What songs by other people have you been teaching yourself to play lately?

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I basically learned to play guitar by figuring out songs by bands I liked or finding guitar tab for them. Then at some point I guess I got more interested in writing my own songs and stopped regularly teaching myself other people's songs. But I think I'm going to try to do this more often, as it's fun and you get to see what other guitar players do.

I taught myself "Treat the New Guy Right" by Silkworm a couple of months ago, but had some trouble with the lead breaks. Yesterday I had an idea to cover "Motel Room in My Bed" by X so I sat down and figured it out before abandoning the idea of actually covering it.

congratulations (n/a), Wednesday, 11 August 2010 17:27 (nine years ago) link

Planning on teaching myself 'Who Loves The Sun' by The Velvet Underground.

Les centimètres énigmatiques (snoball), Wednesday, 11 August 2010 17:30 (nine years ago) link

"The Year That Clayton Delaney Died" and it's not going well. singing is really hard.

proud teabagger from rim country (arby's), Wednesday, 11 August 2010 22:11 (nine years ago) link

still perfecting my 'funky drummer' break

emotional radiohead whatever (Jordan), Wednesday, 11 August 2010 22:15 (nine years ago) link

oh and i worked out a pretty satisfactory way of playing 'poison' (as in bbd) for a funk/r&b band i've been playing with

emotional radiohead whatever (Jordan), Wednesday, 11 August 2010 22:16 (nine years ago) link

lately, i tried learning owen p's "e is for estranged" on guitar, but a step lower b/c it was easier to play with the tuning i have right now. i kinda have it but dont have a looper to do cool stuff with it :/

couple of weeks ago started trying to get jorge ben's "menina mulher de pele preta" which is only a few chords but involves singing in portuguese (degree of difficulty!)

for those about to s1ock, we slutsk you (m bison), Wednesday, 11 August 2010 22:23 (nine years ago) link

i've been trying to learn kate bush's experiment iv but the final result will scarcely resemble the original save for the vocal melody

kshighway61 revisited (electricsound), Wednesday, 11 August 2010 22:49 (nine years ago) link

I love "The Year That Clayton Delaney Died." Just keep playing it, you'll get it.

banjoboy, Wednesday, 25 August 2010 06:57 (nine years ago) link

Funny that this thread should pop up again. Just now I was running through 'Who Loves The Sun'. The chord progression is beautiful and pretty easy on keyboards - but on guitar it's even better, LR is the master of writing for rhythm guitar.

Les centimètres énigmatiques (snoball), Wednesday, 25 August 2010 09:52 (nine years ago) link

I have taughten my self songs from jimmy hendrix to slipknot, from slipknot to taking back sunday, i love fact of guitar tabs. Hit me up if u have any good acoustic songs.

duffy665, Thursday, 26 August 2010 07:25 (nine years ago) link

Life on Mars by David Bowie. One of the wildest chord progressions of all time. Of all time.

St3ve Go1db3rg, Thursday, 26 August 2010 15:44 (nine years ago) link

The chords for the chorus aren't too bad but wtf with that verse?!

Les centimètres énigmatiques (snoball), Thursday, 26 August 2010 15:59 (nine years ago) link

I love "The Year That Clayton Delaney Died." Just keep playing it, you'll get it.

― banjoboy, Wednesday, 25 August 2010 06:57 (2 days ago)

ok i think i will. i started as an exercise in just playing and singing, you know, at the same time. never learned cuz i was just always too timid with roommates around and stuff and now i pretty much have an entire to story house to myself. biggest problem is in the parts in F (F#? i forget already. i think it's all just C, G, and F capoed a half step sharp on the lp version). i can't hit those without my voice cracking into falsetto. which is ew.

i think i need a singer more my speed, like townes van zandt. if that doesn't work out i'm taking all tips from masonna.

proud teabagger from rim country (arby's), Friday, 27 August 2010 02:50 (nine years ago) link

Cruel Summer on acoustic. I stole the chord progression (which is pretty generic) after I learned it and used it on one of my own songs.

brownie, Friday, 27 August 2010 17:04 (nine years ago) link

one month passes...

