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  1. Tom Farr
    Mar 13, 2014 @ 08:30:27

    This is great advice. When I first started playing, I would get frustrated that I could only play the coolest sounding parts of a song. You’ve got some really helpful lessons here for playing full songs, and I appreciate the advice on learning how to play songs in different arrangements. Thanks.

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  2. Dennis Fraser
    Apr 02, 2014 @ 10:44:40

    This is a great piece of advice, especially for those just starting out. Sometimes the idea of having to play a whole song note for note can be daunting. Remembering that there are many ways to play a song can ease off some of that beginner pressure.

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  3. Victor
    May 25, 2014 @ 04:27:54

    Thanks for the advice, I get stuck on playing a song perfectly when I learn it and this sometimes gets very frustrating especially because I enjoy metal and the metal songs I listen to are very complicated with extremely fast solos. Learning to play in different ways have been something I have wanted to do because I want to cover some songs to improve my vocal skills and am sick of getting stuck on the guitar. I will be trying this tonight with the latest song I am working on and see if I can get it all down on record.

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  4. millo lailang
    Jun 01, 2014 @ 17:15:56

    I have been playing guitar for a very long time but I still try to play a song note for note until I get bored, then make up my own silly notes and finally give up learning the rest of the song. Lately, I have started trying to make mini compositions of my own but when it comes to learning someone else’s song, I still try learning them note for note. Thanks for shedding light that a song can be played in different ways.

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  5. Dan
    Jul 08, 2014 @ 03:57:22

    I alway encourage my students to learn a song all the way through. I think it is important to learn at least all the sections in a song, intro, verse, chorus, bridge, outro, etc as this helps with the understanding of the music on a much bigger scale than just learning the riff.

    With strumming type songs there is definite freedom to have some creative license in terms of strum patterns or picking the notes out which is a lot of fun.

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  6. Martyn
    Aug 08, 2014 @ 03:05:54

    I know a few guitar teachers and they often say many of their students just want to play the basics of the song i.e the chord pattern, and nothing more. As soon as they show them how to improvise or play something more advanced, they put up a wall and say it’s too hard, without really trying. I guess for some guitar students, just playing the chord progression is often enough. Martyn => http://www.musicteacherinfo.com

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  7. Matt
    Sep 01, 2014 @ 23:26:55

    You touch on a great point, and that is that you really have to make music your own. I grew up playing classical music, which is the last thing I wanted to play as a kid. Every time I tried to learn in my own way, I was “corrected.” This led to a couple year long hatred for music in general before I picked it back up on my own terms. I wish I had you as my teacher!!! Keep up the great work.

    -Matt
    Guitar Strings Reviews

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  8. Josh
    Sep 09, 2014 @ 04:05:30

    You know one of the things I love doing is using a looper pedal (I personally use a Line6) as a way to take that “first arrangement” and learn to add to it. In this way I’m actually creating my own song, something which inspires me to play even more!

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