#1
By Eric Johnson.


I've been playing for like... 2 years or something like that...

I realize it'll take me a while, I'm not THAT fast.


Where should I start?

What Techniques should I learn?

Scales?

What's a good way to play up to that speed?
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#2
This may sound cliche, but just keep practising it. I'm completely self-taught so far, and the only way I've learned techniques is by learning different songs.
#4
Play the song nonstop...you'll be doing that for awhile, it took me close to a year to nail it pretty decently.
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#5
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This may sound cliche, but just keep practising it. I'm completely self-taught so far, and the only way I've learned techniques is by learning different songs.


Thats all there is to it

It took me a reeal long time to get it but its sweet

Worth the wait


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#6
You're going to need to master the art of string-skipping. That and the crazy scale patterns Johnson use are good, too.
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#8
hybrid picking will help you greatly for that little intro bit, i mean its possible just picking, other then that,
the 1 2 3 4 exercises, just for legato, since thats basically eric johnson.
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#10
hybrid picking, learn to slide without any buzzing, grace notes, alternate picking, a decent ear so you know how much to accent and/or bend a note, scale patterns. Remember to practice any song, no matter how 'easy' at first; because if you make a mistake, you are playing too fast. Lol. Peace dude, good song choice.
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#11
Alright, if you're not confident enough in your abilities right now, I suggest you put it off until you are more capable. Otherwise you'll develop a bad playing style for the song and it may stick with you.

Just keep practicing the techniques until you can mimic it the ones in Cliffs of Dover.
#12
From what I remember about trying to learn it, the intro is the hardest part. Or at least the hardest part I attempted to learn. Play it slow, practice with a metronome and work up to tempo. The verses and such aren't too bad as far as I remember.