#1
whats the craic lads!

i was just wondering, how many off yous when your learning a song actually learn it the exact same to every note? like when i learned Voodoo child (by ear of course ) i picked up all the rythm and the basic riff an most of the starting solo bits pretty much exactly the same, but for the 2 solo's i leave it to my improv skills to play them.
i love to throw in my on stuff into songs (not straying from the song though) just to spice them up a little or i play my on bit if i cant learn it, its what add's signature to my style really, but if you guys were learning somthing and couldnt figure a section out, how many of yous wouldgo straight to the tap for the answer, the EXACT answer?

just a though
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#2
I'm never too interested in playing a song exactly as it's played on the record. I'll learn it roughly as it is, but I might add in a bit of variation or change bits if I feel like it. Playing your own interpretation of a song is far more useful than playing a song note for note in my opinion.
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#3
In my cover band I rarely learn a song the exact way its played on the record. I'm given a chord sheet, and I basically do what fits our version. If there's an important riff, I'll learn it, and I will learn parts of certain solos, but other than that its mostly improv.
#4
I learn it exactly how it's played first, just so I know. Then later I improv some stuff into it. It's fun
#5
I much prefer to add my own little nuances and personality into a cover. I hardly even play covers note for note - it's just not the same.
#6
Actually, I'm going to go ahead and throw out there that whenever I'm at a live show and band is playing covers, it sometimes bothers me if they alter a song that I really like. I have a tendancy to 'expect' certain notes, and I have the song 'playing' in my head mentally as I listen, and when a note isn't what I expect I just really don't like it (happened at the show I went to last night ). But then, I just really generally prefer original music anyway

#7
oh yeh i agree, i only meant very small differences, and an improv solo, but yeh, changing the song a huge amount is bad
I'm the one that has to die when it's time for me to die, so let me live my life, the way I want to
- Jimi Hendrix


Im tired of following my dreams, im going to ask them where their going and hook up with them later
- Mitch Hedberg
#8
personally i like to learn the song note for note first. but if im going to play it live with a band, i then like to change things up a bit. i dont mean like drasticly change anything, but i try to make it more my own version. this obviously takes a bit more work with a band if they are big changes because everyone has to be on the same page if you are going to extend/shorten something, change the arrangement, or something like that. but even if you dont do that, its good to just change up the strum or improv a section of the solo or something just to give a bit of your own feel.

but i do like to be able to play a song with the record if i am going to learn it. i feel that if you cant play the song the right way well, you probably dont know it well enough to know what to change. and it is nice to be able to play along with the album note for note if you want to.
#9
i learn songs note for note so that i can play along with the cd but if we went about covering it as a band things would get changed a little bit to add your own style on it
#10
i normally learn songs note for note. i'm not to the skill level where i can totally change things and make it sound good. sometimes i add in a few grace notes, but other than that nothing
#11
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(happened at the show I went to last night ).


Me too. A pink Floyd cover band changed the drumming in the intro to Time... it didn't sound "right" at all.

If I'm playing a song myself, I usually won't play it note for note, but I try to get as close to what the artist plays. If it were for performance in an audience, I would learn it exactly. My idea of a cover is to try and replicate the exact song an artist did. However, if there is a solo in the song, I would probably add my own section to it after the normal solo is played.