08/08/2019 at 5:54 pm #12722
Thought it might be good to start a topic where people could post ideas of how to approach learning songs. For example, sometimes I find it really helpful to learn the bass line and melody lines separately so I can get an idea of how the song should sound generally. Then I can work on putting those together as written or played. (Jeff has suggested this to me more than once…and it finally sank in!). If I am in a new tuning and looking at sheet music, I have found it helpful on occasion to write out a scale that takes me over the fretboard in a fashion that gets me used to the notes on the fretboard and in the song. It does take me some thinking to come up with a good scale, though.
Mahalo, Curtis08/18/2019 at 3:50 am #12851
For me it’s reading the note line and sometimes in not so familiar cases to look the tab line. I’m very poor to learn by ear. Also to listen as many version of the song as possible helps to figure out how to interpret the tune. Perhaps this is not an optimal way…09/22/2019 at 3:23 pm #13148
Hi Curtis and fellow slack key pilgrims,
I use Guitar Pro extensively. A software program, it allows me to repeat and slow down whole pieces, or rythmically difficult passages, so that I can get them in my head and hands. GP, and others like, are not for everyone and I have yet to convert anyone to using it. You have to input the score, note by note, into the program—so there is considerable up-front time in figuring out the dashboard and the gazillion options. I have no musical training and I took up the guitar at 55 when my synapses were already committed to other uses, so it was a long learning curve. Today, after a couple years at it, it still takes me about 3-4 hours to transcribe a song. If I could loop and, and more importantly, slow down Jeff’s instruction I probably wouldn’t mess with it. But I am sure I couldn’t play what little I can play today without it. I’d happy to show it to anyone going to AMC next year.
We are near the first anniversary of this fabulous learning tool. Happy birthday to the Workshop and thank you Jeff for this unbelievable resource! There is nothing that approaches its breadth and quality anywhere. What a musical blessing.10/18/2019 at 7:31 am #13339
I like listening to a variety of different versions of the song as well – some are less busy than others and easier to figure out, while other versions can have an interest twist on something.
Frankly, I struggle with the time it takes to input stuff on guitar pro, though whole sections can be copied and pasted at a time, and it is easy to change keys of a whole song. (It can be great for writing down new arrangements or songs, as my chicken-scratch handwritten notation is pretty near impossible to read.)
I am working on a Lena Machado song – U’umi Au A Hiki ‘Ole – where there is no commercial recording. I have a lead sheet in A and wanted to play it in G to make the fingering easier. Started to enter it in guitar pro, but just decided to try to play everything down a step by sight and that seems to go just about as fast as entering the two pages into guitar pro.
BTW, Jeff figured out the song in about 5 minutes of looking at it…I really got a kick out of that!
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