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Songs You're Currently Learning

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Mar 14, 2011 4:59 PM ET #1 (permalink)

Pretty self-explanatory. Simply list a song(s) that you are currently attempting to learn. Describe how difficult it is for you and which section of the song is the easiest/hardest to digest instrumentally. If you also have a video or mp3 link, feel free to provide it for other users.

I am currently trying to learn "Crystal Ann" by Annihilator on guitar. I've managed to learn about 85% of the rhythm section by ear. Now, my only problem is the lead work. I'm having extreme difficulty trying to comprehend the notes individually by ear, therefore I may resort to tabs.

Mar 14, 2011 6:43 PM ET #2 (permalink)

Haha, my own songs! Currently just finished recording all the parts for an EP, so now I've just got a ton of mixing to do. The last two years I've just been writing, learning nothing new so my guitar skills have taken a big dip, though I still play stuff like Slough Feg for fun. Hardest stuff to record is the slow acoustic stuff if you believe that - no distortion to hide behind and when you have weird fingerings getting each note to ring out perfectly is difficult.

Never been a by ear person - you're a beast! Do you prefer rhythm or lead?

Mar 14, 2011 7:30 PM ET #3 (permalink)

I'm a tab person, mainly because I haven't even been playing a year. I think I started in May last year, so 10 months now.

Right now, my guitar (if you can call it that) has the 6th string's tuning peg broken so I only have 5 strings. I've only been learning solos as a result, despite the fact that I don't like them. I'm a rhythm player, solos are stupid.

Learning solos to:
-"A Nightmare To Remember"-Dream Theater
-"Like Light To The Flies"

And practicing sweeps. I suck at sweeps.

Mar 15, 2011 1:32 AM ET #4 (permalink)

I am learning a few Bloodbath songs by ear to cover in our band. pretty easy but very enjoyable.

Mar 16, 2011 4:18 PM ET #5 (permalink)

It's an acoustic EP? interesting. It's tough doing complex fingering positions without hitting some deceased notes :P You think you can email me a copy when everything is complete? :)

I'm a lead player. Although, I prefer to learn everything except the solo's when it comes to covers. The ability to play by ear develops overtime and requires in-depth analyzation of notes.

Oh, and I've been meaning to check out Slough Feg. What's the most defining and appealing destination in their discography?

Mar 16, 2011 6:51 PM ET #6 (permalink)

Ha no it only has acoustic sections - it's a mostly doom metal project. Yeah hit me up, email's in profile. What's your favourite stuff just to jam out to?

Oh man tough question: "Traveller" is their most lauded album and it's more straight ahead metal with clean production. "Down Among the Deadmen" is maybe their most classic album showcasing who they are. "Atavism" is my favourite but it took a while to get there - I'd go with "Traveller". Their later albums are less metal more NWOBHM style, but still awesome regardless.

Oh and since this is a guitar thread, I've just discovered that most great guitarists cheat with getting their awesome sustain. They use a Fernandez/other brand sustainer pickup which provides an infinite feedback/sustain. Vai, Katatonia, Type O Negative etc. A good example is Kerry King, ever notice how he makes those massive wails that seem to last forever and change pitch perfectly while getting your amp feedback sounding anything near menacing is like herding cats? Sustainer.

Mar 16, 2011 7:14 PM ET #7 (permalink)


My guitar has practically no sustain. Luckily, I ended up ordering the JP50 and it will be here in 8 days

Mar 16, 2011 7:37 PM ET #8 (permalink)

Ironman - what amp you playing through now?
I thought a new guitar would answer my questions but it frustraited me more because I wasn't getting all I paid for.
I had a little shitty amp. So I invested in the first Line6 tube amp. I love it :)

Mar 17, 2011 7:01 AM ET #9 (permalink)

I'm playing through a Laney LX-12 and a Digitech RP90 multiFX. It's not great, but it gets the job done.

I'm considering getting a Line 6, but I need to wait a while. My dad won't pay yet haha

Mar 20, 2011 4:40 PM ET #10 (permalink)

Alright, I'll send you an email when I get the chance. Favorite song to jam out to? Recently, I've been playing a lot of Death, Sodom, & Priest (specifically from their early albums). What about you?

Thanks for the very detailed recommendations man! I'm sure I won't be disappointed.

Yeah, they obviously use some sort of electronic effect on their rig to produce those endurance notes. The feedback on my shitty practice amp sounds like a cat burning in hell.

Mar 20, 2011 7:25 PM ET #11 (permalink)

The last song I learned was "Lifer" by Down. Next up: Morbid Angel's "Immortal Rites". I'm also recording various ideas on a regular basis, usually heavy-ish, bluesy rock or metal influenced by bands like Artillery, Heathen, later Trivium, etc with some death and progressive elements.

