Post by desolatetear on Apr 21, 2008 12:31:56 GMT -5
'm currently working on the solo to Crazy Train. I try to practice 4 bars of tab that I haven't learned yet a day. I'm playing it real slow and trying to remember it. I'm just wondering how other's learn solo's. It seems like there is always some one out there who has a way of making things easier. I thought this was a weird question to post, But It would be cool of someone had some good advice. I posted this same question on the Ultimate Guitar Forums and they closed the thread within a few hours. I have no idea why.
yeah the way i always learned solos when using tabs (back when i bothered to learn them ) by just doing what the tabs showed, and remembering how each part of the solo sounded. anymore, i tend to just figure it out from finding the key it's written in by learning the rythym parts and any non-solo leads, and piece it together from there. learning scales and such really helps with that, since you can figure out where everything is just from knowing what they're using.
Post by desolatetear on Apr 22, 2008 10:07:00 GMT -5
Thanks for the advice. I never thought about learning it by phrase. I really need to work on my ear. I've always played guitar for a while then put it down. It sucks because I lose all my speed and have to start over with the metronome. I'm going to try to stay with it this time and really just sit down and work on solo's.
Post by Joel Wanasek on Apr 30, 2008 9:52:21 GMT -5
Work on a small section everyday for 4 days in a row. Spend like 10-15 minutes a day. Do that, and you will NEVER forget how to play it. A great violinist told me this once and it works flawlessly in my experience.
When I learn a solo, it's usually by tab. My pitch recognition sucks (working on it), so right now I can only learn incredibly simple stuff by ear. But it's getting better!
I do things like learn one beat, and then woodshed the hell out of it everywhere on the neck; or if it's a sequence, I'll learn the whole sequence and woodshed it the same way. Then just tack on the next beat, etc. I'll usually work on a few beats each day; then, when I've got the whole solo commited to memory, I start putting the pieces back together, and building my speed with a metronome, usually one measure at a time, until I'm playing the whole thing.
I also like to get it about 10 to 15 bpm faster than the recording--do that, and playing at the original tempo is cake.