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Learning a 'difficult / tricky' song

Post by Mr Bass Man » Tue Jul 07, 2015 9:33 am

what do you guys do when you're learning a song that's a bit tricky or difficult to play?

I'm in the process of learning 'Around the World' from RHCP for rehearsal and I'm finding it a bit of a struggle.... I can play it easy when I play it at half speed, but at normal speed it's fast!
The intro is very fast and the verse jumps around the fretboard a lot and I feel that I can't keep up....

I have got better at it so I guess practice practice practice is the way to go.....

anyone else got any tips?
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Re: Learning a 'difficult / tricky' song

Post by bronzet » Tue Jul 07, 2015 12:45 pm

You could always watch a clip of Flea playing the song live or try find a good tutorial on youtube on how to play the song - you can sometimes find out about tricks that make the song easier to play and how to get the groove right.
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Re: Learning a 'difficult / tricky' song

Post by Mr Bass Man » Tue Jul 07, 2015 10:21 pm

Yeah there's 6+ pages on you tube of people doing bass covers off the song. Some are very good, some not so good, but I am getting better at it!
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Re: Learning a 'difficult / tricky' song

Post by potatoes » Sun Jul 12, 2015 2:12 pm

If you can only play it at half speed, practice at half speed until you've got it nailed. Then bump it up by increments of 5 bpm or so, make sure you can nail at the new tempo, bump it up again etc until you are the original tempo.

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Re: Learning a 'difficult / tricky' song

Post by Mr Bass Man » Thu Aug 06, 2015 9:41 am

thanks for the replies
We finally had a practice on Tuesday night and ran through the song several times, but the drummer had a tendancy to speed up a bit in the middle where it goes back to the intro bit (not on purpose) so that was a little tricky.... but it sounded better than I thought it would!
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Re: Learning a 'difficult / tricky' song

Post by martyforrer » Thu Aug 06, 2015 4:59 pm

It's a bassist's job to keep a drummer in line, either by being forceful in your playing, or verbally if the drummer is not listening to you.

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Re: Learning a 'difficult / tricky' song

Post by Mr Bass Man » Thu Aug 06, 2015 9:33 pm

oh yeah... I stopped a couple of times and said it was getting too fast for my poor little fingers!! it wasn't til I got home and had another listen to the original and realised we were playing it a tad too fast...
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Re: Learning a 'difficult / tricky' song

Post by beagle » Fri Aug 28, 2015 8:34 am

All of the above is great... I'll listen to a song on repeat mode during work again and again till I'm sick of it.
martyforrer wrote: or verbally if the drummer is not listening to you.
They just love it when that happens :lol:
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