What are you practising and where are you from ?

Posted by Tony on 28th February 2018

Hi Andy, Hi  Everyone, I'm Tony from Kent, and a regular at Andy's Brighton Workshops.

Just wondering what everyone is practising at the moment.

I'm currently working on 3 things: 'Wish you were here' solo , 'High and dry' and 'Fall at your feet'.

Been on these for a couple of days now and quite pleased with the progress I'm making. 

What are you working on?? 


By Tony

By Jason on 8th March 2018 at 05:39

Hello Tony,

I'm Jason from Nashville.

I've been practicing my scales and try to learn every mode possible.  I often practice songs to which benefit me with certain aspects of my practice.  I then proceed to get lost in though and come up with my own riff halfway through and record it on Logic Pro for use later.  As far as anything specific, I am working on 'Metallica - One' for an entire playthrough and also 'Last of the Mohicans - Promentory' theme.  really solid for practicing hammer-ons and pulloffs

By Paul on 9th March 2018 at 19:27

Hi currently a bit Tom Petty Learning to fly and Running down a dream. Trying S&G sound of silence more as a long term thing.  

By Paul on 9th March 2018 at 19:28

Hi should have said where im from oops Im from a small village in Durham 

By Jo on 12th March 2018 at 21:13

Hi Tony, Hi All,

I'm based in north east Wales. An early beginner, having only got a guitar at Christmas, but starting to try to work on barre chords, so following Andy's advice on songs I'm working on Free Bird by Lynyrd Skynyard and Rolling In The Deep by Adele - plus continuing on Hotel California, but with an F-barre chord. Plus a bit of Wish you were here (but nowhere near looking at the solo).


By Mark on 13th March 2018 at 11:58

Hi , just just learnt a song by Imagine Dragons Radioactive very easy to play  A minor C G D capo on fret 2 can also  be played B minor barre chord D A major E Major strumming is down down down down up I change the change the strum on the eE chord too down down up up down up  to add a little flavour. cheers.

By Bill on 13th March 2018 at 13:53

Hi Mark, I’m Bill from Brighton, noticed that your chord progression is the same as a song I have been working on. “What’s Up” by 4 non Blonds, nice little tune, 

By Andy on 13th March 2018 at 16:16

How awesome is this? Brighton, London, Nashville, Wales, all connecting and sharing knowledge, and also sharing where we’re at with our playing. This is the idea guys - more posts! 🎸

By Bill on 13th March 2018 at 18:59

Hi Jo, welcome to the addiction ;) 

I have been playing for about 18 months and just getting the Barre chords to sound good🎼. But still working on changing between open and Barre quick enough to use them both in a song, 

That song your working on Wish you were here, it’s a lovely tune. I have been playing that one for about a year and still can’t get near the solo. 

What I have learnt is that progress is not linear, some days I seem not to get any better then suddenly I get a breakthrough, and a “wow” moment,  

BTW Barre chords aren’t everything, keep strumming 🎵🎸

By Mark on 13th March 2018 at 19:02

Hi Bill Great song "what,s up" i will have a try at this one thanks for the song suggestion i have this on CD  not sure how to strum it but will try  D D Du Du D works well on most tunes. Cheers Bill

By Jo on 13th March 2018 at 19:38

Hey Bill, Thanks for the message - you're completely right about the addiction :) I also  agree about non-linear progress - but thankfully the good days often come after an evening of thinking someone has replaced my fingers with sausages. And when things come together it sure does feel good! 

I may be a little strange, but at the moment I'm enjoying the challenge of the barre chords. I'd heard so many bad things about them that I'd been just trying to get my fingers down once or twice a day for a while: no strumming or chord changes. That seems to have made it less painful when I plucked up the courage to try the first lesson of the Improver course. And I still clearly remember my first attempt when I was using my right hand to manoeuver my fingers into position and then having someone else press down on my index finger - and I still couldn't make anything ring out. I was convinced that this was a physical impossibility for short, knobbly fingers. Anything is progress from there! 

Thanks also for the reassurance re: Wish you were here. We'll get there one day!  :D

By David on 14th March 2018 at 05:14

Hello everyone,

I'm David, i'm from Ireland. I have had my acoustic guitar for going on a year and a half now but up until late last year just treated it as a hobby only picking it up when i felted down, but trying to change that now and practice more often, and not to long ago bought my first electric guitar with the help of none other than Andy himself!!!

I am currently working on the E pentatonic scale and learning the Eric Clapton - Sweet Home Chicago scale riff. Other songs i would like to learn are Songbird and Wonderwall by Oasis and of course some AC/DC riffs why else buy an electric guitar right?.

By Bill on 14th March 2018 at 08:05

Hi Mark strumming in What’s up I’m using


found the above on line it sound great but difficult to sing and strum the above at the same time, still practice makes perfect,

Hi Jo, the more you practice to closer you will be to your goals, and I know what you mean re sausage fingers, I get the odd cramp when practicing barres but it does get better. Wise man once said to be “ you only fail, when you stop trying” enjoy. :)

By Mark on 20th March 2018 at 14:37

Trying to learn Traffic by The Stereophonics, really beautiful song , had a look on you tube for a lesson but can'r find a decent post, love to hear if anyone knows how to play it.

By Andy on 22nd March 2018 at 09:00

I'm Andy, I've just moved to Brighton, and I'm really working on my Fingerstyle and also getting back to improving my lead guitar at the moment! ;)

By Martin on 24th March 2018 at 18:12

Working on Guns'n'Roses, Patience. Its good practice for the Cmajor chord, which is something I'm trying to master right now. Also playing a bit of Love Me Do, just cause it's fun to play!

By Robert on 15th April 2018 at 12:25

Hi everyone, I’m Rob, and I live in lovely rural outskirts of Blackburn in the Ribble Valley. I guess I’m a year or so in with Andy’s courses but still very much a beginner and I’m splitting my practice time between the improver & finger style modules, and developing my limited repertoire. Still polishing my barre chord skills, and trying to improve timing & rhythm, and get to grips with fingerstyle (excuse the pun).

I’m a big classic rock fan so I’m sure you can guess what songs I like to play but I do try and dip into other genres for a change. TTFN.

By Joren on 22nd April 2018 at 15:42

I'm Joren, from Belguim here! I've been playing for 1,5 years now, following Andy for a year. I've finished the beginner course and can play pretty much all those songs, moving on to the improver course now with my barre chords almost playable over the neck.