Also when you work on a song do you try to hit every note the same as the original, or do you take a jazz approach and play in the right key and play the melody and chord progression and improv the solo's and make it your own?
That is what I was thinking I know the chord progression and i'm in the right key with the solo's still working on timing in some places, but I was leaning toward recording some backing tracks and giving it a whirl of my own instead of note for noteBlackhorse wrote:I don't think there's any need to learn it note for note
The only songs that I ever learned note for note were; Stairway to Heaven, (you had to, way back when I was learning electric guitar) which I have never ever performed, and SRV's Tin Pan Alley, which I promptly forgot, except for a bunch of licks that I still use and are now unrecognizable.
oldskoolchop wrote:That is what I was thinking I know the chord progression and i'm in the right key with the solo's still working on timing in some places, but I was leaning toward recording some backing tracks and giving it a whirl of my own instead of note for noteBlackhorse wrote:I don't think there's any need to learn it note for note
There's great freedom in playing your own interpretation.Blindboy wrote:I never try to learn or play a song note for note. I may try to get some of the feel of the artist I am covering, or maybe not. I do learn licks and phrases, but then I use them in different songs, transpose them to different keys, change timing on them... I work pretty hard at NOT sounding like someone else.
Though if I know the piece well enough I'll find that a lot of my notes will be similar to the original. When you're playing notes based on what you're hearing in your head that's inevitable - get me to try and improv over a House of the Rising Sun based BT and phrases from the versions I know well will keep popping up however hard I try not to let them.
There are a couple of good reasons I have too that makes me disinclined to copy solos - (1) at best it will be just a substandard attempt compared to the original (although I'll admit my version will be a million miles from iconic but at least it will be mine) and (2) maybe more importantly it won't fall naturally under my fingers and therefore won't flow well and will sound stilted and awkward. Not good when combined with slow playing - my lack of speed will usually make a lot of the original players solos out of my reach anyway.
Getting ideas for patterns and licks from another player and incorporating hem into your own style and progressions is a preferable option ... though with my memory trying to remember new licks is not as easy option.
Since I've accidentally developed the ability to play what I hear in my head over the last year or so i find it impossible not to start playing notes that are my own version anyway - or to accidentally rip off bits of melody I've heard someone else play months before.
As far as listening to other players - I think I'd rather hear a new interpretation of a song with a few surprises than to hear an exact copy.