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Am I playing this song correctly? (Phantom of The Opera

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by AtheistMuffin, Dec 30, 2012.

  1. AtheistMuffin


    Dec 11, 2012
    I have been told by people I showed this video to that i wasn't doing it right that i should be in standard tuning, not D standard.

    Here's the link to the video of me playing it.

  2. nendo


    Apr 27, 2007
    What difference does it to them if you decide to play it in D standard? As long as you can play the song and have access all the necessary notes then what does it matter?

    It might change the tone of the strings but tone is in your control.

    On a side note - related subject: I notice people use drop d tuning for plug in baby (muse) but it's not needed when using an Octave pedal. People still drop d tune even though they never use that string. End of the day I personaly don't think it matters what tuning you decide to play a song in aslong as your comfy doing it
  3. Jon Moody

    Jon Moody Commercial User

    Sep 9, 2007
    Kalamazoo, MI
    Manager of Digital Brand Development and Product Development at GHS Strings
    If I had a dollar for every time I've played that song at a cabaret concert...

    You're pretty close, but there are some things that aren't correct. The chromatic walk up and walk down starts at the root note that you're playing. So, if you're playing a G, the walk up will start on the G and then go up chromatically; right now you're starting it on Ab (in my example). Or more simply put, you double the first note of the run whereas you are doubling the last note.

    Also, at around the 55 second mark, you have the walk up and down backwards before it switches keys to where the Phantom starts to sing. And it happens again around the 1:45 mark, before the girl sings again.

    Other than that, I would really work on your timing, because the eighth notes in sections seem to drag from what is on the recording (from what I can hear) and you end up playing catch up a little.