Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Manitoba, Canada
Re: good at improvising, terible at learning songs
I'm more or less in the same boat in you, and the only thing that really helps me is self-discipline. You just got to mentally focus and completely buckle down. Don't even THINK of playing anything but the song you're learning. Even if you have to go so far as to punish yourself. If you force yourself to not eat, go outside, or sleep, make proper contact with any living being, or watch TV until you finish whatever your working on. Even if you have to slap yourself the second you start playing something that isn't in the song!
This is even more crucial if you're learning songs by ear. I've wasted over an hour without even realizing it because I just started noodling about because I got stuck on a single part for longer than 40 seconds... even though I could have probably figured it out after less than 10 minutes of real work. Time fly's when you're subconsciously trying to procrastinate, huh?