My Happiness - Powderfinger cover

I’m still toying around with jammin’ to backing/vocal tracks - so hopefully the more that I keep doing it, the more it helps me with the timing and consistency of my strumming and rthythm in general.

This song is a classic tune from Aussie band Powderfinger. It came out when I was still in school and was a big hit for them over here. Not too sure if it became known internationally though, so most of you might be unfamiliar with it.
It mainly consists of basic open chords and also the F - but I still managed a couple of messy chord changes in some spots.

Any feedback or comments are always welcome… and please excuse the ‘resting psycho face’ vibe that I’m giving off throughout this one :rofl: Cheers

P.S. the mic on my phone is pretty useless at picking up audio even at a tiny distance away. So if you turn up your volume to listen to my stuff, then don’t forget to turn it back down at the end to avoid a jumpscare on the next song that you play :exploding_head:


Came here thinking that My Happiness was a band I’d never heard of and looked forward to your rendition of their cover of Neil Youngs classic Powderfinger :rofl:

Of course that is only something a Neil Young fan from South Africa would think, never having heard of the Australian band Powderfinger.

Still the ‘disappointment’ was brief as the song sounds great and your playing over it was most enjoyable. Well done on the over-dubbed licks and riffs.

1 Like

I love Powderfinger. This one and Sunsets would be my favourite songs of theirs.

Have you tried a pick Sandro?

1 Like

Great stuff there Sandro, foot tapping from the beginning for me there. Playing looking and sounding absolutely spot on and nice mixing in the solo work on the popout window.
I wouldn’t class the expression as “resting psycho face”, more “moody and mysterious” :wink:

1 Like

Nice job Sandro. I backpacked around Australia in 98/99 and discovered powderfinger. They had some great songs back then. It’s also worth checking out some of Bernard Fanning’s acoustic works as they would really suit you.
Very Enjoyable listen Sandro and keep it up!

1 Like

Hi Sandro

Looked at the title, looked at the band name couldn’t work out which was which but hey once you started I recognised it from somewhere and thought you did a darn fine job, pretty solid throughout. Well done.



1 Like

Pretty sure they’re named after the Neil Young song.

1 Like

Nice work Sandro! You’ve got those chord changes nailed and liked seeing the lead melodies thrown in there too, well done! :smiley:
That song was huge for Powderfinger here in NZ too, got heaps of radio play back when it came out (still does in fact!).
Keep up the great work! :star_struck:

1 Like

@DavidP thanks david. As JK mentioned, apparently they got their band name from Neil Young’s song… so you weren’t too far off in that regard haha

@jkahn When I first started out I think I only lasted about a month using a pick without much progress. I then randomly decided to try strumming with the hand for a little while to see if it helped me learn other parts a bit better. I was able to focus more on chord changes and strum patterns without worrying about the pick. So I suppose I’ve just stuck with hand strumming ever since.

@Notter thanks Mark, glad you enjoyed it. “moody and mysterious” sounds much better… I’ll take that over my own description of psycho.

@Eddie_09 cheers Eddie. I vaguely remember a couple of Bernard fanning’s songs from his first solo album. But I’ll definitely have to refresh my memory and check out some of his other solo work.

@TheMadman_tobyjenner thanks Toby. Yeah, I wasn’t sure if many on here would know it, but glad you liked it. cheers

@nzmetal Thanks for the kind words mate. Nice to hear that this one was/is big across the ditch. So I guess it was known internationally after all :slight_smile:


I reckon it might be time to give a pick a go again :grinning:. When listening to this one I couldn’t help but think “I wonder what it would sound like with a pick” :wink:

No idea what they’re like with nylon strings though.

It would destroy them, either a Leather or Felt pick is ok.

Hi Sandro, not a band or song I’m familiar with but found it a welcome first listen. You’re playing was most enjoyable and this performance to me really suited the backing track. Good job mate.

1 Like

Another great posting Sandro. I’m not familiar with this song but I thought your playing was great, as always.

1 Like