#1
I just realized that when it comes to solos and complicated riffs, I can't read it from music nor tabs.
I can read it, but I can't follow it at all.

So I set off and learned the entire solo of Sunshine of Your Love, which isn't that hard, by ear and it worked for me completely.

How do you usually learn solos?
By ear? tabs? how?
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#3
I usually look at tabs and hear the solo at the same time then I slow down the solo ( speed settings in WMP or speed trainer in GP5) and try to play it :P
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#4
The solo fo nothing else matters was the 1st solo i learned and it really helped me with solos...u shud try it!
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The solo fo nothing else matters was the 1st solo i learned and it really helped me with solos...u shud try it!

Nah, I'll pass, I'm focusing on playing the blues than rock and metal
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#6
I usally use tabs as a guideline and listen to the song to get an idea of the rythm, I change the parts of the tab i don't like and break it into parts... I think everyone knows the drill:P
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I usally use tabs as a guideline and listen to the song to get an idea of the rythm, I change the parts of the tab i don't like and break it into parts... I think everyone knows the drill:P

The problem me is that I can't read the rhythm parts that come with the tabs so I strutter.
I get frustrated quickly when I can't do it so I go to my iPod and listen to the part over and over again.

Learning Hideaway by the Bluesbreakers right now and it's very interesting, considering how you can play it on three different positions on the guitar.
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#8
If you ever start playing shred-solos (like Dave Mustaine), learn the scale first. Dave's solos look very complicated in a tab although he only mostly only uses one scale-shape and shreds randomly across it.

For you, I'd recommend Powertab Editor (I recommend downloading it from download.com, and the powertabs from UG). Really gets your reading going. That way you can see each note and which note that is played, and you can slow it down as much as you'd like.
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#9
I allways just load up the difficult passages into GP5 and use the phrase trainer device thingy wich slows down any difficult bits... but to be honest, and not being bigheaded, I dont really stuggle with many of them.
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If you ever start playing shred-solos (like Dave Mustaine), learn the scale first. Dave's solos look very complicated in a tab although he only mostly only uses one scale-shape and shreds randomly across it.

For you, I'd recommend Powertab Editor (I recommend downloading it from download.com, and the powertabs from UG). Really gets your reading going. That way you can see each note and which note that is played, and you can slow it down as much as you'd like.

thanks, It never seemed to work, that power tab thing

Obviously I still don't entirely understand how solos work, how people connect each arpeggio, scale, and what not but I think I'll get it when I learn a lot of licks
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#12
[quote="'[= Tom ="]']Guitar Pro
That doesn't work too

but I'm ain't going not to use those apps, no more...

I'll do it how people did it before the internet was invented
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That doesn't work too

but I'm ain't going not to use those apps, no more...

I'll do it how people did it before the internet was invented

notation paper and perfect pitch?
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notation paper and perfect pitch?

Nah...

But I think I have perfect rhythm and tempo, considering that I play taiko, which is traditional japanese drums with horse skin.
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#15
I'm learning solos too. It helps when I look at the tab and slow down the song.

When I first attempt it I don't pick hardly at all. The notes smoother for me to hear the solo come out of my own playing. Once I get it that way, then I start picking the notes slowly then faster and faster until I get up to speed.

If that makes sense.

Software and tabs help but they won't play the guitar for you. There is an element of skill involved, just practice.
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#16
Guitar Pro.

What guitar pro has a speed trainer? where? I just change the speed of the song manually and practice.
#17
I use a combination of tab, notation and ear - but if you can do it by ear thats awesome, you learn loads that way. And I reckon you'll find tabs/notation easier in time. If you only started learning to read music when you started guitar it must be like reading in a foreign language you just started learning
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I use a combination of tab, notation and ear - but if you can do it by ear thats awesome, you learn loads that way. And I reckon you'll find tabs/notation easier in time. If you only started learning to read music when you started guitar it must be like reading in a foreign language you just started learning


I have a trauma of reading music since 3rd grade, when I was about to quit violin lessons because I wasn't getting any better, my teacher got frustrated and shouted "you can't read music, you will NEVER become a musician, and you have no talent what so ever! Why can't you do it, why are you so defected and flawed?"

The last two adjectives really hit me hard and I took two years untill I got over that because it killed my will to play melodical music, so I turned to percussion.
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I have a trauma of reading music since 3rd grade, when I was about to quit violin lessons because I wasn't getting any better, my teacher got frustrated and shouted "you can't read music, you will NEVER become a musician, and you have no talent what so ever! Why can't you do it, why are you so defected and flawed?"

The last two adjectives really hit me hard and I took two years untill I got over that because it killed my will to play melodical music, so I turned to percussion.
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Violin teachers are evul! Ours made my friend wet himself in the lesson by shouting at him for not doing enough practice, cos he'd missed a couple of days

That happened to me in violin
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#21
All by ear. I won't lie sometimes it can be hard but if you want to be a musician it is the only way to go.
#22
I mostly just do it by ear unless I'm trying something really difficult or fast. Then I'll look at the tab and figure out which scale/mode the guitarist is using.
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All by ear. I won't lie sometimes it can be hard but if you want to be a musician it is the only way to go.

not the only way..
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#24
I find using guitar pro to devide them into parts an easy way to learn solos
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I find using guitar pro to devide them into parts an easy way to learn solos


argh why can't I download guitar pro on my mac!
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