#1
I'm just confused, do I learn them slow, let muscle memory figure it out, then get faster?
I can play James' MOP solo, Kirk's first One solo, Paranoid and most of the Floods outro. I wanted to learn more Pantera solos but I don't know how to start. Help please?
#2
to a certain extent you have to find what works for you

i'd probably start slow and memorise the thing and then try to speed it up, yeah.
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#3
I use software called Transcribe by 7th string, and break the solo down into say 5-10 second chunks, looping a chunk at say 1/3rd speed till it sinks in, then speed it back up to 100% then move on, then glue both together, etc.
#4
The quick answer is to slow them down and speed them up slowly.

TS, are you learning the full songs with rhythm guitar and such or just the solos?
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The quick answer is to slow them down and speed them up slowly.

TS, are you learning the full songs with rhythm guitar and such or just the solos?

For now just the solos, I'm not trying to master the whole song, just want to have something to do. A bunch of Pantera solos don't have rhythm during the solos, so that's the reason really.
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For now just the solos, I'm not trying to master the whole song, just want to have something to do. A bunch of Pantera solos don't have rhythm during the solos, so that's the reason really.


I'd learn the rest of the song too to build up your rhythm experience. You don't want to put yourself in a position where you can only solo over everything.
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#7
For purely learning and memorising solos:
Learn small sections at a time, play the small section slowly and accurately over and over again. Then go to sleep and when you wake up your body will have processed the practice you've done. It'll be a little bit easier now. So keep practicing it every day. You may come across a lick that you just can't seem to get quite right. Memorise the notes and practice it regularly. You'll have the solo done in no time! :

Bonus points:
Learn parts of the solo in a few different positions. Change that slide to a bend. Change the vibrato. Improvise a little in the middle of the solo. This will help train your ear. Once your ear is a little better, it'll be easier to figure out what's going on in the faster passages and you'll master(MASTER!) them faster.
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I'd learn the rest of the song too to build up your rhythm experience. You don't want to put yourself in a position where you can only solo over everything.

I will, I will. For now I just want something to do. I recently learned Mouth for War and I just can't get the solo. Playing the rhythm during the solo would make me look a bit stupid .
#9
One thing:

It's very hard to play something that you can't hear. That is to say, it will help your ability to play fast things if you develop your ear so that you can hear them more precisely. It's very hard to play better than you hear.
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One thing:

It's very hard to play something that you can't hear. That is to say, it will help your ability to play fast things if you develop your ear so that you can hear them more precisely. It's very hard to play better than you hear.

So you mean I should develop my ear? How do I do that, beside actually playing the guitar?
#11
You have to make a point of it.

THe first thing to do is to start transcribing simple melodies by ear. Songs you know by heart, like nursery rhymes, christmas carols, and movie themes. Hunt and peck, try to find them on your guitar. This will be hard at first, and that's okay.

I found the functional ear trainer, a free download from miles.be, to be super helpful.

If you want more work, you could get a book on ear training. I recommend "Ear Training for the Contemporary Musician" by Wyatt et al.
#12
^ Learn stuff by ear. Avoid using tabs. Maybe learn to sing.
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