I'm trying, in addition to my alternate picking, to get my ear up to where I want it to be. I know a pastime of guitarists/musicians for decades has been transcribing songs simply by listening to them and playing them back. I've even had a small amount of success with this.

So, I was just curious as to what pieces the other members here first learned to play using only their ear. Mine was in the intro riff to We Are Pirates by Orden Ogan.


(It starts at 00:19)
first rhythm: cosmic dancer by T.Rex
first rhytm & lead (through lots of trial and error): sultans of swing by Dire Straits
eat the rich aersosmith,well main riff,suprised myself and thought i was pretty good at the time,only playing for a couple years
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.



For real seriously, though, most of Tears Don't Fall by Bullet For My Valentine.

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Probably some Black Sabbath or AC/DC.

I really never used tab extensively because I found that it never sounded the way the song was supposed to. I only use it occasionally to figure out parts that are too quick to hear or if it has a chord voicing that I can't figure out on my own.
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Born to be wild by steppenwolf when I was like 13. That song is still fun to play too though The chord progression is just E - A - D lol
Second Chance by Shinedown. Good chordy intro to work out.
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The main/intro theme to Disney's Winnie the pooh. Lol xD At that time though, i didn't know the entire song was in an open position scale.
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Born to be wild by steppenwolf when I was like 13. That song is still fun to play too though The chord progression is just E - A - D lol

No big surprise there! Most of the songs back then were 3 chords... "The Rolling Stones, "Get Off My Cloud" comes to mind. But then that goes, E, A ,B. Ah, but wait, it does go to D at 'cause TWO'S a crowd. A 4 Chord song counts because it's still pretty darn basic, right?

I remember The Who's, "Pinball Wizard" as a really fun song to pick out and learn to play.
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Tornado of Souls by Megadeth, ahaha xD. These days, I've almost completely abandoned tabs, opting to learn songs by ear, but I still use tabs sometimes if something's a little too fast, or if I'm learning something from a band that uses lots of unexpected chords (especially those bands that use high distortion...can't seem to get the exact sound of some chords)
Alice Cooper - Elected

Very simple to learn by ear although some parts are a bit more difficult... very fun to learn by ear
The solo to All Right Now by Free
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My first attempt was the introduction music for Megaman X3 on the PC: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kqEtnLykmkc&list=LLTQ-PhqwQqLaUNGdS8bgecA&index=33, but the solo was too hard for me to transcribe at that time (also, didn't have the software to slow down the song too.)

But my first completed one was Tyrian, The Level in the game Tyrian by Alexander Brandon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=thtiUXckAVg
Jumping Jack Flash as a single note riff played wrongly of course, back in...a long time ago. We learned all of our songs from listening to records, didn't have much of a choice.

I tried a couple of tabs once about 10 years ago, only took a minute to figure out they were horribly off, Im sure they all can't be bad but it's alot faster for me figuring out a song by ear, it's just the way we learned.
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but yeah gilbert was the first person i bothered really learning by ear. i typically just locate the key to a song and get bored before really roughing out what each individual part is and the specific notes of a solo.
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Get Free by The Vines. Pretty simple song, I was just listening to it one day while playing around on my guitar.
Alive - Pearl Jam.... from start to finish

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