Songs that improved your technique

Discussion in 'Playing and Technique' started by SlinkyMan, Dec 18, 2005.


  1. SlinkyMan

    SlinkyMan Member

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    What songs do you find really helped improve your guitar chops (speed/accuracy/phrasing/chord progressions/improvisation) ? I find that alot of Hendrix, like Little Wing, The Wind Cries Mary etc. really helped me out, as well as lots of older Joe Satriani (Always with you, always with me), Steve Vai (For the Love of God) etc, etc.

    Share yours!:)
     
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    "Cause we've ended as lovers"

    Pretty much everything off of UFO's "No heavy petting" album.
     
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    The number one song that did the most for my playing is "Bold As Love". It did far more for my playing than anything I would call number two. It took me almost two weeks to figure it all out and be able to play it, it then took 6 months for me to discover the skewed rhythmic idiosyncies to dial in the proper groove and feel.

    I will agree with Randy in the previous post about the great things you can get from "Cause We've Ended As Lovers", I'd add to that Jeff Beck's Goodby Porkpie Hat.
     
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    Bach Double Violin Partita 1002

    I find that classical pieces really do help position shifts and picking.
     
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    speaking of proper groove and feel, Did anyone see John Mayer play this on one of the disaster benefits? He went up a notch in my book after pulling it off...I knew he was a "player" but I thought he really delivered on the spirit of the song, both vocally and in his playing.
     
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    Led Zeppelin: What is & What Should Never Be

    The singer in the band I was playing in really wanted to cover this song and the other guitar player said he couldn't/wouldn't play slide. So I learned to play slide to pull off the solo.
     
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    Pretty much the Stax and Motown song books. Lots of string skipping and double stops--all done with understatement and taste. Definitely gets me out of the minor penatonic thing.
     
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    Back when Eric Johnson released Tones, I had a holy **** moment. Tried to cop everything off of it. And my playing improved tremendously. Everything from chickin pickin, different chord voicings, position shifting, sweep picking, and on and on. Completely freed me from the rut I was in.

    Of course, after I learned it, I had to figure out what the hell it all meant - I had a lot of new chops but no context - and that's when I began delving into theory and jazz. But I'd have to say Cliffs of Dover, Zap, Victory, and other songs off the Tones album improved my playing more than anything else.
     
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    Teen Town - Jaco Pastorius
    Donna Lee - Charlie Parker
    Freedom Jazz Dance - Eddie Harris (great for getting 4ths under your fingers)
    Bach Inventions
    Various Steve Coleman compositions

    Those are a few out of many

    David
     
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    under the bridge
    The rain song
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    Any song from Chick Corea Electric Band's first album.
     
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    Phish - You Enjoy Myself

    If you have never heard this take a listen. Its definitely cool.
    When I first started learning it I didn't even know arpeggios so at first I thought it was all just random notes. After trying to learn it for a while I realized that the notes were played in a sequence and order and made shapes. It took me a couple months to learn it all the way through due to how much I knew at the time I started learning it. It took a little time to get the timing and speed right too. The song also broke harmonic boundaries for me and helped me realize a boatload of things.
     
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    "Sultans of Swing"

    When this song came out all I knew how to play was hard rock with a Marshall and a Les Paul (which is not a bad thing). I learned all the solos on Sultans and my playing was forever changed. (as was my gear)
     
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    "The Wind and the Wheat" by Phil Keaggy. Lots of tasteful pinky volume swells, Methany-inspired lines, and a real singing feel to it. Took me a long time to get that one down, but my playing really improved as a result.
     
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    I can't give specific songs, but when I first listened to the likes of Jimmie Vaughan, Albert Collins and Buddy Guy my whole approach changed. I'm still mainly a rock player / songwriter, but those cats changed everything for me. I realized that for me, less is definately more. Oh, and I left out Ry Cooder. His work on John Hiatt / Bring The Family changed my technique and approach forever.
     
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    +1 for Sultan's of Swing.
     
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    all led zeppelin, ac/dc, steve vai, and jimmi henderix stuff.
    i just listen and play solos that the guitar players play
     
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    Scott Joplin's The Entertainer
    Mason Williams' Classical Gas
    Heart's Easy On You
    Anything by Chet Atkins and Eric Johnson :AOK
     

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