longest song you've ever learned?

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  1. ndcaster

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    I'm a piker: "Long Black Veil," Lefty's version

    I can only do "American Pie" in a group

    anybody know a really long one? how'd you do it?
     
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    Simple Man. Rhythm part. 6 minutes of repetition.
     
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    I do Dylan's Desolation Row, and 13th Floor Elevator's Slip Inside This House. About 11 minutes and 8 minutes respectively. And each a long, dense sequence of words.

    I can only manage these because there are no really lengthy instrumental passages, and once you've got the chord sequence and a few little ornamentations down then nobody will notice the repetition.

    And most important of all is never let your mind slip into thinking about where you are up to in the song :) It's like thinking about how to kick a ball - you can only do it as long as you don't think about it.
     
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    Arlo Guthrie's Alice's Restaurant is a long one. I have always liked the song but never wanted to learn it.
     
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    It was on drums, but, "Fear of the Dark by Iron Maiden. It's easy to get lost in this one. It took each member of our band about a month to learn thier own parts and the a month for us to get it together as a band(we'll to the point where we weren't embarrassed to play it in front of people.)

    On guitar I would have to say "Mr Crowley" By Ozzy. The rhythm part. My main focus is drums and lead is tricky to get down because of my split focus. Still working on getting this one.
     
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    A few in the 6-8 minute range like BTO Blue collar and Steppenwolf Monster. It's easier when they have a few decades to imprint on me.
     
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    Start to finish? Shine On You Crazy Diamond.
     
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    El Paso and here's how I did it.

    Played the album at least three times a week from when I was 8 till I was 12 while swinging on a swing in the basement of a duplex on an airforce base up in South Dakota when it was too cold to go outside. [​IMG]
     
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    The Ringer And The Princess (The Dingo And The Deer)
     
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    A solo version of Genesis' "Musical Box".....more or less what would have been Mike Rutherford's 12-string parts, with some of Steve Hackett's bits here and there. And, of course, singing....roughly 10 minutes or so. Next longest might be The Who's "Won't Get Fooled Again.".....again, a solo version, faking the organ stuff in the intro, then switching to the guitar stuff when that comes in. The kinda fun part was at the end when it goes back to repetitive organ part before the final "YEAAAAAHHHH!!!!", which leads to the "Meet the new boss...." line. But, I never did either of these in a band setting.
     
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    Led Zeppelin's Kashmir.

    Epic song, and we love performing it.
    :)
     
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    The old folk song "Barbara Allen"..I knew over 25 verses and there were more added through time..
     
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    I don't know names but it's gotta be a tie between the Allmans and Pink Floyd.
     
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    The whole freakin' thing.
    Took months of woodshedding.
    It was cool to learn just to say I could do it, but in 35 years of playing I've only played it with others 3 times.
    Now I prefer the simpler things in life.
     
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    Monster - Steppenwolf
    Thick as a Brick - Jethro Tull
     
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    Not guitar, but Bach's Toccata And Fugue in Dm. On a keyboard with only 4 octaves, so I had to do some rearranging. A bit over 10 minutes, I think.
     
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    Back in the old days we used to jam for a half hour at a pop on three chord progressions. Does that count?
     
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    John Cage 4:33 extended disco mix
     
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    I played first trombone in an orchestra and had to play a piece that was entitled Negro Spritual Blues ( no offence in word usage- that WAS the title)- at one stage I had a 64 bar rest! That was only part of it. It went over1/2 hour to play.
     
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