New Song: All My Life

Posted on January 7, 2020

Let’s learn this high-energy rock song! You’ll notice it’s got a fast tempo, with lots of syncopation (off-beat rhythms) – this combination can make it difficult to find the beat. One quick tip is that when you hear the three repeated notes on the guitar, the middle one lands on the beat, not the first or third ones. This can be tricky to hear properly, but it’s worth practicing, as it’ll really help develop your sense of rhythm.

“All My Life”, made famous by Foo Fighters, is now available in Yousician for Guitar, Piano, Ukulele, Bass, and Singing.

All My Life for Guitar
by: James Neilson, Music Education Designer for Guitar

In the basic riff exercise (level 5) you’ll play a simplified version of the main guitar riff, using single notes and power chords. It’s an excellent practice for your alternate picking, with plenty of quick repeated notes.

The full rhythm exercise (level 9) includes the original rhythm guitar part, arranged for one guitar (Foo Fighters usually play it with 3 guitarists live). Try using all down-strokes in the main intro riff if possible, as it helps give a strong punchy sound. In the verse riff, you’ll need to use lots of muting to avoid unwanted strings and look out for the fast picking and string skips.

All My Life for Ukulele
by: Joona Hasan, Music Education Designer for Ukulele

In the chords exercise (level 6) you’ll be playing along with the scorching guitars! The rhythm is pretty syncopated, so do your best to keep it tight!

All My Life for Bass
by: Antti Halmetoja, Bass content specialist

With the main bassline exercise (level 4) you’ll learn all the important parts of the original bassline. The fingerings are very close to the original, so if you feel like a challenge it’s possible to continue with the full version after mastering this one. Have fun!

The full bassline exercise (level 8) is the originally recorded bassline – it’s a perfect combination of a straight-forward rock groove and fast syncopated rhythms. There are a couple of tricky fills at the end, so keep eye on them. The tempo is very fast, so feel the energy of the song and go with the flow!

All My Life for Singing
by: Sonja Patrikainen, Music Education Designer for Singing

This song has a lot of fast lyric lines and almost no time to breathe. When you’re singing this song, remember that underneath all that fast articulation should live a well-controlled and steady airflow. You can start practicing the song by concentrating on the airflow – learn the melody first without the actual lyrics, sing for instance with an open vowel (e.g. ah or eh) to see if you can hold the notes steady all the way to the end of each phrase. Once you then sing with the actual lyrics, remember that the feeling of the smooth airflow still stays underneath.

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