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Title: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: licksnkicks on July 29, 2009, 05:48:59 am
I just got back from my guitar lesson with my teacher and I am learning Lynard Skynards Simple man.  It's not that hard but takes a lot of concentration.  It's always fun to learn something thats also a challenge.

So tell me, WHAT ARE YOU LEARNING NOW? I'm always interested in what everybody is learning.  We can always trade little tips and tricks.

Licksnkicks
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: JC on July 29, 2009, 06:12:17 am

I'm trying to learn the old Van Halen "Aint-talkin'-bout-love"-intro-lick.. (http://www.mysmiley.net/imgs/smile/party/party0007.gif)  ...but I can't produce that famous "brown sound" :-\ ...the miserable tonez I manage to squeeze out sound more like beige.. ;D



Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Quark on July 29, 2009, 06:13:44 am
SRV's version of Freddie Kings Hideaway.

W
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: gareth51 on July 29, 2009, 08:53:00 am
Eric Clapton's Wonderful Tonight.  The solo part is quite easy but I am struggling with the rhythm guitar part, but I haven't spent long on it yet. I am sure I will get it with a bit of practice.  I was thinking about playing this at my wedding next year, but I doubt if I can play guitar after having a few glasses of champagne.
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: PJMCM on July 29, 2009, 10:03:23 am
Justin Sandercoe's tunes from his Solo Blues I DVD. Not bad on Walking Bass and Gospel Blues, but having a bit of difficulty with the picking hand co-ordination on Steady Thumb Blues. Unfortunately MY thumb ain't too steady and just will not do what I want it to! I do know this is a 'weak' area for me (one among many!!), and was the main reason for buying this DVD.

Getting there slowly but surely!.

Peter
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Tourniquet on July 29, 2009, 10:05:21 am
I guess my most recent additions are "We are the champions" by queen and "rockstar" by nickelback.
The queen song is a great barre chord workout and the nickelback song has a taxing rhythm to sing to.
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: jiggyjohn_guitar on July 29, 2009, 10:08:30 am
licksnkicks:

wow another cool thread from u :)

Rite now I'm working on the scales.Also some guitar techniques like string bending etc..
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Kane on July 29, 2009, 10:10:34 am
I have the occasional go at "She Talks To Angels" but it's a bit advanced for me (and the Open E tuning seems to be putting a bit of a strain on my guitar) had my first recognisable chord progression last night with Justins "Please Forgive Me" (David Grey) lesson - struggling with the big F barre chord as usual but what a sense of achievment lol :)
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: close2u on July 29, 2009, 10:18:34 am
"What are you learning now?"

That, without regular practise your skills soon go rusty!!

 >:(
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: asylum on July 29, 2009, 10:31:56 am
inbetween all the practice im learning stairway to heaven and shape of my heart by sting.
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: aging_bimbo on July 29, 2009, 10:51:04 am
"What are you learning now?"

That, without regular practise your skills soon go rusty!!

 >:(

+ 1
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: LievenDV on July 29, 2009, 11:00:29 am
I'm getting used to my London City Comet MK I lefthanded that I won as prize in a contest where you had to create a review of a guitar
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: licksnkicks on July 29, 2009, 01:15:03 pm
licksnkicks:

wow another cool thread from u :)

Rite now I'm working on the scales.Also some guitar techniques like string bending etc..

Isn't this funny cuz I'm working on the same stuff! 

Close2u I agree you must practice everday or you will get rusty! I have like a guitar diary of everything I do and took it to my lesson last night and my guitar teacher said in the 13 years that he has been teaching he's never seen anyone take notes about guitar stuff like me.  If you write it down than you have it in front of you with NO second guessing!  That's the only way to do it.  I write myself little notes on what I think I should be practicing just to keep things in perspective.  When I sit to practice it's all there in black and white and I know exactly what to do!

Licksnkicks(http://www.websmileys.com/sm/music/musik29.gif)
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: licksnkicks on July 29, 2009, 01:18:53 pm

I'm trying to learn the old Van Halen "Aint-talkin'-bout-love"-intro-lick.. (http://www.mysmiley.net/imgs/smile/party/party0007.gif)  ...but I can't produce that famous "brown sound" :-\ ...the miserable tonez I manage to squeeze out sound more like beige.. ;D

Holy crap man that's a hard one but and excellent one.  I wish you all the best of luck.  I hope you nail this!  Its' one of my favorite tunes. 

LONG LIVE VH!!!!

Licksnkicks(http://www.websmileys.com/sm/music/musik39.gif)




Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: julienarrijs on July 29, 2009, 01:26:08 pm
i'm learning tears from the rain from satriani, the right hand part is a piece of cake but i won't say the same thing about the left hand ....it strechtes a lot :) but i really like the song so it's a great motivation to learn it....and well i do also of course work on my skills like all of you guys : legato, improvisation on pentatonic scales in a, bends and vibrato, speed development, stretching, picking and so on ...
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Govendl3 on July 29, 2009, 01:44:12 pm
string mutingkinda like SRV and Frusciante
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: julienarrijs on July 29, 2009, 02:06:59 pm
kinda hard to get huh ?
i worked on this on pride and joy...took me a while to get it...still not perfect
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Govendl3 on July 29, 2009, 02:15:18 pm
quite difficult to master
I sometimes get in a groove and can get it close
But the next time I try its gone
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: JC on July 29, 2009, 09:31:55 pm

Holy crap man that's a hard one but and excellent one.  I wish you all the best of luck.  I hope you nail this!  Its' one of my favorite tunes. 

LONG LIVE VH!!!!

Licksnkicks(http://www.websmileys.com/sm/music/musik39.gif)


no no, not the whole song!  :o just the first few bars or so, that's more than enough of a challenge for me!  :D  I'm just a noooob!   :) 

Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: licksnkicks on July 29, 2009, 10:39:49 pm
Hey JC when you nail this will you make a vid of it for Youtube.  I would love to see this.  I would love to see it.

Licksnkicks
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: JC on July 29, 2009, 11:01:11 pm
ha ha...let me practise for a couple of years first, and then I might consider it  :D  But, anyway, putting up just a few riffs on Youtube would be pointless. As I said, I'm still just a noob, and struggling hard with the simplest things! :P
But it is indeed a great song, and it would be really cool to be able to play it some day.  :)




Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: licksnkicks on July 30, 2009, 01:34:50 am
JC you obviously have the drive and the passion to make this happen.  I know you will nail this sooner or later.  Just being a newb like myself great challenges lay ahead of us both!  A lot of people take up guitar and then when the going gets tough they can't tough it out.  That's what makes us different from them.  I'm getting frustrated trying learn all the notes on the neck, the major scale positions and trying to keep up with the beginners course level 3 and learning a new song with my teacher.  I won't ever wave the white flag.  That's the way I am with everything though and this kind of thinking has done me justice!

Licksnkicks
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Bootstrap on July 30, 2009, 03:32:36 am
I just finished learning the last part of "Stairway" on Friday night (except the solo) - now I just need to make it sound ok - playing this piece in time is my biggest challenge as the hammer-on Amin screws with my rythm - particularly in the plectrum part.

Also working on the crux part of "Yesterday" the dreaded F#min to B7 barre chord change is still giving me a bit of gyp but I'm getting there (I actually have more trouble getting the 3rd string on the F#min to ring out than any other bit as I just can't seem to get my technique right and not mute it).

Tonight I want to start on "Down and Out"

Boodles of fun :)
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Cozza on July 30, 2009, 09:06:33 am
Getting chord change between E and D fast enough.

Having an attempt at C and G.

Currently improving my playing over a fingerstyle version of "Somewhere Over The Rainbow."
And Learning a fingerstyle version of The Beatles' "Blackbird".

I took a very bad habit of stepping straight into fingerstyle and I can play it good but I can't play chords to save my life so I'm having to step back and learn the beginners course again. Mind you, learning other songs have strengthened my fingers and improved my co-ordination between left and right so I got something good out of it!

Slap me, I developed bad habits!
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: LievenDV on July 30, 2009, 11:06:36 am


I took a very bad habit of stepping straight into fingerstyle and I can play it good but I can't play chords to save my life so I'm having to step back and learn the beginners course again.

how can you possibly play fluent fingerstyle without decent chord changes? :)

I'm interested in that fingerstyle piece of "over the rainbow"
i'm developing my own version of it and i'm always interested in other peoples versions
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Cozza on July 30, 2009, 11:23:43 am
Some-where ov-er the rain-bow...
_____5__4______2__3__5_____6___________ e
___________5____________2_____5________ B
__2____________________________________ G
_______________________________________ D
_______________________________________ A
_______________________________________ E

Mostly a one finger type thing but it has really helped me with strength, I just got no rythm or chords perfected! Want the rest of the tabs?
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: LievenDV on July 30, 2009, 12:28:01 pm
don't have to post it all

my version is kind of a mixture of the backign chords and the melody line, evolving around
between ( ) are the decoration I alternate with during the chord, but not always

G and B variations are barre chords
rest is open

sounds best with capo on 4th imo

(from my head; can't verify it to be 100% correct from here :) )

Gmaj,Em(Em7),Bm,Cmaj,Cmin(Cmin7).
Cmaj(9), Cmin,Gmaj(G7)
Gmaj,Em(Em7),Bm
Am(Am7), Dmaj,(Dsus2Dsus4,D7)



Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Cozza on July 30, 2009, 12:44:15 pm
 :o :o :o :D yea im gonna avoid them for a bit!
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Nozzer on July 30, 2009, 01:25:28 pm
You Shook Me All Night Long (ST-319).

Only 3 chords, but man that change between C and G is a killer.
Solo coming along, but keep catching strings on the bends.

Riff Raff too, intro, lick and chorus (not solo yet).

oh, and back to Justin's basic course v2. Perhaps the songs above are a bit of a stretch for a noob?
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Lucianot on July 30, 2009, 01:33:25 pm
May sound stupid but I just got the Happy Birthday song in chord melody by ear.
My wife finally said "hey, you can actually get something out of that!"  ;D
Now I have to play it for ther birthday.

I also got the chord melody for "Fly me to the moon" but just the first bars until "jupiter and mars" after guessing the melody. Took a couple of days but when you get it it feels so nice.

Now I am just going through the basic jazz chords in order to learn them all by heart.
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Strat0Blues on July 30, 2009, 01:50:47 pm
Preaching Gospel Blues
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Tourniquet on July 30, 2009, 07:08:43 pm
Some-where ov-er the rain-bow...
_____5__4______2__3__5_____6___________ e
___________5____________2_____5________ B
__2____________________________________ G
_______________________________________ D
_______________________________________ A
_______________________________________ E

Mostly a one finger type thing but it has really helped me with strength, I just got no rythm or chords perfected! Want the rest of the tabs?

I'd Highly recommend you take a look at Israel Kamakawiwo'oles version if you aren't already familiar with it.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZFkXQKCuBc
Meant for a uke but a guitar is fine with a capo.
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: JC on July 31, 2009, 04:13:05 am
JC you obviously have the drive and the passion to make this happen.  I know you will nail this sooner or later.  Just being a newb like myself great challenges lay ahead of us both!  A lot of people take up guitar and then when the going gets tough they can't tough it out.  That's what makes us different from them.  I'm getting frustrated trying learn all the notes on the neck, the major scale positions and trying to keep up with the beginners course level 3 and learning a new song with my teacher.  I won't ever wave the white flag.  That's the way I am with everything though and this kind of thinking has done me justice!

Licksnkicks

Thanks for the encouragement! :)  I'm in despair from time to time, but I won't give up. I find it hard to be really diciplined though, in my learning. It's like, I don't know... there's too much "input" from all directions, if that makes sense..  :P  Having a private teacher would of course help immensely, but I would never be able to afford that... (http://www.imagenation.se/pank.gif)

cheers
JC

(http://www.imagenation.se/rocker1.gif)

Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: amok1 on July 31, 2009, 06:09:43 am
I've been putting this song off for years now so I'm going to start figuring out SRV's Lenny.
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Cue Zephyr on August 01, 2009, 01:24:19 am
I'm learning the first five minutes of Stairway to Heaven (from Justin's lesson), trying to play it as close to the real thing as possible...

Also trying to learn American Pie (also from Justin's lesson), but I tend to forget which chord comes when, since the song is so long. ^^

I have been playing more stuff lately, but I'd be too ashamed if i put it here. :P
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: close2u on August 01, 2009, 06:19:12 am
hey, no shame in learning, post your stuff, it's a great way for everyone to learn, seeing and hearing others progress

 :) :) :)
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Cue Zephyr on August 01, 2009, 01:05:11 pm
Alright, alright. ^^
I'm learning Teardrops On My Guitar by Taylor Swift.
I started transcribing it a couple of days ago and it's WAY harder than i thought.
I tried with tabs but they contained way less detail than I was looking for.
The thing that's really bugging me at the moment is that I can hardly listen through vocals, so I just made some assumptions on some patterns.
Tried taking out the vocals, took the guitar along with it, so that didn't work.
I have a karaoke version, but it doesn't have the picking patterns I am transcribing -_-

I'm also using some other songs to practice some barré chords I can't play, the Em shaped barré chord and the Asus2 shaped barré chord (dang).

Also a new thought popped into my mind when I woke up. I might try learning the solo from More Than A Feeling by Boston, I think it'd make an easy one to start with.
I have been playing for like 3 years (campfire-style xD) but now I'm serious about learning guitar.
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Strat0Blues on August 01, 2009, 11:09:37 pm
I've been putting this song off for years now so I'm going to start figuring out SRV's Lenny.

Well here is a fairly sound cover. Mind you If you I would only watch this if you want to get an idea of where everything is played on the fretboard ;)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iWK2IhU0sD8
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: lleitzke on August 01, 2009, 11:33:27 pm
my biggest on I'm workin on is sweet child o mine, i can play the first 2 solos perfect, and the the riffs, and the rythm (when he plucks it out my timing is a bit off but i dont have a foot pedal so i usually just play power chords there for now)

my problem being in the last solo right when he kicks in the wah pedal so sweet but so difficult to get the slides and the timing...

the other song (since if i only do one song i tend to get  bored) , being night train by GNR the rhythm after the intro is tough cuz hes always doing something different, otherwise the first solo isnt too bad, is the amazing outro solo that ill be stuck on for a bit  ;D
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: charlieguitars on August 02, 2009, 01:01:04 am
Sweet child of mine intro and a variety of cool rhythms.  I'm excited because my friend PJ just agreed to record me some drum backbeats.
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: amok1 on August 02, 2009, 02:30:11 am
Strato... ;D ;D ;D thanks for reminding me why I keep putting this song off.  I've been transcribing all night and I'm playing the intro totally different than this guy, but he seems to play it like SRV, so I'm gonna have to work on it a little...I always seem to have a problem learning the "rhythm" part of songs, the leads come fairly easily, I've never really understood that about my playing.  ???
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Cue Zephyr on September 08, 2009, 04:48:02 pm
I'm still learning Christmas When You Were Mine by Taylor Swift, it's really fun to play imo. I can sing it too but hell who wants to hear that...? :P

Also I transcribed Dust In The Wind (lol) by Kansas in one day, however not the bridge which I sorted out yesterday and today. Trying to play at the original tempo already, really fun to play.

Thinking of starting with arranging a fingerstyle version for a song (would be my first try), I'd love to get into that.

And lastly I'd like to learn Extreme - More Than Words, which would take me a while since I have a tendency to transcribe really, really detailed resulting into me playing it without my own touch.
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Kevin A on September 08, 2009, 04:56:48 pm
Oasis - Stand By Me (Looking at that tonight)
David Bowie - Starman
Might look at Sweet Child of Mine but not sure.
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: schect on September 08, 2009, 05:00:32 pm
Currently working on all the little rockabilly riffs to The Beatles "I Feel Fine", and just starting "Get Back". Both for next weeks sessions.
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: licksnkicks on September 08, 2009, 05:04:14 pm
I'm on level 4 of the beginners course. 

With my new teacher I'm learning some rock licks in A minor pentatonic scales.  Can't do them fast but they sound wicked.  I also am fooling around with my whammy bar.  It's a blast.

Licksnkicks
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Wishbone on September 08, 2009, 06:21:03 pm
I'm currently learning how to take a break from playing, 'cos I got a little over exuberant after listening to Ragz' 'Hey Joe' the other night and had far too much fun jamming along to Hendrix.

My fretting hand feels like it's done a triathlon, so tonight is a rest night.
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: xXForget itXx on September 08, 2009, 06:22:06 pm
I'm trying to learn Mean Bone by Slash's Snakepit -  the solo is killing me!

I'm also transcribing this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2UkvsoqnQ2I (before the Godfather)

My goal is to perform either before December.
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: oken on September 08, 2009, 06:24:29 pm
Currently I am learning this, ST-200 • Yesterday (The Beatles), tab taken from here :)
Recently started so at this moment I at the "looking at the sheet and finding curage" stage of the learning curve.
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Stevie on September 08, 2009, 11:01:00 pm
I need to get deeper into theory after dicking around for too long learning songs.  So I'm regularly focusing on scales/modes, extensive chord vocab etc, getting more into fretboard logic.  It's been neglected for far too long and I have many lost years to now catch up on :( 
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Xaromir on September 08, 2009, 11:20:14 pm
I'm learning greensleeves to get more into fingerstyle.
I think it will help me motivate myself if i can play something without a pick,
and i guess greensleeves is a good place to start.

