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 EMT
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how exactly do I determine the strum of a song I see where the cords are listed above the words. I see these and liked them but only vaguely remembered the song. What I usually remember was the guy doing some cool riff or a cool solo bit. That's about itgenerally. I'm still working on strumming and rythem. I'm on dial up so just downloading a song is a major activity for my coal fired computer.

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(@clideguitar)
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That's the problem with TAB! You have to know the song very well to follow the tab.

Try to stick with lessons here at GN where David H. gives you the strum pattern etc.
Or, you tube lessons, now you have something to follow.

Since you're just starting out try to stay away from (well, hard riffs) and just play rythem.

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 Ande
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Another thought is that when you only have the chords and the words, you've got some flexibility.

I got a Bob Dylan songbook for Christmas- ALL his works in one book. Of course, full sheet music wouldn't fit...so it's just chords, voice/melody line, and lyrics.

Dylan purists won't wanna hear me- I've been learning songs from it just strumming quarter notes and learning the melody, then when I have the melody down I strum...what seems right to me.

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Ande

PS- and if there's nobody around who knows the original, my way is the RIGHT way!


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Thats the way I tend to approach things Ande.

I like the idea of making the song my own. Think of all those songs that Dylan wrote that have been covered by other artists in their own way. Some of them to pretty good success.

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(@minotaur)
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how exactly do I determine the strum of a song I see where the cords are listed above the words. I see these and liked them but only vaguely remembered the song.

Listen to the song again; search YT for "[song name] cover" or "[song name] tutorial" or "[song name] lesson". You'll likely find a bunch of covers of the song, all with different interpretations, and maybe even some lessons. Listen for the pattern or watch.

You probably shouldn't try to play the song exactly like the original artist and original recording. Even the original artist(s) rarely play the song as recorded when playing live. Bad Company recorded Bad Company in Ebm, but plays it live in something like F#. Neil Young played the harmonica very differently in a live Heart of Gold than he did on the recording. There are too many things going on in a studio recording (e.g. multi-tracks of instruments).

I'm digressing; like chalkoutline alluded to, make the song your own. If it sounds good, it's probably right.

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 Ande
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If it sounds good, it's probably right.

My thoughts exactly- what else does "right" mean?

Some of the stuff I play, I play very differently that the original- some folks mention this. But come on, if I want the ORIGINAL, I have a CD player. I want to play it as ME!

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Ande


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As I've previously said, when I saw Bob Dylan, he played "All Along the Watchtower" in Jimi Hendrix style. It's all about making the song sound good not the identical.

The Thais have a saying that fits music very well - Same, same, but different.

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