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Learning Slash....very eye opening...

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  1. Hendrixlvr

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    As a guitar player, I’ve always known that Slash is a rockin’ guitar player, but I always though, “how hard could it be to do some GnR or Velvet Revolver, etc...it’s just straight up rock right? WRONG! Lol. Until I started trying to learn some of his songs, I never realized how ‘complex’ his rhythm style is....maybe it’s just that my brain and fingers don’t work the same way his does/do, but I find his style and technique very difficult to master. I find I have to ‘alter’ the way I play his stuff just so I can get close to his rhythms. Regardless, I definitely have a new respect for him as a player.

    Anyone else had that kind of experience with any other famous players? One opinion of a player (not nessessarily a bad one) before they try to learn their songs, and have their eyes open similarly?
     
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    Jimi Hendrix

    He is most famous for his lead work, but his rhythm work is sometimes even more amazing.
     
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    I agree. He was a really good rhythm player....of course he did cut his teeth playing rhythm for some pretty big names ;)
     
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    Try playing the signature riff from Bowie's "Rebel Rebel".
    It sounds simple enough, but it takes some digital gymnastics to hit some of those notes.
     
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    I always get his chord progressions 'out of order'.
     
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    Don Felder (and Bernie Leadon and Joe Walsh). So many Eagles songs sound pretty straight forward...until you sit down and try to play them.
     
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    Nuno Bettencourt (Extreme) springs to mind. Very rhythmic player that can weave in a bunch of styles into a single song but not come across as just another shredder:
     
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    Tony Iommi. Not that I can't play a lot of his stuff. I cut my teeth on it!

    But I recently switched from my normal 11s and 12s to a custom set of 8s(8-36) that are in the range of what he uses. Tuned down to D# or C#, they kind of flop around and are real easy to put out of tune by fretting too hard. I had to lighten up and change my approach to keep things sounding right. Considering that he's got two fingertips he can't even feel with, it gave me a new appreciation for his actual technique.

    And his 8 sets are even lighter than mine!
     
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    I never tried to learn any songs by the others mentioned, but I agree with Slash and Hendrix. Both had/have a very different approach to rhythm than my nature approach, so I really had to slow it down and drill it into my head/hands to get it right. Still don't quite have it right with Hendrix, to be honest. It's a work in progress.
     
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    Also to be fair, in order to properly play like jimi, your hands need to be 18 times the size of the guitar neck. He looked like he was holding onto a pencil when he played! lol
     
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    I love good rhythm playing and nothing has given me quite as much pleasure over the past few years than funk guitar (or R&B/Disco/whatever). I can't name most of the players but if you want to try a different style which IMO is as fun as playing lead, give a try to a few Earth Wind & Fire tunes or (gasp) play that old disco song you used to hate. You just might be surprised.
     
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    This is something I’ve been having fun with lately too. Helps so much in my playing lead too
     
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    Yup. Stevie Ray is pretty challenging. Dave Mustaine. Mark Knofler.... there are many who are more challenging that you would think.
     
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    That's the part that's tripping me up the most. I have to get my hand/wrist angle just right to play those thumb over chords. I need my thumb to be about half a cm longer.
     
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    This is where those skinny Squier necks come in handy.
     
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