In my quest to utterly humiliate myself and also learn to play the guitar I'll be challenging myself to someone's YouTube lesson for a week and see how I improve as time goes on.
This first week is Robert Baker's 5 Easy Guitar Riffs Every Beginner Should Learn TODAY!!
Featuring the following riffs
Riff 1 (Scorpions - Rock You Like a Hurricane)
Riff 2 (Ozzy Osbourne - Crazy Train)
Riff 3 (AC/DC - Thunderstruck)
Riff 4 (The Beatles - Day Tripper)
Riff 5 (Boston - More Than a Feeling)
I'm left a little disappointed by the end of this, but I think I've learnt some valuable lessons:
Pick riffs you are familiar with, I wasn't at all with this apart from the Beatles' one. So this threw me a lot. Having to refer to the original tracks.
Learn chord progression. The Boston track involves moving to a D chord quickly, something I was utterly incapable of doing. So I need to spend some time on chord switching and progression.
Work on timing / play to a click. I only started doing this when I decided to record myself play, it then become glaringly obvious how little sense of timing I kept!
Learn the riffs, rather than relying on the tab. At the start I was very reliant on it.
Ok, well, enough of this week. Here's to becoming a much better player!
Believe it or not, the intro music by me, played by me.