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Slow Down Music Software

Did you ever use slow down music software to learn a song? Once you do you will be hooked. It makes learning guitar riffs and leads so much easier when the music is slowed down.

You can hear if the guitarist is bending a string or playing it straight better. Sometimes it hard to tell, you usually have to listen to what follows or what comes before a note.

Vinyl Days

I used to try to do this on a turn table(Vinyl) back in the 60’s. You used to be able to put an album 33 speed on 16 speed. I never saw a record for 16 speed but it was on my record player as they were called at the time until Stereo became the standard.

It wasn’t very easy to do it changed the pitch and you had to transpose everything back and tuning was always a problem.

Digital Days

Digital electronics make a lot of thing easier in the music industry. It makes us able to download music fast and it’s cost is low.

You can also use this feature to learn the song in a different key if you want.

It’s fairly easy to use and you can loop something that’s giving you trouble so you can concentrate on learning one section at a time.

Using Slow Down Music Software

The first thing to learn is the basic melody and the chords. Most songs aren’t complicated even though they may sound it.

Song Basics First
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1 – Listen to the song at full speed first and listen for the chord changes. Next slow it down as much as you need and try to get the root note of every chord change.

2 – Next see if its major or minor. If neither one sounds right it may be an augmented or diminished chord. If it sounds close it may be a minor 7th, major 7th or a dominant 7th. Check out the guitar 7th chords.

3 – You need to break things down to the basic components. A C chord is the core of a C6, Cma7, Cma9 and so on there are notes added to the C chord.

4 – Listen to the bass player in the song, they usually tell you when a chord changes and also lead into the change. When they lead into a change there may be a chord for the lead in too. A lot of the time but not always the bass player plays the root tone of the chord on beat one.

Start out learning some simple songs first untill you get the hang of it. The more music theory you know the easier it is to learn by ear because you have an idea of what chords belong to the key of the song being played. The chords and the song can also go into 2 or more keys.

Better and Faster

The more you use this slow down music software the better and faster you get at learning by ear. There will be some parts you won’t get because of a technique used by someone in the song or the way the song was edited in the studio.

Song Chords
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Songs don’t always stay in one key they can go into other keys for a measure or two and then back to the original key.

Major keys are made from two other keys. The key of C is from half of the key of F and half of the key of G. A song could also use the chords from these keys that aren’t in the C scale.

Here is a table of these keys and chords.

Key

I Chord

ii Chord

iiiChord

IV Chord

V Chord

vi Chord

vii Chord

You see you could have a D minor or D major the same with G minor and G major.

These aren’t the only choices a song can go into any key at anytime depending on the writer of the song. Sometimes the songwriter doesn’t know much music theory and only go by what sounds right to them.

Sheet Music

If you have sheet music for a song this helps as far as the chords go, you just might have to transpose to the right key. Most sheet music and sheet music books only contain the basics of a song like the melody, lyrics and chords. Although they are getting better I’ve found sheet music to be wrong a lot of the time too as far as chords for guitar are concerned.

Unless a book or sheet music was written for guitar there will be parts of the song for guitar missing. Thats where your ears come in. Your ears are just as important to train as your fingers.

Learning Riffs
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Riffs are easier to learn than whole songs most of the time. The Rolling Stones song Satisfaction has a classic 3 note riff that made the song. That Fuzz-box tone is what did it. The 3 notes in this riff follows the chords E(E G♯ B) A(A C♯ E) and D(D F♯ A) with the notes B(5th) C♯(3rd) and D(root)

Riffs can also be a chord picking pattern that blends with several chord changes like Blue Oyster Cult’s song Don’t Fear the Reaper.

When you know what chord or chords are being played you will have a good idea of what notes are being used in the riff. If the chord is a D major you have D F♯ and A chord notes, also the 6(B) and 9(E) are good notes to try also the flatted 7th(C).

If the chord is a D minor the only difference would be an F instead of an F♯ note.

Here is a link to learn some chord theory.

Guitar Chord Theory

Learning Guitar Leads
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Guitar leads or solos have musical sentences, in other words small sections of notes that go together as a group.

The best way to learn a solo is to break it up and learn each small sections until you know them all and then connect them together. The end of one may also be the beginning of the next section.

This is almost the same as learning riffs except you connect them together.

Bent Notes

With this tool and a little practice it is easier to hear the difference between a stretched note and a picked note. Eric Clapton doesn’t seem to move his hand a lot but a ton of notes come out because he is stretching to those notes instead of moving to the fret.

Slow Down Sample

Jeff’s Boogie Full Speed

Here is a short section of Jeff’s Boogie played at full speed. This is Jeff Beck with the Yardbirds. A classic fast guitar song from a guitar legend.

Jeff’s Boogie beginning full speed

Jeff’s Boogie Slow Speed

Here how you can pick out the notes in this section easier. Most songs aren’t this fast but I wanted to show you how it works with a fast song.

Here are links for the mp3 and a detailed sheet music for this instrumental.

Jeff’s Boogie – mp3

Jeff’s Boogie – Tab

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Jeff’s Boogie beginning Speed 60 percent

Slow Down Software

I have found and used 3 different software products that slow music down and do some things like remove the voice or background, also change pitch so you don’t have to retune for every song.

They are Riffmaster, Song Surgeon and Transpose. I like all of them but I prefer the Transcribe interface.

They are are all around the same price $47 to $50 USD and they all do the job. Below I put links to each of them. You can decide for yourself.

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