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Old 07-28-2004, 08:00 AM   #1 (permalink)
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The most difficult/easy to play instrumental songs?

Just starting this thread to find out which songs are the most difficult to play in your opinion? For me I can never nail anything by (not even close) to Jason Becker... other than that would have to be some of John Petrucci's songs and Steve Morse's. Generally I would say that Satch's stuff are easier, Vai's pretty ok (but I can never get those weird sounds he does with the whammy), Eric Johnson's ok but i can never get his tone and feel too... only the rigid notes. Just my opinion... what are your choices? [img]images/smilies/icon16.gif[/img]
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Re: The most difficult/easy to play instrumental songs?

I find Eric Johnson 'Cliffs Of Dover' a non-starter...and most of everything that Petrucci has ever done! [img]images/smilies/icon_confused.gif[/img]
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Re: The most difficult/easy to play instrumental songs?

...but then, I am a lazy bastard! [img]images/smilies/icon_lol.gif[/img]
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Re: The most difficult/easy to play instrumental songs?

Which one from petrucci in particular? I'm trying to get down my version of Erotomania from his DT work... it's a bitch to get this one right [img]images/smilies/icon_doh.gif[/img] i have done cliffs before do check it out in the covers section and tell me what u think? [img]images/smilies/icon16.gif[/img]
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Re: The most difficult/easy to play instrumental songs?

God...where do you start?! I leave his stuff well alone as I wouldn't do it justice but I could say 'The Glass Prison' and 'Take Me As I Am' for starters! He's a master so I leave it well alone. [img]images/smilies/icon_thumb.gif[/img]
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Old 07-28-2004, 10:12 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Re: The most difficult/easy to play instrumental songs?

Some Difficult Instrumental Songs:
Black Page #2 - Frank Zappa
3rd Movement Of Sinister Footwear - Frank Zappa
Anything From Jazz From Hell - Frank Zappa
Fire Garden Suite - Steve Vai
Salamanders In The Sun - Steve Vai
Havonna - Weather Report
Anything By Liquid Tension Experiment
Almost any Jazz

Ridiculously Easy Instrumentals: Metallica ones.

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Old 07-28-2004, 11:19 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Re: The most difficult/easy to play instrumental songs?

Hardest Song:
Fantasie Impromptu -Chopin (I've had the darndest time figuring this song out and I can't read standard notation as it applies to guitar, if anyone has a tab could they hook me up???)

Easiest Song
Anything by me
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Re: The most difficult/easy to play instrumental songs?

Cool i'll check those out.
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Re: The most difficult/easy to play instrumental songs?

Difficult:
Speed Metal Symphony - Cacophony
Serrana - Jason Becker (i just CANT sweep like that
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5th caprice - Paganini

Easy:
some of satch's ballady type songs like always with me always with you, starry night.. (although playing wiht the rite emotions is not that easy. i love these songs tho)
Call of ktulu - metallica
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Re: The most difficult/easy to play instrumental songs?

Air - Jason Becker

Captain Nemo and Bijou Pleasurette - MSG

Desert Rose - Eric Johnson( that awesome solo with tonal changes in realtime playing)

Acid Rain - LTE

Electric Sun - Electric Sun ( Uli Jon Roth)
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Old 09-06-2004, 12:09 AM   #11 (permalink)
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michael angelo = speed kills

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Re: The most difficult/easy to play instrumental songs?

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The Ulnarian said:
Hardest Song:
Fantasie Impromptu -Chopin (I've had the darndest time figuring this song out and I can't read standard notation as it applies to guitar, if anyone has a tab could they hook me up??

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R u actually trying to nail it on the guitar? -Sorry man, can't help you with a tab there....

I can recommend playing some of his more didactically composed pieces before trying out the truly grand works, though (playing the melody stuff in the difficult pieces can be hard enough, but playing the cadenzas as written is just plain [img]images/smilies/icon_surprised.gif[/img] ). The A-minor chromatic study (Op. 10 no. 2) is an excellent exercise for the guitar (for practising alternate picking and building up stamina) as well as the piano, and it's really easy to read too! Have fun!!! [img]images/smilies/icon_thumb.gif[/img]
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Re: The most difficult/easy to play instrumental songs?

Btb: BucketHead is pretty killer to play...

Black Sabbath wrote some of the easiest yet most enjoyable riffs ever IMO!
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Old 09-08-2004, 06:13 AM   #14 (permalink)
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Gary Huey has written/covered some really fun songs to play... they're moderate in difficulty, but very fun. I can muddle my way through most of it, but I can't nail any of it. Would love to hear someone on the board attempt one of his tunes. I especially dig the remake of the Peanuts theme that he did entitled "Linus & Lucy".

I wouldn't classify his stuff as easy by any stretch, but I would say that some is much more difficult. All in all, aside from Ed's stuff, Gary Huey's music has provided me the most enjoyment and learning out of my playing. I think it's partially because I can't play well enough to even attempt some of the more difficult stuff you mentioned.

Anyway, give him a listen... a good sampling of some Gary Huey stuff is on the Endless Summer II soundtrack.
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Re: The most difficult/easy to play instrumental songs?

steve vai - tender surrender is quite difficult i think
michael angelo - speedkills is definetely kills me
also yngwie malmsteen stuffs are very difficult to play
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