Remember my last blog post? It’s the one before this one that mentions my plans to play a different Megadeth riff on the guitar every day. It’s a challenge I stupidly set myself in an attempt to get back into some regular guitar playing. It’s a challenge called Megatober.
In regards to the daily guitar practice, it’s absolutely working. In regards to choosing sensible songs appropriate for my skill level … Megadeth was a stupid move. I’m way out of practice. Still, I have been capturing daily videos and I thought I’d share some of the less-sucky moments from the last eleven days.
I began the challenge with Angry Again. A riff I once attempted many years ago. I gave up pretty quickly. I have a very short attention span. But I figured … Old dog. New tricks. How hard could it be? I’m going to say “Harder than I thought.”
Still, it turned out OK in my opinion.
That’s a decent start to a challenge right? Well, it went a little bit downhill after that. But that’s OK. My goal is to attempt a new riff every day. Not master one. But as I play a bit longer every day, over time some of these more difficult riffs—difficult for me at least—will become easier to play. That’s why I’m attempting this challenge at least.
Day 4 was How The Story Ends. For me, that went like this.
Mistakes and all. But not bad for a song I’d never attempted before this day. Well, not bad for a terrible guitarist. Also, I really could have recorded these better. Phone audio in front of a twangy guitar technique is never good.
Day 5 was what I’d call a cheating day. Symphony of Destruction is something I have attempted to play in the past. Still, it was a good day for some fun guitar playing.
I’ll end today’s post with today’s riff. Today was day 11 and I had a crack at Mary Jane. This is one of my favourite Megadeth songs. It’s essentially ten of the greatest guitar riffs ever created thrown into one song. It’s an amazing track. I did not do it any justice.
The song list that I have been choosing songs from can be found in my previous blog post. The order that I’ve run with so far in this Megatober guitar challenge is:
- Angry Again
- Prince of Darkness
- Reckoning Day
- How The Story Ends
- Symphony of Destruction
- Bite The Hand
- Cold Sweat
- Something That I’m Not
- Skin o’ My Teeth
- Wake Up Dead
- Mary Jane
Twenty more days to go and a whole lot more difficulty to come. But so far, so good. So what?!
Free Megadeth humour for you.