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Questions about learning songs thread
4 May 2011
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This topic is about learning songs, here you may ask anything about a song you want to learn. The questions could go from anything from notes, chords, instrumentation, technique or even ask opinions on a song you want to learn (is it better in what instrument?, is it good for an event

Hope everyone can have a good experience and share your knowledge.

John, Paul, George and Ringo= The Beatles And i buried Tulio!
4 May 2011
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Cool, right now I'm learning Mother Nature's Son and I'm wondering if Paul used a pick or not. I personally don't use a pick on it, but maybe he did.

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5 May 2011
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I think Paul used a pick at the very beginning, it just has that distinct sound.
How do you play that "all day long" part? I can't quite figure it out.

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5 May 2011
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I've tried teaching myself Martha My Dear on piano by watching videos on youtube - I can play up to the "hold your head up, you silly girl..." part, but I'm not an actual pianist, so it's pretty shabby a-hard-days-night-ringo-14

What would be considered the "easiest" song to play on [acoustic] guitar? A family friend gave us his, but again I have no guitar playing experience - it would still be awesome if I learnt how to play a Beatles song...a-hard-days-night-paul-7

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5 May 2011
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There are a lot of pretty easy songs if you're just strumming, a good example would be Girl which you can hear really well, but you would need to get a capo, which would be a good investment anyway because you can't really play certain fun songs without one like Here Comes The Sun or Michelle or Norweigan Wood.
But in terms of a song in standard tuning using open chords, I'd say You've Got To Hide Your Love Away or Hey Jude would be pretty easy to translate over.
And thanks for the tip paulsbass, I think I remember you saying you knew over 200 songs by memory which is just insane. I'm always looking to learn new songs, so do you have a few that you just completely love playing that would be worth learning? They don't have to be Beatles tunes.

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8 May 2011
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Holy shit, that's a long post, but a great one. Do you ever do any Elton John? I seem to remember you saying you liked him.

I tried to think of something powerful and moving… and failed.  "You were given a choice between war and dishonor - you chose dishonor, and you shall have war" - Winston Churchill
8 May 2011
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Awesome post, thanks a lot. I've also noticed that when playing in front of people, even though they are usually just friends and family, that certain songs that everyone knows and can join in on often get the best reception, even if they aren't even close to the best thing you can play.

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8 May 2011
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paulsbass said:

To be perfectly honest, the 200 songs from memory – that's just my GUITAR repertoire. Of course there are more songs I know on the PIANO.

Did that sound a tiny little bit like bragging? I'm not totally sure…

Nah. I have most of the Beatles catalogue memorized to sing, and it's remarkable how easy it is to learn a song when you like it. 

If I seem to act unkind, it's only me, it's not my mind that is confusing things.

8 May 2011
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Not to brag, but (and most others probably can as well), I can sing at least 400 songs. Just Beatles and Solo, plus Neil Young, CSNY, Elton, Guess Who. Most people can sing at least 400.

I tried to think of something powerful and moving… and failed.  "You were given a choice between war and dishonor - you chose dishonor, and you shall have war" - Winston Churchill
8 May 2011
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I'm not a musician. I simply said sing, not play, In terms of musicianship, you trump me. 

(Actually, I'm quite pleased the Lakers are out. I hate Bryant. Thanks, although I don't really follow the NBA, but thanks none the less.)

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I tried to think of something powerful and moving… and failed.  "You were given a choice between war and dishonor - you chose dishonor, and you shall have war" - Winston Churchill
9 May 2011
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I'm a huge Bulls fan so hopefully we'll see Dirk and the Mavs in the finals. a-hard-days-night-george-10
It's tough to remember all the words to songs when you're playing because of everything else you have to be thinking about. I've been listening to You've Got To Hide Your Love Away for a decade and still tend to forget some words when I'm playing it.
"How could she say to me, za ze do da de day."

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9 May 2011
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Well it's nice to see you get along by yourselves. a-hard-days-night-john-2apple01apple01

 

And what I understood from SunKing's posts, it was singing. I can't do it alone, I need to hear the song to remember the songs..

Here comes the sun….. Scoobie-doobie…… Something in the way she moves…..attracts me like a cauliflower… Bop. Bop, cat bop. Go, Johnny, Go. Beware of Darkness…  I believe in SH...
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mithveaen said:

And what I understood from SunKing's posts, it was singing.

That was all I was saying. You will always musically trump me, paulsbass. (Does anyone else get confused seeing trump with a lower case "t"?

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mr. Sun king coming together said:

Does anyone else get confused seeing trump with a lower case "t"?

No.... 

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If I seem to act unkind, it's only me, it's not my mind that is confusing things.

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