#1
At what point do you consider yourself to be able to play a song?

For me, I need to be able to imitate it near perfect, know it fully, chords and lead alike, then be able to improvise over the top of it in my own style. To that end I consider that I 'know' less than 10 songs at the moment. what about you?
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#2
i feel like i can play a song when i can play through it without it sounding like absolute shite. Granted, i still work on it and improve it but for the most part if i can play 90% of it i feel like i can play it
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#3
For me to say that, I'd have to know the overall structure of it, including basic melodies, chord progressions, bass, percussion, and other harmonies and key signatures. I don't have to play it identically, it just needs to resemble it.

I tend to say "I can play part of <song>" more often.
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#4
I can play a song under these rules:

1) I have a rough outline of some of the notes and how the song goes
2) the person I'm talking to will NEVER ask me to play it
#6
Literally as you say it. If you can play a part to a song and have it sound right, you can play that part of a song.
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I say I know a song when I am sure that I can play it live.

Good, thats a bloody easier way of saying exactly what I mean in a third of the words haha
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#8
When I can play along to the song without struggling.
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#9
When I would be comfortable performing it to a small audience.
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#10
When I play it, people who know the song recognize it.
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#13
As long as I can play all the parts of the song from memory without stopping or messing up the structure.

So if it's a formulaic song I know each section; intro, verse, chorus, bridge, solo etc.
And play them in order practically mistake free.
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I only play for fun so my setlist are rather small. About 10-12 (complete) songs including 4 of my own. A few songs w/o the solos (didn't like the solos) and a mess of riffs. I love the 60s-70s rock but not many cared for them. I don't care, I love it.
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#17
If I can play it from A to Z and make it sound good (being able to correctly hit 90-95% of the notes, depending on the difficulty), I consider that I can play it.
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#18
If I can play something, it means I can go through it over and over with few mistakes. If I KNOW something, it means I can tell you about the harmonies, rise and fall of tension, yada yada.
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#19
When I can play it in time and with all the notes/chords correct without using a backing track or the original song.
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#20
"I can play" is when I can do it with little or no mistakes, though I may need to look at the tab.
"I know" is when I can play it with little or no mistakes, and without the tab.
#21
When I can play from the beginning to the end without having to look at the tabs/messing up.
#23
I can play means I can play along whilst looking at a tab/guitar pro.
I know means I can play along without looking at anything but my naked self in the mirror.
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#24
I can play the song once I can play it.
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#25
I rarely learn full songs, usually just parts from them.

Although I have been learning a few songs all the way through lately, I'd agree that once you can play a song from memory (perhaps with a metronome) without any major mistakes, it's probably learned.

How long does it take before you guys forget how to play a song?
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#26
When I feel like I can play all of it smoothly.
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"I can play" is when I can do it with little or no mistakes, though I may need to look at the tab.
"I know" is when I can play it with little or no mistakes, and without the tab.


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#29
I say I can play a song when I can play it accurately in a live situation without looking at sheet music or tabs. Bonus if someone else recognises it as being said song.
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#31
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I rarely learn full songs, usually just parts from them.

Although I have been learning a few songs all the way through lately, I'd agree that once you can play a song from memory (perhaps with a metronome) without any major mistakes, it's probably learned.

How long does it take before you guys forget how to play a song?


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As to remembering songs I seem to have a limited capacity in my memory. Lots of my old songs fade away as I learn new songs. It's probably because I didn't play 'em anymore or simply forgot about 'em. Sometimes when I listen to the radio it'll jog my memory that I used to play that song.

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#32
I know it means I know how to play each of the individual parts, or can improvise it.
many songs fall under this catagory

I can play it means I know everything really well, and can perform it perfectly 9/10 times
only about 10-15 fall here
#33
I don't feel like I can play it until I have played through it a few times perfectly. I feel like I'm cheating if I say I know a song, but haven't played it perfectly before.
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#34
When I can play along to the music and it's more or less the same to me.

If there's any part that I can't play in a song, that's a song that I can't play.

I also need to be able to play the solo. If I can play the rhythm parts of a song only, I still can't play the song.
#35
Before playing a half-arsed version of the original song, I state to my audience: "Version for solo acoustic guitar, arranged by The Hriday", and pretend to take out sheet music.
#36
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If I can play it from A to Z and make it sound good (being able to correctly hit 90-95% of the notes, depending on the difficulty), I consider that I can play it.

Sounds like you're talking about guitar hero haha
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#37
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"I can play" is when I can do it with little or no mistakes, though I may need to look at the tab.
"I know" is when I can play it with little or no mistakes, and without the tab.

This.

I usually forget what I learn within a month though. Not completely but enough for me not to be able to play it
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#38
I'm very unserious at learning full songs at guitar, I really mostly just improvise stuff. But at piano, I say that I can play it (with no additional "but not that good, though", etc.) When the mistakes I make are only occasional and non repetitive.
And when I can put myself in playing so much that when someone opens the door and interrupts my playing I get scared the crap out.
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#39
That's the difference between cover and tribute (the songs). I just cover the songs though it may not be note to note but I don't know where the artist played that particular note, nevertheless it's the same note (I hope). The guitar is very ambiguous.
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#40
Well I never learn a song note for note, and I do try to innovate my own influences and style into it so...
I guess I'll say I can play ____ when I am comfortable with performing it live and when I make it sound recognisable and well... good.
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