the A string or hit and emphasise for example the D string, it will make that more difficult as you’re coming at the strings from quite an angle.
Yes, classical guitarists use the position you’ve adopted but they are normally picking the strings not strumming. And in the case of Flamenco guitarists they are hitting the strings with their fingers but at more of a right angle to the strings.
But if as you say it works for you then great. It was only an observation on my part.
Look forward to more from you.
Hmmm…WRT to emphasizing bass notes, you may be on to something. I’m often unsatisfied with the low notes when I strum…will do some experimentation.
The problem I run into when I try to play in the casual position is that it messes up my strumming arm. My pick ends up over the lower frets on the neck instead of the sound hole, and my elbow feels way too high.
This is less pronounced when playing standing, so maybe I need to get a taller chair or stool.
Hi Tom, good job. Being able to find the issues with the guitar playing and solving them is a progress on itself. Nice spot to practice and make the videos. About your position look at all the parts of your body involved in the playing while experimenting alternative positions and try different playing techniques to assess each position. The part of your body causing trouble, if any, can be a different one that you think. I have the same issue that you have with your acoustic when I play with my electric, I end strumming on the neck but for me is where I support my forearm the problem.