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I’d started playing guitar a lot younger than I did. Maybe my fingers would have stretched a bit easier when I was younger so I’d be able to reach over more of the fretboard. Oh well. I also wish I’d started seriously learning full songs AGES ago. I used to be of the mind that since I only really wanted to play original material, there wasn’t much point in me learning other people’s stuff.
Fuck, was I wrong. I set myself a challenge this year, to learn some hard songs in full. Hard for me, at least. First up was Tornado of Souls by Megadeth. Looking at the tab for it, it scared the shit out of me. But I broke it down into bits, and worked on it, and worked on it, and now I know all of the rhythm parts, Dave Mustaine’s and Marty Friedman’s, and can play it through flawlessly at about 80% speed (I’m working on upping this). I’ve not started learning the solo, as I’m shit at lead stuff, however once I’ve got better at that I’ll take a crack at the solo too.
I’m not up to full speed for the song yet (I can play it at full speed, but with alternate picking for the verse, which doesn’t sound right - the original is played all with downstrokes in the verse, which is what I swear I’m going to do), but so far, aside from learning a kick-ass song, I have observed the following benefits:
Next up is going to be some Kreator, probably Murder Fantasies. It’s fast, and it’s going to kick my arse, but I’ll do the same as I did with ToS: break it down, work on a section at a time, slowly, then build up the speed. And it’ll give me something to do with my RR3 before I sell it.