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    Can anyone play...I mean really play the....

    .....main solo in Sweet Child of mine? I have learned it note for note and practiced it at various speeds a thousand times but still can not play the fast wah section at the speed Slash plays it. Nor does mine sound like it has any effortless feel to it. Now I've spent nearly 2 months on this and its shitting me to tears. Apparently Slash wrote it on the spot and has been playing it flawlessly ever since which shits me even more.

    Anyone got any advice on how to get it nailed. I've tried a metronome, half speed, gradual increments etc. It doesn't help that the solo from the ascending wah bit isn't in "time" with the beat of the song.

    Their's 2 fast ascending bits which I am having most trouble with in terms of speed and feel. The rest inlcuding all the beds etc is no problem.

    I'd like to hear from others who have mastered this one.
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    Do you mean the run he does connected the two main parts?
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    Here's my band covering Sweet Child. Our lead guitarist nails it every time we play it. He says that he learned the song in high school by skipping school over several days and locking himself in his room. One time during the middle of the solo a guy in the audience walked up and through a hand full of money at him. The rest of us in the band consider him a musical genius. He can hear a song once and pretty much play it note for note. It's sickening...


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    I hate to say it, but I usually just hack my way through it. There are 4 or 5
    other players in the roster that smoke me on it every time. It's like AC/DC licks -
    deceptively simple, and if you don't get the nuance, it's just lame where the original
    is iconic.

    But is great when people throw money. B/c you can rip Paranoid as new asshole
    and people will dig it.

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    I am a hack but when our band used to play it, I never really had a problem with the solo(s). The only section which caused problems was playing the first portion, go into the fast minor lick then into the wah section. To do that live can be tricky because I would be turning up the volume knob, switching my pickup and turning on my wah. Eventually I ended up playing it my way which was about 95%.

    I tell you what kicks my ass is to play the intro to Hot of Teacher. I learned it the wrong way when I started guitarand can't for the life of me, play it the right way. Fingers get all screwed up about half way through. Spent about a year playing it incorrectly and the next 23 years trying to forget it.

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    Hot for Teacher really isn't bad at all man, I bet you could nail it -- you just must have a block because you learned it wrong or something. What are you having trouble with?

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    I find it very hard to believe that slash nails anything night after night.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brett View Post
    Do you mean the run he does connected the two main parts?
    Brett,
    Yeah you know the bit where he clicks on the wah and runs up to then do the bends at around the 14th fret. How do you go with it?
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    The funny thing is I'm essentially a rythym player desperately trying to get better at lead. Thought I'd give the iconic Slash licks a go cause they've got to be easier than VH licks or Satriani licks surely based on his bluesy, non-tapping approach etc. I now have a new appreciation of him. Until I get this right I can't suggest to my band playing it and I'll be damned if I'll let the other guitarist take this one from me

    Still, getting back on topic - any tips for getting it better?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mrjstudios View Post
    Hot for Teacher really isn't bad at all man, I bet you could nail it -- you just must have a block because you learned it wrong or something. What are you having trouble with?
    Yes that is exactly the reason why I screw it up. I learned the tapping part wrong. Instead (forgive my lame tab reference), 0-3-7-12-7-3, etc... I learned it 12-0-3-7-12-0-3-7. Much different but only did it during my first year or two of playing. However I have never been able to remove that from muscle memory. Of course I know how to play it correctly and sometimes do but the majority of the time, my fingers start thinking like I am 16 again.

    Our drummer wants to play the song however he cramps up around the 2nd chorus so I have awhile to figure it out.

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    To get back on topic, you need to take it slow and eventually speed it up. When I get into a technical road block that is the only way for me to correct the issue. Since I am not a shredder there is only so much I can achieve and possibly with you however Slash should be attainable. Heck he can't even play Aint Talking Bout Love right

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    Hit the shed. Practice, practice, practice. I tend to my chops for granted now,
    because - when other kids were out playing ball in high school, I was at
    home figuring out Iron Maiden & Eric Johnson licks, putting in the time
    it takes to get good on my instrument. Nowadays, I'm practice averse.
    It's easy enough to nail Green Day or the Foo Fighters with no problem,
    but I'm having to learn "Gimme Gimme Gimme" by Yngwie as well, and
    I realize why I hate that guy; He's a total bastard on guitar! But what
    that really translates to is me having to spend the shed time to get a
    decent sweep technique together, not to mention keeping the energy
    up to solo over Em for days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mdcwalt View Post
    Here's my band covering Sweet Child. Our lead guitarist nails it every time we play it. He says that he learned the song in high school by skipping school over several days and locking himself in his room. One time during the middle of the solo a guy in the audience walked up and through a hand full of money at him. The rest of us in the band consider him a musical genius. He can hear a song once and pretty much play it note for note. It's sickening...


    Well done on the solo !! Very cool

 

 

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