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    Default How did you learn Eruption?

    I've been playing for over 30 years. I've learned all kinds of VH riffs, but never dove deep into his solos. I know pieces of Eruption, like the tapping part, but I've never learned the entire piece. I really want to now. How did you guys learn it? Tabs, videos, etc?

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    Back in 2004 I learned it via the Best of Volume 1 tab book.

    If I were learning it today? I believe Pete Thorn has a series of videos breaking it down piece by piece. That's what I'd start with.

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    A General Electric turntable man, at 16 RPM, that's how.

    It took a really long time

    Young folks have no idea how easy they got it, LOL!

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    Quote Originally Posted by turnbuckle View Post
    A General Electric turntable man, at 16 RPM, that's how.

    It took a really long time

    Young folks have no idea how easy they got it, LOL!
    I'm 48.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ledvedder View Post
    I'm 48.

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    Oh, about the same age as Mr. Garbeaj. He tabbed it all out, in the stickies above ^


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    Default How did you learn Eruption?

    I originally learned it just from friends teaching me parts of it. There is really no other way in the mid 80s. Eventually tab books came out and I learned it better through them. Over the years Iíve just kind a refined it by watching videos and seeing others ideas. I honestly donít play it that much anymore so Iím pretty out of practice with it. I never really obsessed over learning it. I had more fun learning the solos and the songs.

    The best tab youíre going to find for it is from garbeaj like has been mentioned before. Seek his out on the site and use that to learn it.
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    I know sections of the beginning until the tapping at the end. I'm 57 and I became rusty with those parts. Same here, picked up those types of things using 16 speed on an old Zenith console stereo in the late 1970's. I still do the tapping part as kind of a warm up, and it makes for a great party trick. It's actually two-handed hammer-ons and pull-offs (tapping is easier to type). People are amazed by it but it is of course the easiest part of Eruption. I remember around 1979 I saw a local band at a gig, and the guitarist had a spotlight where he played Eruption. The beginning part was almost entirely ad-libbed, but he did the tapping part at the end and everyone was like man this guy is incredible. lol Show me someone who can play I'm The One from beginning to end and then I am impressed (they are out there).

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    I learned it from tabs like Jedi but once I really tried to get it to sound more accurate I watched the Pete thorn videos prob 100 times. Definitely reccomend them, great breakdowns of every part.

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    No matter how much I practice it, I just can't get it up to speed. And the picking patterns are so unorthodox. I've been able to do the tapping and tremolo picking parts for years. It's just the picking parts that I always fight with.

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    Learned it from Pete Thorn probably 8 years ago.

    All these years later and I still don't have it down. I've got everything fairly good except the picking part before the tapping. My picking hand just isn't in sync with that yet.

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    I struggle with the picking part before the tapping, and the 8-5-0 pull off part toward the beginning.

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    I'll second the Pete Thorn videos.

    I originally learned it with the Hal Leonard tab book when I was a kid, but I got really rusty, so a few years ago I used the Pete Thorn videos as a refresher. I'd highly recommend them, and he does a great job explaining the 8-5-0 section (and if that video existed in the early 90's, it would have saved me a ton of aggravation).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Volumeto11 View Post
    I'll second the Pete Thorn videos.

    I originally learned it with the Hal Leonard tab book when I was a kid, but I got really rusty, so a few years ago I used the Pete Thorn videos as a refresher. I'd highly recommend them, and he does a great job explaining the 8-5-0 section (and if that video existed in the early 90's, it would have saved me a ton of aggravation).
    Pete does not have that 8-5-0 part down. His series was a good effort, but he is way off on a lot of it.

 

 

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