ok so i decided i'm going to spend a huge chunk of my practice time transcribing songs and then practicing them (to help improve ear, become more musical, be a better songwriter, etc).
i'm not totally brand new to transcribing, i've done some songs, iron man, back in black, rainbow in the dark... mainly the rhythm parts.
i've transcribed solos like stairway to heaven.
HERE'S THE THING...
i find single note stuff a heck of a lot easier than anything comprised of 2 or more notes at a time (unless it's a power chord).
so unless a song is purely power chords i'm pretty much screwed.
---> distortion makes this process cry worthy. i'm not talking about transcribing an acoustic guitar part. i mean thick distortion making everything a mess.
before you say, "Just do it more, you'll get better" i know that's true, to an extent, as it is with most skills.
however... if i'm learning wrong constantly, for example i think some double stop is a power chord... then i'll just keep hearing things wrong.
i've been slamming my head against the wall over the absolute beginning of a simple rock song:
i've spent 1 hour and 8 minutes today on that first fraction of a second. that very first chord or double stop or whatever the heck it is.
i try my best to avoid tab but i had to see if i was on the right track and according to this i was no where close...
according to that it's a unison bend. what the crap? i don't know if this tab is wrong or i'm just a crappy guitar player (never mind, i know i'm a crappy guitar player, but this could still be wrong).
i don't know anymore man. this kind of stuff just makes me want to give up.
BY FAR the most frustrating aspect of my practicing is transcribing. everything else is great.
but transcribing makes me want to punch people in the face, and then stab myself in the eyes with a rusty fork dipped in bleach, and then lie on the ground in the fetal position and sob softly.