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I'm trying to learn 2 songs, One by Metallica and Born on the Bayou by Creedence. The One intro is pretty much 2 measures of 4 notes each, interspersed with other stuff. Born on the Bayou is 2 measures repeated over and over for the whole song, not counting the chorus.

So why is it I can cleanly play the first 14 measures of One, yet I can barely get through 3 reps (6 measures) of the Creedence song? I mean, What's This Feature?

I'm guessing that the "every 3rd measure you gotta do something different" is keeping my brain awake during One; whereas the BotB's constant repetition just shunts my brain cells to midget porn, without my forebrain being aware of it.

So am I alone in this? Is it really harder to play a dirt simple song than one that mixes things up a bit?
#2
i agree with you. i always end up losing focus on simple songs or riffs and mess them up
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yeah.
i can't play simple songs (unless i wrote them).
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#6
This happened to me while playing Smells Like Teen Spirit (yeah, whatever). When it got to the verse, the guitar part bore the **** out of me that, to keep things interesting, I had to transcribe the vocal part. Like two ****in notes, WTH?
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Maybe switch up the rhythm a little bit or take a different interval in the chord progression... or make up your own guitar fills. That could make it a bit more interesting.
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I'm trying to learn 2 songs, One by Metallica and Born on the Bayou by Creedence. The One intro is pretty much 2 measures of 4 notes each, interspersed with other stuff. Born on the Bayou is 2 measures repeated over and over for the whole song, not counting the chorus.

So why is it I can cleanly play the first 14 measures of One, yet I can barely get through 3 reps (6 measures) of the Creedence song? I mean, What's This Feature?

I'm guessing that the "every 3rd measure you gotta do something different" is keeping my brain awake during One; whereas the BotB's constant repetition just shunts my brain cells to midget porn, without my forebrain being aware of it.

So am I alone in this? Is it really harder to play a dirt simple song than one that mixes things up a bit?

Because you've arbitrarily decided it's an easier song you're "expecting" to be able to play it.

Guitar doesn't work like that, no matter how good you get you'll always need to actually learn new things no matter how easy they appear. If you can't play something it's because you haven't spent enough time practicing it in the right way. The problem here is you've already mentally allocated a set amount of time and effort required to learn the song, and because you've not been able accomplish the task in that time you're thinking something is "wrong". There's nothing wrong, you just need to stop assuming that you "should" be able to play things and instead accept that everything new will take however long it takes to learn.
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Just to add:

Because it's a simpler song any mistakes you do make will be blindingly obvious; I said the same thing to my band when we were rehearsing For Whom The Bell Tolls "It's the simplest song in the set guys so it's got to be the tightest." Also it's worth noting that being able to play things like that, in time, with no mistakes, is part of being a good musician.
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I'm trying to learn 2 songs, One by Metallica and Born on the Bayou by Creedence. The One intro is pretty much 2 measures of 4 notes each, interspersed with other stuff. Born on the Bayou is 2 measures repeated over and over for the whole song, not counting the chorus.

So why is it I can cleanly play the first 14 measures of One, yet I can barely get through 3 reps (6 measures) of the Creedence song? I mean, What's This Feature?

I'm guessing that the "every 3rd measure you gotta do something different" is keeping my brain awake during One; whereas the BotB's constant repetition just shunts my brain cells to midget porn, without my forebrain being aware of it.

So am I alone in this? Is it really harder to play a dirt simple song than one that mixes things up a bit?


Aside from the solos and the fast bit at the end, I'd say that One is actually far easier to play. That's often the case with a lot of songs like Born on The Bayou, they look like they should be easy, but they're not.

And I think you really need to listen to the song again, the guitars aren't repeating the same thing over and over again. There's a ton of little fills and variations, and other stuff. So the real challenge to a song like this is getting a feel for the groove and just playing along.
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Just to add:

Because it's a simpler song any mistakes you do make will be blindingly obvious; I said the same thing to my band when we were rehearsing For Whom The Bell Tolls "It's the simplest song in the set guys so it's got to be the tightest." Also it's worth noting that being able to play things like that, in time, with no mistakes, is part of being a good musician.



Good point.
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seriously...what is the point of this thread...to tell us you cant play easy songs? or what
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