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what's the hardest tune you've learned?

Discussion in 'Tab, Tips, Theory and Technique' started by ndcaster, Nov 9, 2017.

  1. ndcaster

    ndcaster Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

    Nov 14, 2013
    so far, "Vendredi 13" by Django Reinhardt

    and I'm only referring to the rhythm!

    so fast! ... and I only have so much stamina
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  2. Anode100

    Anode100 Friend of Leo's

    May 9, 2014
    Behind my beard.
    'For the love of God' - Steve Vai.
  3. cntry666

    cntry666 Tele-Afflicted

    Aug 16, 2010
    decatur, ga
    Vita Bratta Wait solo. Really hard if you don’t tap a lot.
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  4. Ricky D.

    Ricky D. Poster Extraordinaire

    Oct 22, 2006
    Raleigh, North Carolina
    We covered Mahavishnu Orchestra - Meeting of the Spirits. I couldn't really handle the 1/128th notes cleanly, but it was decent.
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  5. DougM

    DougM Tele-Afflicted

    Jul 5, 2017
    Honolulu, HI
    Stella by Starlight. My jazz accomplished friend would play the chords, and I'd stumble through the melody.
    Second would be my lame simplified version of Spain by Chick Corea.
  6. screamin eagle

    screamin eagle Poster Extraordinaire

    Oct 9, 2008
    S. CA
    It was a few years ago, but Tea for Two gave quite some trouble then.

    George Barnes’ Windy City Flash is difficult because of the speed.

    I’ve been working on A Slow Boat To China for about a year and just can’t seem to get it together. I have the melody and the chords, but it just hasn’t come together.
  7. Anode100

    Anode100 Friend of Leo's

    May 9, 2014
    Behind my beard.
    Wait - isn't the first one always the hardest?
  8. brookdalebill

    brookdalebill Telefied Ad Free Member

    Nov 15, 2009
    Austin, Tx
    Moonlight In Vermont, as a chord melody.
    My version is a somewhat dumbed-down homage to the great Johnny Smith version.
    I have been polishing it for about five years now.
    It’s my little recital piece.
    I love the close-voiced chords in it.
    I do it in the friendlier key of E.
    JS’s is in C, and those voicings ain’t close at all.:rolleyes:
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  9. Obsessed

    Obsessed Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Nov 21, 2012
    Hot Tuna's version of Rev. Gary Davis', "Death Have No Mercy". I just cannot get the beat right. I have been struggling with it for a long time. It is a bit out of my genre is about all I can blame it on. I love the song and Jorma Kaukonen is a genius. It is the biggest hurdle I have ever come across with guitar. I keep thinking about giving up and moving on, but deep inside tells me to stick with it. I'm giving it a rest right now. Maybe I need to learn some sort of simple bluegrass song to get it ... I don't know, but it is busting my ****s.
  10. Teleguy61

    Teleguy61 Friend of Leo's

    Both of these were big work--

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  11. FirTrader

    FirTrader Tele-Meister

    Jan 8, 2017
    Alberta Canada
    The Bouree in Em is pretty tricky.
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  12. johnny k

    johnny k Friend of Leo's

    Jan 15, 2011
    i m not patient or hardworking enough to learn hard tunes, though i tried plenty.
  13. dobrojoe

    dobrojoe Tele-Meister

    Feb 11, 2017
    The Hellecaster's version of 'Orange Blossom Special' is quite a challenge.
  14. ricardo1912

    ricardo1912 Tele-Afflicted

    Jul 26, 2011
    Kent, UK
    Nothing as technically challenging as some of the above but I have tried to learn The Clap by Steve Howe on and off for years. Given that I'm not a finger/hybrid picker and nowhere near as talented as Mr Howe it may take a while yet.
    My most difficult homework lately was Let's Go Crazy by Prince - great solos but hard to get to flow.
  15. Norris Vulcan

    Norris Vulcan Tele-Meister


    Demands technique and concentration as well as groove. Still haven't nailed it, probably never will !
    There's a couple of sections (@0:58, 1:55) where the two guitars play the same figure, then one drops one beat against the other - does your head in....

    Fantastic playing.
    Last edited: Nov 10, 2017
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  16. RadioFM74

    RadioFM74 Tele-Afflicted

    To improvise on, I’d say “Jean Marie” by Ronnie Mathews. Tricky chord changes!
  17. DSharp

    DSharp Tele-Holic

    Apr 26, 2003
    Southern Indiana
    Most recently it's been trying to quickly learn a bunch of Grateful Dead tunes for a tribute show--those often offbeat chord changes are a challenge for this non-Deadhead! Historically, it's hard to say, but I remember working pretty hard to learn Brian May's Bohemian Rhapsody parts a few years ago.
  18. musicalmartin

    musicalmartin Poster Extraordinaire

    Aug 8, 2007
    Norfolk UK
    To sing Almost Blue .The Chet Baker version .The chords are a bit tricky to work our .Chord charts just dont work for me so I just invent them to match what I sing .It goes down OK so I must be doing something right .
  19. Harry Styron

    Harry Styron Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

    Aug 2, 2011
    Branson, Mo
    Hope you'll post a video in Twanger Central. It's a tough and beautiful song.
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  20. songtalk

    songtalk Friend of Leo's

    I once upon a time could play through a couple Charlie Parker tunes. Cardboard, Yard bird Suite, Donna Lee.

    I once upon a time could play through "David Bowie" by Phish.

    Jazz is always the hardest though. So easy to lose your place or forget what to do.

    It's just not really how my ear works though so I mostly just make pop music with little cheesy jazz-like motifs splashed here and there.

    I am not good enough to play jazz for real IMHO.
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