I mastered "Midnight in Milpitas" just this past week. I have it spot on and up to speed. It's in C, in standard tuning; chords: C, F, G, Am. I think Jorma was channeling Gary Davis when he wrote this, and it's the best song on the Quah CD, (can't believe it was left off the original version).
I learned by ear it off the CD without TAB or video:
1. first, relax and just listen to the song a few times and simply outline the verse and chorus parts as you hear them on paper, with a few shorthand notes. (Leave blank lines for future comments.)
2. then play along with the song, working out just the chords & perceived neck positions, and mark up your outline a bit.
3. now slow the mp3 way down to about 35% of original speed, and work out the basic verse and the basic chorus, exactly. Then work out the variations as represented in the repeats of the verse and chorus.
4. once you've worked out all of the basic verse, basic chorus, and all of the variations, then play along with the mp3 little faster (45%), just to get the sequence of all the the sections, variations, and doo-dads more or less into your memory . Jot a few shorthand reminders into your outline.
5. After a few nights, you should have all of the sections under your fingers and more or less memorized - although requiring reminding by the mp3. Once you have it under your fingers, speed up the mp3 and play along a few times, first at about 65%, then 80%, then 90%.
(6. Practice at night before you go to sleep. While you sleep the elves will do their work, and you will be better in the morning than you were the previous night.)
7. After a few run-throughs at 90%, it will be effortless to play at 100% speed - although I think it sounds even better (more beautiful, classier) at 90%.
** How to slow it down: I recommend specifically "Amazing Slow-Downer", $50 from Sweden, with some decent speakers. It's by far the best slow-downer in terms of sound quality and user-interface. If you're going to be cracking songs like this, it's worth the investment, and *this* is the tool to use.
(In the short term and for free, you can use Windows Media-Player - "enhancements", to slow the mp3 down as well.)
*** I notice that Jorma's teaching website, has a beautiful video lesson that you can purchase for just $10:
This would guarantee that you could learn it, but I nailed it with just the CD, Amazing Slow-Downer, and good speakers -- and it's good to build up that skill.
Try it either way, and let me know if you have any other questions.
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