Slow Down Music And Reproduce Any Guitar Solo Note For Note

The number one reason why a musician would want to slow down music is to be able to listen to the notes in a song, especially when learning a new song, that make up a very fast riff, for example a very fast guitar solo, which when played at normal speed just sound like a blizzard of notes

The most common methods used when learning new songs is to either find the sheet music for a chosen song and read how to play it, or listen to the song and learn to play it by ear.

Both methods have their good and bad points.

Taking the reading method first, this is great for those who have studied long and hard to learn to read music, especially if you are good enough to be able to read the music to a new song and play it as you read it, just like reading a book.

However this can have its drawbacks as you are relying on the person who wrote the sheet music to have written it exactly as the song you want to play, which when you take into account how many different versions there are of the same songs, and how many different suppliers of sheet music there are, you can easily find yourself disappointed with the copy that you have purchased.

I found this out many years ago when learning to play the guitar. I would hear a song and then look on the internet to try to find a written version of it either in standard sheet music, or, if you are familiar with the guitar, the tab version, which is basically like sheet music but written for just the guitar.

I soon discovered that there are many interpretations on the internet of how people think a piece of music is played, some very accurate, but the majority are not so accurate and just written as a general example of how they think it should be played, and when it comes to very fast intricate sections of songs like guitar solo’s for example they can, and very often are either left out, or the interpretation is miles off.

This is where playing by ear comes into its own, as you are literally playing it as it sounds, and with practice you can become extremely accurate using this method.

No matter what version of a song you are learning there can be no misinterpretations by others, or the music was written for a different version of the song that you want to learn as you play what you hear.

The major downside to playing by ear, is when you come across a section of a song that is played so fast you just can’t hear what is going on.

Luckily, today you can slow down music to a snails pace and identify every note that you want to play, and without losing the pitch of the song.

Years ago if you wanted to use software to slow down music, apart from being very expensive, it would alter the pitch of the song as you slowed it down, making it a nightmare to play along too, now thankfully with the advancements in software technology this is no longer the case, and is easily affordable.

As a guitarist I think that it is best to employ a bit of both from above and use sheet music, or guitar tab, to identify the chords that make up a song, and then slow music down when you want to learn guitar solo’s or fast fills in the song.

By combining a bit of both you will soon find that you are not only learning songs at a much faster pace, but more accurately too, and by using software to slow music down you will find that you will quickly train your ear to copy even the most challenging solo’s note for note.