This is exactly what’s so frustrating about learning technically advanced guitar playing. I started playing in the time that Youtube didn’t exist, and when I heard a solo I would like to play, I checked out the tabs.
These were the “official” tabs so to speak, and I paid a lot of money for these ($40-$50 per booklet, which I paid for the Rust in Peace tab album).
Then I would sit down, and try to learn the parts.
I put in a lot of time learning those tabs but I soon found out that no matter how long I practiced, something didn’t add up, because some parts were “unplayable” if you were to follow the tabs.
This was extremely frustrating.
You spend hours learning a certain part and then you find out:
The fret positions of the notes are wrong.
The right hand up/down picking order is not specified.
The fingerings of the notes are not specified.
The legato parts (slides, hammerons, pulloffs) are confused with picked parts.
Even in instructional videos, they would often not specify the up/down picking pattern; at least the notes and positions would be correct and you would HOPE to figure out the fingering and picking order from the video, which is nearly impossible with the fast picked stuff.
That is why CTC is a true godsend. Finally, after all these years, you have ACCURATE tabs and COMPLETE tabs (that include fingering, picking, legato indication etc). On top of that Troy has the player often explain what is going through his head while he’s playing this stuff. Priceless.
Because of this, I regained my interest in improving my technique because it is a realistic goal again, it is attainable.
When I know 100% how a lick “should” be played, at least according to the player who is playing it correctly, then I get really motivated to work on it, no matter how long it takes. I know it is a matter of time.
But when you put in time and then find out you were learning it completely wrong (wrong tabs), you want to tear up the tabs to pieces and smash your guitar against the wall (at least I do XD).
When I saw this Eugene piece, I got a strong feeling of deja vu, memories came flooding back. It has been a piece I always wanted to learn, because so many people know the movie scene.
But I couldn’t find any accurate tabs, and because I already had wasted hours learning Marty Friedman solos incorrectly for years, I decided to pass.
Now years later, this post sparked my interest again. But the minute I sat down with the tabs, the bad memories came back. The tabs are not accurate and also, the piece has been most likely sped up.
But I still want to learn it, as long as it’s REALISTIC.
For example, I figured out how to play the fast picking part after the arpeggio sequence (the first lick), with the DWPS approach, but with the traditional fingering, where the index finger doesn’t slide to the 12th fret, but stays at the 13th. I’m pretty confident that I can get this to full tempo (16ths at 140).
But the arpeggio parts are a pain in the ass. Has anyone come up with accurate fingerings and picking order that allows them to play these at tempo?
I would like to tackle this piece, but I don’t want to waste time playing stuff “the wrong” way.
Is it possible to come up with accurate tabs that can be played at tempo? The guy in the video did a pretty good job. Are the tabs in the post the same tabs as the guy in the YT video used?
Sorry for the long post, but I probably still have to go to anger management classes to get over the frustration of having bad tabs for the past 20 years. Thanks for finally taking that frustration away Troy Grady!