2-9 Shady Day Blues

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i am struggling following you….even with video speed 0.5 i can’t keep up

Tomas (Administrator) June 20, 2022 at 5:19 pm

Hi Christian! That means 1) you’ll want to practice it more from the TAB sheet without the play-along track. Go slow and don’t worry about keeping a steady tempo. Then 2) as you get better try to enforce a slow tempo. Then 3) when you can do that try it with the slowest play-along.

Part of the opportunity at this level is learning how to break things down and work on them in stages. It’s hard for most people to play along with the play-along track at first. You’ll find out how valuable this is when you get to the more complex songs and play-along tracks.

Where can I find a backing jam to this song so I can read the tablature and try at my own pace? I’m having a hard time keeping up is all.

Tomas (Administrator) October 20, 2021 at 10:29 pm

Hi Nicholas, Good question. You can download the TAB at the top where it says DOWNLOAD TAB. You’ll find the Backing audio on the second tab next to DESCRIPTION. I’ve just changed it to say PLAY-ALONG (before it said NOTATION. That was incorrect).

When I play with the band, it’s a little fast. I’m having difficulties keeping an eye on the tablature to see where we are in the song and at the same time looking at the fretboard to position my fingers properly behind each fret and pick the correct string.
The song is short so I could memorize the tabs and just look at my fretboard to position my fingers properly. But I feel like the correct solution would be to only look at the tablature and practice until my fingers learn where to land on the fretboard to get the correct note and produce a clean sound.
Which way is better? Should I look at the tablature or a the fretboard?

Tomas (Administrator) January 26, 2021 at 1:00 pm

Hi Vianney. That’s a good question. I think other people would benefit from this. I’m going to add this to the questions for my RGS live training a week from Thursday. There I can talk about it and give a more complete answer. But I want to give you a short answer that I think will help. For lessons involving chords, it is good to memorize the progression. But the point of this lesson is to learn to read tab. Best NOT to memorize it. Better to spend more time playing the tab without the backing track until you can play it fast enough to use the backing track. There’s some back-and-forth involved in this.

Tomas (Administrator) January 26, 2021 at 1:07 pm

Jamming is cool 🙂

Took me two days, but I finally nailed it about 80% correctly with the band. Your idea about visualizing the chord beforehand was a big help. Still not fully capable of it, as my mind goes into auto pilot mode, but hoping to get better with more practice. I’m really enjoying every bit of the course. Thank you, Tomas 🙂

Tomas (Administrator) June 6, 2020 at 4:25 pm

You’re doing great Shivanshu.

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