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Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by TelZilla, Jul 11, 2019.
Oh, absolutely. But I have a hard enough time getting to the Clapton one.
I'm still trying to learn both the "Freebird" solo (no kidding....the fast one....I can play the intro on piano perfectly) and I'd still love to learn how to play both the lead and harmony solos in "Hotel California"!!!
My most challenging tunes to play are Eric Johnson’s Dusty, and Tribute To Jerry Reed.
I also do decent renditions of Johnny Smith’s Moonlight In Vermont, and Vince Guaraldi’s Christmas Time Is Here.
These are my “recital pieces”.
I labored over them all (lovingly) for decades.
Albert Lee's (Head, Hands and Feet) "Country Boy", to name but one of many.
Their are many licks that have took me much time to learn but maybe the hardest was Shawn Lanes in Grey Pianos Flying at around 2.22.
Also Cliffs of Dover the intro fast lick part took me much time maybe because i pick them instead of hybrid which i cant do to save my life.
Also their was a fast lick in Samba PaTi towards the end, around about 3.30 that was extremely hard with a few bends as well as very fast.
Mike Stern's Tipatina's was a pain in the butt to learn. Had to use a slow-downer app to 'shed on it for quite awhile. We had a sax player in our band
who really wanted to do this song so I grinded on it and eventually got it all down. It actually isn't that hard...but it takes a while. Some of the fingerpicking
examples posted earlier are neurologically and physically more difficult, IMO....getting the thumb to play right on the beat while the fingers are picking out chords and melody is actually
more challenging than what is essentially single note picking, albeit fast.
As a teenager I really wanted to play Van Halen's Eruption. I was able to fake a lot of it but never really got the whole thing....nor, to be honest, did I really
try all that hard. Now I've moved on and am not particularly interested given I play in a funk band these days. But if I did learn it correctly it sure would
be fun to be able to throw that one out in a Guitar Center sometime. Everybody needs some cool licks to be able to casually bust out in GC, right?
Brent Mason's hotwired. I spent 2 years getting up to speed on that and then watch YouTube to find out my positioning was wrong. Then I had to learn it all over.
I just play songs with my band when they come up. Some signature stuff is tricky , but not too often , thank....someone !
I'm ok with stuff being somewhat close , I really don't care.
I have never learned someone else's solos. Mine might be ****ty compared to whatever , but I have never played the same solo twice in my life....
The ragtime gospel blues of Rev. Gary Davis', "Death Don't Have No Mercy" took me two years to get right and only by purchasing a DVD by one of his famed students. I got it now, but play it everyday, from fear of losing that ragtime feel.
The solos in Valleri (Monkees) took me a few tries in 1968. I think it was Lou Shelton or Tommy Tedesco on the record?
The "Freebird" solo is kind of a 70s rock guitar Rosetta Stone, isn't it? I should spend some time with it myself.
The hardest thing I've tried recently was learning the solos on the live version of "Jailbreak" by Thin Lizzy. They're straight A major pentatonic, but so ungodly fast. My picking technique needs a lot of work.
But the most thoroughly demoralizing guitar ass-kicking I've gotten was when I was a young classical guitar student working through the Sor studies. Especially the one (I forget the number) that's all barre chords. Serious hand cramper. I never did get that thing to the point where anyone would call it music.
The lead break in "Only Daddy That'll Walk The Line", by Waylon Jennings.
Valleri is Louie Shelton.
He’s great, and played on tons of hits.
Somewhat ironically, he plays all the BB King style guitar on Seals & Croft’s Diamond Girl.
Kinda the opposite of his playing on Valleri.
Valleri really inspired me as a Monkees lovin’ kid.
Bruce is a phenomenal guitar player.
I'm bogged down (practicing it slowly, very slowly) in the first solo of the Stooges Shake Appeal. I can play the guitar for Blister In The Sun by the Violent Femmes at speed, but when I try to sing it and play it my picking falls apart. The guitar part kind of shadows the lyrical phrasing and linking those two up is tricky for me. Actually, just singing an playing in general is tough for me. I'm still working through Touch Of Grey by the Grateful Dead, but it's taken a back seat to the other two songs. I noodle around with other songs, but I try to stick to songs I want keep in a repertoire.
The important thing is to play it pretty for Atlanta.
The intro to this, pretty sure I've got all the fingerings etc down and I'm in the process of making it smooth, which takes many years! Makes me realise how talented people are to create the stuff on the first page AND play it completely smoothly..
Never Going Back Again. I can play it, but cannot get up to speed on it and I’ve been trying for a loooooooooooong time
I placate myself with remembering that Keef never plays it the same way twice. So maybe one of the times I play it is at least close. I can get most of his playing, the notes are never that hard. CYHMK is one of the ones where I struggle for the feel, that Keef groove.
I can kind of play Ziggy Stardust okay, which is good for me.