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.
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…
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