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    Picking accuracy in a cover song

    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"?

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    Depends on the song, really.
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    Frankly, id be a bit turned off if i saw a band do a cover, and they played it spot on. Id be impressed, depending on the difficulty of the song, but id sorta be like ok, well what was the point of that. if i want to hear someone else's music the way they play it, id see them live. if someone Band A is playing Band B's material, Band A needs to put Band A's own twist on it or its pointless lol
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    Do it right, do it better, or don't do it. Those are the only three options, IMO.

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    I would say that most people in the crowd are not guitarists(and they would most likely be the nit-picky ones). Maybe just ad your own bit of "flavor" to compensate. I replaced a couple of killer guitar players in a fairly well know band out here and I play the songs nothing like they did(ie, dumded them down ) and nobody seems to care/notice.
    Anyway, just have fun playing it. If you have a good time playing it, people will have a good time listening and dancing.

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    As long as a part sounds deliberately changed rather than half assed, you're good.

    Now what song is it?
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    I always try to do the covers exactly or sometimes i'll just do it my own way. I've done just about any type of music as far as covers go and no matter what I play, i'll always seem to add that metal touch in my playing whether it's A Flcok Of Seagulls to Ratt to Carcass.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt Crooks View Post
    Do it right, do it better, or don't do it. Those are the only three options, IMO.

    this always bothered me about the cover band i was in. we played some shitty pop covers (along with some cooler ones), but about half of the tunes weren't played as well as i thought they should have been played.

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