So how did I learn all these solos?
I've never used tabs in my life. But everyone always asks
for them, so I hand type them all out at the end after the
video is done.
With tabs you don't get the rhythm and timing, which is half
of the battle. I always say the notes are one half, the
timing is the other, and the technique just comes
naturally if you pursue the first two to perfection. So
I always figured it out by ear. But in my day, you
couldn't slow anything down. You just had to stop
the solo at each instant
until you could find each note. But that's the
same method even if you can slow it down. Then you need to play
along with it from the beginning up to speed. Every
time you mess up, practice that lick, and then start
again at the very beginning.
I also find it a big help to take a break, but
come back for another try each day. After a few days
of repeating the same thing, it just finally comes into your
That's what works for me anyway.
So the tabs that are included here aren't alone going to
get you there, but they can shortcut the process of you
having to figure each phrase out by ear. The video
won't get you there either, but again, you can watch the
lick and how it's played.
What will get you there is tuning up to the song, and
playing along UP TO SPEED until you get it down. Keep
repeating from the beginning until you master it.
All the best, rock on! Tom