What I’m going for in this playthrough, is to keep a reasonably steady tempo, try to have smooth movements between chords, play from memory as much as I can, and continue to play through mistakes.
I’m not fussed about the quality of the singing, I know my pitch is all over the shop, and it’s real quiet. I only sing along to keep me in the groove and have fun with it, I haven’t invested any effort in trying to learn to sign it properly … not yet, anyway.
Stuff I’ve noticed can be improved:
The C - Cm and Em - Bm changes are definitely a weak point, I’m not fast enough on these yet.
I am sloppy on the G - B7/D♯ change, need to work on that.
My G11 is awkward.
Accidentally did a bend on the second C/D ?! That was weird, never happened apart from on this take.
Caught some accidental pull-off noise when moving off the G13 in the intro, not totally sure why or how to fix that.
Stuff I thought went well:
When I totally lost my place in the final verse, I didn’t pull the plug and abandon the take, kept on going and picked up the singing again when I got my mojo back.
Apart from the ditch in the final verse, and some sluggish moves to Cm, I thought the timekeeping was decent.
I reckon the overall vibe is not crappy. I mean, obviously I’m a beginner and anybody watching would know that I am, and I hope I’m not blowing my own horn too much if I say so, but it does feel the way Desperado is supposed to feel.
Anyhow, if you’re still reading, thanks for checking it out. If you have any feedback on my playing I’ll gladly take it.
You do one of the most important things to get better, your analysis is very good, …and the difference with the previous performance is positively huge… so keep it up and a fantastic performance will “automatically”(after hours of hard work, but with pleasure) be created
Brendan, this is definitely an improvement since original video, bravo for persistence! Your hard work is definitely paying off! You are aware of the weaknesses and no point in focusing on that. I enjoyed what went well section as this is what keeps us going, positivity and optisism will keep you flying so don’t give up!
Hi Brendan, I think you’re doing a great job and I enjoyed your quiet singing too, it sounds very natural and like you’re enjoying it, not straining at all. I also try to analyse things, and for me being objective is a struggle…so a for the playing, the singing and for your self-assessment skills too
Yes, absolutely, I agree. Not looking has a lot of benefits. It’s something I’m already deliberately working on. Unfortunately, many of these chords are ones I’ve only ever encountered on this particular song, so there’s a lot of learning ahead of me, before I’ll be able to play them all without looking.
Thanks Silvia that’s very kind. I was indeed enjoying it. As for the “not straining” part, as I’ve been trying to learn more about singing, I’ve heard a few different singing teachers repeat the same tip, that a lot of beginners are straining and tensing up their neck. I realised that was definitely true for me. So I’m purposefully trying to keep my throat relaxed when I do sing now. And if a note feels like I need to strain, I don’t go for it. I think it is helping, and it’s really cool that it came across to you in the video.
Oh jeez, I just went to play along with Justin in his lesson video and realised this whole time I have been playing the intro & outro at the wrong tempo. Essentially half-timing them without meaning to. So trying to find a tempo where I could play the whole song in (what I thought was) a single tempo, I ended up playing the intro & outro too slow, and the strumming too fast.