Alright, so I'm contemplating trying to learn a new cover song with my band. And I don't want to say which song, because I don't want to influence your judgement because you have a feeling towards or against it one way or the other. But lets suffice to say that it isn't a radio song, but it it is both kick ass and ballady at the same time. I think it'd go over well with the metalheads and the chicks.
But here's my dilemma. The clean parts have some intricate picking patterns. I'm not saying I can't learn them. I'm just curious as to whether its worth the trouble or not. Now, I pride my band in being good at doing covers. But I'm wondering how important it really is to precisely pick the correct picking pattern in a song? If I'm picking strings in the correct chord, and its close enough... for a bar gig, would you nit-pick it? Or would you say "Woah, they're playing XXX"?
Depends on the song, really.