I initially wanted to this whole study in one thread but it looks like I can’t edit post past a certain time? @Richard_close2u @DavidP or @LievenDV may be able to shed some light there. Anyway don’t mind making new posts for each:
I just recently finished Grade 2 of Justin’s course and am currently consolidating for the next 3 months. In Justin’s video about consolidation he warns about how to avoid a rut. After watching that video I decided that I needed some structure to make sure that I move forward. So I decided to have a long-term goal of playing and recording all of the songs in Justin’s Rock song book.
I’m calling this a study instead of a challenge as I really want to suck out as much knowledge as I can from each song and make sure I’m learning something, however small, from each one I tackle.
As I said I need structure, without it I get lost very easily! So, here’s how I’m structuring this study:
For each song I’m going to try and take at least a month (sometime it can be shorter) to get right and post. This is because I’ll be working on other songs and books as well, so I want to give myself as much time as possible to get through even the easy songs. For the harder ones I may take even longer. The point here is to get the songs to the point where I feel like the quality is good enough to post and I’ve learned as much as I could from each song.
I’m going to try and find backing tracks to as much of the songs as possible. I’m not a singer (interest is there but not yet ready to pursue) so I’d like to play with backing tracks for it to sound as good as possible and also to help make sure I have the rhythm right. I checked and found backing tracks for most of the first 15 songs. So it doesn’t seem too hard to find, especially since many of the songs in the book are really popular.
Each post I’ll give some details on what I’ve learned and how I’m getting the sound I used. This is for me to chronicle what I’ve learned and just to give context to those who are interested.
Then I’ll post the song and move on!
I’m hoping that I’ll keep going and eventually post every song in the the entirety of Justin’s book, but that will take years as I am not at the level to be able to play all of these yet. So, with that in mind I’m going to be doing one section of 15 at a time (Exactly how his book is set up).
Beginner Song Section:
||Highway to Hell
||Every Rose Has Its Thorn
||If you Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next
||Manic Street Preachers
||Rock and Roll All Night
||There She Goes
||Sunshine of Your Love
||Should I stay Or Should I Go
||Smells Like Teen Spirit
||Ballad of Jayne
||I Remember You
Song 3: If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next by Manic Street Preachers
This is one of those songs that I actually have never heard before getting Justin’s rock song book. It’s a great song with a really good message so I was excited to try it out. Especially considering the F chord is featured prominently in it.
What I’ve learned:
- The F Chord! Seriously most of my practice was getting the F chord right. I hade 5 minutes of chord perfect which initially focused on just making sure everything was ringing properly, then eventually I spend that time doing really slow changes between the F chord and the other chords in the song. I had OMC exercises between F-C, F-Em, and F-G. Finally got to the point of being able to make and switch between the F chord and others chords without looking which I’m very proud of. Really feels like I consolidated some grade 2 material here.
- D Minor. This Chord has been the only grade 1 chord that I would consider neglected. I didn’t really play many songs that actually used it. This one does so a lot of OMCs between G-Dm and Dm-Am.
- Rhythm. Another 16th note pattern! I feel like I’m getting good at these, or at least grasping new ones a little faster. I had a 5min Rhythm section of my routine where I focused on playing the song with the metronome. Didn’t care too much about mistakes during rhythm practice time. Focus was on groove and making sure no matter what I’m tapping my foot to the beats.
- Layering Tracks. The song has a guitar part that is just playing the chord with phaser and delay effects. This was cool to do and to try and edit in premiere pro to show properly.
- Tone. Messed around with the phaser and delay effects in my amp, sooo much options, but just getting to know my amp more was fun!
Main rhythm is using the same acoustic patch I used for my Every Rose has Its Thorn cover except I’m using the neck pick up: Songwriting Collection by Rafael Bittencourt | BOSS TONE CENTRAL
For the effects part I just messed around with the phaser effect and delay until I got it sounding how I wanted it. Too many little adjustments to remember but it took like a half an hour of messing around to get it.
grabbed the backing track from: Download your instrumental songs in MP3 format - Custom Backing Tracks - Karaoke Version (karaoke-version.com)
Here’s If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next (Advice and feedback always appreciated and welcome!):
Great idea for a thread and very inspiring!
