I’ve got to grade 1 module 7 and seeking feedback on this video I made of myself playing. I know my changes to C are still a little dodgy and I’m working on keeping that little finger down, but I’d love to hear other thoughts and suggestions.
Murray I see an overall tension in your upper body, not just the fingers that aren’t being used to play a chord. You might like to shake it out and take a few deep breaths before you begin. You’re making good progress. Keep 'em coming.
Hi Murray, there’s a lot to like here. It’s a great song, very emotional. I’ve listened to it a lot and played and sang it a lot. In fact, now when I play it my kids tell me to stop because it’s making them sad! How’s that… shows the emotional power of this song.
You played pretty well. Good strumming, carried the song through, tempo was solid. Yes, some tweaking to do with tension - relax - let the pinky hang out where it wants to while relaxed. In terms of technique, I’m wondering if it might feel easier if you turn both your legs towards the head of the guitar? Might position it better. Just something to try.
If you wanted to polish the song, you can add the stops. At the end of each verse, between the G’s, there is a stop. You could try muting the strings there. I also like to add the drum taps there too by tapping the acoustic body. So kind of - G strumming, stop/mute, tap-tap, tap-tap, G strumming again. Listen to the song if you’re not sure what I mean.
That’s just polish stuff you might like to do though - I thought you played well.
Well done mate. Nice, even strumming too which is a big, big plus.
One thing I noticed is your thumb is hanging over the top of the neck mostly, and it seems to cramp your chord formation at times, particularly the C chord. May be worth trying to lower it a bit, enabling your hand to open up abit more, thus enabling more efficient access to the fretboard.
Going well mate.
Thanks everyone for the generous comments and feedback. Always a bit scary putting yourself out there the first time.
@batwoman thanks. I have a tendency to tense up doing lots of things because of my anxiety - sport, singing, you name it. I’m usually not even aware of it until someone points it out so thanks and I’ll work on that.
@jkahn thanks for the advice. I re-listened to it (did you know this song is a cover of a 1961 song) and I can hear the gaps. I think it’s between the two Gs at the end of the verse and the G beginning the next one, for one bar. Is that right?
Again, thanks all for the feedback. I’ll plague you with a new video soon
It is at the end of the verses. I can’t remember the exact duration, I go by feel on this song not count. It might be that you hit a downstrum on count 1 of the bar at the end of the verse, mute, and then start on 1 on the next bar.
You’re clearly PJ fan - a few of them on this forum, myself included! Yep I knew about the origins of this song and even listened to the original.
Great start, Murray, every guitarist should have that song in their campfire repertoire! It was also covered by the Canadian band Wednesday, in 1974. I couldn’t even guess how many times I heard that version growing up, and yet it’s still a campfire staple.