Is Game Of Love, Santana ft. Michele Branch too difficult for recent grad

I’ve completed b2b course. Practiced maybe 350 hrs including course. I’ve tried cifraclub on youtube bass tab for Game Of Love maybe 20 times. I’m getting better but I can’t get up n down neck or hammer ons then move in time. If a couple of you would give a try and tell me how quickly you learn this it would guide me. Either to something easier or maybe I could resume just banging my head against the wall. I sound pretty good on the wall.

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It’s hard to say what will be hard for one person or another. For example, I find Module 12 lesson 1 insanely hard and even to this day I can’t do faster than the slow workout. When it’s really probably not a hard lesson. I still try and practice it though simply because it’s clearly a skill I need to develop.

I’d say keep at it! There’s a lot of moving in one part there where it goes up to the 10th/12th frets but it doesn’t look way out of the range of someone who has finished the course, just challenging. Sometimes for our individual challenges it just takes some time to work through them.

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I appreciate the encouragement. I just get so frustrated. Now I have to look up Module 12. I remember never being able to play the M. Jackson fast in Module 4 but I didn’t really like that song where I am in awe Of Carlos.

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I’m not sure what method you are using to learn it, but I personally learn best at reduced tempo and then slowly increasing tempo when I have the slower tempo nailed. So if that song is 120bpm (I haven’t checked) then I’d start at 60 bpm, nail it, move to 80 then 100 and finally full speed. I find this method suits me personally. It helps with learning both memorization and technique.

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If it’s Carlos Santana in general then perhaps go back to some early Santana as although the bass is locked-in and very melodic, it tends to be much more straightforward. I haven’t nailed any of it yet but I’m still messing around up & down the modules. With 350 hours of recent practice (I have that over 35 years) you should find much of the earlier stuff more attainable.

I haven’t looked at anything off that album, although I’ve listened to it plenty and admire virtually everything about it, but I suspect it’s much more challenging for a relatively new player. As @howard says, we’re all quite different in our abilities, but with any more challenging piece it requires practice - break it down to sections and work on them until you have them nailed. Don’t focus only on the bit your find harder - keep going with all of it but in sections.

@JT also makes a good point, and it echos what we do all the way through the course; start slow then up the tempo to full speed.

Good luck!

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I wanted to thank you all for the suggestions. I started with it’s not too difficult. I looked at it fresh and found I wasn’t positioning my hand correctly. Josh used to show us now we are on our own. Playing half the the song with middle and pinky finger isn’t my first choice but it’s doing me good. I’m playing at 75%. I’m repeating some parts and am getting closer. Also instead of same song for two hours I’m banging around enter sandman at 75%. Also messing with intro to sweet emotion at 50%. This keeps my frustration down. Anyways thanks for the encouragement and suggestions. P. S. The first reply from my late brother’s namesake sure got my attention. It was like Moses coming down from the mountaintop.

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@Interstatestan if you are still doing this, I encourage you to check this guy out. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-QjBs1AETBQ

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The Aerosmith song?
Yeah that’s tricky to start with, but it’s a great one to play once it clicks.

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One thing that works for me is not trying to learn challenging songs all at once. I’ll work on a song that will take more time to learn and in the meantime also learn an easier song that can be nailed in a couple hours. Keeps your from getting discouraged and frustrated.

Best of luck!

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that song is on songsterr. download the free app for your smartphone, although i suggest paying the $3 for the unlocked version (i think you may have to pay to access the slow speeds). you can slow down the song to up to 10% of the normal speed, which is just a snail’s pace and play along.

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