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  • Your favorite and yet most difficult song to learn & how long did it take?

    My most favorite song to learn is the one I'm working on now.  The familiar name to all is "Misty" but I'm learning it note for note from a Joe Pass version on his CD Virtuoso #2.  I've been at it for about six months and just over 3/4's of the way.  When I learn it I'll be so proud to be able to play a song from the master himself. 

    Please share.


    Don't buy a gemstone guitar pick. They're like your favorite snack; you can't stop with just one.

  • #2

    My own arrangement of "MacArthur's Park"...been performing it for about 25 years,  and am finally about satisfied w/ how it lays out.


    • #3

      Eruption - Van Halen

      Judging by the amount of You Tube versions of this song that get it wrong, this song is very difficult to get right. The tapping part at the end is the least of your problems and is about the only part of this song that anyone ever gets right. There's a weird swing to some of it that so many ignore when they "master it". Many people anonymously will claim to be able to play Eruption no problem, but somehow they never materialize in real life or even on YT. Judge people only by their actions, not by their words. Eruption is nearly impossible and if you can actually play it 100% through to the letter, then count yourself among the elite 0.01% of people ever to pick up a guitar. 


      • Freeman Keller
        Freeman Keller commented
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        I've been struggling off and on for a couple of years to learn Chet's version of Vincent - Starry Nights .   Brother Kawakatak plays a pretty decent cover of it - I would like to do that too someday.

    • #4
      Cliffs of Dover by Eric Johnson is my "stretch goal" song. I don't think I'll ever have it nailed, but I'm at around 50% now after a few years.


      • Sangemon
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        I've been working on this for some time now, about 3 or 4 months.

        It's surprisingly complicated. I've gotten it but it's still rough and I can't sing it and play it at the same time yet.

    • #5

      I've been working for a few weeks on developing a single-guitar arrangement based on the dual-guitar arrangement of Gershwin's "Summertime", as done by Big Brother & the Holding Company on the live album "Cheap Thrills". I've loved that version of that song forever, never dreamed I could ever play it, but I'm getting there--very slowly. Fortunately I won't need to attempt the vocal because I have a bandmate for that .png" alt=":smileyhappy:" title="Smiley Happy" />

      She's the lady of the light
      Yellow incandescent night
      Tiger eyes burning bright
      In the understory
      I can't see the forest
      For the branches and the leaves
      But I believe
      I do believe
      by me:


      "Music is your own experience, your thoughts, your wisdom. If you don't live it, it won't come out of your horn."
      Charlie Parker


      • poppytater
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        Over the hills and far away-still working on it