Addicted to the Six Strings

My progress of mastering acoustic guitar songs

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Angel-My Hands Itching XD

Posted by Isaac on July 12, 2009

A beautiful song by Eric Roche. He is an amazing guitarist from New York, America. He died from throat cancer when he was only 37 years old (in 2005), leaving his wife and 2 children. His music will always be inside of our hearts. May he rest in peace…

This song reminded me about my lovely younger sister. She is beautiful, funny and caring, and although being naughty sometimes, she always listen to me and tolerate with me. Sometimes I’ve upset her (or another way round XD), we will be ok after a short while,  and sharing food and giving present to each other as a token of apologize. When she’s crying, I am always at her side. She is always my angel, I am really happy to have her as my sister ^^

The major problem I’ve encountered when learning this song is it requires insane stretching and rapid movement of left hand to play. There are some place I have to stretch my hand 5 frets apart, which is really hard for small handed person like me.

Another problem (not a problem actually) is that this song is in non-standard tuning(also known as altered tuning). The standard tuning for guitar is EADGBE. However, Eric used DADGAD tuning, which made some chords are easier to press, at the same time complicated some chords into funny shapes. This is also the reason why I have to stretch my index finger and my pinky 13cm apart just for the funny chord shape. Moreover, I will have to tune my guitar to this tuning when I want to practice the song,  I can’t practice immediately when I grab my guitar, and due to my lazyness (ops..), it took me some time to master the song.

Here’s the recording, enjoy^^ (I become tense in fornt of cam and mic, sorry for that XD)

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