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Oct 20th. Practice.

A break from working on monologues and Broadway type audition songs.



Right. I know the chord should sound something like this:

But that wasn’t going to happen for a whole song while figuring out the proper pitches. And in French.

Yeah, the server is slow as sin today.

Oh, whoops, I had it on debugging. Let’s see if that helps. Probably not. Probably the server.

How to play guitar. Sort of. Counting Stars.

Just something I do to keep sane while trying to get acting work. But I figure I’ll share my path as I go along.

Intro for now. No capo.

C#m
Lately I been,

E
I been losing sleep

F#m
Dreaming about the things that

A
we could be

C#m
But baby, I been,

E
I been prayin’ hard

F#m
Said no more counting dollars

We’ll be counting

A
stars

Yeah, we’ll be counting

C#m
stars

This is how it sounds. It’s a bit out of my range. . . I’m not sure why I didn’t just go up an octave in hindsight. . .

If you’re a girl, you might feel more comfortable with the following chords, Am, C, Dm, F. Am, C, Dm, F, Am. Which is what I figured them out as originally. I guess I wanted to be “pure” and use the original key.

The rest of the song. . . I’m thinking. . . I think it uses these four chords throughout most of it. . . I’ll check later but getting ready to leave for the holidays.

And here’s the original original.

And buy the song if you like it ;)

Counting Stars – Native (Deluxe Version) (iTunes)

Counting Stars – Native (Deluxe Version) (iTunes Europe & S. America)

cordes • 吉他谱

Guitar search. Martin 000-15M.

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I was on my way to the two vintage guitar shops I know in the Valley when I spotted that R8.

I looked for a vintage Epiphone or Gibson. (This is going to be repetitive while I look, mind you.) Didn’t have any in my size. So I tried this Martin. It was a really good fit physically. The body fell naturally against mine. And the shallow neck felt right. I hoped it would sound right.

It sounded good.

But. It wasn’t the sound I was looking for.

The tone is on the mellow, darker side.

And since my voice already leans toward that—compared to most of today’s belty style—I wanted something brighter. I don’t like the purposefully off-key (mine’s accidental), weird indie girl singer stuff for me. I’d rather be bland than hipster. But again that’s just me. I try to avoid being too twee.

We’ll see. Okay. I got stuff to do right now.

‘Night.

Through it all

Amazing Grace

Well. If any song can be forgiving of wandering pitch, this be it. This was a practice take, figuring out chords still, but my arm hurts too much to keep going.

You know, the reason I said missing out on the guitar bothered me, is because my most constant companion these days would be my guitar (at home; camera when I’m out) and now that playing it hurts more than I can ignore, that makes me unhappy. I would like to get a decent sounding guitar, but money is completely an issue.

Love my Epiphone. I know Martins and Taylors are more hip (then there are the super expensive makers out of the general public range), but for sentimental reasons, I would really like to try to get a smaller Gibson or Epiphone.

Don’t shoot the guitar player

A dirty demo.

Recorded using just my phone.

Hm. Well. Should have tuned the guitar a little more carefully.

I had transcribed a while ago and it was the closest song I knew how to play that would fit the specification. Pretty close tab, I think. Especially considering I don’t know how to play guitar.

Friday

Eating crackers. Playing standards on guitar. I use the term “playing” loosely. Watching TCM.

I live a glamorous life.