Guitar: Jack Johnson – Upside Down

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).

Guitar: Kings of Leon – Use Somebody

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.