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(@lennycamogmail-com)
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I have played these tunes over and over I play along with Devin with the tab across the bottom, no problem. But when I comes to playing alone maybe 10 to 12 bars and I’m lost lol. What’s the trick? Thanks 

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Topic starter Posted : June 3, 2022 5:58 PM
(@jerseychicadee)
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It has taken me 2 years to really get Jerusalem Ridge down without tabs, clean and with speed. I didn’t try to memorize it.  I’ve just played it several times a day for 2 + years 

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Posted : June 4, 2022 2:23 PM
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(@georgeanddoris66hotmail-com)
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GIF

Just practice and to me it slowly falls into place so how 

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Posted : June 4, 2022 7:10 PM
(@yiwork)
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Its a real struggle for me also. I try and work on a few measures at a time until I have it down and can play it with out looking at the tab and then I move to the next measures. Also I was told to hum or sing along as you play so you cant internalize the melody as you play that seems to help a lot.

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Posted : June 5, 2022 6:16 AM
Anders Heintz, Michael Graham, Thib and 2 people reacted
(@lennycamogmail-com)
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Ok, glad to hear from you guys, and I’m not alone, yes! Playing and learning alone sometimes you feel like you not making any progress but then playing along with Devin I feel good about my playing so you know just good to hear it takes time to memorize the songs tab wise.

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Topic starter Posted : June 5, 2022 2:18 PM
Brett Steinbeck, Michael Graham, Thib and 3 people reacted
(@galou)
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Hi everyone! I have the same issue with remembering tabs...

I've tried this: repeating small group of measures (4 or 8) with the metronome, one time looking at tabs, the other closing the eyes, etc, etc...

then, I tried to close my eyes two times 🙂 and again and again.... It's a long work...

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Posted : June 6, 2022 7:31 AM
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(@georgeanddoris66hotmail-com)
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GIF

 

Posted by: @georgeanddoris66hotmail-com

GIF

Just practice and to me it slowly falls into place so how 

It just falls into place after a while. Sorry for the screwup


GIF

 

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Posted : June 11, 2022 7:29 PM
(@jrick92)
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Is tab best used to teach you what to play or to describe what you already played? 

 

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Posted : July 2, 2022 7:24 AM
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(@jack07712)
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unless your playing to accompany a singer or other players, I see no reason to memorize tabs.  With the aid of the tabs, learn the somg, and plat it by ear.  If it sounds right, it is right.

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Posted : July 23, 2022 9:06 AM
(@georgeanddoris66hotmail-com)
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GIF

Practice, practice, practice

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Posted : August 1, 2022 10:28 AM
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(@st-stephen)
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I learned from CGO to memorize the chord progressions. All the relevant notes are under your fingers, the tablature is built on that with embellishments added usually hammering, pulling, or bending a string on the second fret with your middle finger. I agree, just listen and it will be right!

 

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Posted : August 11, 2022 2:17 AM
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(@jambongris)
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Repetition.  That's the key.  A few bars at a time.  Over and over until they are memorized.  Then move on and do the same thing and then incorporate the originally memorized with the newly memorized.  Once you're ten bars or so in, there's usually a repeat except for maybe a minor change so memorizing the repeats is easy because you know them already.  Devin sometimes breaks the song up into several parts, which helps because that makes it easier to memorize.   Once memorized, play at least once a day to retain.  Your brain can store tons of information and it loves a good work out so keep memorizing and you'll find it gets easier.

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Posted : December 31, 2023 10:26 PM
(@jerseychicadee)
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I agree. I get most of the song down pat but then I’ll hit one spot and I can’t find the right note. Then I start all over at the beginning. I’m not playing to impress or entertain anyone but myself but when others are around I stick to the tabs more. lol. 

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Posted : January 1, 2024 10:11 AM
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(@jambongris)
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@jerseychicadee I find visualizing the tab when I'm trying to memorize the piece works for me.  I remember starting out with the Hal Leonard Guitar Method Book 1 and the little pieces in there were all regular music notation as opposed to tabs and I find tabs so much easier to memorize.  That and I haven't memorized the fret board yet so I'm in the dark when it comes to reading a musical score for guitar without tabs.

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Posted : January 1, 2024 11:28 AM
(@alberto-pai)
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Try to play it looking at the frets and not following the tabs on the laptop, in a certain sense is same as memorize tab 🙂

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Posted : January 4, 2024 3:14 AM
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