#1
my guitar teacher said to learn a song thats long, and break it into parts and just practice them everyday but just not to learn a complicated song. I was thinking of learning stairway to heaven, and i was just wondering of maybe thats a good idea. I've only been playing for a short while and i just want to see if it's a good idea to learn this song. Thanks.

P.S i know how ridiculously retarded this sounds but im new to guitar, and i dont really know too much about learning new songs and such.
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#2
Go to the home page for ultimate guitar and search it in the tabs section. And yeah, its probably a good idea to learn the song. If you have the patience, you can just listen to it and figure out what you should play on your own (Without yabs)
#3
ya i started learning that song the day i got my guitar, lol.....but seriously ya its a good song to learn.....i can play most and ive been playing guitar around 3 months
#4
that song is the ultimate guitar song i think if you can get through that whole song you can no longer be called noob hahaha but yeah this song is great to learn awesome chord practice i've been playin for 6months and i know all of it sept the solo im to scared of learnin it i dont think im worthy haha
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#5
That was the first song that I learned, other than the smoke on the water and seven nation army riffs. I love it, but I don't recommend that you play it around other people very much. Everyone seems to hate it and think that it's way too overplayed and overrated. Damn stairway to heaven haters.
#6
No stairway *points to sign* LOL
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Waynes World?^
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#9
its a good song...but your gonna need some tabs for the beginning of the song...its not simple power chords like the ending plays while jimmy solos.

its some pretty complex chord shapes...check out the tab and have fun...then learn the solo...it'll make the hair on the back of your neck stand up the first time you finally get it down.
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#10
The solo's gonna take a while though. So don't be disappointed if you don't get it down right away. Took me 7 months to get it down properly with the picking and all. 7 months since i started playing that is.
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The solo's gonna take a while though. So don't be disappointed if you don't get it down right away. Took me 7 months to get it down properly with the picking and all. 7 months since i started playing that is.


i learned it in 2 hours...of course i already had plenty of experience with soloing...all depends on where your at as a guitarist i guess. amazing how quick you can learn any solo once you know your neck...its almost like you get the outline for what the solo is in your mind and your fingers do the rest because they know the scale the guy was using and you can kinda get a feel for what he was trying to do.
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#12
Well, actually learning the solo didn't take me more than a day of practising.. maybe 4-5 hours. But then i didn't pick all the notes like i should have (I didn't know alternate pciking), i just tapped and pulled Anyways, then i'd been playing for 6 months. Then i learned it by alternate pciking at 7 months
#14
love that song, i can play most of it, apart from a few parts of it.
My teacher made me do the same thing, break it into parts.
#15
u can do it, have fun with it its a fun song to learn, the best part is the challenge, being able to play the solo to this or even the chords such as the intro picking opens u up to being able to play other songs, Good luck!
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#16
hmm well i guess the my doubts of learning this song are gone. How long do you think it would take to really get the solo down? keep in mind i've been playing for about 2-3 months.
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#17
it depends, I had troubles with it, along with many other solos I tried to learn, but that turned out to be the guitar I was using, soon as I bought a new one I found I could play everything easily. It isn't really that hard, you just need a strong enough index finger to bar the 5th fret. even if you can do the stairway solo, and it is something most guitarists learn, it'll only impress people who have never picked up a guitar, just don't play it in a guitar store
#18
I know it all except the very very end as I haven't been bothered to learn it.

I think every guitarist should be able to play it no matter how clichéd it is.
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i learned it in 2 hours...of course i already had plenty of experience with soloing...all depends on where your at as a guitarist i guess. amazing how quick you can learn any solo once you know your neck...its almost like you get the outline for what the solo is in your mind and your fingers do the rest because they know the scale the guy was using and you can kinda get a feel for what he was trying to do.


wow dude, we need to be in a band together

IM also a killer soloist. I learn solos pretty fast!

I learned it in a month tho (the picking of the song) I really suck at that picking tho. Im good at powerchord rythm ex: metallica. But im best like solos in anyway.
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#20
I love that song, and think that it a good song for anyone to learn. And any dick that thinks you are a n00b for playing it can go to hell, because I bet he can only play 2 measures of it. A real man plays the whole thing through.
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i learned it in 2 hours...of course i already had plenty of experience with soloing...all depends on where your at as a guitarist i guess. amazing how quick you can learn any solo once you know your neck...its almost like you get the outline for what the solo is in your mind and your fingers do the rest because they know the scale the guy was using and you can kinda get a feel for what he was trying to do.


What scale was Jimmy using? I was always under the impression that he never really composed his soloes, based off of scales. He just...let his emotion flow through his fingers.
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#22
its a common misconception that its an easy song...the solo is actually a pretty advanced solo.

most people can not do the part that repeats over and over towards the end then hit that bend perfectly.
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#23
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What scale was Jimmy using? I was always under the impression that he never really composed his soloes, based off of scales. He just...let his emotion flow through his fingers.


whether he knew what scale he was using or not...it was a scale...

as for what it was...its a modification of the c major penatonic. he jumpes all around skipping certain notes and stuff but thats the basic scale.
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#24
Its c major? I always thought it was a modification of A minor pentatnoic. And that would be the f sharp as far as major pentatonics are concerned. Am i wrong then?
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its a common misconception that its an easy song...the solo is actually a pretty advanced solo.

most people can not do the part that repeats over and over towards the end then hit that bend perfectly.


Naw, it's on the high end of beginner at best. If you want pretty advanced bends/pentatonic look to Paul Gilbert. It'd be a good song to learn. It would help you learn patience for learning other long songs down the road.