Eleni/Maddie/Jude/Tai/Hannah/Anna Band

Final SongJaxGoneStitches

Current Assignment:

Everyone:  Play along with the old songs one a day.

Check our your videos below for stitches.  They have all the parts so once you’ve gone over them take a whack at playing the whole song.

Hannah: 4/30 Awesome!  That screenshot video made it pretty tough to hear and see things but it looks like you can do all the parts without hitting wrong strings!  That’s a huge step.  T=Playing along with the song was super good too.  Here are some things to fix.  Be careful not to rush the prechorus.  Listen closely to the band and relax.  Don’t forget the chorus has two different parts that alternate.  The second one switches the last two chords, right?  In the bridge you got a little off but here’s a great trick.  Every time he says “Needle” you should be on the first note.  Use that to check if you’re with them or not.  I think you may be ready to try the two finger parts along with the song!  It may not go well the first time but give it a few days to come together.  Please make your next video a regular video if possible and make it the whole song with the two note chords.  You’re almost there!

Tai: 5/14 Pass!  Nice work Tai!  There were a couple spots of weirdness but I actually think it’s ok to blame the sticks for any of that.  You clearly know the song so well done!  While you wait for the rest of the band try learning the wolf by Mumford and sons.  Here’s the link.  If you need the structure check the “The Covalent” band page on this site.

Eleni: 5/21 Nice work Eleni!  Those are hard guitar parts!  I think you’re doing great!  Here’s a couple of goals.  First, I think you’re plucking the strings too hard.  I like the position you hold your hand in, what I want you to change is that all the picking should come from your fingers.  You move your arm and wrist away from the guitar when you pick.  Keep those parts of your body perfectly steady and only move your fingers.  the chords sound great, no issues there.  Let’s add the G string notes to the prechorus.  You’re definitely ready right now for that.  I think the chorus is ok with just the E string for now.  Check my video, every other time you play the chord progression two chords should switch places. You’ll see right away.  In your next video I’d like to see the verse with lighter picking, the prechorus with the G string note, and the chorus with one string but getting the chords right.  Maybe if you’re brave you’ll do the verse with singing?  Expect that to not go well for the first few times you try it.  I know some tricks to help you if you need it.  You’re doing good work over there!

Maddie:  5/20 Pass!  Nice work Maddie!  You should spend a minute and think about how good you were playing when quarantine started and how good you’re playing now.  You’re so much better!  your practicing is paying off big styley!  I want one more video of this song this week so I can hear it when you play all the notes in the bridge right. but other than that just play the old songs once a day while we wait for everyone else to pass.  If you want a bonus song to learn let me know on zoom today.  I got mad tunes yo.  solid work Maddie!

Anna: 5/25 These parts are all sounding really good!  Here’s the structure: Intro, Verse, chorus, , verse 2 progressions, Verse w/ hits, Chorus, Intro 2, Bridge, Double Chorus. You didn’t mention the part I made bold so I just wanted to let you know that that’s just the first half of the verse with a little stop.  Also, watch my video for the intro 2.  You’re playing it too many times.   I’d still like to see a video of you just saying the parts, not playing them, along with the original recording so I can see if you can her where they fall.  I used science to figure out how fast you’re going in your last video.  If you set the YouTube video for the real song on 75% speed it’s pretty much how fast your’e going when you play it by yourself.  For now when you lay with the song do it at that speed, and make the music really loud!  You want to be able to hear it over the piano so you can make sure you’re switching chords when they do.  Nice work!

Jude: 5/20 Stitches sounds good Jude!  Be careful not to get going too fast on the chorus.  I’d say don’t use an amp when you play along with the recording.  I think if you have more of an ear on the recording then on your bass you’ll solve all your problems.  Nice work!

5/18 Birthday Structure: Verse, Verse, break, Party Party 8x, Chorus, Verse, Break, Chorus, Verse,

Stitches Structure: Verse 5x, Prechorus 2x, Chorus 2x, Verse 4x, Prechorus 2x, Chorus 2x, Bridge 5x, Chorus 2x, Outro

Current songs edited to match our key and arrangement:

Jude:Tai:Hannah:Anna:Eleni:Maddie Arrangement Final song

Jude:Tai:Hannah:Anna:Eleni:Maddie Arrangement All Day and All Night

Jude:Tai:Hannah:Anna:Eleni:Maddie Arrangement Gone



Birthday Bass

Eleni Stitches with Helper notes

Jude Gone Video

Maddie Hannah Stitches Video

Jude Stitches Video

Tai Stitches Video

Anna Stiches Video

Eleni Stitches Video