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post Jan 1 2010, 09:19 PM
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Alright, I'm sick of being lazy. I'm always using tabs to learn songs. I kept telling myself "I'll learn by ear when I'm good enough".... excuses...

My ear is quite weak as a result of this. (and my command of proper grammar, if you haven't noticed. Different story altogether tongue.gif) I'm looking to fix this, but I don't know where to start.

Should I just jump in with any song or start slowly? I tried a few times with some Blind Guardian and Death, but I was a bit lost.

Suggestions?

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post Jan 1 2010, 09:36 PM
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That's a good initiative! The first songs are the hardest but the more songs you know the easier it gets after you learn how chords sound and the interval between them.

Then there are songs with too many and too wierd chords that make them very difficult to learn biggrin.gif Like with everything else it takes practice to manage smile.gif

Starting with simple songs is the way to go and then move to harder as you get better at this. You'll learn to hear the difference between minor, major, 7 chords etc the better your ear gets.
Satisfaction by Rolling Stones would be an easy start.


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post Jan 1 2010, 10:54 PM
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Ah, this would be interesting to have some songs, which are easier to play by ear smile.gif


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post Jan 1 2010, 11:06 PM
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I suggest you DON'T start with songs by Death and Blind Guardian biggrin.gif
They're usually pretty technical and hard, so start out with some simple songs to get the hang of it.
This way, you can practice your ear gradually, and one day you're gonna nail the hard ones too smile.gif

Oh, and I should start learning songs by ear again too, it's been a while...



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post Jan 1 2010, 11:06 PM
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One thing you can do in the beinning is to try and find errors in tabs and try to correct them....

And when you are going to figure songs out i suggest you use Audacity(A free software) so you can slow down the song


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post Jan 1 2010, 11:19 PM
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When I started I took a beginners lesson from GMC and downloaded the guitar pro file.
Then I added a new track so I could not see the original guitar and started to try and make my own tab that sounded like the original, then when I feel like I'm done I just check with the original.


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post Jan 1 2010, 11:26 PM
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QUOTE (Chokehold @ Jan 1 2010, 11:19 PM) *
When I started I took a beginners lesson from GMC and downloaded the guitar pro file.
Then I added a new track so I could not see the original guitar and started to try and make my own tab that sounded like the original, then when I feel like I'm done I just check with the original.


Thats a good way of doing it.....

Must try it sometime


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post Jan 1 2010, 11:45 PM
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QUOTE (Chokehold @ Jan 1 2010, 11:19 PM) *
When I started I took a beginners lesson from GMC and downloaded the guitar pro file.
Then I added a new track so I could not see the original guitar and started to try and make my own tab that sounded like the original, then when I feel like I'm done I just check with the original.



Pretty smart to be honest, i think il try doing that.


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post Jan 2 2010, 04:37 AM
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Try the software Ear Master Pro.

And do their interval exercises. Once you internalize melodic and harmonic intervals it's going to be a hell lot easier to learn songs by ear.

You can use any software that has ear training exercises.

Although how I taught myself was by learning easy songs and try to play them.

Cool trick on WMP: ctrl+shift+S to slow down Mp3s

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post Jan 2 2010, 07:20 PM
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First time is the hardest mate, but in time it will get easier and easier. In general, not every song is easy to transcribe, sometimes you just cannot hear everything nicely for example. But as the time goes by and you learn more and more it will be easier cause you can anticipate the chord movements. I recommend that you learn the chords well, it will be very useful for transcribing, and ofc as more transcribing by ear as you can.


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