Last week I was chatting with a friend, another guitarist. He happened to mention that his band was going through Hell trying to cover a couple of Soundgarden tunes. Without thinking, I said, "Oh, the ones in drop-D, right?"
He had no idea what I was talking about. So I took a literal minute telling him to downtune his E & barre across the bottom three strings for those aggressive chords.
Next week, Black Sabbath.
I can vaguely understand a few spoken languages, but staves have defied me for 40 years. Yet I am a strong learner via visuals, so YouTube has been quite a blessing for me. If someone plugs in & SHOWS me how a riff goes, I can usually pick it up after a half-dozen flying starts. And if said someone gives me an explanation of what I've done AFTER I get a grip on it, theory makes much more sense. Telling me beforehand usually just adds to the initial confusion, a variant of "the centipede's dilemma."
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