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How long does it take you to learn a song?

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Joined: 18 years ago
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Anything between 15 minutes and infinity.

Usually if it takes under a day it is a simplistic song and I won't play it again often. If it takes over a week with no progress it's probably best to put it to one side for a few months. The most satisfying ones are the songs that slowly come together over 1-2 weeks of practice.

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Joined: 16 years ago
Posts: 25

This question reminds me of the time when I had a one-gig stint with a shanties band and had to learn something like 30 songs over a week. :D

For me it depends on how well I know the song and whether I have to figure it out by ear (plus, whether or not playing it is withing my technical capability at the time :D ). A couple of hours is standard, then several days to firmly commit it to memory.

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