If you don't know it, here it is on guitar:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uXYhgb1ADts
Nice tone that guy gets from that guitar btw,
wonder what guitar that is.

And with a vocalist:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EG8WFxAlXDE
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Linsen on September 08, 2009, 11:52:39 pm
I'm still doing Stage 4 of the beginners course and will probably move on to stage 5 this week. But I'm much less in a hurry now that I've started to practice songs a lot more. Was holding out on that a little for the first 2 1/2 months, as strumming and chord changes weren't really up to scratch. But recently I seem to have made a big jump.

Current favourites I work on most are 'Comfortably Numb' and 'Wish You Were Here' with a little bit of 'Heart Of Gold' every now and then thrown in. I got the strumming down fairly well by my standards and feel that 16th note strumming has probably been the biggest revelation in my 3 1/2 months of guitar playing. It totally transforms what seemed to be mere chord progressions into actual songs that even sound somewhat like the original. I can even sing along decently when I'm in good shape. And I have just started to work on the intro solo of WYWH. That still feels like it'll take an eternity to get down, but past experience with other stuff that I thought I'd never learn tells me that it's not going to be as bad as I now think. :)
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Dan Graves on September 09, 2009, 01:52:48 am
Busy properly learning rythm parts for this song : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-8wo0KBQ3oI
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: mike42 on September 09, 2009, 02:01:54 am
Right now I'm going back over a few songs that I haven't learned completely, and I'm also trying to work on my major scales and improvisation skills.

The songs I'm working on are:

Bang Bang - Dispatch
45 - Shinedown
Everything You Want- Vertical Horizon
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Quark on September 09, 2009, 02:03:09 am
I am still working on SRV's Mary Had a Little Lamb solo. Finally got the rhythm down.

W
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: ImagineLED on September 09, 2009, 03:43:26 am
Just learning how to play, especially chord changes
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Strat0Blues on September 09, 2009, 04:10:34 am
My own combinations of Major Chord progressions.
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: licksnkicks on September 09, 2009, 04:15:44 am
Just got back from an amazing lesson and I'm learning scales, still practicing some A minor pentatonic licks, learning the E minor pentatonic scale and learning Black  Sabbath's Paranoid.  This song is too much fun.  I'm learning more indepth theory from this new teacher and a lot of other very important elements from this teacher.  This guy is goooooooooooooooooood!   I'm so glad I looked around and found someone who really cares about teaching and not just the money end of it.

Licksnkicks
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: ToastedSoul on September 09, 2009, 10:30:56 am
- Mr. Bigs "To Be With You" (getting the solo up to speed)
- From "Blues You Can Use" (book): "Getting Funky"
- repeating RHCP's "Under the Bridge" every few days, since I want to record that one
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Strat0Blues on September 09, 2009, 05:27:56 pm
"Getting Funky" I like that tune and have only mastered it at slow tempo so far, I was waiting until I could play a little faster and smooth at the same time.

Licksnkicks: Great to see you have a guitar teacher :)
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: raul693 on September 11, 2009, 03:09:35 am
right now i'm working on this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nmQYRcmUjfI (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nmQYRcmUjfI), with way more simple soloing of course, main riff is pretty easy and it's a great song
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Sl8sh on September 11, 2009, 03:23:52 am
Well, I lost a little bit of motivation to play so I've been playing parts of songs that I know and have been writing riffs recently that I would love to turn into songs.  I've been listening to Slash's Snakepit, the second album, and I love it.  If it ever works on my computer (because it's a library copy ) I'll copy it to my computer so I can figure out the songs on the CD.  I'll be a good challenge because the rhythm guitar is much harder than I thought so it'll be worth trying.  But the rhythm guitar parts I like are in the songs Been there lately, Just Anything and Mean Bone.  I also like the ballad Back to the Momment.  Nice good hard rockin blues.  I can't stop listening to it. 
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Martin on September 11, 2009, 12:58:31 pm
Two of the most beautiful guitar songs the world has heard:

- Pink Floyd: Comfortably Numb
- Pink Floyd: Wish You Were Here.

Other than that, I'm practicing speed by doing scales, scales, scales and .... scales and also some picking exercises to get the pick and hands on my team :)
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Lucianot on September 11, 2009, 01:09:36 pm
Now I learnt Blackbird but still practicing it every day I am started Dear Prudence and also playing the major scale in thirds, fourths, etc. Some arpeggios as well.
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Stevie on September 11, 2009, 11:12:33 pm
repeating RHCP's "Under the Bridge" every few days, since I want to record that one

Look forward to that 8)
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Sl8sh on September 12, 2009, 12:35:16 am
I just got A Modern Method For Guitar Book 1 by William Leavitt.  I'm going to use it to read music (without the tab beneath the notes) so that way I'll be more prepared for other types of gigs than just 'listen and copy what you hear' which I don't do well at.  I've got alot to work on. 
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: licksnkicks on September 12, 2009, 02:14:58 am
It's good Slash to be able to read musical notation and I'm sure you know that!  It really make use of your brain cells.  Good for you. 

P.S. I got me a new amp Slash.  I will pm you!

Lnk
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: MadCat on September 12, 2009, 07:48:30 am
I'm laerning seek&destroy by metallica at the moment.
Not so difficult but quite fast. 8)
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Sl8sh on September 13, 2009, 12:33:58 am
LnK:

Cool! You got an amp.  Can't wait to hear how it's been for you with the amp. 
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Tourniquet on September 13, 2009, 01:16:14 pm
Currently "behind blue eyes" by The Who
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: close2u on September 13, 2009, 02:50:52 pm
Currently "behind blue eyes" by The Who

great song - I learned that from following a version by fargenbastich

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XFgu-Pgp2ho
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: close2u on September 13, 2009, 02:52:30 pm
got all the rhythms and chords now working towards the solos of sunshine of your love and stairway to heaven
touching on young lust aswell

trying to get a strong fingerstyle version of tears in heaven
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Gabinante on September 13, 2009, 03:16:21 pm
I'm just picking up the guitar, practicing pentatonic scales etc. on a friend's guitar currently, I won't have my own for another week at least. I was thinking about making a short video every week after my guitar arrives and posting it on youtube - it would be a good way to monitor my progress and motivate myself to become a good guitarist, and maybe (hopefully) show other people that it's doable.
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: close2u on September 13, 2009, 03:32:13 pm
... I was thinking about making a short video every week after my guitar arrives and posting it on youtube - it would be a good way to monitor my progress and motivate myself to become a good guitarist, and maybe (hopefully) show other people that it's doable.

http://www.justinguitarcommunity.com/index.php?board=28.0

 :)
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Dan Graves on September 13, 2009, 11:22:02 pm
Singer for my new band got it into his head that the Mosquito song by Queens of the Stone Age was a cool thing to do as an encore...
Which sucks, because even though it's just 4 chords (Am, C, E and D shapes) and an Am shape-based riff...
Playing the damn tune on a 12 string acoustic tuned to C# is a real mother******.
Someone should shoot Josh Homme for writing the damn thing, eventhough it's an excellent tune.
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Sl8sh on September 14, 2009, 06:59:28 pm
Okay I have to ask:

How the heck do you tune a 12 string acoustic to C#? 

I have some experience in playing a 12 string acoustic and never deviated from the standard tuning for the main strings and then having to look up how the harmony strings needed to be tuned.  So it's a little confusing to me how someone manages to tune a 12 string to C#. 
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Cue Zephyr on September 14, 2009, 09:49:58 pm
I want to try a 12 string but I couldn't find one 'round here for me to try out.

Anyway I'd like to know what the answer is to the question that was posted before this.
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: charlieguitars on September 14, 2009, 09:57:56 pm
agreed i'm curious now
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: close2u on September 14, 2009, 10:18:44 pm
my guess

you tweak all the pegs some until everything gets a little wobbly and rattly along the fretboard then you tweak them a little more just for luck

 :D
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Cue Zephyr on September 15, 2009, 12:13:06 am
Lol. :P
Today I started transcribing 她来听我的演唱会 by Jacky Cheung.
However I'm not sure how far I will get with this...
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: TB-AV on September 15, 2009, 04:00:48 am
You lower the pitch of all the strings. E down to C#
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Dan Graves on September 15, 2009, 07:28:04 am
Seriously, what is wrong with you kids these days ?
Never tuned a guitar in a different tuning then E before ?
Downtune all string 1½ note, and presto : C# tuning...
C# F# B E G# C#
It helps if you use a strobe tuner btw.

@ cue zephyr : if you ever visit Den Haag, check out this shop : http://guitarchopshop.com/
They have a few 12 string acoustics.
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Cue Zephyr on September 15, 2009, 04:04:14 pm
I have tuned to DADGAD before, and now I tuned one to Eb.

@ Dan Graves: I will visit DH just for that, just like I visited Cologne to visit MusicStore. :P :P
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Dan Graves on September 15, 2009, 07:21:29 pm
Sorry for the non dutchies, but...
@ cue zephyr : Ik bedoelde dus, ALS je ooit in Den Haag bent, ga er dan eens langs, ik bedoelde uiteraard NIET dat je speciaal daarvoor naar Den Haag moet reizen.

Ik weet dat je Engels niet 100% is, maar begrijpend lezen is toch niet al te moeilijk dacht ik zo...  :P
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Cue Zephyr on September 15, 2009, 07:27:55 pm
Mijn punt was dus, ik reis daar wel speciaal voor naar Den Haag, omdat ik daar over het algemeen niet kom, dat bedoelde ik.
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Dan Graves on September 15, 2009, 07:38:55 pm
That's just insane.
So, that wasn't sarcasm, and you travelled to Cologne, just to see a music store ?
Again, insane.
I should inform you though, the shop doesn't have many 12 strings, 3 or four at best, it's a REALLY small shop.
I really meant it when i said "a few".
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Cue Zephyr on September 15, 2009, 08:26:40 pm
I woldn't be going there with just 12 string guitars in mind.

Enough off topic.
I'm still learning the bits and pieces to Extreme - More Than Words
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Sl8sh on September 15, 2009, 08:32:48 pm
Dan Graves:

I've used alternate tunings it's just the tension on a 12 string is greater than a guitar with 6 strings so I was surprised and shocked that it was possible to tune a 12 stringed guitar to C#. 

And I know the tension is greater because at one point I wanted to play my dad's 12 string until I looked at it and told him the neck looked funny because it split away from the body all on it's own.  We took it to my favorite guitar shop (because they do repairs) and they said it would make a nice wall clock meaning the bridge had bubbled.  The neck they could fix but once the bridge bubbles it's useless.  Although they did say we could take the risk and put a new top on it but we all new that even if we did that the guitar would not sound the same. 

He still has it and we had to take the strings off to prevent further damage but it's sadly a dead guitar.  But it's so beautiful to look at. 
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: TB-AV on September 15, 2009, 08:48:35 pm
"I was surprised and shocked that it was possible to tune a 12 stringed guitar to C#.

And I know the tension is greater because at one point I wanted to play my dad's 12 string until I looked at it and told him the neck looked funny because it split away from the body all on it's own."

C# is LOWER / LESS TENSION than E. C# D D# E ----> higher

The reason the guitar was ruined is because it was supposed to be tuned lower with that specific string gauge you have on it. You adjust the string gauge and de-tuning ( LOWER ) so the guitar doesn't self destruct.

C# is about is low as most people go. But depending on the guitar and the string gauge, anything from the LOWER C# up to E is typical.

Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Dan Graves on September 15, 2009, 10:15:16 pm

I'm still learning the bits and pieces to Extreme - More Than Words


That's a nice song to get your fingerstyle under control, nice and slow, and yet still fairly intricate, with lots of little bits of nuance.

@TB-AV : thanks for that, i don't think i could have written an explanation on why she was wrong without giving myself a stroke from the sheer effort of not using any offensive terms.
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: LievenDV on September 16, 2009, 08:17:22 am
@TB-AV : thanks for that, i don't think i could have written an explanation on why she was wrong without giving myself a stroke from the sheer effort of not using any offensive terms.

I couldn't image cooler company to have a drink with than TB-AV and Dan G; discussing AN topic woudl be interesting!


Yesterday I started learning the most cheezy "jazz" piece there is: "take 5"
I was on a roll because i managed to remember the fignerign so fast and the tempo came quite quick... then my wife came whinign she wanted to go to sleep. hate it when I have to interrupt a fruitful session of guitaring..
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: davemoss on September 16, 2009, 09:10:45 am
"While My Guitar Gently Weeps"

...and it's not mu guitar that's weeping!
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Martin on September 16, 2009, 05:00:27 pm
"While My Guitar Gently Weeps"

...and it's not mu guitar that's weeping!

Awesome song!!! And dang, how many artists has played it? :) I love it.
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Sl8sh on September 17, 2009, 12:11:22 am
Must *eye twitching* find *twitch, twitch* a song *twitch* TO PLAY!!!!!!!! *explodes from frustration*. 
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Cue Zephyr on September 17, 2009, 01:24:41 am
I started using the powerchord-ish shiftable chord shapes (like 079900 to form an E with no 3rd, or 799800 to form a weird B chord) to play some songs.
I think they're kinda lame though.
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: close2u on September 17, 2009, 06:45:41 am
I started using the powerchord-ish shiftable chord shapes (like 079900 to form an E with no 3rd, or 799800 to form a weird B chord) to play some songs.
I think they're kinda lame though.

lame ?? just gotta find the song to place them in ... see the 2 Dylan song extracts I did on youtube ... or stick them into Like A Rolling Stone key of E ... start on E move upto finish on A open barre chord and B open barre chord ...the one you mention ... (with chordslike those in You're A Big Girl Now inbetween) ... or, with similar chords, Who Knows Where The Time Goes
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Cue Zephyr on September 17, 2009, 03:33:49 pm
Lame because it's a bit too easy. xDD
Nevermind. :P
I put them to use in some songs where they were actually used.
I'm not gonna put the names of the songs here though. :p
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Sl8sh on September 17, 2009, 10:06:32 pm
After seeing that G n R's song patience was taught by Justin, I now have a song to work on. 

 :D
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: julienarrijs on September 22, 2009, 03:08:22 pm
i'm working on "mystical potato head groove thing" by satriani...it's kinda weird :]
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Cue Zephyr on September 22, 2009, 04:03:05 pm
I started learning So Long, Goodbye by 10 Years.
The Am (Em shape, 5th fret) seems to give me trouble still (dammit).
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Quark on September 22, 2009, 05:01:00 pm
I am going to take a stab at blue jean blues.

W
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Sl8sh on September 23, 2009, 06:45:33 am
GnR's Patience is taking me a while to master but at least it's a good challenge. 
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: licksnkicks on September 24, 2009, 03:10:36 am
Last night I learned some new chords E7#9 and A7 which goes along perfectly with the E minor pentatonic scale.  So my teacher played the chords while I soloed and we just took turns.  How sweet the music was!  This was just too much fun.  I added a few bends here and there in the scale just for some variation.  The Vox DA5CL amp that we both have made it sound oh so fat!  Next week were going to take a go at the solo in Paranoid by Black Sabbath and that's in the E minor pentatonic scale as well.  This should be illegal cuz it's so much damned fun.

Licksnkicks
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: myfingertipshurt on September 24, 2009, 05:31:56 am
If You Want to Sing Out, Sing Out by Cat Stevens (http://www.justinguitarcommunity.com/index.php?topic=17116.msg122661#msg122661)

And I'm ultra excited about it. I think I can play it all pretty well if I can just get better at my G to Fmaj7 chord changes.

I also intend to spend some time trying to figure out what the hell a scale is, and go over some of the other lessons on the site.
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: close2u on September 24, 2009, 06:29:02 am
If You Want to .... I think I can play it all pretty well if I can just get better at my G to Fmaj7 chord changes.
....
 (http://www.justinguitarcommunity.com/index.php?topic=17116.msg122661#msg122661)

try playing G with fingers 2, 3 and 4 and finger 1 'hanging' ready to lead that chord change
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: myfingertipshurt on September 24, 2009, 07:38:27 am
I've been trying that, as it was suggested in the video I'm learning the song from.

But man is it not working.

If I have my pinky down on the 1st string my ring finger just doesn't naturally wanna seem to go to that top string, and vice versa.

