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Old 04-23-2013, 12:58 PM   #1
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Learn a solo really fast

Hey guys

I'm going to cut it short. I got less than one week to learn highway to hell solo. I've got it down in slow speed, but I need to be able to play it in full speed, in front of a audience in less than a week.

What advices do you guys have to tackle this problem?

Thanks in advance
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Old 04-23-2013, 01:10 PM   #2
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Go out and find cider vinegar, rub it on your hands before you learn the solo. This multiplies the effect of muscle memory and you should have the solo down within 15 minutes.

However, before you go to sleep tonight night you must shave the left side of your face otherwise the effects will wear off

Tomorrow practice the solo again for around 15 minutes without any cider vinegar, if it has worked you should be able to nail it!


If not.


Just keep practising it
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Old 04-23-2013, 01:12 PM   #3
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I actually don't know the highway to hell solo believe it or not. I'm one of the few people in this world who can't stand ACDC but anyways..

Depends how much faster the solo is compared to what you're used to.. If it's much faster than you're comfortable with then there's no way you'll be able to play it up to speed properly within a week. It's just not gonna happen. Sure you can take shortcuts, change some parts up a bit to make it easier on yourself which i wouldn't recommend anyways, but with the time you have if it's too beyond your abilities then i'd say there's no hope of you doing it justice in a week.
Sorry to be cynical bro but that's just how i feel.

Otherwise just play the **** out of the solo to a click track and don't be a pussy.



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Go out and find cider vinegar, rub it on your hands before you learn the solo. This multiplies the effect of muscle memory and you should have the solo down within 15 minutes.

However, before you go to sleep tonight night you must shave the left side of your face otherwise the effects will wear off

Tomorrow practice the solo again for around 15 minutes without any cider vinegar, if it has worked you should be able to nail it!


If not.


Just keep practising it


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Old 04-23-2013, 01:22 PM   #4
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Yeah i didnt think id nail it within a week but im going to give it a shot without shortcuts anyway.

But most efficient way is going slow until its good, then up the tempo and repeat right?
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Old 04-23-2013, 01:28 PM   #5
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put your fingers in your bum for 15 mins each

you'll be able to play anything fast then
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Old 04-23-2013, 01:39 PM   #6
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don't overpractice. if you feel like you're hitting a wall, come back to it in half an hour or something. spread out your practice sessions like this if possible.
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Old 04-23-2013, 01:39 PM   #7
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Doomball, ignore some of the comments above, they seem to have escaped from The Pit.

But when I want to learn something quickly, I just lock myself in a room I'm really comfortable being in. Then I concentrate on repeating the solo slowly, but flawlessly, certain number of times (I usually go in laps of 50). Try to repeat that as many times as you can.
You can also try to imagine some kind of abstract connection to the guitar, because it can make the practicing less boring.


If I seem like a guy you would believe, I would tell you that I learned sweep picking in a week that way (and I have never even tried to sweep before that). If I don't... Oh well.
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Old 04-23-2013, 01:44 PM   #8
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Keep practicing it at the fastest pace that you don't make any mistakes at, do this like 15 times then increase your tempo gradually till it becomes hard again, practice the crap out of it till you can play it perfectly another 15 times, rinse and repeat till you are at the desired tempo. I learned the solo from Whole Lotta Love in 5-6 days doing that, now it just feels natural.
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Old 04-23-2013, 01:49 PM   #9
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Thanks for the tips guys. I'll try practice it flawlessly until I'm ready to up the tempo.

Never practised bends that much, and this solo is killing me but anyhow, back to practice!
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Old 04-23-2013, 02:14 PM   #10
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Thanks for the tips guys. I'll try practice it flawlessly until I'm ready to up the tempo.

Never practised bends that much, and this solo is killing me but anyhow, back to practice!


Don't worry about JUST being able to play it at the right tempo/speed... work on your bends. that's another thing that typically takes a while to get right. If you bend to the wrong note you can destroy an entire solo. There's alot of muscle memory in being able to bend to the right pitch all the time.
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Old 04-23-2013, 02:28 PM   #11
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Be sure to be able to sing or hum the entire solo from memory. I find that helps me
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Old 04-23-2013, 02:44 PM   #12
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Just go on YouTube and find a video that breaks it down for you. I'm sure some eight year old is out there with a vid for you to learn from.

I haven't heard the song in awhile, but its AC/DC, how difficult can it be?
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Old 04-23-2013, 02:56 PM   #13
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Ok, just watched it. It appears to be pretty simple in the key of A. Just some minor pentatonics played in a few different positions. My advice, seriously (and I know its difficult to take me serious sometimes), is to break it down into the three or four parts that make it up and work it out. Keep it simple, like Angus does. Good luck.
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Old 04-23-2013, 02:58 PM   #14
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yep, im currently having trouble with 3 or 4 locations (about 1 bar each) which im slowing down and practising. The rest is ok at the moment, but i think the shit will hit the fan once i go live :p

Thanks for the tips
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Old 04-23-2013, 03:30 PM   #15
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Try practicing it to a faster tempo than the recorded version. Yeah it'll sound like ass, but this method works fairly well. It's called "Pushing the Envelope". You need to get used to playing at quicker speeds and it's a great way to get a head start. Again, it'll sound like ass at first, but after you play it faster than normal for a bit, try going back to the normal temp again.
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You can totally learn an AC/DC solo in a week. Just practice consistently.
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Try practicing it to a faster tempo than the recorded version. Yeah it'll sound like ass, but this method works fairly well. It's called "Pushing the Envelope". You need to get used to playing at quicker speeds and it's a great way to get a head start. Again, it'll sound like ass at first, but after you play it faster than normal for a bit, try going back to the normal temp again.



That's actually great advice.
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Try practicing it to a faster tempo than the recorded version. Yeah it'll sound like ass, but this method works fairly well. It's called "Pushing the Envelope". You need to get used to playing at quicker speeds and it's a great way to get a head start. Again, it'll sound like ass at first, but after you play it faster than normal for a bit, try going back to the normal temp again.

I honestly think that's crappy advice.

Speed is irrelevant here as it's not the issue. The issue is being able to play it correctly, and the only way you can do that is by starting slow and building gradually. Playing fast and incorrectly isn't going to benefit you in any way, it's just a waste of valuable practice time. You might think that's it' somehow made things easier but any percieved benefit is just a placebo effect.
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