This is my first post in this category. As I was surfing this forum I noticed two words in a topic. Joe and Pass. Joe Pass is my absolute hero. I have (I think) 90% of the collection of his work both as a soloist and group participant. I have accumulated every bit of text and booklets and DVD's that are available by him and about him. The work he did in Europe and Japan was more difficult to acquire.
Anyway, I'm working on a chord melody solo of his, the popular song 'Misty'. The version I'm trying to copy from the master is on his Virtuoso #2 CD. It's a long version and he plays each verse and chorus differently which was normal for him. I'm working on it in sections, playing slowly, watching my fingers, and many other recommended techniques but it's been nearly 8 months and I'm still getting his "add in" lines mixed up on the first two verses.
Any other ideas with regards to memorizing when you're trying to copy a piece exactly from the source? This ambition obviously takes out improvising to cover up memory flaws. Perhaps I should be asking a classical guitarists this question. I don't read music so I'm relying totally on my handicapped memory ability.
Take Care All, come visit us sometime up in 'acoustic guitars'.