I can play it, note for note, like that, if I REALLY try but man that is not going to come naturally.
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: schect on September 24, 2009, 12:36:50 pm
"Sultans of Swing" - Thank you Justin

First time I've tried playing without a pick, boy do I suck at it!
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: davemoss on September 24, 2009, 01:27:08 pm
Everybody Hurts by REM is a nice easy song to start finger-picking. I just run through it nice and slowly for about 5 minutes a day and it's coming along. :)
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: licksnkicks on October 01, 2009, 01:15:59 am
I'm learning the G7, GMaj7 and Gmin7 chords, licks from the solo in Black Sabbath's Paranoid song and natural harmonics on the 5th, 7th, and 12th frets.  They sound totally cool and not that hard to do once you get the hang of them.  (http://www.websmileys.com/sm/fingers/fing24.gif)

Licksnkicks
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Cue Zephyr on October 01, 2009, 03:25:49 pm
I'm trying to 'sing' along with what I play on the guitar.
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: licksnkicks on October 01, 2009, 03:37:42 pm
I'm trying to 'sing' along with what I play on the guitar.

Good for you that you can sing.  I betcha you sound pretty okay.  I can sing but I sound like a bull frog with something caught in it's throat.  I'm not always on key and my hubby often tells me to "shut up" jokingly.  He says if he wants to hear the song that I'm trying to sing he would rather put on the CD and listen to the song rather than me trying to sing it or rather croak it.  lol

Licksnkicks
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Vincent on October 01, 2009, 03:55:15 pm
I went for my first live lesson Monday.  The guy was apparently impressed with what I had accomplished on my own.  My head told me that this was just "teacher praising Student" to build confidence. I was still proud to hear the words even though they might not have been 100% sincere.

Anyhow....he decided to turn me loose on the Let It Be solo.  He transcribed the first 2 "phrases" and time ran out.  I spent the last 2 evenings transcribing the rest and think I got it down.  Currently, I'm working on getting some of the slides and timing of them cleaned up at about 60% tempo.  Once thats cleaned up and under my fingers - I'll work on speeding it up.

Friends ask if the lesson was worth it money wise.....hard to tell.  I left with more confidence but I can't say that I "learned" anything.  I gotta give the guy a break, he had no idea where I was or where I wanna be.  I'm gonna give him 3 more shots and make a call on "value" after that.
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: LievenDV on October 01, 2009, 04:10:03 pm

 I can sing but I sound like a bull frog with something caught in it's throat. 

Jeremiah was a bullfrog,
he was good friend of mine.
I never understood a single word he said
but I helped him drink his wine


hehe had to do that    CCR :p


vincent; good plan.
ask him what he thinks about your level, what needs training and how he's goign to handle that

you'll have an immediate idea on how he assesses the situation and how well his view is :)
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Cue Zephyr on October 01, 2009, 06:45:29 pm
I'm trying to 'sing' along with what I play on the guitar.

Good for you that you can sing.  I betcha you sound pretty okay.  I can sing but I sound like a bull frog with something caught in it's throat.  I'm not always on key and my hubby often tells me to "shut up" jokingly.  He says if he wants to hear the song that I'm trying to sing he would rather put on the CD and listen to the song rather than me trying to sing it or rather croak it.  lol

Licksnkicks
You should be encouraged by someone like that, not made fun of. :)

Who said I can actually sing? :P
I got a 9/10 in class for singing, about 1.5 years ago, but something tells me that was just because I was the only one who played the guitar and sang at once.

I think I'm on key most of the time.
Recently I started checking out online vocal lessons, just like I follow online guitar lessons from Justin. :D
I have been doing them exercises for about a week or so and everytime after I finish I feel my voice being clearer and louder, with more tone.

I do however fall sometimes over 2 rhythms (singing and guitar) going at the same time, for instance I'm trying to play Dust In The Wind while singing the lyrics to it, and once I get to the Dm I mess up the singing part as well as the guitar bit.

I think I'm gonna record myself pretty soon... Not sure if I can find enough courage to put it on YouTube though. :D
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: licksnkicks on October 01, 2009, 10:23:40 pm
Right on Lieven with the CCR song.   lol

Cue Zephyr his kidding is all in good fun!

I was thinking of recording myself with the little song that I made up with the tiny solo too.  I just have to get the courage up. 

I told my teacher that I was using Justins site to learn from as well as what he is teaching me and he was very fine with that.  I would give your teacher a little bit of time or a couple of more lessons and then make a judgement call after all it's your money and your time.

Licksnkicks
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Cue Zephyr on October 02, 2009, 12:08:54 am
Cue Zephyr his kidding is all in good fun!
Ah alright then, good! :D

------------------------

How weird do you  think it is for a dude to cover a song that was originally sang by a girl one octave up?
Like, my vocal range is from E3 to C5, if I did that correctly...

Anyway, think I'd have to wait until I get the microphone I want, so I can reocrd my vocals with better quality, and then I can just plug my guitar in (I have a 2-channel interface yay).

Dammit I have to start working on my fingerstyle arrangement for 'an existing song' again...
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Sl8sh on October 02, 2009, 03:23:12 am
Singing and playing for me is really tough.  I can do one, or the other but not both yet......at least not really well.  As much as I can count, singing is where I truly do things by ear.  My range, the last it was checked, was from C3 to A5 naturally which is almost three octaves.  I like that I have vocal range and an immense amount of vocal control, but it's no use when you have no idea what you're doing.  And I can't sing without the record.  I sing on key without it but for whatever reason I sing in a different key and on tune when the record is not playing.     
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: JoeShmo on October 02, 2009, 04:17:05 am
Have you tried just singing with the metronome, then singing and playing together?
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Cue Zephyr on October 02, 2009, 01:50:07 pm
C3 to A5 is pretty impressive.
I usually practice very very slowly to listen where the syllables go while playing guitar, to make sure I do it right.
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: julienarrijs on October 02, 2009, 02:45:14 pm
i'm working on

-"constant motion" from Dream theater, i'm working on the rythm parts.. a few cool riffs if you dig metal..quiet easy to grasp too.
-"Air" from jason becker, one of the best in neoclassical...this thing is quiet HARD, i migh be on it for quiet a while
-"Tears in the rain" from joe satriani, from justin lessons, it's very relaxing and beautiful song
-the solo from "everyday i have the blues " from john mayer trio

i'm kinda multitasking here :) i always work that way, i can't stay focus for too long on one song, it bores me.
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Tourniquet on October 02, 2009, 02:48:26 pm
I found this chart in wikipedia and thought it rather interesting.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vocal_range#Vocal_range_in_terms_of_frequency
It compares vocalist ranges and instrument ranges in one chart
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Cue Zephyr on October 02, 2009, 02:51:29 pm
Heh cool, I've seen that one before!
Someone told me I'm a baritone, but I'm not sure if that is correct or not, since I can't really find a clear answer...
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: zkash_guitarist on October 02, 2009, 04:08:06 pm
Ok this is gonna be a bit long post(pls. bear with me ;)), in the past week I have:

Transcribed: Highway to Hell(Rhythm) and Rock 'n Roll Train(Rhythm), and have started on on Money for Nothing at the Knebworth Charity 1990(Knopfler not Clapton's part, gonna leave it for my friend:)).

Songs Learned from Justin:  Most of Sultans of Swing(still got to learn the 2nd solo)

Techniques Learned from Justin: Standard Vibrato(got the classical and free under my belt)

@Cue Zepher: How can you know your vocal range and voice type etc...?
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Tourniquet on October 02, 2009, 04:09:44 pm
Heh cool, I've seen that one before!
Someone told me I'm a baritone, but I'm not sure if that is correct or not, since I can't really find a clear answer...

It's the more common male range. so it's a good bet.
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Cue Zephyr on October 02, 2009, 08:14:54 pm
I just went and pressed some keys on an old keyboard, I quickly discovered that my vocal range was around E3 to C5.
If I can go fluently to head voice I could make it up to Bb5.
Haha, I recorded myself (guitar into computer) a couple of mins ago. :P
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Sl8sh on October 02, 2009, 11:59:58 pm
C3 to A5 is pretty impressive.
I usually practice very very slowly to listen where the syllables go while playing guitar, to make sure I do it right.

Like I said, that was checked a long time ago.  I still sing along with my records but I don't know where my voice sits now.  It might be a little less because I didn't do it as consistently than when I did it a long time ago. 
I found this chart in wikipedia and thought it rather interesting.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vocal_range#Vocal_range_in_terms_of_frequency
It compares vocalist ranges and instrument ranges in one chart

I'm saving that.  French Horn is considered an Alto instrument in its voicing (it has 4 octaves with techinically two others that are in debate in the instruments range, so technically 6 octaves), but seeing the range of the guitar was interesting. 
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Cue Zephyr on October 03, 2009, 12:41:07 am
According to the chart I'm not a baritone but I float somewhere betwen the tenor and the alto.

Oh well, I'm still trying to learn the lyrics and the chord sequences (I know the chords, I tend to mess up the order) of More Than Words by Extreme.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J9CeNo4Q7p0 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J9CeNo4Q7p0)
Can anyone tell me what is happening at 4:59? I'm pretty sure that it's some tapping going on, but I'm not sure how and where. :P
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: myfingertipshurt on October 03, 2009, 09:25:28 am
Wait a minute...

I thought that was Three Dog Night, not CCR.

Did CCR cover it?

Either way they're both fantastic. (See page 8 of this thread if you have absolutely no idea what I'm talking about)
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Quark on October 03, 2009, 02:37:19 pm
Quote
Wait a minute...

I thought that was Three Dog Night, not CCR.

Hoyt Axton actually wrote the song. Three Dog Night performed it.

W
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: JimmyPaged7195 on October 03, 2009, 08:45:57 pm
I am learing tars in heaven by Eric clapton :)
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: routerbooter on October 03, 2009, 09:41:53 pm
Don't know about anyone else, but I'm trying to learn to concentrate on getting the basics right without trying to jump too far ahead of myself.  Takes a bit of discipline to get the acoustic out and keep going through the chord changes, strumming and scales, when my Epi LP is sitting there in the corner willing me to try the Stairway To Heaven solo. 
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Cue Zephyr on October 03, 2009, 11:17:05 pm
I've just tried to play a Christmas (yes indeed, I'm early once again) song(s), and they were just a tad more difficult than I had expected...
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Sl8sh on October 04, 2009, 01:53:48 am
According to the chart I'm not a baritone but I float somewhere betwen the tenor and the alto.


According to the chart I fall between a tenor and alto as well, however, I can go in the soprano range.  This was discovered when I had my range checked and I was told (although I'm really skeptical about this) that I am a Mezzo Alto.  I'm skeptical because there's alot of airy sounds (which is normally indicated by very little if not zero air support) in that range.  I was told that I could do exercises to improve the tone but I'm very leary that anything above A5 is naturally in my vocal range.  Same with anything below C3. 
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Gold Top on October 04, 2009, 02:19:02 am
I'm working on ZZ top's Sharp Dress Man. The solo is killing me cause i have nothing to look at and can not find a great tab off the web. But oh well.
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Linsen on October 04, 2009, 02:50:22 am
I went back to trying Desecration Smile recently - which was one of the first songs I wanted to play - and discovered that I'm not that far off anymore. So I'm practicing that, although singing to it kills me. I'm having a hard enough time hitting the notes when I'm not playing the guitar, but singing along is, well, kind of cack, tbh.

The other song I'm currently working on is Beginner's Luck by Eels - off-beat strumming in the verse and the prechorus, so, much like Desecration Smile, I'm kind of way ahead of myself on that one, too. But, than again, it's good practice, even if it will take me quite a while before I'll be able to play it somewhat satisfactorily. But that's basically no different from everything else I'm practicing. :)
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: routerbooter on October 04, 2009, 12:27:02 pm
I'm working on ZZ top's Sharp Dress Man. The solo is killing me cause i have nothing to look at and can not find a great tab off the web. But oh well.
I guess it would be a good time for you to try transcribing?
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Cue Zephyr on October 04, 2009, 12:57:24 pm
I'm working on ZZ top's Sharp Dress Man. The solo is killing me cause i have nothing to look at and can not find a great tab off the web. But oh well.
I guess it would be a good time for you to try transcribing?

Go get Transcribe!, it's an awesome application and I can't live without it anymore.
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Sl8sh on October 04, 2009, 05:41:55 pm
I'd use it if I could afford it.  I'm really financially tight right now.  So I tend to try to transribe the old fashion way of listen to a song until you get sick and then for some miraculous reason you figure it out on the guitar.  In situations like this I let my fingers to the talking and I don't think about the song I'm trying to figure out.  I've gotten to the point where I can recognize chords (not alot but a good enough amount) but it's solo's that are killing me right now.   
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: zkash_guitarist on October 04, 2009, 05:44:51 pm
I'd use it if I could afford it.  I'm really financially tight right now.  So I tend to try to transribe the old fashion way of listen to a song until you get sick and then for some miraculous reason you figure it out on the guitar.  In situations like this I let my fingers to the talking and I don't think about the song I'm trying to figure out.  I've gotten to the point where I can recognize chords (not alot but a good enough amount) but it's solo's that are killing me right now.   

I also use the old-fashioned way. But I'm the opposite of you! It's the chords that are killing me :D!
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Sl8sh on October 04, 2009, 05:47:12 pm
That's interesting, the fact that we have opposite problems when transcribing.  Sometime's I get pieces to solo's but it's still hard to transcribe the rhythm on paper when there are bends because the duration of a bend is up to the player.  That's where I get rhythmically lost.  On top of knowing what scale or key I'm in. 
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: zkash_guitarist on October 04, 2009, 05:52:49 pm
  Yeah, that's interesting. The problem with chords for me are that finding out which key I'm in, but I find out after I transcribe solos!
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Cue Zephyr on October 04, 2009, 07:22:21 pm
I only recognize chords once they're put into context, because I play quite a lot of songs where a capo is used.

Anyway, we also have Audacity, not sure about the slowed-down-audio quality opposed to Transcribe!, but hey.
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Sl8sh on October 04, 2009, 09:26:26 pm
Audacity is a program like transcribe? 
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: LievenDV on October 04, 2009, 09:47:39 pm
no audacity is more a program like goldwave or like cooledit later named to soundbooth when acquired by Adobe
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Cue Zephyr on October 04, 2009, 09:54:48 pm
I've always found that weird, they have SoundBooth and Audition...
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Sl8sh on October 04, 2009, 10:12:47 pm
Okay. 
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: LievenDV on October 05, 2009, 08:07:56 am
I've always found that weird, they have SoundBooth and Audition...

here's a comparsion, although it doesn't tell you much details

http://www.adobe.com/products/soundbooth/compare/

it's possible they worked out uadition based on cooledit because I remember audition the longest.
audition was also the product you got refered to when you tried to download a trial for cooledit :)

Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Cue Zephyr on October 05, 2009, 03:53:20 pm
SoundBooth came around when CS3 was released, I think.
Audition has been arond for longer I think.
Edit: @LievenDV: Thanks, so Audition actually was the right choice for me. :)
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Sl8sh on October 05, 2009, 06:38:05 pm
Now we're getting into equipment that I am unfamiliar with. 
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Cue Zephyr on October 05, 2009, 07:52:07 pm
I just figured out about 80% of Rolling Stones -  Wild Horses in 5 mintes and 45 seconds.
How so precisely? That's the length of the track. :P
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Sl8sh on October 05, 2009, 11:09:08 pm
Wow.  It takes me longer to transcribe stuff.  Maybe I need more work on transcribing. 
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Cue Zephyr on October 06, 2009, 01:27:09 am
Wow.  It takes me longer to transcribe stuff.  Maybe I need more work on transcribing.  
It's not wow at all, here's some more detail.
It's nothing detailed, I think I got all the chords down during that single playback, it's really really easy, that might have been why I got it down that quick. I came up with the chords G, C, D, Am, Bm. Also got down 2 riffs that happen in the song, the C to D strum and the G-Gsus4'ish thigny.

If I'd do it the true way I'd usually do it it'd take me hours because I tend to go really really detailed, and then just forsake most of the work I put into the writing of the tabs and then just play something that sounds close enough.
Oh well, it is a good practice anyway.
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Sl8sh on October 06, 2009, 03:58:43 am
Everyone transcribes in their own way and process I think. 
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: licksnkicks on October 07, 2009, 04:38:38 am
i'm working on
-"constant motion" from Dream theater, i'm working on the rythm parts.. a few cool riffs if you dig metal..quiet easy to grasp too.
-"Air" from jason becker, one of the best in neoclassical...

I love Dream Theatre.  There music is very emotional for me.  It reaches out an touches me like no other kind music style can.  I love there album Six degrees of inner turbulence.  I still listen to it at least once a week.

Jason Becker was amazing and too bad about his MS.  Diseases know no boundaries.  He is absolutely an amazing  guitar player.  It makes me so sad to know that he can never play again.

I'm learning barre chords and holy mother of god there not easy!I can get some of the strings to ring out while others are muted . 

Licksnkicks
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: zkash_guitarist on October 07, 2009, 05:39:40 pm
"I'm learning barre chords and holy mother of god there not easy!I can get some of the strings to ring out while others are muted . "

Definitely. OK now I've started Whole Lotta Rosie(as always Malcolm's rhythm part). I've left Money for Nothing, and started transcribing "Walk of Life".



Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Sl8sh on October 07, 2009, 05:55:44 pm
I've gotten farther in A Modern Method for Guitar Book 1.  However, I'm learning Hall of the Moutain King on piano (by myself) and maybe I'll figure out a way to play it on guitar like Apocalyptica.  Except they use distorted cellos!  Awesome!!!
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Quark on October 07, 2009, 07:11:37 pm
SRV's version of Willie Dixon's "You'll be Mine"

W
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Sl8sh on October 08, 2009, 04:40:34 am
Also I'm working on French Horn concerto's for auditions. 

 :P

Not fun when you have to play both expressively and rhythmically correct with a metronome with correct style of playing.  More complex than guitar.  Chugg straight eighth notes, head bang, and have fun.  That I can do. 
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: julienarrijs on October 09, 2009, 12:50:29 pm
to licksnkicks :

well hang in there ! you also have to consider the fact when playing bar chords, that your skin, even on the side of your fingers, might be a little too soft, after some practice it'll get thicker and the bar chords won't require as much pressure to ring clearly.

I mostly play lead guitar and solos, i do not fancy much playing rythm, so i don't play bar chords much, when i get back to something with bar chords it usually takes me a couple day to get them clear again.

when i started to learn the guitar i was playing mostly rythm and my bar chords soon became where very good even on my high action acoustic with 12-53 strings on it...i remember that i used the song "coffee and tv" from blur as a bar chords workout, since justin version is an only bar chords one...plus it's really easy to get, u'll get it down in like 10 mins and it's quiet catchy ! ...in fact i think i might even make it a part of my routine again.
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: LievenDV on October 09, 2009, 01:15:18 pm
I'm working on the solo's of november rain.. for solo 3 I find remembering the notes harder than playing them ;o
practice practice practice !  :)
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: zkash_guitarist on October 09, 2009, 02:12:36 pm
I'm working on the solo's of november rain.. for solo 3 I find remembering the notes harder than playing them ;o
practice practice practice !  :)

  Cool! I've always had trouble memorising Slash solos.
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Sl8sh on October 09, 2009, 04:08:31 pm
Slash's solo's are the best challenge ever for me to play.  There's a mix of style's and technique's that he uses. 
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Cue Zephyr on October 11, 2009, 05:01:47 pm
I kinda got Blackbird sorted... I was going to post it here but I changed my mind.
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: close2u on October 11, 2009, 06:21:45 pm
post it ... don't tease

 :D
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Cue Zephyr on October 11, 2009, 07:13:03 pm
Nah I'd be feeling terribly out of place even more than now.
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Sl8sh on October 11, 2009, 08:14:18 pm
My guitar teacher just this past friday is teaching me the lead parts to Pardise City and Sweet Child O' Mine.  I got the rhythm parts down, but after he saw how quickly I was picking up what he was teaching me he's started me on lead so we'll see how it goes. 
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: agj on October 11, 2009, 10:15:02 pm
2 songs I'm learning at the moment, Justin's new video, Needle and the Damage Done, I wasn't familier with the song but I came up with a similar riff/chord progresion/melody ages ago and was struck on how to build on it then I saw Justins' latest offering.  The other one is Little Wing, only just started, again from Justins' lessons.
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Sl8sh on October 11, 2009, 11:37:34 pm
Quick question:

Does anyone know where to get blank CD's that you can record or copy music too?  There are songs that I want to learn with my teacher and the CD's that I was using, my computer spit them out several times because in the end they weren't correctly formatted.  I think I have to get new CD's. 

Help? 
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: myfingertipshurt on October 12, 2009, 08:28:01 am
@ Sl8sh
I just buy mine from Wal-Mart.

I usually get the cheapest ones available.

Sounds like you may be using CD-Rs that somebody has already tried to write to and failed.
If you've already used some CD burning program to initiate the write process it turns said CD into a beer coaster.

Does your family have access to your stash? lol

Maybe you just got a bad batch of CDs (dunno if that even happens).

Less likely of an explanation, is your CD-R drive in good working order? How long has it been burning CDs fine for ya?


More to the thread topic I just started wonderwall! I keep finding myself adding a bunch of extra strumming and playing with the melody and just downright improvising and jamming out. This is probably bad, trying to learn the song for what it is, but damn is it a blast.
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Sl8sh on October 12, 2009, 05:55:25 pm
I've never burned a CD before but I have all the appropriate programs to do so.  I'll see if there's a Wal Mart near where I live.  However, I saw some at Target.  Maybe I'll go there.......
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: yallu on October 12, 2009, 06:19:16 pm
I'm trying to widen my (still very much narrow) horizons position and lick wise. I'm jammin with BB King, slowish songs like "I'll Survive", "There Must Be A Better World Somewhere", "Guess Who", "Ghetto Woman", "Please Accept My Love", "Sweet Sixteen" etc. Not trying to play his solos but just playing with him so to speak :). Great tool for me to get new (much needed) depth to my playing. I was a bit stuck on pretty monotonic scales up and down with the compulsory bends, very shallow, very "mathematical", no soul... I feel I'm making real progress now - sounding better day by day. :) But it's hard on my fingertips, I suddenly find myself playing 3-4 hrs in a row bending hard and not even knowing passing of time... Still, I love it! ;D

Anyways, any other BB style artists with slowish blues songs you can recommend?
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: schect on October 12, 2009, 08:18:31 pm
Getting ready for a small jam session so working on:

Let's Stay Together - Al Green
The Weight - The Band
Midnight Hour - Wicked Wilson Pickett
Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood - The Animals
Green River - CCR
Stray Cat Strut - Stray Cats, trying to clean up the solo
solos for Get Back
I Can See Clearly - Johnny Nash
Love Potion Number 9 - Searchers
and a few others

It's all great fun!
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Lucianot on October 12, 2009, 08:43:06 pm
I'm trying to learn "Capricho Arabe" on the classic guitar. I've got some by ear so checked a couple of videos and I wasn't so far so I'll give a try, I got the first couple of bars but is not easy, I am too slow at the moment.
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Linsen on October 12, 2009, 09:25:39 pm
Since I just figured out for the 5th time within the last 3 months that I'm fretting the strings as if I was trying to drive them through the fingerboard, I'll be making extremely conscious efforts now to work on a much lighter touch. That should help me not only to be able to play for much longer without fatigue and change chords so much easier, it should also get rid of those deeps grooves in my fingertips over time, I reckon.  :P
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Sl8sh on October 13, 2009, 01:51:55 am
I've made further progress in my Modern Method for Guitar Book 1.  And I think I managed (with my guitar teacher's help) to figure out the rest of the intro solo to Paradise City.  I'm not sure, but I'm going to surprise him on friday. 
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Lucianot on October 13, 2009, 09:02:28 am
That should help me not only to be able to play for much longer without fatigue and change chords so much easier, it should also get rid of those deeps grooves in my fingertips over time, I reckon.  :P

Yes, tension is the enemy, I should work on that too.
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Dan Graves on October 13, 2009, 01:53:53 pm
it should also get rid of those deeps grooves in my fingertips over time, I reckon.  :P

Don't bet on it, i've been playing for 11 years now, still get the grooves, even with calluses.
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: myfingertipshurt on October 13, 2009, 01:55:53 pm
Since I just figured out for the 5th time within the last 3 months that I'm fretting the strings as if I was trying to drive them through the fingerboard, I'll be making extremely conscious efforts now to work on a much lighter touch. That should help me not only to be able to play for much longer without fatigue and change chords so much easier, it should also get rid of those deeps grooves in my fingertips over time, I reckon.  :P

I just had the same amazing realization, as I was playing with my capo.

I was like "Man, the string aren't touching the fretboard, but yet I'm afraid I'm about to break my capo tightening it." That I was like "OOOOOH! THE STRINGS ONLY NEED TO TOUCH THE FRETS!"

Frets are actually defined as the little metal bar, so only enough pressure needs to be applied to touch the string to said little metal bar.
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Sl8sh on October 14, 2009, 02:48:15 am
I finally got blank CD's today.  Will start burning the songs I want to learn sometime between tonight and tomorrow. 
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: licksnkicks on October 14, 2009, 03:28:59 am
Learned how to play natural harmonics all over the neck and it sounds so awesomely cool.  I just have to remember a very light touch on the strings is all that is needed.  Delving further into the solo on Ozzy's Paranoid song.  Also got those nasty bar chords almost down to a science with of course Justins advice of using the side of your barring finger and of course still practicing my scales but now they don't sound like boring scales as I'm finally able to let loose and make up songs out of the scales as I go along.  So much to learn and so much to practice but having a blast doing so.

Licksnkicks
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Sl8sh on October 14, 2009, 04:47:49 am
I have to ask LnK:  What is a natural harmonic on the guitar? 
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Cue Zephyr on October 14, 2009, 02:49:05 pm
I think I want to learn McKee's Rylynn. I only got up to the tuning and some little bits that I could pick out. :P
I only seem to have a blast with learning songs, practicing specific things never gets me going, if I need it i will eventually learn it anyway... :D
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: julienarrijs on October 14, 2009, 03:11:00 pm
I have to ask LnK:  What is a natural harmonic on the guitar? 

natural harmonic as oposed to pinch harmonics (i'm guessing your familiar with those :) ) are just the combination of picking the string and applying a really soft pressure on the string (not making the string touching the fret, you just softly touch the string) on the 12th, 7th, 5th fret (right on the fret not before) wich lets the harmonic rings. SRV does it in Lenny for example. It works on all the frets but it's a lil more tricky since on the 3rd fret the harmonic will ring on 3.2 rd and not right on the fret so you have to get used to those particular spacings to get it right...wich requires much training :)

i hope i made it clear...i think justin has a lesson on it.
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: PJMCM on October 14, 2009, 04:32:30 pm
I have to ask LnK:  What is a natural harmonic on the guitar? 

Go here http://www.justinguitar.com/en/AA-000-LessonIndex.php and scroll down to the Techniques section, where there are lessons on different types of Harmonics.

Peter
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Kevin A on October 14, 2009, 04:39:45 pm
Currently going through a range of songs and trying to delvelop my singing/playing technique and also experiment with strumming patterns
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Sl8sh on October 14, 2009, 05:36:11 pm
Thanks guys for the links.  I feel like an idiot.  I've been so busy with homework and college applications.  However, I've managed my time better so that way I can still play a little guitar. 
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Cue Zephyr on October 14, 2009, 06:19:37 pm
Thanks guys for the links.  I feel like an idiot.  I've been so busy with homework and college applications.  However, I've managed my time better so that way I can still play a little guitar. 
Good, because here the homework makes way for the guitar. :P
Currently going through a range of songs and trying to delvelop my singing/playing technique and also experiment with strumming patterns

Cool! :)
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Sl8sh on October 15, 2009, 09:15:27 pm
I'm now on page 20, 21-ish of A Modern Method for Guitar book 1.  And I now have the first part of the intro solo to paradise city down almost at tempo.  However, there are some tricky things that I can hear that I can't do yet.  Almost there though. 
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Cue Zephyr on October 15, 2009, 09:17:33 pm
Is there anyone on here that can play Rylynn by Andy McKee?
Just wondering... ;)
I want to learn it sometime.
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Sl8sh on October 16, 2009, 03:52:49 am
No.  Intersting song though.  I looked it up. 
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: myfingertipshurt on October 16, 2009, 06:44:48 am
I'm hoping that if I ever master this F barre I will try Already Gone by the Eagles.
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: zkash_guitarist on October 16, 2009, 07:09:12 am
  F chord in Already Gone? ???
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: myfingertipshurt on October 16, 2009, 09:23:43 am
going off this (http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/tabs/e/eagles/already_gone_ver2_crd.htm)
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: zkash_guitarist on October 17, 2009, 08:24:27 am
  If I were you, I wouldn't trust that tab. Some chords aren't even in the key of G. ::)
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Strat0Blues on October 17, 2009, 03:49:23 pm
Finally learning some bluesy rhythm ;D
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Sl8sh on October 18, 2009, 11:48:38 pm
Finally learned the rhythm guitar part to TNT.  I could never figure out the rhythm when I listened to it so my teacher showed me.  Except this upcoming friday is my last lesson.  I could only pay for three lessons with my birthday money.  I'll find a way to go back and get more lessons!!!

Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: bunnahowen on October 19, 2009, 12:01:49 am
I just got back from my guitar lesson with my teacher and I am learning Lynard Skynards Simple man.  It's not that hard but takes a lot of concentration.  It's always fun to learn something thats also a challenge.

So tell me, WHAT ARE YOU LEARNING NOW? I'm always interested in what everybody is learning.  We can always trade little tips and tricks.

Licksnkicks

I am just finishing stage three of the beginners course and making steady progress but i wanted to share that yesterday when i started practising my guitar really spoke to me for the first time. i was able to form chords with less pressure and strum gently and the buzzes disappeared or at least most of them. it was truly magical. managing to sing a few Hank Williams songs that do not use too many chords. In particular " May you never be alone". Started looking at the Lisa Hannigan song LIlle and managed to sing along using E and A quite effectively. Capo on 2nd fret. Could probably do with a couple more chords to improve it further. Any suggestions welcomed.
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: licksnkicks on October 19, 2009, 05:46:37 am
I'm hoping that if I ever master this F barre I will try Already Gone by the Eagles.
I have to ask LnK:  What is a natural harmonic on the guitar?  

natural harmonic as oposed to pinch harmonics (i'm guessing your familiar with those :) ) are just the combination of picking the string and applying a really soft pressure on the string (not making the string touching the fret, you just softly touch the string) on the 12th, 7th, 5th fret (right on the fret not before) wich lets the harmonic rings. SRV does it in Lenny for example. It works on all the frets but it's a lil more tricky since on the 3rd fret the harmonic will ring on 3.2 rd and not right on the fret so you have to get used to those particular spacings to get it right...wich requires much training :)

i hope i made it clear...i think justin has a lesson on it.


Hey Myfingertipshurt about that stupid F barre chord it's just a matter of turn your barring finger sort of on it's side if that was the problem and if not tell us what's going on with that effing F chord and we'll  try to help you with it.

Julie aren't natkural harmonics a blast.  I love doing them on the 5 th, 7th, and 12th fets where they sound so cool.  Now I'm starting to find them all over the neck and my next challenge is to compose a song just using natural harmonics.  

Forgot to add that I'm finally starting to learn Ain't talking bout love by Van Halen and I have the first part of the intro down cold.  I will practice this song forever how long it takes me.

Licksnkicks





Lnk




Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: zkash_guitarist on October 19, 2009, 02:14:14 pm
  Learned the You Shook Me All Night Long solo(courtesy of Justin), and Smells Like Teen Spirit(courtesy of Marty). Also I have become Thunderstruck(hope you understand the little joke ;))
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: julienarrijs on October 19, 2009, 02:33:42 pm





Julie aren't natkural harmonics a blast.  I love doing them on the 5 th, 7th, and 12th fets where they sound so cool.  Now I'm starting to find them all over the neck and my next challenge is to compose a song just using natural harmonics.  


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well to be honest i use them sometimes but i'm not as enthousiast about it as you seem to be

nevertheless there's something that can inspire you in your composition challenge , the 7 seconds at the beginning of the video are mostly harmonics.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YK57dUuaYpY&feature=PlayList&p=5B53588EC6D9C949&index=0&playnext=1
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: licksnkicks on October 19, 2009, 11:14:05 pm
Thanks Julie for the link.  An absolutely amazing song!!  It just makes me miserable though to think that Jason Becker will never play again because of his MS!  Damned disease knows no boundaries!! :( :'(

Licksnkicks
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Sl8sh on October 20, 2009, 01:09:41 am
Currently playing with my whammy bar on all of my excercises I've taught myself so far out of A Modern Method for Guitar Book 1.  LOVE THE WHAMMY BAR!!!!!!!!!!!  The great thing about having it, is my strings don't go out of tune.  My bridge is interesting.  The whole bridge goes up and down when you push the whammy bar down.
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: julienarrijs on October 20, 2009, 08:39:43 am
Thanks Julie for the link.  An absolutely amazing song!!  It just makes me miserable though to think that Jason Becker will never play again because of his MS!  Damned disease knows no boundaries!! :( :'(

Licksnkicks

just so you know i'm Julien...i'm a dude :)

and yup becker is such an inspiration to me, one amazing payer and composer.
i've been learning that song "air", and it's actually not as hard as it seems. memorizing all the positions is quiet a challenge though...you might wanna give it a try if you feel like pushing your boundaries a lil .
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Sl8sh on October 20, 2009, 05:24:35 pm
Learnt some more pieces out of my book and more parts to Sweet Child of Mine. 
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Dan Graves on October 20, 2009, 06:07:15 pm
Busy learning how to play Pearl Jam's "Jeremy" on my new Schecter Omen 8 string bass.
A bit harder then a 12 string guitar, and a lot harder then i expected.
But i shall shall learn this tune on this bass, even if it means playing 2 hours a day and dropping my regular guitar practice.
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Sl8sh on October 20, 2009, 08:38:46 pm
I plan to eventually learn bass.  Guitar first, then bass.  Although I don't understand why luthier's or manufacturer's wanted to expand the range of the bass by making traditional 4 string basses then 5 string basses, 6 string basses and 7 string basses.  This confuses me because the bass is one octave lower than the guitar but if you keep adding strings, eventually you get into the range of the guitar.  I don't quite get the point but enough of my ranting. 
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Dan Graves on October 20, 2009, 08:55:33 pm
Again, you are being silly.
You know how a 12 string guitar works and looks ?
Take that idea, and then use it for a bass.
4x2 strings, one normal, one an octave higher.
You have a lot to learn about instruments, grashopper  ;D
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Cue Zephyr on October 20, 2009, 09:32:37 pm
Yeah, the range is extended away from the guitar's range, not towards it.
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Bootstrap on October 21, 2009, 01:33:39 am
Transcribing  :)

Inspired by the TV Blog lesson I've finally got in the saddle and downloaded the Transcribe software. Giddyup!

