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Teacher said next lesson: A song with a solo to learn and analyse in detail

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  1. emann

    emann Strat-Talk Member

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    Hello,

    my local teacher has advised that I am at a good stage to find a tune and identify by ear the key, the chords for the rhythm and then proceed to learn its solo.

    I am also planning to use transcribe software as well for my exercise. He also advised me to really go into the detail of the solo and analyse what type of scale are the notes derived from and why is the particular scale used.

    So my question to you and being the first time I am going to do this, have you done this before any other time and if so which tune did you choose that was challenging but not that difficult to do.

    Any suggestions appreciated.

    Thanks.
     
  2. BallisticSquid

    BallisticSquid Most Honored Senior Member

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    Comfortably numb, the first solo at least, would be a good one. The chords are straight forward also. Wish You Were Here could work too.

    Main Street by Bob Seger is another one I would suggest.

    What music are you interested in? It always helps if it is a song that you like.

    Good luck!
     
  3. Cerb

    Cerb Anti conformist reformist Strat-Talk Supporter

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    This right here I think is most important. A song that you have listened to 100's of times and know inside out.
     
  4. BallisticSquid

    BallisticSquid Most Honored Senior Member

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    When I was in the same situation with private lessons, that was why I chose Comfortably Numb :).
     
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    It is important that you know the song well. I don't know what you mean by "transcribe software", but the best software for this job is "your ears and what sits between them", best of all, it's free and doesn't need a computer.
     
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    Thrup'ny Bit is no longer legal tender Strat-Talk Supporter

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    That's "progress"for you.

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  8. GoldenEagle0308

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    These are good suggestions. Black Sabbath NIB solo is also a good one.
     
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    Mansonienne Mod admin Staff Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    What a cool, challenging exercise! Have fun!
     
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    montemerrick t minus 30 and holding Strat-Talk Supporter

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    when i choose a song i make sure its one that i wont mind listening to several times a day played badly.
     
  11. ido1957

    ido1957 Senior Stratmaster

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    Yep - easiest solos to learn are those I know "note for note" in my head.
    The hardest are new ones I need to memorize. But eventually I do.
     
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    I was going to suggest Hey You.
     
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    I think using transcription software probably is not what your teacher wants.
    Use your ears, then search around on the guitar for the notes (chords etc).
    Yes, it's less efficient. It's maybe not as accurate (maybe, depends on your ears).
    But it's supposed to be an exercise in picking up a chord progression, and figuring out what key you would use to jam over it .
     
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    LOVE that tune.

     
  17. amstratnut

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    I would use a Chuck Berry song, if thats your thing.
     
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    The OBVIOUS choice would be 'Fermented Offal Discharge' by Necrophagist







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  20. emann

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    Thanks to all for the suggestions.

    Transcribe is a software that will slow down the tunes really slow more than anything else...it will not give you the notes but has a host of options to cut, paste, slow down etc so that then you use your ears to actually find the correct notes.

    Comfortably Numb seems a great place to start as I also love the band and their tunes...well who doesn't i think! My main aim is also to use acoustic on playing the chords as a backing track and then the strat to go over the solo. I am also fond of Guns and Roses...so if anyone can suggest a tune that maybe is good to start with I would appreciate that.

    thanks.
     
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