Raining 5 Guitars (Guitar Challenge) – Learning to play Episode 15

Chris Learns Guitar

Completely inspired by Mary Spender and Pete Cottrell, I decided that it’s about time I made a video and to further the challenge I wanted to do it from beginning to end in one day. I’m currently trying to learn Raining Blood by Slayer, so it seemed ideal.

It turns out that I had to do it over two evenings (I can’t really start working on anything for YouTube before 8pm) The end product isn’t remotely how I envisioned it, meaning I need a lot more practise at playing, recording, mastering and making videos.

Guitars used:

  • Fenix Jazz Bass (Fender Jazz bass copy)
  • Fender Mexican Stratocaster with a Seymour Duncan hot rail
  • Yamaha Pacifica 120SD, adapted, with Warman G-Rail
  • Brownsville Choirboy with Warman Mini Humbuckers
  • Behringer iAXE 393

Another video for me to use as a marker of progress in the future πŸ™‚

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

Chris Learns Guitar

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

Chris Learns Guitar

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

Chris Learns Guitar

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)

Chris Learns Guitar, Guitars

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™‚