For the life of me I cannot tell one chord from another yet - well I can with open chords played on an acoustic with no other sound going on, but when it is in a song I have nfi - too much happening for my novice ear.

So - I decided to start on just single notes and found I can do this (very slowly) - currently working on Pipeline. I've got the major riff sussed and it is a buzz to be able to play along with the record and have it sound good - now trying to work out the two higher riffs but I'm struggling to identify the start note - just have to keep plugging away I guess.

I've got the worlds supply of surf music and guitar instrumentals on my iPod so they should keep me going for a while :) Hopefuly this will lead to better chord recognition or at least the base note (of the chord).

All good!

Cheers, Bootstrap
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Bootstrap on October 21, 2009, 01:21:28 pm
Clarification - by "higher riffs" - I actually mean the piano parts. Made a start tonight - it starts at high A (E string 5th fret or better still 14th fret on the G string).

I've got the first couple of bars of the piano bit but this transcribing lark is very hard for this little tone deaf duck.

Still it is what I am learning now :)
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: licksnkicks on October 21, 2009, 06:43:06 pm
Thanks Julie!

Licksnkicks

just so you know i'm Julien...i'm a dude :)


JULIEN   I'm really sorry about that.  We all make mistakes.  People thought I was a dude until I mentioned fact that NOPE I ain't a dude but a dudette!  My bad! 

Anyhow that song you mention by Jason Becker, "AIR' is an amazing song.  I love that song and I it's very intricate it is.  I won't be in that league of playing for some time.  Have fun with the song and maybe you could post something on Youtube.  I would love to see you playing this song.

Licksnkicks
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: julienarrijs on October 21, 2009, 07:14:33 pm
Thanks Julie!

Licksnkicks

just so you know i'm Julien...i'm a dude :)


JULIEN   I'm really sorry about that.  We all make mistakes.  People thought I was a dude until I mentioned fact that NOPE I ain't a dude but a dudette!  My bad! 

Anyhow that song you mention by Jason Becker, "AIR' is an amazing song.  I love that song and I it's very intricate it is.  I won't be in that league of playing for some time.  Have fun with the song and maybe you could post something on Youtube.  I would love to see you playing this song.

Licksnkicks

no worries,

i knew you were a duddette :) well i've been mostly working on tears in the rain from satriani lately, i'm really starting to have a good feeling with that song...it's very emotional and i'm really trying to let my emotions flow and to let the song flow on my emotions while playing it. it's really a great feeling, it's the first song on wich i really feel like i'm starting to use it as a way to express feelings and stuff. i'm trying to just play it and think about technique at all..the thing is i'm playing it much better that way, it feels like my fingers find their way by themselves, it's quiet cool.

but i will eventually go back to learning "AIR" since jason becker is huge inspiration to me...and maybe once i feel like i have it under my fingers i might film it... if get over my camera-fright thing :)
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: licksnkicks on October 21, 2009, 10:18:32 pm
I had my lesson last night and my teacher is teaching me Hey Joe a Jimi Hendrix song as you know.  I'm learning this using the same chords but further up the neck with the good old cage method.  I'm understanding more of the cage theory especially with a hands on approach.  I'm still working on the solo to Ozzy's Paranoid and am starting to conquer it and sound much better so he just said stay with what I have and he didn't want to give me anymore.  My teacher and I also discussed the fact about making mistakes and how good they are to make the particularly if you learn from them.  Sometimes when a song is played inperfectly is sounds more human if you get my drift.  I just hated the fact of making mistakes in front of him and told him that it makes me play in more of an inhibited style.  I just hate the fact that after 7 1/2 months of playing that I would be playing a lot better than what I am and just knowing how excellent he is made me cringe whenever I made a mistake.  Mistakes are made for a reason!   Thank god I'm over this hangup.  It just held me back a little.

Lnk
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: myfingertipshurt on October 22, 2009, 06:25:03 am
I have begun work on the "House of the Rising Sun," "Zephyr Song," and "Mr. Jones."

Sounds like a lot to take in at once, but really what I mean by "working" on those songs is:

"DAMN THIS MOTHERF_-_-_- F BARRE CHORD"

I've been working on this one chord going over previous chords just long enough so I don't forget them then doing nothing but trying to play an F barre for at least an hour (minus several cigarettes) every freaking night, for two straight weeks, and I'm just now starting to be able to make every string ring out, let alone do that and finger it fast enough to even implement it into chord changes at the lowest setting on my metronome.

It is such a PITA. My pinky and the side of my finger are finally getting there callouses developed, and I can feel the muscle you use when you press your thumb on the fretboard getting stronger. Who would have thought I would have to develop a really weird little muscle I didn't even know existed to be able to play guitar.

licks, this is why I love learning on my own, "poor bloke" style, if you will. I can sit in my garage and sound just atrocious and nobody will hear me, I hope, then refine it before I let anybody hear it.

When my muscle starts to hurt from F I switch to wonderwall for a bit.
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: julienarrijs on October 22, 2009, 09:37:35 am
Sometimes when a song is played inperfectly is sounds more human if you get my drift. 
Lnk

well i remeber seeing a video from nuno bettencourt..a great inspiration to me as well....saying that when he was learning the guitar (the good old way, transcribing from records) he was trying to play a not for note thing but whenever he got the chance to see his guitar heros playing the same song he realised they played it much differently....wich he thought was a damn good thing...since what we should aspire to is to become our own guitar hero, with our own unique style...and as justin says "if it sounds good, it's good, if it sounds like xx--xx, it's xx--xx"...so if something a lil different from the original sounds good...it's good !   
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Cue Zephyr on October 22, 2009, 03:50:48 pm
I still do transcribing, and loving it even through the hard times it's giving me.
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: schect on October 22, 2009, 06:55:59 pm
Continuing on what Julien said about playing note for note. A few years ago I met Johny Lang on a golf course. We happen to be waiting on the same Tee. I told him our band played Lie to Me but of course I couldn't play it exactly like him. He said, "Doesn't matter, I probably never play it the same twice, just play in B and let it rip."

He was a pretty nice kid. Got his autograph on my score card.
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: licksnkicks on October 23, 2009, 06:39:55 am
Sometimes when a song is played inperfectly is sounds more human if you get my drift. 
Lnk

since what we should aspire to is to become our own guitar hero,  

Eloquently put.  I could not of said this better. 
A standing "O"!!

Licksnkicks
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Happy Jack on October 23, 2009, 07:43:11 am
Started Jimi Hendrix version of "All along The Watchtower" lots of barre chords with pull off hammer on fills. If you don't know what I mean see Justion's Hendrix Style Rhythm Guitar.

Doing part from tab, part transcribing and part impovisation - good fun - my timing is bloody awful though : ;D

Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: lorezolutions on October 23, 2009, 01:57:19 pm
nice interesting thread.

Myself, I've been working through the beginners course to see what I need to do to get back up to speed. I'm working mainly on the chord changes and rhythms up to level 5. As I used to play a bit a go some of the stuff is there and some of the stuff is hard to remember. I'm also working on a couple of the songs he recommends; Knocking on Heavens Door, Sitting on the dock of the Bay and Seven Nation Army.

On top of that I've been reading some theory and also going through my old notes from guitar lessons 20 years ago. I was shocked at what I was working on back then.

Main focus for the coming weeks is grooving the chord changes and making sure my left and right hands know what each other is doing. Making good, disciplined progress through the rest of the beginners course in time to play with the planned xmas present of the RUST dvd.
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Cue Zephyr on October 24, 2009, 12:36:23 am
I'm now experimenting with the DADGAD tuning.
I'm actually trying to write a song for a girl on YouTube, she asked me if I could write her a song.
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: zkash_guitarist on October 24, 2009, 01:04:16 pm
  Started transcribing Boulevard of Broken Dreams(finally), started experimenting with Open G tuning, and going to look at a few tabs for some 3 Days Grace Songs.
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: licksnkicks on October 24, 2009, 02:47:09 pm
Started Jimi Hendrix version of "All along The Watchtower" lots of barre chords with pull off hammer on fills. If you don't know what I mean see Justion's Hendrix Style Rhythm Guitar.

Doing part from tab, part transcribing and part impovisation - good fun - my timing is bloody awful though : ;D



The good thing though about Jimi's songs was that they were always full of improvisation.  You can't really follow tabs on his songs.

Lnk
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: zkash_guitarist on October 27, 2009, 04:14:56 pm
  Trying to learn this song by ear: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tcfiViHa1F4&feature=related

  I found it while watching a couple of Letterman re-runs.
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: schect on October 27, 2009, 06:34:30 pm
Working on the rhythm and solo for Nowhere Man. Which is kinda tough because they played the rhythm with a capo on 2 but the solo without a capo.

I'm going to have to get really good at getting that capo on and off faster. :)
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Muffinz on October 27, 2009, 08:32:51 pm
Well, my guitar teacher says that I have to learn this bossa nova-song (Manha de Carnaval), so thats what i'm doing atm. If I wasnt busy with that I would probably be working on my pinch harmonics and the C-shape barre chord. I would also learn the rest of Crazy Train (chorus and some bits of the solo).
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: marcusmarkmus on October 27, 2009, 08:35:23 pm
i am learning all the 5 positions of the minor pentatonic scale in E, im NOT gonna stop until i can jam all over the neck naturally!!
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: close2u on October 27, 2009, 08:45:55 pm
@marcus ... wow    :o

I thought you maybe had that already
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: marcusmarkmus on October 28, 2009, 09:45:06 am
Nah, im a beast at playing position one and five, but the rest is foggy. Ive set myself a goal to memorize all the notes + make and learn at least a couple of cool licks in each position, and being able to change positions easily! I think im going to make a vid of it, to push myself.                     Its cool to read that you all practice much and really want to get better, i find it very motivating for myself =)
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: marcusmarkmus on October 28, 2009, 10:01:53 am
I meant pos. 1 and 4! Those where the ones i found easiest when i started
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: lorezolutions on October 28, 2009, 10:14:25 am
Working on the rhythm and solo for Nowhere Man. Which is kinda tough because they played the rhythm with a capo on 2 but the solo without a capo.

I'm going to have to get really good at getting that capo on and off faster. :)

Or buy a twin neck guitar!
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: julienarrijs on October 29, 2009, 01:32:17 pm
I meant pos. 1 and 4! Those where the ones i found easiest when i started

you should try to learn the positions just on string for example, all across the fretboard, to try to get outside the box and link all the positions in your mind..it helped me to get all the positions, now i can really see the pattern on my guitar's neck. then try to do the same with major pentatonic....then from different position on the fretboard, in the key of A, E, ...

and to learn how to use them.....TRANSCRIBE !
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: marcusmarkmus on October 29, 2009, 03:00:40 pm

you should try to learn the positions just on string for example, all across the fretboard, to try to get outside the box and link all the positions in your mind..it helped me to get all the positions, now i can really see the pattern on my guitar's neck. then try to do the same with major pentatonic....then from different position on the fretboard, in the key of A, E, ...

and to learn how to use them.....TRANSCRIBE !

thats a good tip mate, ive tried to think like that too! but now I now all the notes by heart, im trying to find some cool "default" licks to have in my "head-lick-library"!
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: close2u on October 30, 2009, 07:41:34 am
another tip .... I posted this a while ago here (about practising a minor pentatonic) http://www.justinguitarcommunity.com/index.php?topic=17825.msg119319#msg119319

play an ascending pattern of two notes on each of two adjacent strings starting with the lowest note on the neck in the scale ... with E minor pent you would play

E string - open / 3rd fret
A string - open / 2nd fret

then

E string - 3rd fret / 5th fret
A string - 2nd fret / 5th fret

then

E string - 5th fret / 7th fret
A string - 5th fret / 7th fret

then

E string - 7th fret / 10th fret
A string - 7th fret / 10th fret

then

E string - 10th fret / 12th fret
A string - 10th fret / 12th fret

then

E string - 12th fret / 15th fret
A string - 12th fret / 14th fret

etc up the neck as before an octave higher

then a similar exercise on A and D strings, D and G strings, G and B strings, B and E strings

do it backwards too, or do it with alternate strings (E and D or A and G strings for example)


another good place to get some playing / practise tips for minor pentatonic (although he teaches tuned to Eb) is gr8bluesgtr (steviesnacks) talking about the 5 useful positions for soloing and the 'backdoor pattern' for connecting them ... it's a little different to the normal 5 positions of the pentatonic stuff but it might give you something to use

 :)
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Cue Zephyr on November 01, 2009, 03:49:06 pm
Still elaborating the way I play 'Christmas When You Were Mine'.
Should I post a video on here (not sure if anyone would care)?
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: zkash_guitarist on November 02, 2009, 04:09:02 pm
  Started Don Henley's "Dirty Laundry". It's a good barre chord exercise IMO. Finished the chords for "Boulevard of Broken Dreams", but I'm leaving the solos for a while.
Still elaborating the way I play 'Christmas When You Were Mine'.
Should I post a video on here (not sure if anyone would care)?

  I would. ;)
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Linsen on November 02, 2009, 04:24:52 pm
After this recent discussion (http://www.justinguitarcommunity.com/index.php?topic=18720.0) on how to learn songs, I decided to take Tommy Emmanuel's (and PJMCM's as well as mumbaiblues') advice and concentrate on just one song till I can play it so that I'm really satisfied with it. That song is 'Good Riddance', and I'm currently 'perfecting' the simple strummed version as well as the flat-picked one (which I am probably playing in a slightly simplified version, but I don't want to ask too much of myself). Won't be long till I post my progress, I reckon. :)
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: zkash_guitarist on November 02, 2009, 04:35:13 pm
  Good Riddance Linsen(raises and proposes a toast). ;D
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Sl8sh on November 02, 2009, 05:38:12 pm
Finally got to page 30-32 ish of A Modern Method for Guitar.  Also working on transcribing the parts of songs that I don't know.  Example would be I know the power chords and the intro to Enter Sandman but I dont' know the solo so I'm working on trying to figure it out.  Same with some of the GnR songs.  Just working out the parts that I don't know in songs that I know.  Hopefully I didn't make it sound too confusing or more complicated than it is. 
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Bootstrap on November 02, 2009, 09:27:37 pm
Some really simple stuff just to expand the repertoire before the silly season gets here - Click Go The Shears (the words that is, the chord sequence is really simple) and the notes to "The Entertainer" (because I love the tune).

What I've noticed about most sing-a-long tunes is that a lot of people don't know the versus but get right into the chorus - so I'm dedicating some time to learning the lyrics to some fairly simple songs musically speaking.
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Cue Zephyr on November 02, 2009, 10:43:28 pm
Still elaborating the way I play 'Christmas When You Were Mine'.
Should I post a video on here (not sure if anyone would care)?

Decided to post anyway.
http://www.justinguitarcommunity.com/index.php?topic=18811.new#new (http://www.justinguitarcommunity.com/index.php?topic=18811.new#new)
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Bootstrap on November 02, 2009, 11:00:51 pm

Decided to post anyway.
http://www.justinguitarcommunity.com/index.php?topic=18811.new#new (http://www.justinguitarcommunity.com/index.php?topic=18811.new#new)

Noice!
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: zkash_guitarist on November 04, 2009, 04:39:30 pm
  Finished learning the 5 positions of the minor pentatonic scale(phew). Started the 5 positions of the major scale(3 positions left!). So a pretty fun-filled week it has. :D
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: mbarrett12 on November 04, 2009, 11:22:17 pm
The One - Foo Fighters

Have a guitar lesson on Friday so hopefully I'll get to learn Crazy Little Thing Called Love

If I can find a decent tab for Gay Bar I'll start that tomorrow
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Cue Zephyr on November 07, 2009, 09:15:07 pm
I finally started...
The Rolling Stones - Angie
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: zkash_guitarist on November 08, 2009, 12:23:48 pm
  Learning Patience. When I'm done with that, going to give my parents an offer they can't refuse. ;)
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: bickb on November 08, 2009, 06:21:14 pm
At the moment busy with -> Living on a prayer acoustic -> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2DctCyO-E3s (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2DctCyO-E3s)

I can play the entire song but i wont stop till i play it withouth a mistake  ;D
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Quark on November 12, 2009, 04:38:08 pm
To get in the spirit I have started working on Christmas Even In Sarajevo by TSO. 5 guitar parts though.

