Convert Youtube to Mp3!
I’ve just started to rewrite the intermediate course, it’s all about getting as much out of one concept as possible.
Like, how many ways to fret a chord shape or playing scales using different patterns, stuff like that.
This and a recent comment in the community about more explanations, or perhaps deeper learning, of a song in the video lessons got me thinking.
Learn Spy Tunes songs note for note
Now, if you are a conspiracy reader then you know that I don’t believe in copying, I prefer a more free and improvised approach and aim to teach a bit more vague, using ideas of what you could play rather than the “this is exactly how it’s done” approach.
To make a long story short, to me, there is much more value in the numbers of the chord progression and an understanding of the song than what lick to play in a specific section.
So some TAB members might have been disappointed with some of my TAB charts which only show half the truth so to speak.
Why never note for note?
The thing is, my heroes, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton etc don’t play like that, the recording is just one version and it didn’t come from a specific part, it came from experimentation, improvisation and adjusting to all other instruments.
I realized this in my teens when I was learning to play guitar, that time when it all seemed impossible, a huge universe and TAB seemed like the only way.
I felt as if I could play a solo Hendrix recorded then I could play like Hendrix, off course this is not true, I could play Hendrix solos but I definitely couldn’t jam like the man!
When I realized this I stopped copying what one musician had happened to do on a specific occasion and started to adjust to what other musicians did that I played with.
So in the case of Spy Tunes songs I didn’t have a specific part for most of them, I had an understanding of the songs as in chords etc but how I played it was all down to how the singer sang it.
I was adjusting to them, I wasn’t thinking “what is my part”, because I didn’t have one!
But in general, to have you copying what I do is in my opinion chasing the wrong goal.
Saying that, if you enjoy memorizing I’m not gonna stop you, it’s not a bad activity to engage in, maybe learning what I do first and then developing a version is what is best for you.
What I’m trying to say is that it wasn’t my intention to be copied, I was trying to get the idea out there, like, this is my version, what can you do, video response and we’ll all learn more.
A very important part of learning guitar is to transcribe what someone you like play, note for note. Write it down, analyze, memorize.
This is all good stuff and I really think you should be doing lots of this, I guess I just didn’t expect you to do this with my material…
So why am I writing this blog, what am I trying to say with all this?
Convert YouTube Videos to Mp3
Well, there’s a cool website called youtube-mp3.org where you can take a YouTube video and hit convert, out the other end comes an mp3 version which you can download and play in a media player.
I’ve done this with Ain’t No Sunshine as an example, find it here: Ain’t No Sunshine mp3.
If you use Amplitube or similar software you can loop a section and slow it down.
This way you can play along with just a few bars. Should it bee too hard, slow it down!
I do his all the time when I learn songs myself, it’s really handy.
I would expect you to do this with songs you learn in general, if you do it with one of my You Tube video versions I’d be very honored, still would prefer a video response though
Dan (your guitar guru)