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Hi guys!

I recently discovered an awesome new series called: "Suits"

But every time i hear there end credits theme song, i want to learn how to play it.

Unfortunately i don't know how, i tried tabbing it myself, but i don't have many guitar playing experience, so i failed.

This is the song, that i am trying to learn:

I really hope you guys could help me out, even if it's just the first few notes, maybe i can try and finish it myself!

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Thanks dude, that would be awsome!

Really sorry it took me so long to get back to you dude, I had set a reminder in my phone to figure this out during free time playing, but I've been so busy working on my own stuff that I completely forgot to do it. I remembered it the other day and had some time today to figure it out. The song is actually very simple, it seems it's just some power chords at the beginning and then a basic riff with minor alterations using a simple scale in the key of F. I tabbed it out in standard tuning for you and tried to give you a sample of how it should sound (please apologize the random clicks, I was using direct in to my computer in Garageband. The sloppy playing is attributed to me sucking :) ).

http://www.sharebeast.com/0ky3i7qna1ij

Here is a link to me playing it so you can hear how it should sound.

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There you go man. It might not be 100% accurate, but it's at least close enough that you can make any changes you think Suits it better :)

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That is the F major pentatonic scale, i think, but the song starts on A major? A G F? I guess it could be because anything is possible if it sounds right. In F I would probably use the d minor pentatonic scale. Try it again with F#. I don't have a guitar here right now but F# may make more sense to me. Oh wait, this is just the outro right? I was thinking of it as the whole song and that progression seems weird. It seems more like passing chords in the middle of a progression. If the whole song was in the key of d minor then this progression would make sense. If the song was in F then the a and g usually would be minor. I'm not all that great at theory though. Power chords imply minors also sometimes. It may be right, i'm not sure.

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Yeah, you're probably right man. I am by no means a professional musician. I don't know anything about scales. I opted to never take guitar lessons because I didn't want to limit myself to what is deemed "correct" while I make my own music. Usually when I improvise over something, I just smash harmonic chords or use simple little phrases with slight alterations. A lot of my own music is powerchords with heavy fuzz, and for my cleaner stuff, I love using bar chords. My biggest influences are probably The Breeders / The Amps, Wipers, PJ Harvey. I got into a lot of music thanks to Kurt Cobain, one of the main reasons why I respect him so much. I can only hope to be able to play guitar like Greg Sage one day haha. :)

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No, you did a good job. Playing by ear is huge and you were very close if not right. Music has a tendency to follow certain guidelines. It often happens by accident. The reason is because most things that sound good follow a formula and just because you don't know the formula doesn't mean you didn't use it. But, for every rule in music there are 100 examples that contradict it. I never took any theory or music classes whatsoever. I taught myself. The knowledge i have of theory is very limited. I learned what i needed to for the song i was working on. For example, i write in F# a lot. I went and learned all about that key and made some notes and then the first time someone said lets move it to a different key i was stuck. I have some experience in very advanced theory but am missing some of the most basic things and it freaks people out. I'm all over the map. They hear some things i've done and think i know way more than i actually do. As time goes i'll get it down. Again, you did a great job. I would have to see the rest of the song to see how close you were. Great work.

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Thanks man. I agree with you as I only tend to learn theory or try to figure out the theory behind something when it's for a specific song or even just part of a specific song I am working on. I also agree that someday I hope to have a complete puzzle of theory, while right now it's just bits and pieces and all over the place haha.

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Yeaaaah, I sort of gave up on it haha, that explains my super late reply, but never mind!

Thanks a lot! I think it sounds really good!

One more favor though, could you send me your garageband file? So i can use your amp settings? Because i have no clue what settings would fit this song ;)

Thanks once more :-grin

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Yeaaaah, I sort of gave up on it haha, that explains my super late reply, but never mind!

Thanks a lot! I think it sounds really good!