W
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: zkash_guitarist on November 12, 2009, 05:16:38 pm
  I'm embarrassed to say that I still haven't learned alternate picking :(. But I started today, and so far I reached up to 8th notes, but I'm still at the tempo of 135 per min.
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Cue Zephyr on November 12, 2009, 07:20:50 pm
I don't like alternate picking, I have to concentrate on it which makes me unable to sing along with it.
I think I do sweep picking instead (is that the correct name?).
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: zkash_guitarist on November 12, 2009, 07:29:23 pm
  Uhm, sweep picking is a heavy metal type of picking... ;)

 
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Cue Zephyr on November 12, 2009, 08:00:48 pm
Then it's a slow strum. :P
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: zkash_guitarist on November 13, 2009, 11:23:03 am
  Now I reached 16th notes. Gonna watch Justin's video again. :)
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: zkash_guitarist on November 15, 2009, 12:32:47 pm
  Now to put my alternate picking to test, sweet child o'mine! ;D
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Bootstrap on November 15, 2009, 12:52:18 pm
I purchased the Blues Solo box set yesterday so when that turns up it should provide lots of good new fodder....
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Wishbone on November 15, 2009, 09:56:58 pm
Through the Barricades - Spandau Ballet
Thousand Roads - David Crosby
Man's Too Strong - Dire Straits
I Don't Want To Talk About It - Rod Stewart

All acoustic, 'cos my electric playing is getting a little fixated lately.
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Bootstrap on November 16, 2009, 12:08:31 pm
I generally prefer to play acoustic - but I feel I've been neglecting my electric guitar skills, so I pulled out Nezzie (Ibanez Strat) and tried Justins 5 licks in the blues lead guitar lessons - man who said electric is easier than acoustic? After an hour or so of full tone bends on 10's my fingers are shredded and the cat wont come anywhere near me - it's amazing how high he can jump to a full tone bend at the 1st string, 8th fret - that will teach him to sit on top of the Roland ;D
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: zkash_guitarist on November 17, 2009, 04:46:23 pm
I generally prefer to play acoustic - but I feel I've been neglecting my electric guitar skills, so I pulled out Nezzie (Ibanez Strat) and tried Justins 5 licks in the blues lead guitar lessons - man who said electric is easier than acoustic? After an hour or so of full tone bends on 10's my fingers are shredded and the cat wont come anywhere near me - it's amazing how high he can jump to a full tone bend at the 1st string, 8th fret - that will teach him to sit on top of the Roland ;D

  That would be me. :)
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Cue Zephyr on November 18, 2009, 11:07:37 pm
Heh, I went through the second vid of Justin's lesson on Sultans Of Swing. Pretty damn cool.
I stopped at the point where the bends came in, because I can't bend w/ 13s. :P
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: zkash_guitarist on November 19, 2009, 12:20:55 pm
 I like light gauges... ;D
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Cue Zephyr on November 19, 2009, 04:04:40 pm
I only like light gauges on electrics. :P
Lol! I forgot to state that I was playing it on my acoustic! :P
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: zkash_guitarist on November 21, 2009, 01:41:36 pm
  Learning the 2nd solo of Sultans of Swing. :)
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Quark on November 21, 2009, 04:16:47 pm
Having a heck of a time with the last section of Christmas Eve in Sarajevo where Sklonick goes crazy doing that E natural minor run at the speed of light. Looks like I will be working on this through Christmas Eve of 2014.

W
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: zkash_guitarist on November 21, 2009, 04:37:42 pm
Having a heck of a time with the last section of Christmas Eve in Sarajevo where Sklonick goes crazy doing that E natural minor run at the speed of light. Looks like I will be working on this through Christmas Eve of 2014.

W

  Well then, I'll listen to it then. ;)
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: davemoss on November 22, 2009, 07:32:59 am
Struggling with the intro to Sweet Home Alabama. Due to the crappy tab I learnt it from I now have to unlearn it then learn it again. The moral of the tale is; always trust your ears, never an internet tab.
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: zkash_guitarist on November 22, 2009, 12:36:30 pm
  Do you know that Justin has a lesson for Sweet Home Alabama?
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Xaromir on November 22, 2009, 02:06:59 pm
Baareeéééééeeé chords or how ever that french **** is spelled.
I avoided it for a very long time, i guess i have to do that now... :/
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Cue Zephyr on November 22, 2009, 02:52:29 pm
Barré it is. I can play them but I kinda suck at it since I don't need them too often (I guess only F, F#m and Bm).
I was just trying to transcrube some bass bits from (seemingly) simple songs.
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: bickb on November 22, 2009, 03:01:18 pm
Barré it is. I can play them but I kinda suck at it since I don't need them too often (I guess only F, F#m and Bm).
I was just trying to transcrube some bass bits from (seemingly) simple songs.

You dont need barré to often?  :o :o :o :o
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Cue Zephyr on November 22, 2009, 03:09:18 pm
No, I play easy stuff.
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: zkash_guitarist on November 22, 2009, 03:16:50 pm
  I get bored by easy stuff. They're just too easy... :)
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Happy Jack on November 22, 2009, 03:45:42 pm
Open G tuning

Start Me Up

Bohemian Like You

Brown Sugar

Part Justin, part tab and part by ear
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Cue Zephyr on November 22, 2009, 04:07:06 pm
Christmas When You Were Mine uses easy chords, it never gets me bored.
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Bootstrap on November 22, 2009, 08:43:30 pm
Baareeéééééeeé chords or how ever that french **** is spelled.
I avoided it for a very long time, i guess i have to do that now... :/

Barre is French? I always thought it was Spanish.... hmmmm I have no language skills either....

Xaro this post surprised me - dont get me wrong I'm not being critical (I've neglected bends for 25+ years so I'm in no position) - do you mean all barre chords or just the narly C, G, & D shape?

Having heard you play I assumed you knew the E & A shapes....

Cheers, Bootstrap
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Cue Zephyr on November 22, 2009, 09:26:31 pm
I can't play the G shape! T__T
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: mbarrett12 on November 22, 2009, 09:40:11 pm
Open G tuning

Start Me Up

Bohemian Like You

Brown Sugar

Part Justin, part tab and part by ear

Can I see the tabs for Start Me Up and Brown Sugar if they're right?

I'm learning Crazy Little Thing Called Love atm
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: close2u on November 22, 2009, 10:15:26 pm
Open G tuning

Start Me Up

Bohemian Like You

Brown Sugar

Part Justin, part tab and part by ear

I had a little play around with these using the special button on my strat that takes me straight to open G tuning !!  ;)

I'll have to learn them right through
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: MousPotato on November 23, 2009, 01:20:16 am
Currently working my way through the Berklee modern method part one.
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Happy Jack on November 23, 2009, 08:47:43 am
Open G tuning

Start Me Up

Bohemian Like You

Brown Sugar

Part Justin, part tab and part by ear

I had a little play around with these using the special button on my strat that takes me straight to open G tuning !!  ;)

I'll have to learn them right through

You show off ;D I bloody hate you - it took me ages to tune my strat - in the end I tuned the telecaster instead which is what I should have done in the first place. It then took me ages to retune the strat . It must be the trem it is awkward to change tunings sometimes you have to keep checking and retuning. Rock steady when its done though

Why an earth I chose the strat to play a Keith Richard song God only knows ??? Good fun though
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: zkash_guitarist on November 23, 2009, 12:59:52 pm
  :P I can play the C,A,G,E shapes...:P
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Cue Zephyr on November 23, 2009, 03:44:20 pm
I started doing the Finger Gym yesterday, and practising right hand tapping, both on my acoustic.
I hope to get into some basic fingerstyle soon.
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: zkash_guitarist on November 23, 2009, 04:32:11 pm
  Started mixing the different versions of Sultans into the original. Great fun. :)
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: blegere on November 23, 2009, 10:57:58 pm
i'm working on Skynrd's "gimme three steps" and REM's "Driver 8"
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: mike42 on November 23, 2009, 11:15:47 pm
I've been working on transcribing Incubus' "Drive" (although I had to cheat and watch a couple youtube vids :-\)

I also just started on Justin's "Sweet Home Alabama" vids today. That intro and riff in the verse are just killer, and sound sweet once you start getting them up to speed.
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: zkash_guitarist on November 24, 2009, 05:13:48 pm
  Yeah, I felt that way when I learned that song... :)
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Cue Zephyr on November 25, 2009, 04:05:05 pm
I was practising the intro to Andy Mckee's 'Drifting'. That's still doable, but I don't think I'd get very far with the tapping (relatively high action near the 12th fret for fingerstyle, medium gauge strings, 13-56).
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ddn4MGaS3N4 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ddn4MGaS3N4)
Guess I'll have to learn this off a tutorial or something, I can't possibly transcribe this.
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Cue Zephyr on November 25, 2009, 07:39:30 pm
Edit: Seems like everyone's playing it these days, lol.
Doing it for the technique, though.
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: PJMCM on November 26, 2009, 05:17:18 pm
About 6 Christmassy songs for a work "concert" which some of the guys at work are putting on.

Plus the acoustic version of Men at Work's 'Overkill'. Something like this.... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DeTsUzyzmvI. Challenging in parts but not as hard as it looks. We're looking at doing it a full tone lower though to suit the vocal range of the guy who's singing (not me!!), which meant a bit of transposing after the transcribing was done!

Peter
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Happy Jack on November 26, 2009, 09:42:44 pm
James Gang  Funk#49  most addictive riff ever

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_qHU_6Ofc0&feature=fvw (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_qHU_6Ofc0&feature=fvw)
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: zkash_guitarist on November 27, 2009, 11:25:56 am
  Yes Happy Jack, it is a very addictive riff. Sadly, I still can't do that fast flick-off part. :(

  Anyway, I'm transcribing Sultans of Swing solos at Mandela's 70th birthday (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GkrWqpymXLY&feature=rec-LGOUT-real_rev-rn-HM).Those solos are just awesome. Also learning a couple of the lick variations he does(also awesome). Smooth stuff MK. :)
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: licksnkicks on November 29, 2009, 03:17:16 pm
Trying to perfect Back in Black.  Got the song down and know all the notes except I can't play it fast enuff.  I'm using the KM slow downer program and am trying to increase the speed at which I play.  It sounds like an easy song to play but it's not when you want to play it perfectly and up to speed. 

Learning the blues from Justin's site.  Now that's a lot of fun.  You can be so experimental with it.'

Lnk
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: MuNkYbOy_uk on November 29, 2009, 03:53:38 pm
I'm try my luck with wild cherrys play the funky music and all of the day and all of the night by the kinks at the moment, i found a lesson for wild cherry, but no luck on the kinks yet :(
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Bootstrap on November 29, 2009, 09:48:41 pm
I'm learning how to use my new Pocket Pod - not very comprehensive instructions in the book so lots of IBP (Indiscriminate Button Pushing).

Will start on the Really Useful Blues Solos tonight.
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: licksnkicks on November 30, 2009, 02:44:13 am
James Gang  Funk#49  most addictive riff ever

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_qHU_6Ofc0&feature=fvw (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_qHU_6Ofc0&feature=fvw)

Now your talkin'!  This is  one of the best songs EVER!

Lnk
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Quark on November 30, 2009, 04:40:47 am
Quote
Now your talkin'!  This is  one of the best songs EVER!

Its on my list to learn as well.

W
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: zkash_guitarist on November 30, 2009, 06:36:55 am
  Great, many ppl are learning from the master Joe Walsh... :)
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Happy Jack on November 30, 2009, 08:56:12 am
Quote
Now your talkin'!  This is  one of the best songs EVER!

Its on my list to learn as well.

W

There are some good lessons on YouTube none of them are 100% but are a good start
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: lorenzo on November 30, 2009, 10:06:17 am
Started learning Paolo Nutini - These Streets, chords are easy enough, but good rhythm exercise.
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: zkash_guitarist on November 30, 2009, 03:49:04 pm
  Alongside transcribing Sultans of Swing (live), I'm also improvising ove Money For Nothing. Not that's the way do it... :)
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Cue Zephyr on November 30, 2009, 05:59:00 pm
I have to slap my girl because I'm still learning Drifting...
I don't think many here would do that. :P
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: zkash_guitarist on November 30, 2009, 06:17:26 pm
  You slap her one more time and I'm calling the Police!  >:(



  ;)
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Cue Zephyr on November 30, 2009, 06:41:50 pm
Hahaha. :P
I love the technique involved with this song. :D
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: zkash_guitarist on December 02, 2009, 07:21:06 am
  Starting to record myself playing Money For Nothing. :)
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: licksnkicks on December 02, 2009, 06:04:42 pm
and.............. your chicks for free!  lol

Lnk
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Cue Zephyr on December 02, 2009, 06:24:07 pm
Yeah, that's the way you do it... :P
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: zkash_guitarist on December 02, 2009, 06:35:31 pm
  Yep, and I finally got a blister on my little finger, and a blister on my thumb, after playing the guitar on the MTV. Now that's the way you do it...

  Well that was pretty cheesy... :D
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Cue Zephyr on December 02, 2009, 06:39:43 pm
I want my MTV. xD
I hate cheese, lol.
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: zkash_guitarist on December 02, 2009, 06:45:34 pm
  Well you beter hurry up if you want your MTV, "You Belong With Me" starts in V,IV,III,II,I...
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Cue Zephyr on December 02, 2009, 06:56:21 pm
No, it's I V ii IV... or what were you talking about? xDDD
"If you could see that I'm the one who understands you, been here all along so why can't you see? You belong with me..."
I just had to do that. :P
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: zkash_guitarist on December 02, 2009, 07:11:19 pm
  In "normal" numbers, it's a countdown: 5,4,3,2,1. :)

  I,V,ii,IV= 1,5,2,4. Which might be a chord progression...
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Cue Zephyr on December 02, 2009, 07:28:35 pm
Yeah it's one of the two chord progressions that are found in most of her songs... the other one is I V vi IV.
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: zkash_guitarist on December 03, 2009, 07:15:22 am
  I had to mention that. Anyway, how's "Drifting" coming along?
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Cue Zephyr on December 03, 2009, 02:39:05 pm
Pretty good, I can almost play the verse part fluently (with two hands indeed), and the bit that comes after it (some kind of pre-chorus, but then I don't know what the chorus is).
Got the intro nearly down too.
My right index finger hurts now, callus hasn't grown enough yet. :P
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: zkash_guitarist on December 03, 2009, 03:12:04 pm
  Try playing Sultans of Swing(the ten min ver) 5 times, then come and talk to me. :P
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Cue Zephyr on December 03, 2009, 03:32:32 pm
I can only play the main riff, and probably some others which I haven't memorized. And I can't bend with 13s!
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: davemoss on December 04, 2009, 09:43:12 am
Hi Guys, I've just started learning "Plug In Baby" by Muse and I'm wondering what key it's in and which scale the intro is based on. Can someone enlighten me please ???
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: mbarrett12 on December 04, 2009, 07:49:02 pm
Are you learning it with the starting note on the 8th fret 4th string yes?  Should be in A sharp.

I'm now learning Behind Blue Eyes by The Who (of course, not by Limp Bizkit)
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Happy Jack on December 04, 2009, 07:58:42 pm
Are you learning it with the starting note on the 8th fret 4th string yes?  Should be in A sharp.

I'm now learning Behind Blue Eyes by The Who (of course, not by Limp Bizkit)

That's next on my list - That's next from Who's Next ::)
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: mbarrett12 on December 04, 2009, 08:41:33 pm
If you want the tab, just got the intro and verse so far, but I can scan it for you if you want
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Happy Jack on December 04, 2009, 08:53:03 pm
Thanks for the offer but I tend to use Guitarpro tabs.

I have got a Lick Library lesson as well but thanks again
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Bootstrap on December 05, 2009, 12:53:54 am
Just started Easy Walkin Blues from Solo Blues Guitar - so far so good as this one isn't too hard at all, but it sure looks like the difficulty ramps up a bit as the series progresses.

Hope to start trying to transpose RUBS tonight - transposing is my weakest area but I'm determined to give it a real crack.
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: licksnkicks on December 05, 2009, 05:51:40 am
Why don't you guys transcribe and depend on your own ears?  I have KM player installed which slows the sound down but does not change the pitch.  I have learned to the solo to Hey Joe by putting it at 35% and just listening and I over 3 days have it figured out all by myself with NO TABS  Give it a go.  It makes life easier when all you have to do is depend on your own ears!!

Licksnkicks
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: davemoss on December 05, 2009, 06:28:15 am
Are you learning it with the starting note on the 8th fret 4th string yes?  Should be in A sharp.

I'm now learning Behind Blue Eyes by The Who (of course, not by Limp Bizkit)

Yes, that's where it starts, but the key on the standard notation above the tab is ## indicating it's in Bm or D! I can't figure it out. If it's in A# what scale is it based on?
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Bootstrap on December 05, 2009, 06:43:43 am
Licks - believe me, I try for hours on end at transposing, but even when my guitar is tuned with a tuner, to my ear I barely tell that the note played at the 5th fret of the 6th string is the same as the open 5th string. If you play 2 notes I can't tell which one is higher or which one is lower - so when transposing I don't even know to go up or down. I've been trying on and off for over 25 years to transpose music and still suck at it but I keep trying.

