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Song repertoire deficit - solve with theory?

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by WRXbase, Apr 22, 2009.

  1. WRXbase


    Jan 14, 2009
    Clayton, NC
    I prolly started playing bass YEARS after many of the guitar players I know. Seems that they spent years learning songs while I was just learning to play. This extends into most of the guitar players I've just played with, also.

    I don't know how to play the 15 Metallica, 12 ACDC, 25 Ozzy/Sabbath songs, ad infinitum, all these guys know. I have a pretty good grasp of chords/theory so I pick these songs up fast.

    So ... should I just continue to hone my playing, chord and theory knowledge or add in a sizeable dose of learning this stuff?
  2. The material you're describing is more riff than theory.

    I'm normally the one who shuggest to drop the memorization and then learn theory - in your material case, it may make sense to know the top 50 tunes.

    Now country, pop, jazz etc - answer would be different.

  3. WRXbase


    Jan 14, 2009
    Clayton, NC
    I've also been trying to figure out some way to carry a sizeable list of the progressions for these songs. Spiral notecard deck in my gig bag?
  4. DudeistMonk


    Apr 13, 2008
    Newark, NJ
    Maybe its just my inexperience talking here, but I feel like its easier to remember guitar parts as melodies tend to stick to the brain easier. I've learned a lot of songs, I don't think I can play you more than a handful start to finish, and most of them would be riffy/grooves.

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