I’d Rather Go Blind

Quite a while back I bought Justin Sandercoe’s beginners songbook to embed some songs into my brain. I’d kind of skipped by this song by Etta James until today when I spotted Justin’s accompanying video tutorial.

It’s just two chords and I think that’s what had been putting me off. When I played it, it sounded dull and really repetitive so I never gave it much time. Then I watched this video…

It’s a brilliant guitar lesson and, as ever Justin explains it really well. For me it’s all about the embellishments and the variation that he gets into it. Justin makes two chords sound like so much more. Oh and it’s a pretty good performance from Salena Mastroianni on vocals too!

Hopefully I’ll pick up a few tips to get my sound more varied.

Teaching Kids Guitar

For the past few weeks I’ve been teaching Ben how to play guitar. I don’t know if your kids are like mine but the last person my kids want showing them how to do something is their own dad. So it’s fair to say it’s been a bit of a battle, but the good news is that it’s really paying off. After the initial steep learning curve that the guitar has, once you can comfortably switch between 3 of 4 chords a lot opens up for you. Continue reading