Before You Tube came along, I had several unwritten rules to determine if I could learn a song on the guitar. These were more like self-suggestions than rules. Recently Stan posted a song which reminded me of my unofficial and somewhat loose rules for learning a song back in the day. Since I can't really read music and must resort to the hunt and peck method of learning a song, I thought I would convert my memory joggers to written form.
Here is the link to Stan's post
I present them here in hopes that maybe it will help others who are trying to learn songs on the guitar:
2. 8 track,
5. MP3 player,
6. IPod, IPhone, Android
7. ITunes on the computer.
If you are using 1-5 above, forget it you are too old to learn any new songs. Take a week off. After a week, can you remember the song you were trying to learn?
If not put the Guitar away for about 40 years, and then retry to learn this and all other songs you thought you could one day play. Take a nap
My son gave me the best advise on singing songs I ever had. Whenever a song would come on the radio in the car that I liked I would sing along. He would ask the question, "Dad who is singing that song"? Of course I would respond that it was So and So. Then he would say "Good, let's keep it that way"!!! Yes, he is a smartass. I wonder where he got that.
Here is the YouTube lesson for Stan's song. Romeo and Juliet (14:27)
It finally dawned on me after watching this video. You have to be British to learn this damn song.