#1
I can't imagine that having trouble with this song is uncommon. It's not exactly easy. I just wanted to see if anyone had any pointers or maybe a video lesson they had found.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

For those of you that have never heard the song, I recommend it quite highly. Here's a linnk if you like (no, you're not going to be Rick Rolled):

Best Song Ever?
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#2
NO it's not the best song ever, Spiritual Groove by Antoine Dufour tops it
My God, it's full of stars!
#3
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NO it's not the best song ever, Spiritual Groove by Antoine Dufour tops it


Wow. I just did a quick youtube search for that song and....well, it's pretty fine. I'd never heard it before. Thanks for the suggestion.

There's no way i could play that though....
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#4
It's pretty simple

EDIT: Disregarding that one middle section where he does a variation of the intro
My God, it's full of stars!
#5
Hmmmm, all those harmonics...I've neer tried a song where I had to work those in at that speed.

It might be worth at least trying...
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#6
There isn't really a video lesson I think, just work on your finger picking a lot. Also to lessen the frustration learn it in sections, then you can piece it together and add your own variations too it, John Butler actually plays it differently every time.
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#7
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There isn't really a video lesson I think, just work on your finger picking a lot. Also to lessen the frustration learn it in sections, then you can piece it together and add your own variations too it, John Butler actually plays it differently every time.


Thank you for the tip. I've got the tapping part down, and most of the intro. It's the beginning of that middle part that's giving me trouble.

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#8
Are you talking about the fast Celtic bit where the time signatures changes to 12/8 or 12/16 (whatever you like) ? Just slow down and practice it step by step, paying attention to the even volume of your notes. Don't rush it, feel the song instead of just throwing up notes. I can guarantee you, it won't sound good if you play that part inaccurate... Feel free to ask some more questions.
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#9
To me, at least currently, that is a song best left for John himself. That may just be because I wouldnt be able to play it. Good song to learn, The only pointers i can give are related to the tapping in the intro, and their second hand
#10
Don't mean to sound shallow or anything, but his nails are disgusting. And he kind of looks like Johnny Depp in "Pirates of the Carribean"... Great song though!! I saved it as a favourite

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#11
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Don't mean to sound shallow or anything, but his nails are disgusting.

Hahaha. I think theyre fake. They do the job well tho
#12
yeah they're fake. And after a while of playing the song and messing around in C, you'll figure out some of it on your own. get the chords down and his little "runs" in the song and you'll be good to go.
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#13
ah, the piece that brought me into the fingerpicking
Which section do you need help with?
#14
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ah, the piece that brought me into the fingerpicking
Which section do you need help with?


Just the really fast Celtic part that someone alluded to earlier. I'm just having trouble syching my hands up in that part. It might just be that I need to practice a little more. The chord changing parts are actually really easy .

Also the tremolo strumming during the climax is much harder than it looks....any suggestions for practicing this type of stuff is welcome as well.
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#16
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Holy crap, I've never seen this guy play before he's awesome!


Hell yeah man
My God, it's full of stars!
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Personally, the hardest part of the song is this part:

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I can NEVER get the rhythm right. Playing fast is hard, but playing something when you can't get a feel for the rhythm is just impossible. ><

Good luck. I actually made an identical thread to this many months ago.
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I can NEVER get the rhythm right. Playing fast is hard, but playing something when you can't get a feel for the rhythm is just impossible. ><

Good luck. I actually made an identical thread to this many months ago.


you dont have to play the song note for note, when i play it the rhythm is alittle different but still sounds good, just find something that suits you.

for all you guys that like spiritual groove there is a video tutorial for that song this is video 1 theres multiple: http://youtube.com/watch?v=c6kV_o5xM20

that guy also has tutorials for Development and Scratch by Antoine Dufour
#19
^ Yeah, but I can't really get any decent rhythm for that part. Oh well, I guess I'll just have to look at the sheet music of its Power Tab note by note.


PS - That Spiritual Groove does absolutely nothing for me. Same as all the Andee McKee (sp?) videos. I prefer Ocean to any of those by miles.