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

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  1. luckett

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  2. Fiesta Red

    Fiesta Red Friend of Leo's

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    I guess it would be "Can't You Hear Me Knockin'"

    By the time you've learned that, you can both Keef and Taylor (those are verbs, right?)...
     
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    Unlike 99.999999% guitarist on the planet I have never figured out a single guitar solo. Part is lack of ability, I had "Smoke on the Water" riff w-out the flat, and had to use a piano to get the "Sunshine of Your Love" riff. But on the plus side my general ability level now from just moving my fingers around and hearing what it sounds like finally allows me to duplicate many riffs and leads w-out having to think about it....
    ....So "Too Many Notes by Steve Morse" just because its so alien from what I do.
     
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    Get yerself an open g Tele and you can do Keef's parts! If I can do it anybody can. The chord licks aren't hard, the "feel" is the trick. A slight buzz may be needed for authenticity:cool:
     
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    One person's molehill is another person's mountain. Back in H.S. I used to play the Freebird solo. But I remember what it was like to be challenged by something as simple
    as the opening riff to Smoke on the Water. Kind of like playing golf. Whether your handicap is infinity or 1 the goal for most is to keep getting better while having fun,
    and anyone who is working towards that goal and enjoying the journey deserves respect. The vast majority of people can't be bothered to get very good at anything that's
    inherently difficult unless they have to, so anyone who picks up a musical instrument and sticks with it is a hero.
     
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    Ah ha! I was thinking something totally different. Like a big band version, maybe Tommy Dorsey.
     
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    I suppose my answer could change with the weather but this guy's version of Stand By Me comes to mind. It is a frequent reminder of how I am a chronically mediocre home playing guitar hack.

    Here's what I mean. I know the core of the song a I-vi-IV-V - right? I can shuffle through C Am F G, G Em C D7, C Am F G, A F#m D E, D Bm G A etc.... I just never seem to get a hybrid picking or truly nice version that sounds like Stand By Me to the untrained ear. It repeats as an example of how it's not just knowing the chords or notes that makes something musical.

    :)


     
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    Would the knowledge of what it took to learn that song come with it? If so, I'm thinking Vai or Satriani - if I knew as much as it took to play those cats correctly, I'd be set to do just about anything.

    KnowwhatImean?
     
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    Jobim's Waters of March and other bossa nova tunes have wonderful soft rhythmic guitar accompaniment that eludes me. I can play softly, but the rhythm seems unattainable:

     
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    The Sultans of Swing.
    To me, this is the quintessential Knopfler. I would kill in order to play like him.
     
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    Yes. I know what you mean.

    I'm thinking the magic would have to be just the one song. It wouldn't transfer to your other playing.

    I mean, if I could play "Cliffs of Dover" note for note perfect with every nuance and apply that to my own style and playing, I'd really have something. So, no. I think it has to be magic, bang! You can play this song! Not exactly robotically because you'd be able to feel it and maybe even put your own touches on it but it wouldn't carry over to your other playing.

    Why? Because it's my hypothetical situation, that's why! lol

    Seriously, this is about being a hack who can have one song to play perfectly.
     
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    There is a short version? :eek::eek::eek:
     
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    I like that. It sort of puts me in mind of Stan Rogers.
     
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    So many songs, so many choices...

    I guess I will pick the one song that has haunted me through the decades.

    Satriani. "The Forgotten - Part II"
     
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    "Night and Day" done by Joe Pass, or actually anything off the Virtuoso album. There is also this guy Luis Bonfa who wrote and played the song "Manha de Carnaval" which I can play about 1/3 of, but I just can't figure out the rest of his arrangement and there is not much video of him out there.
     
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    That is a great choice. Mark Knopfler is one of my favorites. Just so cool, laid back, and in the pocket.
     
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