December 6, 2018 at 4:04 pm #118015
When I try to learn a lesson from Brain I first listen to his explanation how he plays the piece and where all the chords and licks come from. That I clearly understand and afterwards I try to play along the tabs and speed it up when I am mastering it.
The thing is when I mastered a guitar piece I play the whole thing visually and not really understand anymore where all the licks and chords come from. Simply put, I forget and master the piece visually by tab.
I think that is the danger from learning guitar pieces by tab. You really don’t train your ears, but focus more on the piece visually by remembering patterns and licks.
I am curious how all the member here on this forum learn the guitar pieces. Do you first play along with the tabs at a slow speed and gradually speed it up?
December 6, 2018 at 4:20 pm #118016
Hi Nick, what your are doing sounds pretty normal. Once your learn the whole lesson it’s easy to forget the licks and what chord they are played over. I usually don’t use the tab unless I get stuck on a timing issue, but after I learn the lesson I go to the tab and look at how the pieces fit in. Then I start to think about how I can use them in other situations. It seems to make more sense to me anyway.
December 6, 2018 at 5:58 pm #118033
The lessons usually have a jam track with the guitar part included (as well as the one without) or just the guitar part if there’s no jam track.
I’ve been playing along to these which seems to be helping. That way you can learn the timing and you will hear if your notes, vibrato etc are off the mark – based on what Brian is playing. I’ve often found this way that there’s been errors in what I’d memorized from the tab, and subtle mistakes I’m making with timing etc which can make a huge difference.
I’ve also been using an app to slow them down (suggestion of someone on the forum). There’s apps out there that can do this without altering the pitch of the track so it will still sound ok.
December 7, 2018 at 3:57 am #118065
I use all of the above methods, depending on the lesson. Most often, I print out the tabs and refer to them while I’m watching Brian’s video. At first I was just learning where to put my fingers by rote memory, but now I know exactly where I am within any pentatonic position, and why Brian is doing what he’s doing. And yes, a music slow-downer for the lesson mp3s is absolutely essential for most people.
December 7, 2018 at 4:53 pm #118197
Thanks for all your answers.
I have been using Amazing Slowdowner for a couple of years now and this app has helped me a lot!
First I try to play along with the tabs and when I visually memorized the piece I use the MP3 tracks which I play with Amazing Slowdowner. At first I am not able to play at full speed, so I slow it down a bit.
I tend to learn guitar by remembering patterns on the neck. For me that is the best way to learn guitar. Playing by ear is hard but I think the combination of learning patterns and training your ear is ultimately the best way to be a better guitar player. Specially when you want to improvise.
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