Black by Pearl Jam Lesson

Learn to play Black by Pearl Jam on JustinGuitar!

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Justin - BEST SINGING YET! This is your wheelhouse for singing! Got me thinking that your voice probably fits with Dave Mathews Band as well. Anyway, gave me a better appreciation for Pearl Jam. Thanks!

This guy’s great for non song lessons, but no beginner would have any idea how to play these songs based on this video You can’t even look up the music elsewhere since he uses a simplified version.

I am still a beginner but find this video/lesson very usefull. I also have the beginner songbook that features this song, great help.

Maybe having the songbook helps. Either way, we aren’t told a strumming pattern. We aren’t told how many measures for each chord, exactly when to switch, etc. I think if we had 100 beginner players watch this video and then tell them to play Black, there’s no way 99 of them don’t immediately fail. He moves way too fast, doesn’t break anything down, and then skips to different chord progressions without telling you were they fall, etc. I’m guessing paying for the app would make this lesson usable, which is probably the point this free video.

And yes, I realize this is a free lesson, so I shouldn’t complain, yada yada. But if the lesson is unusable by a noob without the paid app then it’s really just an ad for said app. Which I think is a valid complaint.

At 5:57 Justin Clearly explains the strumming pattern

At 2:52 Justin Clearly talks about the chords progression and how measures of each

You can pause video and rewind them.

You can’t learn a song by watching a video once.

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Sorry, no dice. He talks vaguely about “feeling” the strumming pattern, but nothing really concrete.

He gives the measures for the verse in the beginning, but not the chorus He half sings about measures as he plays the chorus but its hard to follow.

He doesn’t break it down at all. I can stop and start all I want but if there isn’t a break down, then there isn’t a break down.

A noob could watch it a hundred times and still not be able to play the complete song without the app and song book

Don’t get me wrong he’s a good teacher overall. I’m just giving feedback on this song lesson. But based on how good he is at step by step instructions on non song lessons, I find it hard to believe he couldn’t be less obtuse.

Thanks for making playing guitar more fun. It is a hobby.

I learned the simple version of this song from Justin’s lesson, and listening to the song, in my first month or two of playing guitar. If you don’t like the lesson, hit Google and find a different one.



Ken, we welcome feedback and opinions here in the Community. Our Community Etiquette and Rules serve as a guide to how we participate in this Community.

Your comments are crossing the line in a few places and inviting others to respond in kind.

I’d ask you to review the guidelines. All are welcome here but behaviour needs to be appropriate.

For others please rather flag topics if you feel things are crossing the line. I think that is preferable to getting into back-and-forth exchanges.

On this occasion I am going to make a few edits to clean things up where I feel it is necessary.

@Richard_close2u @LievenDV apologies, meant to and then didn’t loop you in.