If you could magically learn to play one song...

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  1. 3fngrs

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    I know there are a lot of really talented, super guitar players on this forum. The kind of players the rest of us admire. The cats who can play any song as well as the rock stars, maybe even better. You guys can sit this one out.

    This thread is for my fellow try hard hacks who suffer from talent deficit disorder. You know who we are. We can play a little but there's usually rough edges. We practice and work at it but every new song requires hours of work. Maybe we've learned a few songs by ear. If we play around people that aren't guitar players they usually think we're pretty good but "real" guitar players just kind of smile and say things like "keep trying, you'll get it."

    So, now that we've established who we are, and I suspect we are probably the majority, here's the question:

    If you could magically learn to play one song absolutely perfectly, what would it be?

    Personally, I'm thinking Eric Johnson's "Cliffs of Dover ". I hadn't heard it for a while but I listened to it last night and was just blown away by the pure joy of it.
     
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    Great choice 3fngrs!
    I was at a couple of early EJ ACL tapings.
    He's my all time favorite!
     
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    East bound and down exactly like Jerry played it.
     
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    My next choice would be Yankee Doodle Dixie exactly like Tommy Plays it. By the time I got those two down, I would definitely have improved a tiny bit.
     
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    Tommy?
     
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    Almost anything Brad Paisley plays would do it for me. He combines lead and rhythm effortlessly and can sing without missing a note on guitar. If I could only play the guitar part, I'd try singing too, but I can't even play like he does, much less sing and play like that together. The way he plays 'Whiskey Lullaby' sounds deceptively easy until you try to play it.
     
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    Tommy Emmanuel. Well, maybe throw in his version of Classical Gas if they're free anyway.

     
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    EVH Eruption would be the perfect song to cover perfectly, especially when wanking on guitars at Guitar Center.

    As a young'un I knew sections of it but I never bothered to learn the whole thing. I don't think I could be bothered
    to learn it now, either.
     
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    Just about any Eric Gales song/solo.
     
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    Brown Sugar - Rolling Stones. Love the intro...
     
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    Remember it's very important to have good posture when you're playing guitar.

     
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    Either Blue Angel or Caravan as played by Chet Atkins.Both recordings fascinated me when I was a kid.
     
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    I'm definitely NOT in that group that can play anything....but some people say I'm kinda' decent....but if I could play Cliffs of Dover (or almost anything by Eric) I would be tickled pink. He's one guitarist I can't even "play at" playing like.....and I'm talking about playing the notes, not even achieving his tone or sound. A friend (who was no slouch on guitar himself) referred to EJ as the Paganini of electric guitar.
     
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    Louie Louie ;)
     
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    Emerson, Lake and Palmer: From The Beginning (or one of the other similar songs).

    Carl
     
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    I started off playing electric guitar, then because I was chasing a girl that became my wife I switched over to acoustic because that's what she and her family liked. Much later I would start playing electric guitar. I'm like a guy who speaks in another language other than his own. Since I was mostly a rhythm player and singer in my younger days, churning out lead parts is something I can do, but they're pretty simple as are my fill licks. I'd love to be able to dazzle people like Brent Mason does, or Brad Paisley, but it ain't gonna happen unless I get a new body, and a fresh mind. You need to become dedicated at an early age, and take what comes with it to be a really good player. Being a businessman and such don't put music in your soul.
     
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    I'll change my mind ten times but I love the guitar in that song (not just the 2 amazing solos that I'll never get down ;) )
     
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    Hot Tuna's version of the Rev. Gary Davis', "Death Don't Have No Mercy". I have been dinking on this forever and can't do it. Someone here turned me on to an online lesson by Jorma himself at $9.99 per month. So, if I can clear enough time out of the way (and enough electricity), I'm going to give it a shot, but the rhythm is unobtainable for me and has kicked my butt so far.

     
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