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PostPosted: Sun Jun 24, 2007 4:39 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

What are some examples of good songs to play to help with learning technical skills (i.e. technically difficult and move along the fretboard or use challenging but worthwhile techniques) or applying music theory (i.e. songs incorporating different modes, changes keys, etc.)? I am looking for ways to practice applied theory, learn new techniques, play in different keys, or just crystallize my knowledge of the notes on the fretboard.

My contribution is Orion by Metallica. The bass AND guitar parts. Cliff Burton was a genius! But that is only one song, so . . . Any suggestions?

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Oscar Ortega

Joined: 24 Oct 2008
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Location: Based out of Boise, ID

PostPosted: Wed Jul 01, 2009 4:29 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

whoa, there are tons of songs that can help!

Ill put my recommendations and why

Eric Johnson - Cliffs of Dover (pentatonics)
Dream Theater - Erotomania (3 string arpeggios & string skipping)
Guns n Roses - Welcome to the Jungle (double stomps and bending)
George Benson - Breezin (playing octaves on leads)
Greg Howe - Desiderata (finger picking and classical movements)
Joe Satriani - Day at the Beach (Chord structures with tapping)
Los Lonely Boys - Real Emotions (rhythym work)
Scott Henderson - Snake Soda (study of modal work under a blues context)
TessaracT - Concealing Fate (study of time signatures) these guys are by far the best prog metal i've heard to date...
Francesco Fareri - (anything he does is a really good workout for arpeggios...) his music might be overwhelming and makes you want to Bang Head but his arpeggio compositions are the best i've studied.

I hope this helps! Smile

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