#1
Well I've just been asked to play my guitar infront of my entire year at school. I ain't worried about doing it, I'm only self concious talking to girls and singing...neither of which I'll be doing...

So what are some good songs that aren't that hard.

My level is (not including solos)

Like Light to the Flies
Unholy Confessions
Chapter Four - with solo
Master of Puppets (still kinda sloppy)
Canon Rock


That kinda stuff. I've mainly been focussing on rhythm playing, nearly entirely on the deepest 3 strings, so I don't really have good lead/solo playing.
So yeah, any good songs? I could probably learn some more lead style stuff if it would be good.
I'll be playing on my own, so take that into account .

Thanks very much.


Secondly:

Are there any good solos to learn that'll be a challenge but not impossible, and improve my skill...I currently only know chapter four, the tapping part of one, fallen leaves and the double tapping part of crazy train.

Also any good exercise routines, I'm currently just doing chromatics starting on the 20th fret of the low E string.


Cheers


NL
#2
play a medley, but do it well, and string them together nicely. pick a key, and find songs that fit in it. then find a tempo that works ok for all the songs, and work on the transition from song to song.

for the second part, i suggest learning some of the newer trivium solos. if they are too hard, learn the older ones, they are much easier
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#3
if you can play all of canon rock, and get a backing track, with orchestral parts, drums bass etc, i bet that would be awesome.

but only if you can either play it all the way through perfect, or, guessing that from your location (Chavland....lol), they wont know it, so take the best, most exciting parts from it, and make your own interpretation of it.
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play a medley, but do it well, and string them together nicely. pick a key, and find songs that fit in it. then find a tempo that works ok for all the songs, and work on the transition from song to song.

for the second part, i suggest learning some of the newer trivium solos. if they are too hard, learn the older ones, they are much easier


Yeah, I'll try finishing off Light to Flies by learning the solo, cheers for that.

And I might try and think of a good medley.

Also, glasgow kiss sounds awesome, may just try that, cheers


EDIT: I'm learning glasgow kiss anyway now, would be (a) awesome practice, (b) sound awesome, (c) mean I finally learn something from the current prog metal phase I'm in (opeth and dream theater)
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I'm playing the Godfather theme by Slash for a talent show, which I hope I will impress with. If you can play Canon Rock, you can play this (I can but I don't because I hate Canon in D).
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#8
Classical stuff. Canon Rock is good.

I played Toccata in D Minor by J.S. Bach in front of my school.
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#11
Hangar 18, Surfing with the Alien, For the Love of God, Cliffs of Dover and Eruption will impress a lot of people and they are challenging.
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Hangar 18, Surfing with the Alien, For the Love of God, Cliffs of Dover and Eruption will impress a lot of people and they are challenging.


And sadly far above what I'd feel confident playing :S

Pretty sure I'm going to go for glasgow kiss, but I'll mix it up a bit to keep the length down and put parts of the solo in.

I mean obviously I'll have to talk to my teacher about it...but hopefully it should work.
#13
Free Bird will impress. There's only 2 real criteria for impressing girls, you have to make it look like you have fast fingers (you can play an easy song like Crazy Train, the solo's easy but the fills and solos make you have to move your fingers a little fast) or a really well known song like Free Bird or Stairway.

To be honest, I'd really recommend Crazy Train. It's easy to learn and really impresses non-guitarists.
#14
Hmm I was considering crazy train...not sure I could play it fine standing up though once i get to the fills...and also the verse bit sounds so boring with just that riff repeated endless times without vocals...

Thanks for all the replies by the way
#15
Glasgow Kiss.

pull it off and you'll be a GOD at your school.
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#16
Wonderful slippery thing - Guthrie Govan

Not too hard if you skip both of the slippery licks, and if you have time to get the rhythm down, how long until you have to play.
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Wonderful slippery thing - Guthrie Govan

Not too hard if you skip both of the slippery licks, and if you have time to get the rhythm down, how long until you have to play.


I'm hoping I won't have to play till after the easter holidays (Which would mean about 3 weeks till I have to play), but there's a very small chance I'll have to play in 4 days :S
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I'm hoping I won't have to play till after the easter holidays (Which would mean about 3 weeks till I have to play), but there's a very small chance I'll have to play in 4 days :S


You won't be able to pull of glassgow kiss in 4 days...
#20
I recommend two songs:
1. Black Dog-Led Zepellen: Because its easy, everybody loves zepellen, and fun to play
2. Blood and Thunder-mastodon: Only if your school is a crazy metal-head school (which i really doubt lol), but if it is MIRACULOUSLY a metal head school, play this song because IMO at your level it will be easy but easily impress people.

So if you haven't caught on yet, Black Dog lol
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You won't be able to pull of glassgow kiss in 4 days...


Yeah that's what I'm worried about :P.

Hopefully 2 weeks of easter holidays will be enough though...I'll try and talk my teacher into making sure I ain't playin till after easter.


And my school is probably the least metal school ever. Everyone's into hip-hop or pop, the emo crowd are into system of a down, slipknot and nickelback...I have one friend that has a couple of trivium songs on his ipod but that's it.

Oh well.
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I recommend two songs:
1. Black Dog-Led Zepellen: Because its easy, everybody loves zepellen, and fun to play
2. Blood and Thunder-mastodon: Only if your school is a crazy metal-head school (which i really doubt lol), but if it is MIRACULOUSLY a metal head school, play this song because IMO at your level it will be easy but easily impress people.

So if you haven't caught on yet, Black Dog lol

You have to get the screaming part right in order for you to play it effectively!

WHITE!

WHALE!

HOLY!

GRAIL!
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#23
Wouldn't it be easier and possibly more entertaining for the audience if you found some other musicians to play with and performed a song such as Tenacious D - Wonderboy, which would be quite crowd-pleasing and also has an impressive-sounding solo in it? That way, the interest factor would be maintained, you receive your moment in the spotlight and you won't have to focus on hitting every note perfectly in some widdly 5 minute guitar solo.
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Play some AC/DC, how can you not like AC/DC?
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#28
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If I were you, I'd just get a full band and play some *insert mainstream band here*.

Yup, this is what I'd do. Even though it's easy, it's fun to play. Plus, you really wouldn't have to worry about lead parts as such.

Plus, since the people in your school all listen to other stuff, this would work more than playing some weird metal song that people just won't like and won't wow them. Something like Don't Look Back In Anger by Oasis would be decent I think.
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