Sometimes I get bored just listening to myself play the guitar, so I decided to add some backing tracks on this one using GarageBand (which came with my MacBook Pro laptop). I added the drum kit and percussion tracks fairly quickly. It took me a while to figure out how to manually add the electric bass part. It took even longer to get good takes on the guitar parts. I don’t have any professional music recording equipment, so the guitars sound like I recorded them with an old boombox. Oh well… it’s just for fun anyway. It’s all about learning new things (guitar included).
I’ve known this song for many years, but only just recently learned how to play it on the guitar. It has a really good feel to it and I enjoy playing along to various covers on YouTube. The original recording is a bit faster, but I like playing it slower like some other folks do when they cover it. Maybe someday in the future I’ll learn how to sing along with it.
I’ve been playing “campfire chords” on an acoustic guitar since I was about 21 years old… but today I learned how to play power chords on my electric guitar. I feel like Neo from The Matrix when he tells Morpheus, “I know kung fu.” I have a lot of practicing ahead of me to smooth out the chord transitions, but it’s a start!
I guess I never got the concept that the index finger is always on the root note and you’re just sliding the same simple 1st/5th shape up and down the fretboard on the E and A strings. I feel like a whole new world of standard rock songs has opened up to me. So much fun! I added a drum backing track using an old iPad app called AmpliTube by IK Multimedia.
While learning the song “Dogs” by Pink Floyd today, I broke one of my guitar strings (and yes, it was the G-string). I’m pretty sure I broke a string the last time I tried to learn this song. Maybe I need to work on faster—but much lighter—strumming techniques. Anyway, I can now roughly play the song, but there’s no guarantee on the integrity of my guitar. Again, I need more time with the metronome.
I’ve been trying to learn this song for quite a while. This isn’t a great recording, but it’s a good demonstration of my progress so far. If you haven’t figured it out already, these are just impromptu recordings using the Voice Memos app on my iPhone. Like a lot of David Bowie songs, this one is a lot of fun to play because it has a lot of fast-changing chord shapes. I definitely need to practice with a metronome more in order to smooth out the pacing.
This is another alternate guitar tuning. As opposed to Double Drop D tuning, this one tunes both E strings down to D and the G string down to A. You can pretty much strum all of the open strings and it sounds really good. Then you can learn a few simple chord shapes and move them up and down the fretboard for fun. It’s not exactly a song, but it’s really enjoyable to play.
I really need to work on my mic placement. Too much heavy strumming sound in this one. It’s still one of my favorite songs to play on the acoustic guitar.
This was the first alternate tuning song I learned on the acoustic guitar. It’s called Double Drop D because the strings are tuned to DADGBD (both E strings are tuned down to D).