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FDP Forum / Performer's Corner / relearning something you have forgotten.

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Whitehorse Canada

I don't get out much
Oct 25th, 2017 12:40 AM   Edit   Profile  

Tonight, while testing an amp I fixed.....I tried to play "Blackbird"......oh my....what a mess....I'm going to break out the vinyl and see if I can buff things up.
I doubt that I ever played it correctly, but tonight's attempt was abysmal.



Nicoma Park, OK.

"Let the music do the talking"
Oct 25th, 2017 01:12 AM   Edit   Profile  

Not that unusual.

I was watching a DVD of a Deep Purple tour back in the 80's. They admitted that they had sent out a roadie to get copies of their albums to remember how they had done certain tunes from back in the 70's.



England's Sloppiest Guitarist
Oct 25th, 2017 06:24 AM   Edit   Profile  

IIRC, when Sir Paul introduces "Blackbird" he often says

"For you guys in the audience who play this song....................... You're playing it wrong "


Juice Nichols
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Panama City, FL

I'm just a dude, playing a dude...
Oct 25th, 2017 06:54 AM   Edit   Profile  

""For you guys in the audience who play this song....................... You're playing it wrong ""

Not me! I learned it by watching Paul!

"Blackbird" is a song that I need to run through a couple times if I'm going to perform it, but usually only takes a minute or two with it and I'm good. "The Rain Song" is a tune that if I don't play it frequently I'll forget a good bit of it. The tuning for the song is what usually keeps me from practicing it. I'm too lazy to tune to the alternate tuning for it.

Last Friday night someone asked me to play "Night Moves", which is a song I don't think I've played in 25 years and played it without a hitch. Had to glance over the lyrics once before I played it, but once I got into it, it was like I'd been playing it all along. :-)



England's Sloppiest Guitarist
Oct 25th, 2017 07:13 AM   Edit   Profile  

I also play Rain Song in standard tuning ;-)

Juice Nichols
Contributing Member

Panama City, FL

I'm just a dude, playing a dude...
Oct 25th, 2017 07:17 AM   Edit   Profile  

"I also play Rain Song in standard tuning ;-)"

Yeah I know it can be played in standard tuning, but it doesn't sound quite right.


It's not just good..

...it's good enough.
Oct 25th, 2017 07:53 AM   Edit   Profile  

Happens a lot - you play songs for 40+ years and it's impossible to avoid.

We had a rehearsal last night and decided to revive a couple of tunes that were among the first songs we learned together as a band 5 years ago.
Took a couple verses to refresh ourselves, but by the end we had things back to where they belonged.

Now, if I can just recall all of that on our gig this week. Only a couple days off, so it shouldn't be as hard. LOL!!

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So. Cal. USA

Oct 25th, 2017 09:44 AM   Edit   Profile  

Don't I know it. I truly have forgotten more songs than I know!

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NW Pennsylvania

Oct 29th, 2017 09:56 PM   Edit   Profile  

I once had a buddy from work introduce me to his brother with: "This dude has forgotten more about guitar than you ever knew".

I was sort of honored until I thought about it.

Rick Knight
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St Peters, MO USA

Standing in the back, by the drummer.
Nov 2nd, 2017 08:09 AM   Edit   Profile  

Sometimes I forget how a song goes and sometimes I remember what to do but my fingers won't cooperate.


LA-la-land, CA

Insert clever comment here
Nov 3rd, 2017 12:10 PM   Edit   Profile  

I was teaching last night, and I told my student a trick to help remember a certain fairly simple song. It was all G, C, & D, but once in a while, goes to the Emin. So, I said that when this part comes up, your inner ear knows something a little darker and different is coming, and the minor VI is often used in songwriting, so there's a good chance that is going to be it. Just a bit of applied theory will help me remember how to play a tune, as long as I can hear it in my head.

Fast Lane Pablo


Nov 4th, 2017 08:41 PM   Edit   Profile  

I pulled out a song I'd written. I have the words written out, but not the chords. I finally got it to where I like it, but I'm still not sure it's "right."

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St. Louis

"Thumbpicks don't slide into soundholes"
Jul 14th, 2018 10:31 PM   Edit   Profile  

A lot of times I find that when I want to relearn songs from years back I find that what I remember may have had a kink or two in it that back in the day we just breezed through. Maybe it’s a credit to a player that now we realize that we weren’t as accurate then.

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