The chords for the chorus aren't too bad but wtf with that verse?!

For anyone interested in this kind of thing, I've written the first part of an Alan W. Pollack-style analysis of Bowie's Life On Mars.

St3ve Go1db3rg, Monday, 4 October 2010 13:58 (nine years ago) link

i'm going to circle back to your post later today. in the meantime, i'll just say that i love the concept, and i hope you do more of these.

Daniel, Esq., Monday, 4 October 2010 14:06 (nine years ago) link

Thanks Daniel. I hope to make it a regular thing. This is my 2nd entry -- the first was an analysis of one of my own songs. I love this kind of thing, but it takes a lot of effort to write and I have no idea if anybody else is interested or understands what I'm going on about, so feedback is welcome.

St3ve Go1db3rg, Monday, 4 October 2010 17:35 (nine years ago) link

I like the explanation of the bass line for Life On Mars - it really makes sense now how it holds that song together.

Les centimètres énigmatiques (snoball), Monday, 4 October 2010 17:46 (nine years ago) link

Suicide - Dream Baby Dream

15-60-77 (S-), Thursday, 14 October 2010 04:06 (nine years ago) link

I posted Part 2 of my Life on Mars analysis.

St3ve Go1db3rg, Monday, 18 October 2010 20:10 (nine years ago) link

everything off tiny vipers - life on earth

whoaa life on earth / life on mars

two years pass...

Blondie - Hanging on the Telephone

how's life, Sunday, 3 March 2013 19:44 (six years ago) link

isnt that also a cover

purp (roxymuzak), Tuesday, 5 March 2013 16:51 (six years ago) link

It is! And the Blondie version is very faithful to the Nerves' original, but I didn't find that out until later on Sunday afternoon.

how's life, Tuesday, 5 March 2013 16:56 (six years ago) link

i love both. i wasnt sure if it was actually a cover or if it was a shared member kind of situation

purp (roxymuzak), Tuesday, 5 March 2013 17:05 (six years ago) link

also my new band discussed covering that last night!!

purp (roxymuzak), Tuesday, 5 March 2013 17:05 (six years ago) link

the shirelles - will you love me tomorrow

^^ we chose this instead

purp (roxymuzak), Tuesday, 5 March 2013 17:06 (six years ago) link

my old band covered hangin' on the telephone (nerves version), we used to have a live recording of it up on our website but that site doesn't exist anymore

congratulations (n/a), Tuesday, 5 March 2013 17:08 (six years ago) link

Hole - Violet
Hole - Plump

how's life, Thursday, 7 March 2013 12:51 (six years ago) link

Nirvana - Blew

how's life, Thursday, 7 March 2013 12:51 (six years ago) link

Suede, 'Heroine' (simple chords, tricky arpeggiation that I keep stumbling over, varied dynamics throughout the song prevent repetition)

Half of these sound like rappers. (snoball), Thursday, 7 March 2013 12:55 (six years ago) link

Warpaint - Stars
George & Ira Gershwin - Our Love Is Here to Stay
Beatles - A Hard Day's Night
Beatles - I Will

how's life, Wednesday, 20 March 2013 12:36 (six years ago) link

John Fahey - Requiem for John Hurt -- not as hard as it sounds once you realize the tuning (CGCDCE) but has some tricky rhythms

Doc Watson - East Tennessee Blues (massively slowed down obv)

space phwoar (Hurting 2), Wednesday, 20 March 2013 13:30 (six years ago) link

Down Through & Evil by Red House Painters

MaresNest, Wednesday, 20 March 2013 22:27 (six years ago) link

nine months pass...

