I cut my fretting hand index finger (finger 1) and had trouble fretting with that finger without pain so I had to adjust to what I could play, since I was going to record an updated recording for “Fortunate Son” and couldn’t play a power chord.
I knew that I could play an Em chord and an A chord with fingers 2,3 and 4 and while going back and forth between those 2 chords I realized that those where the main 2 chords for Venus by Shocking Blue.
Here is a video of some of the issues adapting the song to my hurt finger. It has a summary of the chords used and the recording details. You can skip if not of interest, since it is 6 minutes:
Here is my recording of Venus, recorded while listening to the YouTube video on an earpiece:
(note: ignore my futile attempt at soloing halfway through the song. This is just something I played to avoid an awkward silence. The focus here is on the chords, rhythm and tone)
This is the first song that I have recorded with more than 1 barre chord, so I had to play at 3/4 speed in order to maintain decent tone and rhythm technique. Also, I only started learning this song on May 18, less than 2 weeks ago, so I had to do a lot of practice in a short amount of time. I also had 4 different recording sessions for this video to try to get a better recording than my first electric guitar song recording “Fortunate Son”. I played this song from memory, so I missed a couple in entrances to sections and had to start on the 2nd chord or the 2nd measure to keep in time with the background song video I am hearing in the earphone.
I also decided to not sing for this recording. Here is an earlier recording to prove my point and to give a sample of my singing for this song and how it affected by playing and how my playing affected my singing :
To hear what I am listening to on my earphone, you can go to the YouTube video and play at 0.75 speed::
Here is the official approved video on YouTube:
YouTube - Venus - Shocking Blue (Official Video)
I looked up the background on Shocking Blue and found out that they were pare of the Nederbeat or Nederbiet movement in the Netherlands that was a response to the British beat groups of the mid 60s.
Just for fun, look at this video from 0:40 to 0.45. Doesn’t the drummer (the late Cor van der Beek) look a lot like Justin Sandercoe. Perhaps a distance relative
Also kudos and a tip of the hat to anyone who can identify the guitar that Robbie van Leeuwen is using in the video. Couldn’t find in cursory search on internet. Note: I looked again and identified (I think) in reverb.com as 1967 Danelectro Coral Longhorn guitar.