One more favor though, could you send me your garageband file? So i can use your amp settings? Because i have no clue what settings would fit this song ;-)

Thanks once more :-grin

Sorry for my late reply, I have a Telecaster build I am working on so I've been pretty busy snooping around the TDPRI on my free time haha. Unfortunately, I was using Guitar Rig 5 as a plug-in and only using Garageband to record. I don't have the entire USB pedalboard system you can buy for Guitar Rig, but Guitar Rig is a very fun program, especially if you like playing really late at night with headphones and it's obviously great to record demo versions of songs due to having access to so many virtual amplifiers. It is all virtual though, so obviously it doesn't sound spot on to the real thing, and I wouldn't recommend recorded completed songs with a computer program. However, practicing at night and recording demo songs, it is really sweet to be able to switch from a Twin Reverb tone, to a Plexi tone, and even a Dual Rectifier for fun haha.

I think for this little clip I was using the Marshall JCM800 into a '60's 4x12 cab and it was mic'd with a Sennheiser 421.

Again, this is all virtual and it only sounds in the general ballpark of what it's emulating. A real JCM800 would have sounded light-years better.

You could probably get pretty close to this type of tone in Garageband under the guitar settings, I think I saw in there once that they have something that says like British Crunch or British Gain. I can't recommend Guitar Rig more though, it is so fun to be able to "try out" different amps. Really, it is a great learning tool to just discover the tonal difference of amplifiers. For example, comparing Vox AC30 clean tones to Fender Twin clean tones to Marshall clean tones. Definitely cool to figure out what type of amp you like best. Also has a ####load of virtual effects pedals too. Real neat.

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Sorry for my late reply, I have a Telecaster build I am working on so I've been pretty busy snooping around the TDPRI on my free time haha. Unfortunately, I was using Guitar Rig 5 as a plug-in and only using Garageband to record. I don't have the entire USB pedalboard system you can buy for Guitar Rig, but Guitar Rig is a very fun program, especially if you like playing really late at night with headphones and it's obviously great to record demo versions of songs due to having access to so many virtual amplifiers. It is all virtual though, so obviously it doesn't sound spot on to the real thing, and I wouldn't recommend recorded completed songs with a computer program. However, practicing at night and recording demo songs, it is really sweet to be able to switch from a Twin Reverb tone, to a Plexi tone, and even a Dual Rectifier for fun haha.

All the covers i record i use guitar rig 5 for because the presets i have i'm able to get out of my amps so it works out. if you tweak it enough you can get some really kick ass sounds from it.

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All the covers i record i use guitar rig 5 for because the presets i have i'm able to get out of my amps so it works out. if you tweak it enough you can get some really kick ass sounds from it.

Nice man, right on. I personally like miking my own amps better. Not to bash Guitar Rig, because I do really enjoy it.

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Nice man, right on. I personally like miking my own amps better. Not to bash Guitar Rig, because I do really enjoy it.

https://soundcloud.com/antisocialmisfitz/new-untitled-track-mix this is actually one of my original bits im still working on. the thudding you hear in it is the bass which i'm still writing parts for which is why the timing for that was off a little, but all the rest was recorded straight from using guitar rig inside sony acid pro.
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Yeah, you're probably right man. I am by no means a professional musician. I don't know anything about scales. I opted to never take guitar lessons because I didn't want to limit myself to what is deemed "correct" while I make my own music. Usually when I improvise over something, I just smash harmonic chords or use simple little phrases with slight alterations. A lot of my own music is powerchords with heavy fuzz, and for my cleaner stuff, I love using bar chords. My biggest influences are probably The Breeders / The Amps, Wipers, PJ Harvey. I got into a lot of music thanks to Kurt Cobain, one of the main reasons why I respect him so much. I can only hope to be able to play guitar like Greg Sage one day haha. :)

So relieving when I saw that theres other people who are taking the same route that im trying to take. Its proven to be very annoying and time consuming, but i refuse to quit, Are there any tips that you could pass on to a fellow self teacher, because I know im quite far behind in terms of where id like to be and what id like to know. But you said you never bother with scales, I learned one the other day it was the Blues scale in the key of D. I havent had that much fun playing my guitar since I first learned what a power chord was. It gave me a whole new outlook on where to go when I attempt solos, or if Im trying to do little riffing techniques in between chords. So once I master this one Im gonna look a bit more into the Diatonic scale and pentatonic scales. I do suggest learning some if you havent, and the site all-guitar-chords.com proved very helpful in my self-taught musical process.

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