Slayer Raining Blood (failure) – Chris Learns Guitar episode 16

I failed! But that’s ok, time to move on. Playing Slayer’s Raining Blood is something I’m not ready for yet. But here’s a historical video of me playing riffs at measured speeds so I can come back to this and see if I’ve improved enough to play it. Gear used: Heavily modded Yamaha Pacifica 120SD with Warman G-Rail pickup Audio Assault’s Dominator VST plugin I’ll put pictures of the settings in a blog post later.

Blink 182 Cover – All The Small Things – Learning to play episode 14

After hearing Jennifer James and JJ’s One Girl Band attempt this I commented something about attempting this. The response being “Go on then”… so here it is. Weeks later!

Really hoping to start turning songs around quicker as my ability to learn and stamina improves.

Anyway, this is another market of my progress at learning how to play the guitar properly at last.


Judas Priest – Breaking the Law Cover – Learning to play Episode 13

HELLO! The guitar is a friend’s Mexican Strat with Seymour Duncan hotrails at the bridge. Recorded in Reaper using the Marshall JCM900 and Boss DS-1 VSTs from the SimulAnalog suite. It’s been a long time. Way too long.

So I picked a song that is known for being a good beginner song. It turned out to be a lot harder than I anticipated! πŸ™‚ I’ve a long way to go… The timing of the chorus part took me ages to figure out… it’s only two notes! Then I decided to do the bass part finger plucked, when the original is done with a pick. …so I had to spend a long time building up the stamina to make it all the way through the song. I’ve learnt many things though, such as not relying on reading the music and learning the parts. In the end, it’s a bit messier than I anticipated. But I’m happy enough to move onto the next challenge. Whatever that’ll be… Join me on the journey of this channel with me learning to play guitar finally by subscribing to this channel πŸ™‚

One Messy Mama

Behringer iAXE 393 review with added Iron Maiden (“week” 12)

So I got this guitar, almost by accident by putting a speculative bid down… it turns out I won. I do like this guitar but it’s not without faults, as we’ll see.

I decided that as I’m still trying to learn I’d do a few intros from Number of the Beast by Iron Maiden, which are:

  • Invaders
  • The Prisoner
  • 22 Acacia Avenue
  • The Number of the Beast
  • Run to the Hills
  • Gangland
  • Hallowed be thy Name

I don’t claim them to be accurate renditions. Just something to get me playing. The influence being that the Iron Maiden guitarists (all EIGHT THOUSAND of them) all use S shaped guitars (although none entirely with single coils) Also, I forgot to even try the USB part of the guitar. Which for a USB guitar is a bit of an oversight πŸ™‚

Terrorvision – Pretend Best Friend (Guitar/Bass) – Chris Learns Guitar – Week 10

Again, not really a cover. I’m repeating the verse, chorus and solo a couple of times. But I’m having fun πŸ˜‰ This is Terrorvision’s Pretend Best Friend off of the album How to Make Friends and Influence People. One of my all time favourites.

Chris Learns Guitar – Week 5

This was a quick lesson and a quick video about it featuring three simple licks or riffs. Simple, but easy to get so wrong. I also neglected the actual recorded sound in the video too! But I don’t want to go editing all that again now. Β The video in question is from MorganLovesMusic and is called 3 Easy Guitar Licks Anyone Can Play.

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Chris Learns Guitar – Week 4

Bit of an odd week, mostly due to the style of video I was following – especially as I was left a little unsure of how some of the riffs went. It was also a lot of fun with the AC/DC and Rage Against the Machine licks. Β The video/lesson followed was Campfire Guitar Star’sΒ Super Easy Electric Guitar Songs For Beginners

This week I’ve also switched away from using Reaper and plugins, to playing and recording using the free and a lot of fun ampLion Free. Which I can heartily recommend.

The tabs.

Smoke On The Water

E -0-3-5--0-3-6-5--0-3-5--3-0-

7 Nation Army

A -----3---------
E -5-5---5-3-1-0-


D --------2---2----
A -2-|----0---0----
E -0-|--3---3---3--

D -2-----------------------------
A -0----2--2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-
E ----3-0--0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-  

Bullet in the Head

D -----2----4---2---
A -2---0----2---0-2-
E -0-3--------3---0-

I love Rock & Roll

G -----x-------x----2-2--x---4-4-x-----
D -2-2-x---2-2-x----2-2--x---4-4-x-----
A -2-2-x---2-2-x----0-0--x---2-2-x-----
E -0-0-x---0-0-x3--------x-------x3----

Iron Man

D -4---7--7/9-9--12\11-12\11-12\11--7-7/9-9-
A -2---5--5/7-7--10\9--10\9--10\9---5-5/7-7


G ----------------------------------6-5-4
D ------4----------4-2------4-------6-5-4
A ----------------------------------4-3-2-
E -0-2----0-2-0-2-------0-2---0-2-0-------

Albert King – Born Under A Bad Sign

D -----------------2------------------------
A ---4-------2--4----4---------2----------------
E ------2--4------------2---4------0------------

Pumped up kicks

G |------------------5-8--8-8-5------------------|
D |---------5-6--6-8------------8--8-8-5---------|  
A |--8--8-8------------------------------8-------|
E |----------------------------------------------|

Come as you are

A ---------0---0---------2---2---------------------
E -0-0-1-2---2---2-2-1-0---0------------------------