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Mar 20, 2011 10:20 PM ET #12 (permalink)

"Strength In Numbers" by Times Of Grace. Actually, I'm done learning it, it was really easy.

I'm learning "Bouree" by Bach on acoustic, but it's fucking difficult. I suck.

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Jun 1, 2011 7:56 PM ET #13 (permalink)

TIM, whatever you do, do NOT get a line 6 spider 4. they seem really cool and stuff, but all the preset sounds are really dweeby and the tuners are kind of mental. get a Marshall... they're fun.

i'm trying to learn "cliffs of dover" by Eric Johnson, but it's bloody difficult...
also i finally figured out the main parts from Freezing Moon (Mayhem) and Enter Sandman (Metallica, duh) on ukelele!

Jun 1, 2011 9:41 PM ET #14 (permalink)

So I've been warned, numerous times. I don't think I'm gonna get a much better amp because the only time I play live is at school, and we got good amps there.

Learning stuff to just get my fingers more comfortable with chords now.

Jun 1, 2011 10:17 PM ET #15 (permalink)

I play bass, so it's a hard-ass time finding tabs for interesting stuff I want to play. Ive been playing for like 4 years now, and two of those years Ive been playing every day, but I havent learned many covers, so I'm fast and dexerous enough for stuff that takes forever to learn, and skilled enough to get bored by basic stuff. I honestly only like learning songs when they have something I cant do, so I can make my fingers move in unexpected ways to improve my own playing. Believe it or not the first song I learned beginning to end was Death's "Crystal Mountain" Silly metalized jazz bass ftw!

But right now, I just learned Sabbath's Paranoid for shits and giggles, realizing that even though it seems deceptively simple, it's got sections that skip strings, which I rarely see in metal bass playing since it follows the guitar so often, so as a finger player its actually fun to play.

I started learning Skeletonwitch's "Within my Blood" too, but goddamn it's gonna take me a while, because it never occured to me how fast those guys actually play, so I couldnt pick much of it up in one go like I do most stuff. I can play the stuff, but I'm making my fingers comfortable with the transitions, and I just moved, so I have no internet to look at the tabs anymore till I get it hooked up again loll, so it's rough, like sex with a dominatrix with sandpaper vagina walls rough.

Oh yeah, and my bands stuff, so far our songs titled "Baby Bonnet", "Beaten by a Slop-Dick", and "Christ Curb-Stomp" Baby Bonnet is deceptively br00tal, considering the misleading title (it refers to bonnets made OF babies).

Now Playing: Devin Townsend- The Mighty Masturbator (I normally dont like 15 minute long songs, but holy fuck Charlie Sheen must have stopped by and said hi during the recording of this song. For the slow people: that means it's winning)

Jul 27, 2011 9:42 PM ET #16 (permalink)

Right now I'm learning Wake up Dead, already learned most of the riffs, and almost all the final solo

I'm also learning Jesus Saves, fucking epic

Aug 1, 2011 1:50 PM ET #17 (permalink)

Holy Wars...The Punishment Due, Five magics and The Conjuring by Megadeth. Also any ZZ Top I can get my hands on. Love ZZ Top but it's more about going back to basics. After trying to match Dave Ellefson's riffing I need to reel it back in a bit and remember what a bassists job is. I love playing the flashy stuff, but prefer to keep it simple so I can also focus on vocals.

Aug 8, 2011 3:30 PM ET #18 (permalink)

Netro: Check out Halo by Porcupine Tree.

Edit: FYI, Porcupine Tree = Bass porn.

(This post was last edited on August 9, 2011 at 3:45 PM ET.)

Aug 9, 2011 11:15 AM ET #19 (permalink)
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dont consider myself a musican yet but for our deathmetal group we usually cover six feet under songs
primarily from the warpath and haunted lps which are some of my favorites..
we"re going for a 6FU vocal style with a tempo of a decapitated...ya sounds great on paper but its a challenge..
just started jammin in may, but our drummer has his hand in a cast till hopefully the end of the month..
anyways NOT FOR THE LIVING is the band name, if we ever get our shit together, you heard about it here first

Aug 9, 2011 11:39 AM ET #20 (permalink)

Not learning anything right now, I'm writing. Writing lots and lots. I'm starting to think some of it actually sounds good.

Last thing I learned was... Rock You Like A Hurricane and the new dream theater song solo.

Aug 13, 2011 1:47 PM ET #21 (permalink)

im learning mortician's zombie apocalypse and anitchrist by slayer. I've learned most of zombie apocalypse and about half of the antichrist. The hardest part is the transaction from riff to riff.

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Aug 14, 2011 9:07 AM ET #22 (permalink)

Nyan Cat on guitar :D

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