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GMC Forum _ PRACTICE ROOM _ Tools For Learning Fast Passages

Posted by: AK Rich Oct 8 2019, 04:56 PM

Hey everyone! From time to time over the years there have been a few posts here at GMC about ways to slow down a song in order to break down and dissect songs or just parts of songs in order to more easier learn them by ear, especially fast guitar solos.

If you are an older musician like myself, you may have used a turntable in the past (long before the internet and home computers) to do this by playing the album at a slower speed which also lowered the pitch in which case you needed to do some transposing after you learned a given song, section of a song, or solo.

Today we have software and some media players to use as tools that allows us to slow down that music without changing the pitch. This is very handy when you are trying to break down that blazing guitar solo or other parts in order to learn them by ear. Some of those applications are free and others may not be and if anyone would like to mention their favorite application or media player that can be used to do this, please and by all means, mention them here.

The method that I have always used in the past is free and simple if you have Windows Media Player but in order to do this you must have the music on your PC. Open the track on your PC with Windows Media Player, go to the settings and look for enhancements and there you will find the play speed settings that will allow you to slow down as slow as half speed or even increase up to double the speed of any song that you have on your PC.

Now I have learned of another way that is free and also doesn't require the song to be on your PC. I am not sure when this function has become available but you can slow down audio on YouTube by going into the settings where you will find play speed settings that will allow you to slow down the audio to as low as 25% of the original speed or up to 200%.

Many of you probably already know of this but maybe it can help someone that doesn't. I honestly don't know how I haven't discovered this setting within YouTube long before now and as I said above, I don't know how long this function has been available on YT but there it is.

So, slow down and break down your favorite songs and solo's and rock on!

Posted by: Mertay Oct 8 2019, 06:11 PM

Tested, yeah it works smile.gif

Posted by: Sinclair Oct 9 2019, 09:00 AM


I am using the software Amazing Slow Downer which has a loop option etc.

Posted by: AK Rich Oct 9 2019, 05:07 PM

QUOTE (Mertay @ Oct 8 2019, 09:11 AM) *
Tested, yeah it works smile.gif

Thanks Mertay cool.gif

QUOTE (Sinclair @ Oct 9 2019, 12:00 AM) *
I am using the software Amazing Slow Downer which has a loop option etc.

I figured someone was using that one. How do you like it? I have never tried it myself but the loop function sounds like a nice option.
I just found out about the play speed option in YT and hadn't really had a chance to use it much other than to confirm that it works before I started this thread. Yesterday I tried it out on a few songs to see how it sounded and what I found is that the audio quality makes a big difference in the clarity when slowing the song down. Lower quality audio sounds a bit wonky which is to be expected and I think using Windows Media Player may have a bit better quality and clarity when slowing things down overall.

How is the quality and clarity using the Amazing Slow Downer? One thing that I noticed with both of the methods that I have mentioned is that tracks that are heavy on the FX can be a bit muddled when slowed down. one thing that helps in this case or in any case really, if you can find them, are isolated instrument tracks like this one.



Here are some more isolated guitar tracks.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G9UkdarSKAg&list=PL-eV-VUdpGug0AFelDy_pb7UBsfAGSk-8&index=3

I wish I knew how to make these myself short of acquiring the masters but I have seen Rick Beato do it in his "What makes this song great" series of videos.





Posted by: Sinclair Oct 10 2019, 08:36 AM

”How is the quality and clarity using the Amazing Slow Downer?”

It is hard to say for me as I use it on my Ipad and I am only interested in finding out the notes played, not the quality of the sound. And I can catch every note of fast runs.

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