In my journey with Justin Guitar there has been a few “wow” moments. In week 1, when I dared to play “Dance the Night Away” with the actual recording and it did not sound too bad! And another one when I picked up Justin’s lesson on Rockin’ in the Free World, and realized I could play it.
This video shows where I am now: tempo is still a bit off at times, but the song is definitely recognizable, and most importantly: I had a BLAST playing it Long live Neil, the Godfather of Grunge!
It was definitely recognizable, but also your timing was pretty good! You switched between 16th and 8th notes patterns quite smoothly for my ears and kept on with the track. You were in the groove and I felt you really enjoyed the playing! Awesome, keep on rocking.
Sounded good! Credit for not posting an unlisted video! I don’t listen to or comment on unlisted videos.
You’ve got some rhythm juice for sure. You are off to a heckuva start. Well done!
I think the next step would be to start thinking about your tone. Try and dial in a grungier rock tone. I’m not sure about your rig, but there are a number of things you can try (rolling back your tone control, add some distortion/overdrive, crank your amp).
Thank you all for the encouraging comments, this community is really super kind and supportive!
[@Lisa_S] You switched between 16th and 8th notes patterns quite smoothly for my ears and kept on with the track.
I was a bit worried about that. I started playing with Justin’s app and a simple 4/4 strumming pattern, but eventually evolved to what’s on the video since it sounded better (and it was more fun to play)
LOL, my earlier AVOYP was posted unlisted, but I decided try being a little less self-conscious and made this (and the earlier one) public because “why not?”
[@CT] I think the next step would be to start thinking about your tone. Try and dial in a grungier rock tone.
Good point! I did try playing with a bit of distortion, but using the open chords like that it just didn’t sound good, so I guess I need to start by moving down the neck a bit, and then dial in the distortion. As for the rig, I’m using a Boss GT-1 multi-effects pedal (which doubles as my audio interface when recording), so plenty to experiment with tone-wise.
NY uses open chords a lot on this song when he plays live. I did an experimental version (Trio pedal straight out of the box and no EQ on the recording) out on my channel a while back using an AC30 amp sim for rhythm and a Mesa/Boogie Dual Rectifier sim on the lead.