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Learning any song on the guitar and making it stick can always be a chore. You must understand that no matter your skill level on the guitar, this is always a challenge. However, there is an excellent system that facilitates memorization and the learning process in general that I would like to tell you about.

The system collapses

The system is literally breaking the song down piece by piece, and it’s such a simple and effective approach that it’s often overlooked. Unfortunately, many beginning guitarists know to work through a song in sections, but still often do it incorrectly.

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The best way to learn any song or guitar solo is to break down the total mass of that song or solo into very small sections. Let’s say you have a guitar solo that is very short, but unusual and hard to remember. Let’s also say that this guitar solo has a total of twenty-five notes. In this case, the ideal way to learn it and make it stick would be to work in five, five note sections, starting from the beginning of the guitar solo.

The system doesn’t just stop them. Now that we understand that we have to break a song or solo into sections, let’s take a look at the actual breakdown in great detail.

1. Memorization

The first step is to memorize the notes and patterns on the guitar so that you can quickly find them without hesitation. Be sure to take the time to choose them as intended. This part is a bit more mechanical, because this is where you have to focus on technique. If a guitar solo requires a certain type of picking, such as alternate picking, be sure to include it during the memorization process. This also applies to learning any chord or chord structure for the main part of a song. If the process of strumming or picking a series of chords is clear from the start, then this should be included in the memorization of a piece.

2. Writing

This is where most guitarists give up and move on. Do not do this. Instead, after you’ve properly memorized the notes, work on the phrasing of those notes and try to get them to a point where they sound the way they’re supposed to sound. It can be very difficult to go back and try to do this after you have learned the solo or the song as a whole. You must be very aware that this is your next task.


Now it’s time to move on to the next section of the song or solo. For now, leave the first part you were working on and focus on the next section. In the case of our 25-note guitar solo, these would be the next five notes. Use steps one and two to download this section, just as you did

with the first part of the solo.

4. Sign in

The connection process is very, very important and is really the key part of this whole system. Once you’ve mastered the first two sections of a song or solo, start with the first section and try to move directly to the next section. It’s important to learn a song or solo at a slow speed, regardless of how fast it’s supposed to be played, so that you can connect these sections in good time. Remember, you don’t want to have to pause before each section so you can set up your fingers first. This is very irritating both for you, the musician, and for the listener.

5. The Lump Sum

It’s a fun title, but it works, because what we’re talking about now is putting the pieces together. It’s true that in the case of the 25 note solo you only have ten notes down, but you should start to think of those ten notes as a whole section of the solo.

For the next five notes, repeat steps one and two. Move on to the next five notes and also repeat steps one and two. So, you guessed it! make the connection between those two newer sections.

You now have two complete sections, as well as most of the solo. Your job now is to use the connection process and bring these two larger sections together. You should now have a full section of the solo below. There are only five tickets left. Use steps one and two, and then, starting at the beginning of the solo, try to connect the last five notes to the large section you’ve put together.

You will be surprised how quickly you can learn a whole song or a solo by doing this. Now it is true that if the song or solo uses techniques of difficulty, speeds, phrasing and/or time signatures, it will still be a burden. However, this is really the process to follow, because now you can use this process to increase the speed of certain sections or to focus on individual techniques. Just make sure you keep everything balanced. You should strive to keep everything as even as possible throughout the song or solo.

This learning tactic is also great for learning classical guitar pieces, since they tend to consist of many sections anyway.

In terms of a guitar solo, no matter how long or complex the guitar solo is, this process is still an idea. The more complicated a guitar solo is, the better this process will work. If you’re trying to tame that super crazy shredding fest that’s been plaguing you, then this should work great.

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