Firstly, you are correct that there are time limits on post editing. I don’t know the platform well enough to know if there is something we could do to enable you to edit the first post indefinitely. I can, so would be quite happy to move this into that original topic and edit the first post if you really wanted that. That said, I personally think a separate topic for each song with the updated first post as you did here is a better bet.
More importantly, lots more learning gained from the song. It is an inspirational project.
Enjoyed the latest song, a well put together production showing fine playing and tasty tones.
I noticed you played the Dm with the pinky rather than ring finger. I know from a conversation elsewhere here that Justin does teach that as a means to develop the pinky early on. That said, depending on how you fret your Am you may find that using the ring finger for the Dm can be used to make a simpler change to Am. In the future some songs also have riffs that would need the pinky to be available to play a Dmsus4. A good strategy as one progresses to be able to use different fingers for chords based on the preceding or following chord to simplify changes.
Looking forward to La Grange as it may be the one song I’d most love to play on this list of 15.
Thanks for clearing that up David, I don’t mind posting separately. So I’ll just keep doing it this way.
You’re correct that I learned it with my pinky because that’s how Justin’s taught it. As I get more and more experience I see that fingering options for chords really just depends on what you’re doing within the song. So you’re right and I’m definitely going to learn it traditional next time I get to a song with it.
It’s definitely one of my favorites! I’m trying to learn it with that mix of fingerstyle and picking that’s used originally so it’s really going to be a fun one!
Rock study is coming along well. I like how you list the things that you have learned from the song. You’re are inspiring the GAS in me to get a decent practice amp and start learning some of those rock songs.
I think that its better that you post each song on a dedicated topic as when you see a topic with a lot of views/posts it can give you the impression that you’ve already viewed it. And I wouldn’t want to miss the next edition.
@DavidP has made a couple of good observations on the last three songs (as he always does). Nothing I can add but vibes on the study and consolidation of Grade 2. Especially when quite a few of those beginner songs in the Rock Songbook are a level above Grade 2 so you’re doing fantastic.
Thanks James. I’ve learned so much in this month and a half of consolidating and I’m only halfway through the time I set aside for it.
Deconstructing each song into practice parts has been so valuable too. It’s usually what I put in the what I’ve learned section.
Gotta say that one of the best purchases I’ve made is the Boss Katana MKII. It’s such a versatile amp that can do so many different sounds. Especially if you connect to a computer and mess with the tone studio application.
I changed the topic to be a “wiki”; perhaps that will help @alexisduprey ?
Thanks! I can edit now, but I I think to be 100% I’ll have to wait a couple of months and try to edit the first post. I could edit my first thread all the way up until a couple of days ago.
In any event I’m totally fine with doing a new thread for every song as David suggested.
That was great Alexis, some tasty work going on there and a great one to cover.
Thanks Stefan, definitely a really fun one. It’s a great tune to practice rhythm and strumming.
EDIT: @SgtColon I forgot to mention that I actually looked at your cover of the song when I was practicing it. It helped me figure out how I was gonna strum the bars with half C half G so thanks!
Hey @alexisduprey. Great work you’re doing here! Can we share your project on the site and social platforms? Please message me, and I’ll work that out. Cheers!
Great stuff Alexis you are doing great!
It’s really cool and fun to do. I don’t know if you’ve ever used any video editing software but it’s actually fairly simple to do on adobe premiere. This was the first time I’ve done it and it took me maybe a half an hour to figure it out.
Thanks for the tip,
I just heard from my wife next to me that it must be on (her)the computer…so in the future I will definitely try it out…I have a few seconds of a video i want to delete on You-tube ,well I had been working on that for much longer than an hour,…but now I will just call in my wife for the job and she can explain it to this techie in the making…