Country Drum Backing Tracks

Hey guys,

Just a very quick update as I have been so rubbish with keeping this blog updated. I am getting my soundcard fixed at the moment so when it is sorted I will be doing a lot more videos.

I have created two new drum tracks for Country style guitar which I hope people will enjoy using. I have created one which is quite up tempo (180bpm) and another which is a more traditional train beat (130bpm). I have tried to keep the fills down as again these are for practice so we don’t really need a song!

Tradional Country Train Drum Beat – Tempo 130

Uptempo Country Drum Backing – Tempo 180

I hope that people get some use out of these and if you have any requests put them in the comments on YouTube :)

Cheers

Secrets of Creating a Popular Fiverr Gig….

Hey guys,

Well I haven’t been doing too much on YouTube recently as I have been busy with work and my other hobby which is Fiverr! Now I was quite sceptical at first because I thought fiverr was mostly about pretty girls holding signs to advertise websites. Now although this is true there are an extraordinary amount of talented people who offer great gigs!

I decided that being a guitarist and having some free time I would try and create a gig and see just how hard it was to make money. Now the first thing to remember is… you aren’t going to be buying your house with fiverr… but you could be buying yourself some extra clothes or enjoying a few pints curtosy of it. Now although I am very talented (laughing as I type that) trying to actually think of the fiverr gig is the first hurdle to overcome. I think the question you have to ask yourself is “Would i pay $5 for that?” and also “Jeez I spent 20 hours on this and made $5 that means I worked for 0.25cents and hour!!”.

Secret 1

Make sure your gig is something you would pay for and not take the whole day to create.

I am lucky in the way I have something creative I can offer others, but looking at what sells on fiverr it seems many people possess the creative gene even without playing or drawing anything. Many people offer video reviews or voiceovers which can be produced quite quickly aslong as you have a decent microphone and a quiet room to record in. If you can be enthusiastic about a product or a service and like the sound of your own voice… well it would be a good place to start :)

 

Secret 2

You must be patient… I repeat you must be patient!

Fiverr do give some giggers a much easier ride especially those who get featured, but they all started at the bottom so credit where credit is due. Do not give up hope of your gig becoming popular as all it takes is someone who needs your service. I waited over 2 months to get my first gig on fiverr and my best advice is create a video for your gig for a personal touch and make your gig sound intriguing because who hasn’t ordered something new off the menu because it sounded nice?

Secret 3

When opportunity knocks… answer the email!

When you do get your first gig order it really is time to make that customer know how special they are. They have put complete faith in you to deliver something they will love, be it a silly sketch or their name carved out of a pumpkin. I know that this is only $5 but the facts are if you deliver something good you will be pleased to show it off as an example of your work, but more importantly you will have a positive review. I see many gigs and as soon as you see “negative feedback” it is the first thing people check. Why? Well because they want to know was the product rubbish, did the seller get it all wrong? What you have to remember although $5 is not a lot of money, humans aren’t going to chuck $5 in the bin so they do have expectations.

Secret 4

Don’t be afraid…. you might just like it

I have been asked to do a lot of guitar things on Fiverr but must admit I have turned things down. Why did you turn down $5??? Well because the buyer had expectations that were just too grand for $5. You have to remember your time is worth money and if you created a gig which you think is worth $5 if a buyer wants more… then they will just have to pay for another gig. For example my guitar gig is 30 seconds for $5 and although I can add extras being a level 1 seller… I would rather just work at that rate. Now this is simply “one guitar, 30 seconds” and not “two guitars, 30 seconds” or “this track is 45 seconds”. If it is 45 seconds long then it is two gigs because those are my prices. Do not think that the buyers are the only ones in control, if you think the work requires more time then reply stating “I would love to do the gig but for what you want, it will need to be 2 gigs because…..”. Most buyers will read it and thank you for telling them and usually stump up the extra because hey they did contact you in the first place!

Why should I listen to you?

You have my total permission to disregard everything I have said. There are plenty of people on Fiverr who are much higher ranked than me with hundreds of reviews. The point being I don’t really care about providing hundreds of guitar tracks, I like the thought of someone in Canada or USA listening to what I have done and saying “jeez thats actually really good”. I am about to tip over the $100 mark on Fiverr and although it has taken around 6 months (not including the first 2 months waiting for that elusive first gig) I have enjoyed doing the guitar parts. I am not going to be rolling in a bentley anytime soon but I’ve had a few pints each month courtesy of my guitar and the internet and I got to play my guitar.

Oh and if you want to check out my Fiverr gig

Visit My Fiverr

Good luck :)

 

Punk Rock and Four on the Floor Drum Beats

Hey guys,

Here are a couple more drum videos that I have created. One is based around the classic Four to the Floor (Floor on the Floor) drum beat and the second is a classic Punk Rock beat with a 150bpm tempo. I will be making some more Punk Rock drum beats soon as there is a massive range of tempos for this style.

Four on the Floor Drum Beat – Tempo 120


Punk Rock Drum Beat – Tempo 140


Hope you enjoy the drum beats and as always I have tried to keep the fills to a minimum. This really is due to the fact when playing along too many fills can be distracting, especially for a beginner! I will create more drum parts that have more fills later on, but for now they are supposed to be quite plain :)

Cheers H

My New Drum Tracks – No.1 – Rock Drums – Tempo 140

Hey guys,

Well this is a very quick update to say after struggling to find any decent drum tracks online…. I decided to create some of my own! Lots of drum tracks that I have found have had a few problems

  • Crap sounding drums
  • Too many fills
  • Always trying to be sold things

Now nothing annoys me more than someone offering a drum track, when really they just want you to sign up to their website. I also loathe drum tracks which have literally been created with “LM-7″ (the worst drum plugin to grace the earth)  and with constant fills every 4 bars. I cannot stand trying to practise scales or chords when all I can hear is the distant ring of tom toms :(

So here is my first one and if you want anything else please let me know as I will be a lot of videos over the next few weeks!

Enjoy guys and I hope you find this useful!

Welcome

Well here is my first post on my blog….hopefully someone will read it ;)

To introduce myself I am Henry and I have been a secondary school teacher for around 7 years. I started this blog because I wanted to try and promote the things I do and help others who might want to go into teaching. I see this blog as a place where I can express my views and hopefully help some people with guitar.

I have played guitar for over 20 years and still enjoy playing (thankfully!). Learning the guitar took a while but looking back I realise I should have done a few things differently and I aim to try and stop others from falling into the same pitfalls that I did. My guitar tutorials will not be about becoming the greatest guitar player but more about being the best guitar player you can!

Not all guitarists want to shred around the fretboard and likewise not all guitarists want to play C,D and G for the rest of their lives. This really means that I will try and balance my tutorials between learning some chords and playing lead guitar. This should mean everyone can pick something they enjoy doing and have a go! The main thing is to USE YOUR EARS because they usually tell you more about what is going wrong than your fingers do.

My first tutorial will be about getting started on the guitar. I will include some information about guitars, amps, leads and effects to try out. I will also explain why I think private tutors can be effective but also how without proper practise can be a waste of money. Many thanks for reading my first post and hope you enjoy the videos :)

Henry