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I wanted to pick a “harder” Beatles song but something still guitar driven.  “She Said She Said” is kind of unique in that it is the only song that Paul McCartney doesn’t contribute to— that’s Harrison on bass.  Other interesting bits: there is a key change (Bb minor to Eb major) and it’s partially in 4/4 and partially in 3/4.

I think this one went pretty well— I messed the lead part a bit at the end but I ended up faking something that sounded okay so I kept it in rather than doing another take.  
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I picked “Girl” originally as an exercise in transcribing but decided to go ahead and do a full video for it since it was pretty interesting to play. Figuring out the chords wasn’t super-hard even though the song is kind of odd in the choice of chords. I’m going to say it’s in Cm but I wouldn’t swear it stays in Cm. It has a kind of “greek” feel to it which seems obvious now that I’ve played it but I never really thought of it before. It has a swing for feel for quite a bit of the song but then it shifts into straight 8th notes during the solo parts.

The obvious odd thing is that it sort of sounds like a mandolin but it’s all guitars. The Beatles used a 12-string acoustic but since I didn’t have one I just used my 6-string and it worked out pretty well.

Lots of firsts— a “real” drum part and with brushes at that. I don’t know what The Beatles used, but this seems to work. I also finally got to use a tambourine in a song for a few bars.

Aside from the usual singing issues I think it went pretty well.
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I first heard of Gold Motel playing "Rocksmith 2014" ("Brand New Kind of Blue") and I checked out this song and kind of liked it.  A while later I needed to pick a song to transcribe as part of my guitar lessons and thought this would be good since it wasn't a straight I-IV-V and had a few interesting chords.  Eventually I did the transcription and figured I might as well do a video of it.

I cheated a little for this video in that I later (after I transcribed it!) found an acoustic version of "These Sore Eyes" that showed a few chords that I suspect are different than the album version-- I kind of liked them so I used them (the add13 chords).
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Another classical piece from Fredrick Noad's book. -- still not super difficult but a little bit tougher with independent movement on the melody and the bass.  The rhythms are somewhat independent as well with some dotted notes thrown in as well.
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Route 66 is one of my favorite early Rolling Stones songs.  Originally a jazz piece by Bobby Troup the Rolling Stones rock it up a few notches at 175bpm.  That speed made it pretty difficult for me to play, in fact.  Even doing a shuffle at that speed was difficult and the solo was too tough-- something to work on (and I've worked on it for a while!).

This is my first attempt at a walking bass line.  I played the 1/4 notes rather than the 1/8th notes (again, tempo).  It was pretty doable and worked out pretty nicely.

I did completely cheat on the rhythm guitar-- I tried and I can hold it together for a verse or so before clamming it up.  I finally gave up and used a little Logic Pro cut-and-paste to put it together so I'd have something to play over.  I have to say I'm surprised how well that turned out-- it's pretty seamless.

For the lead I skipped some of the tough bits and just put in some stuff that sounded right in a few places.  I had to put the Chuck Barry bends in there after all.  Anyway, it sounds decent to me and I'll probably still work on the solo -- I can play it at about half-speed but not at tempo.

Well, I can't sing or move like Jagger!
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This is a song I always kind of liked but it took a while for me to realize it was by The Kinks. I thought it was originally by the Young Fresh Fellows (yeah, a bit obscure there).

I picked this song as an exercise to do transcription for my guitar lesson. It turns out it is kind of a weird song on that front. The song isn’t exactly in any key but “C” is probably reasonable. That was the first surprise. The whole song is a giant exercise in fourths. You start in E and then go A, D, G and the chorus goes into C and F.

It’s a fun song to record but since I didn’t want to cheat I originally had guessed that there were three guitars in this. When I put it together it sounded cramped and I threw out the electric 6-string and just covered some of its parts with the acoustic— that actually sounded pretty good. I tried putting snare on this but I’m just terrible on drums so ended up using Logic’s Manchester drum kit. The tambourine is me though— well, I sampled it and then put it in. It sounded better than the kit version.

All in all, I’m happy with the result. It’s got a few clams but it works alright.
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Argh!  Roll a die!  Tens of thousands of D&D playing nerds at work and we screw this up.  *hangs head in shame*
 
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