I finally made the commitment to memorize the chords and lyrics for five Grade 1 songs. I was inspired by the song practice suggestions in modules 19 and 20, my recent review of Grade 1 and strumming foundations and Richard’s persistent message of songs, songs, songs! This is big for me, since I have always played from song sheets, lead sheets, chord charts or TABs, and at 68 years old I wasn’t sure if my memory is still at its peak. Since I am at the Grade 3 level, but finishing Grade 2 consolidation, I wanted to include some of the new strumming techniques. I have started setting up my new DAW, but decided to record this with a phone to put less pressure on me. Also, these are the only Grade 1 songs I have posted other than the partial song in the Beginner Space.
THAT’S ALL RIGHT
I did this last and only memorized last week to include as my fifth song since this was my first beginner AVOYP post and I only did one verse of the song. The instrumental bridge was winged or improvised as a modified chord progression, since I only decided to include at the last minute. With more practice I could get the song up to regular tempo, but I went a little slower to remember the lyrics.
THREE LITTLE BIRDS
I spent a long time working on the right rhythm. Justin suggested playing on the “off” or “and” beats, but it seemed to sound better to add a percussive strum on the down beat along with the strum on the “off” or “up” beat.
The was the first song I recorded. I repeated the song so I didn’t settled into the song until I repeated at the 1:45 time point in the song.
I confess that I just winged the strum to match the song. I don’t even know what the rhythm pattern was. Again, I repeated the song so I didn’t settled into the song until I repeated at the 1:45 time point in the song.
AIN’T NO SUNSHINE
I didn’t use a metronome or click track for any of the songs and it shows a little for this song, but i was focused more on remembering the words. I decided not to use a pick for this song, just thumb and finger strum. Otherwise i used a Dunlop nylon 0.60 pick.
STAND BY ME
I think this was my best song, but then it has a more interesting chord progression, the song fits my voice and I like to use a percussive strum.