Playing along to mp3s at a slower pace

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  • #496

    Victor Nystad
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    I’m trying to play along to some fast Nekromantix and Mad Sin tunes, but it’s bloody hard to keep pace. So I’m using [url=http://supermegaultragroovy.com/products/Capo/]Capo[/url] to lower the tempo to about 3/4 without affecting the pitch. Great tool, just wanted to give you guys a heads up.

    And please, don’t give me that “playing with feeling is more important than playing fast” shit. I don’t want to play with feelings, I want to play fast B)

    #499

    mike sirman
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    cool never tried that one yet but will, If you can figure out the notes of the song what I usually do is use guitarpro, then once you put the music into it with the timing you can use the speed trainer.

    If you havent used guitarpro its basically a program you can write out a song in with the proper timing and everything and it will play it back in midi for you. Then you can set the speed trainer part of it to play back at a slower speed and increase the speed a certain amount everytime it loops through.

    #505

    markus
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    ” And please, don’t give me that “playing with feeling is more important than playing fast” shit. I don’t want to play with feelings, I want to play fast ”

    hehe Hell Yeah,that’s right!! B)

    #507

    mike sirman
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    Turns out its mac only but if you need a pc one “amazing slow downer” seems to work great.

    #508

    Carlos Cordero
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    AmSlo works on both platforms. I use it all of the time. Playing with feeling IS more important than playing fast, the trick is to be able to play fast with feeling.

    #509

    Victor Nystad
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    Guitarpro sounds interesting too. I’ve never learned notes, but I’d really like to! Feel like an illiterate sometimes. :blush:

    My cousin Kenneth (great drummer) once asked Trevor Dunn (Fantômas, Mr. Bungle etc.) what the most advanced bass line he’d ever played was. He started giggling, grabbed a napkin, and started writing down the notes. My cousin, a little embarrassed, had to admit he had no clue what it said, whereby Mr. Dunn replied: “Hah! Hummers! They just hum the melodies and somebody else has to write it down for them”. 😛

    #515

    Geoff Firebaugh
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    Playing fast is fun and all, but that’s just athletics. I’ve seen kids can play ridiculously fast “e-g-e-g-e-g-e-g-e-g-e-g-e-g-e-g-a-c-a-c-a-c-a-c-e-g-e-g-e-g” ad nauseum “dude it’s so psycho!”

    learn to play well, then playing fast is much more impressive!

    my 2c

    =g

    #525

    Carlos Cordero
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    [quote]Guitarpro sounds interesting too. I’ve never learned notes, but I’d really like to! Feel like an illiterate sometimes.
    [/quote]

    Guitarpro is a decent tool to start with, the problem is that you are always stuck with the tab. I wish there was a way to hide the tab. Learning to read music is an essential discipline to learn in order to be a good musician. See if you can get your mitts on at least a beginning bass book by Mel Bay to learn the notes.

    #526

    mike sirman
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    [b]los83 wrote:[/b]
    [quote][quote]Guitarpro sounds interesting too. I’ve never learned notes, but I’d really like to! Feel like an illiterate sometimes.
    [/quote]

    Guitarpro is a decent tool to start with, the problem is that you are always stuck with the tab. I wish there was a way to hide the tab. Learning to read music is an essential discipline to learn in order to be a good musician. See if you can get your mitts on at least a beginning bass book by Mel Bay to learn the notes.[/quote]

    Click on the ‘View’ menu, click ‘Hide Tablature’. Done. Thats what I have been doing lately, I write in the simandl exercises using tab, then hide the tab so I only see the music and try to play along at slow tempos to learn to sight read while doing the exercise.

    #527

    mike sirman
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    [b]Slugtrail wrote:[/b]
    [quote]Guitarpro sounds interesting too. I’ve never learned notes, but I’d really like to! Feel like an illiterate sometimes. :blush:

    My cousin Kenneth (great drummer) once asked Trevor Dunn (Fantômas, Mr. Bungle etc.) what the most advanced bass line he’d ever played was. He started giggling, grabbed a napkin, and started writing down the notes. My cousin, a little embarrassed, had to admit he had no clue what it said, whereby Mr. Dunn replied: “Hah! Hummers! They just hum the melodies and somebody else has to write it down for them”. :P[/quote]

    I never did until recently either, its way easier than I thought it was to get started.

    http://www.studybass.com is a really good site I find to learn from. Depending what you do for work if you have downtime and nothing to do on occasion I would find sheet music of something (I have been using the simandl book as well as Building walking basslines by ed friedland) and writing out the music into tab on a sheet of paper. After a while I could start to just look at a sheet and be like thats a B on the G string, thats a C on the A string, etc.

    Took a while though and im still slow at it but its getting faster.

    #529

    Simon Farrell
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    [b]Geoff Firebaugh wrote:[/b]
    “e-g-e-g-e-g-e-g-e-g-e-g-e-g-e-g-a-c-a-c-a-c-a-c-e-g-e-g-e-g”
    [/quote]

    That’s my favourite bass line!

    😉

    #539

    Carlos Cordero
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    [quote]Click on the ‘View’ menu, click ‘Hide Tablature’. Done. [/quote]

    You, sir, are a gentleman & a scholar. Thank you. :cheer:

    #540

    mike sirman
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    [b]los83 wrote:[/b]
    [quote][quote]Click on the ‘View’ menu, click ‘Hide Tablature’. Done. [/quote]

    You, sir, are a gentleman & a scholar. Thank you. :cheer:[/quote]

    Yeah I had no idea it was there for the longest time either. Maybe it wasnt in older versions because I am sure I have looked for it before but couldnt find it anywhere.

    #541

    Carlos Cordero
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    I am going to enjoy the charts I made much more now, thanks again.

    #547

    NM Art
    Participant

    Thanks for the tip Slugtrail. I’ve been looking for a good program for the Mac and all I was finding were PeeSea problems.

    The price on Capo certainly beats buying the Tascam CD/MP3 Trainers (which admittedly have some neat features that aren’t available on the computer-based applications).

    Cheers,
    FF

    PS:
    Los 83: tried to check out AmSlo, couldn’t google it, couldn’t find it on Versiontracker — got a link?

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