June 18


How To Learn Guitar Solos More Easily With Reaper

By Keith Livingston

June 18, 2016

guitar solos, reaper, recording guitar

You can use Reaper to slow down tracks, so you can pick out fast passages more easily. Plus, you can EQ to hear even better. Here’s a video . . .

It’s simple . . .

  1. Import an MP3 of the track
  2. Cut out everything but the part you want to learn
  3. Hold down the ALT key (‘Option’ on a Mac), and hover over the end of the of the track. Click and drag to the right to slow down the track without changing the pitch
  4. EQ the track: high pass, low pass and boost mids

While this isn’t magic, it will make learning those fast passages much easier.


Keith Livingston

About the author

Keith Livingston started recording his own music in the late '70s, on a 4-track. He worked his way into live sound and studio work as an engineer -- mixing in arenas, working on projects in many major studios as a producer/engineer, and working in conjunction with an independent label.

He taught audio engineering at the Art Institute of Seattle, from 1990-1993, and in '96, contributing to authoring several college-level courses there.

He was General Manager of Радио один (Radio 1) in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Now he spends his time recording his own songs wherever he roams, and teaching others to do the same.

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