I'm hoping that now I know more theory I will have more success - the first RUBS pieces use the minor pentatonic in A position 1 so at least I know which ballpark to play in.
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: zkash_guitarist on December 05, 2009, 07:15:59 am
Why don't you guys transcribe and depend on your own ears?  I have KM player installed which slows the sound down but does not change the pitch.  I have learned to the solo to Hey Joe by putting it at 35% and just listening and I over 3 days have it figured out all by myself with NO TABS  Give it a go.  It makes life easier when all you have to do is depend on your own ears!!

Licksnkicks

  I agree, not having to look at a dodgy tab website that has songs that were "transcribed" by GuitarPro! I dislike the lick-library website because even though I'm a member, it won't show me the full jamtrack!  :o
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Cue Zephyr on December 05, 2009, 03:01:01 pm
I make my own dodgy tabs. :P
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Happy Jack on December 05, 2009, 03:17:40 pm
I do a bit off lessons, a bit off the tabs, a bit by ear and change bits to how I like them - suits me
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Cue Zephyr on December 05, 2009, 03:26:36 pm
Forgot to add that I learn Drifting off a lesson because I'm too unfamiliar with the technique, I do change things up a bit by listening to the record though.

Edit: Should I be ashamed of myself learning this song off a tutorial video and not by transcribing?
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Stevie on December 06, 2009, 11:57:35 am
Beautiful funk chords.  I seriously need to get some under my belt, my Strat is crying out for them!! :D
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: zkash_guitarist on December 06, 2009, 12:00:57 pm
  Recording Money for Nothing and an improv. for the audio/video of playing section... :)
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: davemoss on December 06, 2009, 05:26:44 pm
Are you learning it with the starting note on the 8th fret 4th string yes?  Should be in A sharp.

I'm now learning Behind Blue Eyes by The Who (of course, not by Limp Bizkit)

Finally cracked it with the help of another tread and thought you might like to know it's in B minor.
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Cue Zephyr on December 06, 2009, 07:15:25 pm
I'm stuck ×_×
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Bootstrap on December 08, 2009, 07:23:07 am
I've had the last 2 days off work so apart from spending far too much time on this forum I've been catching up on lots of other guitar related stuff too.

Watched the 3 u-stream vids - really enjoyed the bit on arpeggios, started the online Yale Listening to Music course - very interesting so far.

Finally went through RUST - not a lot of new learning here but it was great to consolidate and I made myself do every exercise to make sure I could - for some reason I've never had much of a problem with strumming patterns.

Downloaded the new Major Jam pack thingee and played all over it - I've always found it difficult to move between patterns in any other key than G but for some reason having the backing track made this a lot easier for me - not much of what I did sounded great but as I was staying in the scale none of it sounded woeful either - note to self - must do much more of this.

Learned a few more licks from Blues Lead Guitar and tried them over a backing track but my full tone bends suck!

I learned Walkin Easy Blues - again not too hard but I haven't quite got it autonomic yet.

Just one more thing on the catch up list to do - start transposing RUBS

All good :)
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: zkash_guitarist on December 08, 2009, 07:40:11 am
  Now that's a lot of stuff dude. But amazing. :)
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Lucianot on December 08, 2009, 08:19:09 am
The Fairy Dance:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O0mSqcxL40k
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: zkash_guitarist on December 08, 2009, 09:05:48 am
  Trying to fix up my tracks... :)
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: zkash_guitarist on December 08, 2009, 12:24:28 pm
  Woohoo! Fixed my Money For Nothing cover! It's being uploaded on filflyer now... :)
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: strapp75 on December 08, 2009, 01:56:28 pm
I've learnt Sultans of swing (ty Justin !) and now i'm completly addicted to Dire Straits. So i think i'm gonna learn a lot of their songs. Actually i'm working on "brothers in arms".

Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: zkash_guitarist on December 08, 2009, 03:02:14 pm
I've learnt Sultans of swing (ty Justin !) and now i'm completly addicted to Dire straits. So i think i'm gonna leanr a lot of their song; actually i'm working on "brothers in arms".

  Join the club. :)
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Cue Zephyr on December 08, 2009, 03:05:05 pm
I'm not gonna learn it until I have a strat, haha.
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: zkash_guitarist on December 08, 2009, 03:06:56 pm
  Even the rhythm parts? :P
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Cue Zephyr on December 08, 2009, 03:08:18 pm
I can get around those I guess. I can play the chorus lick on the acoustic, haha. :P
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: strapp75 on December 08, 2009, 03:11:56 pm
  Even the rhythm parts? :P

Both part.   :)
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: zkash_guitarist on December 08, 2009, 03:15:06 pm
  How about that fast lick at the end?
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: strapp75 on December 08, 2009, 03:20:26 pm
  How about that fast lick at the end?

well, i need a little more of pratice to do it exaclty like Knopfler does but it still pretty decent.
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: zkash_guitarist on December 08, 2009, 03:26:03 pm
  Ah me too. But I'm also focusing just a bit more on transcribing the live versions. :)
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: strapp75 on December 08, 2009, 03:32:50 pm
  Ah me too. But I'm also focusing just a bit more on transcribing the live versions. :)

Nice idea. I'm learning "brothers in arms" with some tabs actually but i'm thinking about transcribing (or trying to transcribe) "Down to the waterline". The rhythm pattern sounds the same (or close to it) and the licks are amazing.

Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Cue Zephyr on December 08, 2009, 03:54:13 pm
Transcribing is cool but I ran into a wall just now haha.
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: strapp75 on December 08, 2009, 03:57:10 pm
Transcribing is cool but I ran into a wall just now haha.

yeah, i like it too but sometime it takes me weeks to transcribe just an intro. I'm too lazy for that !
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: zkash_guitarist on December 08, 2009, 04:00:35 pm
  Ah that happens to everyone. :)
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Cue Zephyr on December 08, 2009, 04:41:40 pm
It's not something I can't hear or can't pick apart but it's a technique I don't comprehend. :P
That's even more annoying imho. :P
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: zkash_guitarist on December 08, 2009, 05:41:54 pm
  Uhm, tomorrow my exams strat(yes i said strat), so there ain't gonna be too much guitar stuff for me til next wednesday. ::)
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: mbarrett12 on December 08, 2009, 11:58:48 pm
  Uhm, tomorrow my exams strat(yes i said strat), so there ain't gonna be too much guitar stuff for me til next wednesday. ::)
My christmas exams start on monday, but I'm in "Transition Year" (wikipedia it, it's difficult to explain) so I only have exams in English, Irish, German and Maths.  I only need to study(-ish) for Maths and German.  Still the thought is worse than the process.  I'm trying to learn most of Hot For Teacher atm, got the intro down, the solo might be too tough.
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: licksnkicks on December 09, 2009, 03:47:06 am
Got home tonight from my lesson and am learning trills a.k.a consecutive hammer ons and pulls offs.  The pinky OMFG is the hardest finger to do cuz it's the weakest I think in most everyone's case and the top of my forearm is killing me.  Not use to it and I can't really do any strength exercises for my fore arm due to weight constraits cuz of my surgery on my left ulna nerve.  Other than that learned a different way of playing Hey joe with just different ways of playing the chords so I'm not all over the place and learning the intro in parts so that I can focus on perfecting fewer notes at a time.  When I  bite things off in small chunks I'm able to focus better on technique and skill rather than just going for the speed which I'm inadvertently addicted to.  I love playing fast but the faster I go I get sloppy but sometimes just going for the speed makes your brain think differently.  So I guess what I'm saying is sometimes it's good to be sloppy rather than perfect.  I working on scales as well.  So much to learn but so much god damned fun.  I really wish I could see into the future as I would love to see where I am in another year from now.  Oh well, NO crystal ball!! It's only a matter of time!!!

Lnk

BTW, SOMEONE MENTIONED HOW FLUFFY THIS THREAD WAS AND NOW WERE UP TO PAGE 23!!!!!!!!!!  I REALLY THINK THIS IS "NOT" A FLUFFY THREAD AND HENCE IT'S LONGEVITY!!!!!  It's really nice to be able to tell people what your learning cuz somewhere along the way someone will relate to it.
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: zkash_guitarist on December 09, 2009, 02:04:20 pm
  That's the spirit lnk. :)
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: marcusmarkmus on December 09, 2009, 02:18:06 pm
Im now learning the Outro solo from November Rain by Guns N Roses, and gaaaahh, its not easy shredding up there around the 19th fret on a fat gibson, but its slowly coming together...gonna post myself doing it when its good enough  ;D

@LnK: You should really keep practice hammer ons and pull offs, and with a metronome. thats the key to playing fluid, and fast IMO
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Cue Zephyr on December 09, 2009, 02:18:22 pm
I have been trying that Hedges' two-finger hammer-on pull-off thing, I really like it.
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: licksnkicks on December 09, 2009, 06:36:30 pm

@LnK: You should really keep practice hammer ons and pull offs, and with a metronome. thats the key to playing fluid, and fast IMO

You know how fast trills  are.  Can you recommend BPM that I should start off with?  I don't have a metronome yet but will definitely have one by X-mas so I use the on-line one.

I can really do them justice with my middle and ring finger but the pinky will take some time.  This much I'm sure of!

Licksnkicks
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: marcusmarkmus on December 09, 2009, 06:51:47 pm
@LnK: Well, from my little experience I would say that you should really start at a speed where you do it perfect. Not just very good, but a shiny PERFECT. Even though this might seem so slow that you will probably use 15 years to make it fast, its really this way that is the fastest. Once your fingers kinda "gets it" your speed will really improve alot, and fast. (ofc, I think its also good to just go way beyond the perfect zone sometimes and just give it all you got and play sloppy, but mainly I think most progress is made by doing it perfect and slightly adjusting bpm up.)

About 9 or 10 days ago I made my self a metronome schedule that I have been doing everyday, and Im surprised how it has helped EVERY other aspect of my playing, everything from strumming chords, to playing riffs, to soloing. I even found trying some sweep picking less impossible than it seemed before. Its all about the control you get of your fingers.
My schedule is roughly this.
1: pick a single note
2: Pick four notes per string chromaticly, ascending and descening (it would be tabbed 5-6-7-8 on every string)
3: Pick a scale of two octaves ascending and descending (like from 5 fret A string to 10 fret e string) In a 4 up 2 down pattern, that changes when suitable.
4: same as 3, but with hammer ons and pull offs wherever possible.
I also keep a record of my fastest ever run, and of a good start bpm, and then start at the start bpm and work to the record and try to bump it. I also keep seperate bpm's for up and down, since down goes faster. thrills are also good, but i feel that they mainly are good for strength, not control. (even though I realize that is connected)


EDIT: wow..megapost...it wasnt this big in my head... =P
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: MadCat on December 09, 2009, 07:14:34 pm
Learning "until it sleeps", now. It's a quite simple but heavy song.
Even the solo isn't very hard.
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: licksnkicks on December 10, 2009, 12:47:34 am
Hey thanks Marcusmarkmus for the advice.  I do have to wait until X-mas for my metronome but will try some of what you advise with the on line one.  I do agree that trills will give you added strength and and not really anything technical.  They sound very cool though especially in a rock riff.  I haven't really used them in anything yet and have just been practicing them all over the neck.  My forearm though can only take about 10 minutes of the intensity and then I have to back right off.  So I think for me 10 minutes a day right now would be max for me.  Maybe as things get stronger I will be able to lengthen the time I practice this consecutive hammer on and hammer off.

Thanks a million for your advise.  Some food for thought!

Licksnkicks
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Cue Zephyr on December 10, 2009, 12:57:27 am
I wonder who's suffering more, me or the guitar... Trying to get that slap technique down that is used in fingerstyle. Now my right hand is sick of it, probably my guitar too.
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: marcusmarkmus on December 10, 2009, 01:04:09 am
no prob LnK. I'm sure you'll find a great way to practice, its great if you got inspired by stuff :). If there's someone that are able to turn this around and come out of it stronger than ever, its you! Or I would think so after reading your posts around. Seems you have the most important talent of them all: motivation, and the ability to just keep at it!  ;)
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: licksnkicks on December 10, 2009, 04:52:26 am
no prob LnK. I'm sure you'll find a great way to practice, its great if you got inspired by stuff :). If there's someone that are able to turn this around and come out of it stronger than ever, its you! Or I would think so after reading your posts around. Seems you have the most important talent of them all: motivation, and the ability to just keep at it!  ;)

Your words are so very kind.  Thank you.  You see all I have in my life to make me happy now (so much family crap going on right now)is my guitar.  I really do love it more than anyone will ever know.  It gives me knowledge, happiness in copious amounts and lets me destress without the use of drugs or alcohol.  It's been my life safer so far from passing over to the dark side of life.  I know at the end of a stressful day all I have to do is pick it up and a strum a few bars and I'm instantly transported to another world.  What more could you ask from a piece of wood, some metal and plastic?  My teacher says that I'm motivated to succeed!

Licksnkicks
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Bootstrap on December 11, 2009, 01:32:20 pm
Finally had a go at transposing the first lead on RUBS - got the first lick easy peasey because I've been studying Justin's Blues Lead Guitar too and I recognised it straight off.

Couldn't get the next note so cheated by asking my wife what the 4th note in the tab was - but then got another 2 bars all on my lonesome (well at least I think I have - I will check eventually). Gave up when it obviously went to lower notes because I had NFI what to play - but I didn't look at the tab and will go back to it fresh at some stage over the weekend.

I've also been really working my full tone bends to the point where my fingertips are shredded, my hand is sore and my thumb feels like it was recently dislocated - getting the technique just so is still proving hit and miss for me but I'm determined to improve on the damn electric contraption!

B
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: close2u on December 11, 2009, 04:36:30 pm
I downloaded RUBS yesterday and hopefully will have a bit of spae time to get stuck in to the Albert King track

also been working on several songs with the aim of recording some over the fesetive holiday season as I have some time off ... (if I can get my PC to recognise my video camera as it has stopped working ... grrr)

 :)
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: zkash_guitarist on December 12, 2009, 05:13:53 pm
  Trying to do the duckwalk while playing Walk of Life, still trying. But I just have trouble with that ending part of the part of the main riff that leads into the verse(after going back to the A, there's this bass run that I just can't figure out). :)


EDIT: Figured it out. Plus: I have mastered Sultans of Swing! Man I've been learning(and transcribing ;)) since September. Finally, I can get some rest.
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Bootstrap on December 13, 2009, 11:17:45 pm
I'm learning a good but frustrating lesson - you can overcook it!

Having last Monday and Tuesday off work I played for hours and hours, then Wednesday, Thursday & Friday night I played 3 to 4 hours each night with an emphasis on full tone bends (new technique for me) - tried to play Saturday but my left thumb, from the bottom of the nail down through the back of the thumb and around into the fleshy part on the palm was aching terribly. So no playing Sunday and today (it is Monday here mid morning now) my hand still aches so lots of ice and nuerofen gel.

My normal practice/playing session is 1 to 3 hours every day, so obviously I just increased it too much, too quickly and the new (and possibly faulty) action of full tone bends has taken its toll.

Looks like back to the Yale vids tonight for a bit of brain training and hopefully the hand will come good soon.

You live and learn :)
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: mbarrett12 on December 14, 2009, 10:48:54 pm
  Trying to do the duckwalk while playing Walk of Life, still trying. But I just have trouble with that ending part of the part of the main riff that leads into the verse(after going back to the A, there's this bass run that I just can't figure out). :)


EDIT: Figured it out. Plus: I have mastered Sultans of Swing! Man I've been learning(and transcribing ;)) since September. Finally, I can get some rest.
Any help for two parts of it? They're both in the second solo, the pull off thing around the 8th fret and then the last-ish riff where you pull off from 13 to 10 then move it up to 15th.  I'm playing with a pick and finding it quite hard to get speed without screwing up.
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: zkash_guitarist on December 15, 2009, 07:04:42 am
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Any help for two parts of it? They're both in the second solo, the pull off thing around the 8th fret and then the last-ish riff where you pull off from 13 to 10 then move it up to 15th.  I'm playing with a pick and finding it quite hard to get speed without screwing up.

   Pull off thing at 8th fret? Never heard that part. The second one I do know it.It goes after last pull-off on the b(its all on the b)

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Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: licksnkicks on December 16, 2009, 01:47:24 am
Tonight was just brain overload.  My teacher and I played scales playing 1234, 2345 etc, skipping notes in the scale 135, 246 playing random notes OMG! Practicing the G major chord and A major chord for Hey joe.  Then lettin' loose and playing AC/DC Back in Black.  I finally got the whole song down!!!! YEAH!! FRIGGIN YEAH!!!  It just needs to be cleaned up a bit.  How much more fun could you ask for?  OMG I love my teacher!!  He's so genuine and teaching what I think is the proper way and not just throwing songs at me to learn.  YEAH FOR HONEST AND EASY ON THE EYES TEACHERS  Oh ya, HOT FOR TEACHER comes to mind!  lol

Off to practice those damned scales!!! I know I will learn to love them though, just a tad frustrating.

