Eighth of January Intermediate Video
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The video that is presented in this lesson correlates very closely to that of the Guitar Tab and Guitar Pro file that we have available for free download. To download these files you can click the link load a very detailed and professional PDF file complete with our Guitar Tab Teaching notes. We also have available for you, a free download of the original Guitar Pro file of this tune.
Feel free to modify the arrangement of the Guitar Pro File to suit your own tastes. Memorize the song and the arrangement. The only thing you may not do is resell this song for profit. It is copyrighted and for your use only.
I will have three versions of Eighth of January Video available.
Eighth of January Beginner Video - The First Version, This page is the first version of this song and, is an beginner version based mostly of the treble strings. It is a fairly straight forward break and sounds really nice when played up to speed, which is about 220 bbm.
Take note in this video, how the C Major chord form is held throughout most of the break. This means very little finger movement and will allow you to concentrate on the right hand picking. The video plays at 100 beats per minute. I am playing this song in the open position of C, but you will most often here it played in the key of D major, so you would place a capo on the second fret. The link to the beginner version is: Eighth of January Beginner Video.
Eighth of January Intermediate Video - Second Version: This page is the intermediate version of videos and we will explore this song on mostly the bass strings again. Again, because of the C Major chord form you can play a good portion of the song using that form.
Playing on the bass definitely can drag the tempo of the song down, so practice a lot to get your speed up. There are are also some more advanced ornamentations like a three-note hammer-on to get you going, at the beginning of the break.
The video plays at 140 beats per minute. The link to the intermediate version is: Eighth of January Intermediate Video.
Eighth of January Advanced Video - Third Version: Back to the treble strings. This break I have added some runs and licks in the 3rd and 5th position to keep you on your toes. It really adds some sparkle to the break and I think you will like it. This break is based on the first break of the song, but with additional notes and these postion runs. Good Luck with this one!
One thing I would like to point out here. This song played at 180 beats per measure is not the full up to speed version that you ultimately should play. While it sounds great at that speed, the song is usually played somewhere around 220 beats per measure, depending on the arrangement.
I have only played it at 180 because playing faster than that on the video looses a lot of lesson or learning value to you. The link to the advanced version is: Eighth of January Advanced Video.
As of this writing, I have not put together the Guitar Pro 6 file or the Tablature and Notation of this song. This will be coming along in a few weeks. In the mean time, listen and watch the videos and I'm sure you will pick up a LOT, especially from the slow versions. Good Luck!
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Make sure to memorize your songs. What is the easiest way to do this? Unless you have perfect pitch, you will have to learn one section or measure at a time. Once you can play flawlessly move on to the next measure and add it to what you have memorized. Continue this and make sure you can play the first half of the song, including the second ending.
Once you have the first half memorized, move on to the second half, doing the same thing with the second half of the song.