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Discussion in 'Sidewinders Bar & Grille' started by heltershelton, Dec 5, 2018.

  1. Mansonienne

    Mansonienne Stratocrastinator Extraordinaire Strat-Talk Supporter

    Dec 2, 2015
    Paris suburbs, France
    ^^^ this
  2. Alan Crossley

    Alan Crossley Strat-O-Master

    Nov 20, 2018
    Republic of Ireland
    Play it how you hear it. That way, no one can ever accuse you of playing badly. All the correct notes, but not necessarily in the correct order.

    With special thanks to Mr Eric Morcambe
  3. amstratnut

    amstratnut Peace thru Music. Strat-Talk Supporter

    Dec 1, 2009
    My house.
    Unless Im having a fantastic night, I rarely like what I improvise more than a nfn solo.

    We are starting to cover Purple Rain. I kinda fool around a bit on it. Prince plays a pretty weird, non standard solo I havent got down yet. Ill feel more comfortable doing that nfn.
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  4. nungesser

    nungesser They've Killed Fritz! Strat-Talk Supporter

    Apr 28, 2014
    it's just me, the only time I've ever tried to learn a cover was for the Euroguestock jam in London last March
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  5. AncientAx

    AncientAx Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Nov 24, 2010
    I don’t know what it is I do , mostly just a sloppy mess .
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  6. Strat Jacket

    Strat Jacket Senior Stratmaster

    May 11, 2018
    I copy for the most part.
    And for the most part, that's my downfall.
    When I start riffing my own stuff, I generally play better than when trying to get inside another player's head.
    I will never be Rory, Stevie Ray, Eric or Jimi, but I will always be me.
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  7. fezz parka

    fezz parka Do you Reach? Strat-Talk Supporter

    Apr 21, 2011
    Going to Eden...Hey Brother...
    I'll play a solo note for note if it's essential to the song. Like Proud Mary. Anything else is just wrong. LOL
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  8. albala

    albala Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    May 10, 2012
    stamford, CT
    A lot of the things I play are in tribute to the original and I try to emulate the original

    Other things I play are a combination of the original version and my own parts.

    Then there are some things that I've never played the same way twice
  9. Wrighty

    Wrighty Senior Stratmaster

    Mar 7, 2013
    Harlow, Essex, UK
    Me too, I’ve got a covers band. Mainly older crowd wanting 60s 70s 80s stuff. But they want to hear them as they remember them, fresh and modern. I arrange them to keep the recognizable riffs and hooks but update them. I call them cartoons of the originals. Bit like Tom and Jerry. Everyone recognizes Jerry is a mouse, but he actually looks nothing like a mouse.
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  10. Wrighty

    Wrighty Senior Stratmaster

    Mar 7, 2013
    Harlow, Essex, UK
    Yeah, I always make new mistakes too!
  11. mjark

    mjark Senior Stratmaster

    Jul 15, 2015
    It depends, most solos don't need to be played exactly as. I when I'm screwing around at home I very rarely play songs unless I want to bring something to the band. However I have been fascinated by The Ocean the last couple of days. The band would love to do it but no one can sing it.
  12. jaybones

    jaybones Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    A little of both, more copying that playing.

    And when I do copy I make it mine.
  13. jimyjazz

    jimyjazz Senior Stratmaster

    May 15, 2015
    New Zealand
    Just try to play