If learning your favorite riffs and solos by ear seems like an impossible task, then you must try the Amazing Slow Downer!
I had been aware of the ASD in the past, but recently saw some rave reviews from other guitar instructors, so I figured I’d check it out. This coincided nicely with a bluegrass tune – read: wicked fast – that I’m currently working on. The real-time tempo was entirely too quick to cop all the cool licks by ear, so I purchased the product.
Amazing Slow Downer, where have you been all my life?
Here’s the scoop: You simply load a music file (like an iTunes track) into it and hit “Play”. Unlike products in the past, which would lower the pitch as it slowed the tempo, the ASD can slow to whichever speed you prefer and maintain the correct pitch.
You can do all sorts of other nifty things with it, like change the effects or the mix, loop sections, etc., but the variable speed selector is where it’s at. Learn a riff slowly (40-50% of original tempo), and then play along at increasing speeds until you’re up to the original tempo. Genius!
At $50 for the downloadable program (www.ronimusic.com), it’s not exactly cheap. But if you’re serious about your playing and you want to transcribe solos accurately – a time-honored tradition among great players – then it’s a fantastic investment that’s worth every penny.
You can even use the easy-peasy ASD to transcribe some of the solos I listed in my latest article, 10 “Must Know” Guitar Solos. It’ll improve your ear training and your chops!
Note: I get ZERO compensation for recommending the Amazing Slow Downer. I just think it’s a top-quality product.
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