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Pat Dryburgh

I recorded a cover of Shapes by The Long Winters. I’m a big fan of the band’s singer and songwriter, John Roderick, who not only sings the coda to my favourite song of all time, Transatlanticism by Death Cab for Cutie, but also happens to be one half of my favourite podcast, Roderick on the Line.

Anyway, this acoustic rendition of Shapes I first heard on a bootleg recording of a show he played with Jonathan Coulton dubbed Live at the Double Door. In it, John takes a guitar lick from the original studio recording’s intro that requires picking, hammer-ons, and pull-offs to achieve and uses it as a melodic rhythm over which he sings. It took me 3 days of practice to finally nail signing over this intricate guitar pattern and I’m really proud of the outcome.

I’m planning to do some more of this. Follow me on Instagram to be notified of new recordings right away.

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