Licksnkicks
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Cue Zephyr on December 16, 2009, 01:28:31 pm
Fourth week of learning Drifting, just played it at full speed along the record to get used to the (actually pretty high) tempo. Nearly everything is in place and on cue when I need it. It's so much fun to play. I hope to record and put it up here soon.
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: licksnkicks on December 16, 2009, 06:02:36 pm
This thread was deemed too fluffy but OMG doesn't it show how incredibly motivated we all are!!!  Some people on this thread are struggling to play thngs and boy when they get it, they sure do deserve bragging rights.  Then we have our resident excellent player Mr. Close2u who I don't think really has to practice as much as us newbs and intermediate players.  I went to his channel and that boy can play.  Talented YES and wow I just love his red guitar.  Don't know what kind it is but it is a beaut!  I'm just motivated by watching his vids cuz I know for sure one day I will be there too.  Not a dream but it's reality. 

Licksnkicks
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Cue Zephyr on December 17, 2009, 12:56:16 am
Forget those topics I started!
I couldn't stand it anymore!
Now what?
Well I just started transcribing (not writing anything down actually) Classical Gas, and it's really cool.
I'm now twenty seconds into the song in just a couple of minutes. This is gonna be fun!
Anyone wanna join? :P
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: bigoli on December 17, 2009, 04:58:59 am
Then we have our resident excellent player Mr. Close2u
That is a nice channel, very skilled. I cant wait till get good enough to unleash my own channel on youtube. You guys will just have to sit tight until feb/mar (hopefully). If only I started playing earlier... I kick myself every day thinking about that :-\
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: licksnkicks on December 17, 2009, 05:39:37 am
If only I started playing earlier... I kick myself every day thinking about that :-\

I beat myself up over this issue all the time.  Like why the hell didn't I start this 20 years earlier.  Think where I would be now!!!
I really really regret this!  I'm playing my fingers off to the bone now everyday and really,  what's past is past.  Dont' you wish you could undo your past sometimes.

Licksnkicks
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: bigoli on December 17, 2009, 08:25:50 am
Yeah who knows though, if you picked it up 20 years ago, you wouldn't of had this site so you might have got frustrated, not had as much fun and given it up for ever  :o

Btw just learned 'Im yours' by Jason Marz. Quite a cool, chilled, summer song, learn it if you are lazy because it is just G D Am C (capo 4th).
Try and do a better cover than this champion http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ErMWX--UJZ4
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: zkash_guitarist on December 17, 2009, 10:19:39 am
Yeah who knows though, if you picked it up 20 years ago, you wouldn't of had this site so you might have got frustrated, not had as much fun and given it up for ever  :o

Btw just learned 'Im yours' by Jason Marz. Quite a cool, chilled, summer song, learn it if you are lazy because it is just G D Am C (capo 4th).
Try and do a better cover than this champion http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ErMWX--UJZ4

  Lol. ;D
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Cue Zephyr on December 17, 2009, 11:09:05 am
I'd say I should have started playing earlier too, I mean I started when I was 14 but only got serious until half a year ago (when I was 17).
I also wished I'd started singing earlier.
And I also regret not having participated with the theatre-day thing at school, if only I was able to find a singer that could I could have accompanied with guitar.
I saw a dude do a really bad job at Drifting, and a half-screwed up rendition of White Horse... It's like it's being rubbed in really hard.
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: chix on December 17, 2009, 12:51:20 pm
ho ho ho im lerning  few  xmas  songs  becuz its  xmas  ;D
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: curry chips97 on December 17, 2009, 01:55:56 pm
im learning Crushing day by joe satriani
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: licksnkicks on December 17, 2009, 08:59:25 pm
im learning Crushing day by joe satriani

How's that going for ya?  I do hope you will post and audio or vid of you playing as I love Mr. Satriani a whole bunch.  I would love to see you play this.

Licksnkicks
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: mbarrett12 on December 19, 2009, 03:08:16 pm
Yeah who knows though, if you picked it up 20 years ago, you wouldn't of had this site so you might have got frustrated, not had as much fun and given it up for ever  :o

Btw just learned 'Im yours' by Jason Marz. Quite a cool, chilled, summer song, learn it if you are lazy because it is just G D Am C (capo 4th).
Try and do a better cover than this champion http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ErMWX--UJZ4
The start is quite fun to play, used to know the rest but it's mainly palm muted right?
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: julienarrijs on December 19, 2009, 03:12:51 pm
i'm working on memorizing all the finger positions on Midnight by joe satriani..haven't managed to play it through without the tabs yet...i'm also working on sad but true by metallica i have most of the rythm part down in tempo..still need to work on the solo...other than that i'm working on some riffs from aerosmith 'eat the rich" and "walk this way" and on the rythm part of an extreme song (nuno bettancourt's band)  "confortably dumb"

i'm spending more time on my rythm since i've been spending most my time on lead lately and became quiet confortable in that area
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Cue Zephyr on December 19, 2009, 03:51:08 pm
Just learned how to set up my grandpa's old Cort Les Paul. It's pretty good now.
Only thing I seem to run into is that I can't get it perfectly in tune.

Edit:
That Ain't Workin... (http://www.box.net/shared/3ky2t4zzim)
Don't ask! :P
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: zkash_guitarist on December 21, 2009, 12:20:15 pm
  Cool dude. Just back off the distortion a bit and maybe(if you can) add a touch of delay. Anyway back on topic. Trying to get my memphis scales in order(minor shapes and major shapes). Just having fun moving them around. :)
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Cue Zephyr on December 21, 2009, 01:33:28 pm
Haha, alright.
No I have an Aria AG-20, used to be my grandpa's. It has one channel, two gain knobs, one shape knob and three EQ knobs. And a master volume knob, d'oh. :P
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: julienarrijs on December 21, 2009, 01:41:57 pm

Only thing I seem to run into is that I can't get it perfectly in tune.

Edit:
That Ain't Workin... (http://www.box.net/shared/3ky2t4zzim)
Don't ask! :P

have you checked the intonation ? got new strings on ? checked the tuning pegs ?

nice tone btw !
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: zkash_guitarist on December 21, 2009, 01:43:09 pm
  The delay is just to get the "live" sound. :)
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Cue Zephyr on December 21, 2009, 01:52:10 pm
The intonation was set correctly, it does have 10 year old strings on it though, and I have to retune it like every hour or two.
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: julienarrijs on December 21, 2009, 03:30:34 pm
you might wanna change those :) it might do the trick..Old and corroded strings do not stretch and return to normal like strings that are in good condition...if you're low on cash..try Ernie Ball Hybrid Slinkies...5 or 6 Bucks that are well worth !! those are actually my strings of choice over much more expensive ones.
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: licksnkicks on December 21, 2009, 03:35:38 pm
...if you're low on cash..try Ernie Ball Hybrid Slinkies...5 or 6 Bucks that are well worth !! those are actually my strings of choice over much more expensive ones.

I agree these are the strings of my choice.  Mine are 9/42!  My were $10 for a set CDN!  Still they are cheap but play definitely like more expensive strings.

Licksnkicks
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Cue Zephyr on December 21, 2009, 03:41:34 pm
I just fricken forgot to get me a new set each time I went to the store. :P
SIlly me. xD
Do coated strings work well on electric guitars? I want to go 10 I think, 11 would probably be a bit too much.
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Bootstrap on December 21, 2009, 07:25:24 pm
Cue I use Elixir 10's on my Ibanez Blazer and they work just fine - just getting the hang of bending now - a technique I have overlooked for far too long!

B
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Cue Zephyr on December 21, 2009, 07:50:04 pm
My notes die when bending.
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: julienarrijs on December 21, 2009, 08:43:29 pm
if i were you i'd go with an hybrid gauge 9-46...it's quiet nice to do some string bending and stuff...i can't easily make 2 tone bends with 10's and if you like to play some hendrix and stuff you might need to bend 2 tones....i know you're an acoustic player but that doesn't mean you have to look for the same feel on an electric i have 12-52 string gauge on my acoustic and i like it that way...but i'll never ever get that gauge for my electric...because i do different things on my electric...i wouldn't try to replicate what i'm doing on an acoustic on my electric guitar.....with different string gauge on different guitars you get to play differently and  do more stuff wich makes you a better player overall !!! plus imo you don't really get a better tone playing 10's or 11 on an electric
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Cue Zephyr on December 21, 2009, 08:56:05 pm
I'm just randomly messing around with the electric, not learning anything serious, not planning to either.
I do have a lot of 'to do' for the acoustic (like 5 songs).
Edit: I'd assume you'd get more sustain with higher gauges, but whatever. :P
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: julienarrijs on December 21, 2009, 09:04:48 pm


Edit: I'd assume you'd get more sustain with higher gauges, but whatever. :P

well i've never noticed a significant difference in sustain when playing on thicker gauge strings...with a good amp , a proper amout of gain some pedals, a compressor if you're playing on clean settings...you get crazy sustain whatever gauge you're playing on.
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Cue Zephyr on December 21, 2009, 09:07:52 pm
Frankly i have none of the above, not even a good electric guitar.
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: licksnkicks on December 23, 2009, 01:28:56 am
Went to my lesson tonight and couldn't play worth a damn!  Hit every wrong note there was to play.  Totally embarrased BUT I could play the barred A major chord perfectly.  Go figure!  When I practiced an hour before on the barred A chord I couldn't get it.  Some u win and some u lose!  I guess some of us are hard on ourselves than others.  I so expect perfection from myself and when it's not evident it's pure frustration for me.
I could just scream!!!!!

Licksnkicks
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Bootstrap on December 23, 2009, 07:37:59 am
Then scream LnK - then get it right ;)
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: bigoli on December 24, 2009, 04:12:12 am
I frequently video myself playing songs. So when I feel like screaming or get frustrated for not perfecting a song I just watch some of my videos from a couple of months back and it makes me feel better to know that I can now play better than I did in the video.
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Cue Zephyr on December 24, 2009, 12:44:35 pm
Flatpicking.
I've done enough fingerpicking, time to tackle this.
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: zkash_guitarist on December 24, 2009, 05:25:03 pm
  Already finished transcribing the rhythm part of Tunnel of Love(it's that easy!). Now to tackle the famous licks and phrases. Also I decided to transcribe ToL instead of Private Investigations because I didnt know where to start with the latter. Gonna look for some covers to get me started after finishing ToL(because its in Dminor; and I know a bunch of MK's licks so I can sort improvise some parts). :)
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: licksnkicks on December 25, 2009, 12:11:28 am
...if you're low on cash..try Ernie Ball Hybrid Slinkies...5 or 6 Bucks that are well worth !! those are actually my strings of choice over much more expensive ones.

I agree these are the strings of my choice.  Mine are 9/42!  My were $10 for a set CDN!  Still they are cheap but play definitely like more expensive strings.

Licksnkicks

Oh sorry I'm so wrong.  There 46/9. DUH!!! I'm having one of the days and have been for a while.  Super slinkies!  I just found the stupid package under something. 

Licksnkicks

Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Cue Zephyr on December 25, 2009, 01:08:33 am
I'm gonna get a bunch of strings for my acoustic hopefully. I have Dean Markley Alchemy GoldPhos mediums (13-56) and d'Addario EXP17 (13-56) on my list now. I wanna go mess with alternate tunings a bit. I'll pick up a set for the electric too.
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Bootstrap on December 29, 2009, 12:13:55 pm
Got my bending skills up to speed now and have been using the time available due to holidays to practice soloing over Blues progressions using the first 5 licks from Justin's Blues Lead Guitar series and the minor pentatonic - it all fell into place for me the other night and finally I can noodle along and sound like I know what I'm doing. Also in the same vein I've been practicing using my major scale in all different keys ove the Major Jam backing tracks.

Also transcribed the firt 3 rhythm tracks on RUBS and will return to the first lead solo (that I only got a few bars through) now that my bending skills are better.

Tonight I started learning the Steady Thumb Blues - the 2nd track from Justin's Blues Solo Guitar set.

Also almost finished doing all the exercises in Practical Guitar Theory for the 2nd time (first did it about 8 months ago but wanted to consolidate) much easier 2nd time round but I also picked up a few things (patterns) that I missed 1st go so now a new understandding rather than just rote. Once finished - I will move onto the Chor Construction Guide that I also have with me for the holidays.

I am SO loving all of this!

Cheers, Bootstrap
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: close2u on December 29, 2009, 12:27:14 pm
wow bootstrap you are putting in the hours - keep at it
 :)
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Cue Zephyr on December 29, 2009, 12:43:35 pm
Go Bootstrap! ;)
I should get off video recording and editing and back to my guitar!
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: licksnkicks on December 29, 2009, 03:09:18 pm
Skipping notes i.e. 1 3 2 5 in the minor scales.  Om'gosh it gets confusing and you really have to put on your thinking cap.  It's so easy to make mistakes.  I must of done the Aminor scale 50 times last night and still can't get it right.

Missing my lesson tonight cuz I'm working which sucks.  Oh well have enuff to keep me busy though.

BTW What the heck is "RUBS"?  Scuse my ignorance.  I have seen this on the forum before and my curiosity has gotten the better of me.

Lnk
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: zkash_guitarist on December 29, 2009, 03:12:26 pm
  Really Useful Blues Solos by Justin Sandercoe. :)
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: schect on December 30, 2009, 01:33:49 pm
Got 'Learn to Play Chuck Berry' and 'Learn to Play Scotty Moore' DVDs for xmas so I know what I'll be doing for the next several months. I'll post reviews when I have time.
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Cue Zephyr on December 30, 2009, 06:40:50 pm
I was trying to arrange a country-fingerstyle Chet Atkins-walking bass inspired version of Love Story by Taylor Swift. It's quite fun, anyone else into arranging here?
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: schect on December 30, 2009, 07:58:23 pm
Whenever I play something wrong I call it a new arrangement  ;D
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Cue Zephyr on December 30, 2009, 08:36:40 pm
*facepalm*
Well if you go all berzerk on it you can certainly call it that, haha.
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: schect on December 30, 2009, 09:24:05 pm
Actually, if you take the song "Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying" by Gerry and the Pacemakers you can speed it up and make a pretty cool jazz style arrangement. It works because it already uses the Maj7 chords.
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: licksnkicks on December 31, 2009, 12:23:10 am
  Really Useful Blues Solos by Justin Sandercoe. :)


Hey Zkash thank you very much for solving this dilemma for me!  Now I know and have learned something!

Lnk
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: zkash_guitarist on December 31, 2009, 12:17:16 pm
  Really Useful Blues Solos by Justin Sandercoe. :)
Hey Zkash thank you very much for solving this dilemma for me!  Now I know and have learned something!
Lnk
No problem. :)
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: Cue Zephyr on December 31, 2009, 01:07:53 pm
I want to learn to use alternate tunings, I understand the idea behind it (easier to finger particular shapes, can free up fingers, etc) but I can't use it yet.
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: licksnkicks on December 31, 2009, 06:11:59 pm
Whenever I play something wrong I call it a new arrangement  ;D

LOL!! Your very own "new" arrangement.  Clever!!

Licksnkicks
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: close2u on December 31, 2009, 07:03:22 pm
I've got a range of songs and solos I'm learning / have learned...

I want to record and post them on my youtube channel but my camcorder is no longer recognised by my PC - damn and blast

I'll have to figure out another way
 :(
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: mbarrett12 on January 03, 2010, 01:20:05 am
Got my bending skills up to speed now and have been using the time available due to holidays to practice soloing over Blues progressions using the first 5 licks from Justin's Blues Lead Guitar series and the minor pentatonic - it all fell into place for me the other night and finally I can noodle along and sound like I know what I'm doing. Also in the same vein I've been practicing using my major scale in all different keys ove the Major Jam backing tracks.

Also transcribed the firt 3 rhythm tracks on RUBS and will return to the first lead solo (that I only got a few bars through) now that my bending skills are better.

Tonight I started learning the Steady Thumb Blues - the 2nd track from Justin's Blues Solo Guitar set.

Also almost finished doing all the exercises in Practical Guitar Theory for the 2nd time (first did it about 8 months ago but wanted to consolidate) much easier 2nd time round but I also picked up a few things (patterns) that I missed 1st go so now a new understandding rather than just rote. Once finished - I will move onto the Chor Construction Guide that I also have with me for the holidays.

I am SO loving all of this!

Cheers, Bootstrap

I'm sorry if this is rude, but I have to ask, what was your problem with bending?  It's a simple process and always seemed to come naturally to me.  I don't want to sound elitist or anything, I'm just a little confused when people say they were practicing bends.
Title: Re: So, what are you learning now? 2009
Post by: marcusmarkmus on January 03, 2010, 02:12:24 am
@mbarret12: dude, so the first time you grabbed a guitar, you could bend pitch perfect, both 1/4 step up through 2 notes up, pre-bend, bend-release, add vibrato's to all those,  wide, slow, tight and fast, and do that over most of the neck, and also know where and when to bend good and sound good in all scale positions?  :P well, if you could, good for you, now you know what other people have to practise, if not...well, go practice!  :)