Switched to bass this summer. Been learning a lot of great stuff I've always wanted to play. This morning its Heartbeat by Taana Gardner. Thank you disco poll.

how's life, Tuesday, 24 December 2013 13:35 (five years ago) link

I got Mountain's "Never in My Life" down pretty good on bass or guitar, but I can't get my vocals to sound right. It's just a bit too high for me in standard tuning.

earlnash, Wednesday, 25 December 2013 03:45 (five years ago) link

Did a vocal take of Cocteau Twins "BlueBell Knoll" a while back, to see if I was capable of singing that way. One gets thrown by basically having to make silly phonetic sounds instead of sing words, but I think I did ok. Its a real challenge to do all those trills and runs up and down scales tho!

the Bronski Review (Trayce), Tuesday, 7 January 2014 05:47 (five years ago) link

two weeks pass...

this is basically all i do now that i'm fast enough

i'm on my third playlist. this one is dedicated mainly to Nuggets I/II but it's already getting kinda boring. i played mary j blige's "family affair" the other day and it was super fun.

mambo jumbo (La Lechera), Wednesday, 22 January 2014 18:24 (five years ago) link

i can't find the thread for the newest ilx comp but here is a poorly recorded drum part of chocolate watchband's "are you gonna be there (at the love-in)"
if anyone wants to use it, lemme know! i think it has a little bit of moldy midwestern basement charm.
https://soundcloud.com/marshmallowy/are-you-gonna-be-there-at-the

mambo jumbo (La Lechera), Thursday, 23 January 2014 19:16 (five years ago) link

learned "annie" by elastica with a couple other people the other night. really fun to play

1 P.3. Eternal (roxymuzak), Tuesday, 28 January 2014 03:22 (five years ago) link

I've been teaching myself the main melodic riff to "She Will" by Savages, which is great because it's basically just a minor scale

Fight the Powers that Be with this Powerful Les Paul! (DJP), Wednesday, 5 February 2014 15:02 (five years ago) link

four months pass...

Been having a hoot playing the theme to x men the animated series lately.

underrated aerobies I have flung (how's life), Saturday, 7 June 2014 00:36 (five years ago) link

"Under African Skies" by Paul Simon.

banjoboy, Friday, 20 June 2014 07:55 (five years ago) link

Ooo, nice.

how's life, Friday, 20 June 2014 09:46 (five years ago) link

think i'll try to learn 'freight train', though i suspect i'll give up in frustration and self-loathing.

Merdeyeux, Saturday, 21 June 2014 04:52 (five years ago) link

This morning, The Who's 'Success Story'.

Welcome to the dessert of the real (snoball), Saturday, 21 June 2014 12:17 (five years ago) link

Lately when I've been really drunk I'll play like a stoner rock version of the Law And Order theme.

Dreamland, Saturday, 21 June 2014 12:44 (five years ago) link

four weeks pass...

my old band covered hangin' on the telephone (nerves version), we used to have a live recording of new songs on our websitebut that site doesn't exist anymore ,the first was an analysis of one of my own songs. I love this kind of thing, but it takes a lot of effort to write and I have no idea if anybody else is interested or understands what I'm going on about, so feedback is welcome.

DJTrinity, Saturday, 19 July 2014 12:30 (five years ago) link

nine months pass...

Admittedly pretty simple but "That's Just the Way It Is" by Dead Moon. Now I just need to figure out the lyrics.
I covered "Off You" by the Breeders when I played last month.

Immediate Follower (NA), Friday, 8 May 2015 21:04 (four years ago) link

johnny b. goode

brimstead, Friday, 8 May 2015 21:11 (four years ago) link

three months pass...

Walk Away Renee and Sunrise Sunset as guitar instrumentals; and Sir Duke for solo voice/guitar.

banjoboy, Wednesday, 19 August 2015 07:18 (four years ago) link

I have been learning to play "don't talk" by the beach boys on the piano lately. Pure bliss. I could play it forever !

AlXTC from Paris, Wednesday, 19 August 2015 07:31 (four years ago) link


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