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Old 12-08-2005, 03:24 AM   #1
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hardest songs to play BY instrument

what are the hardest U2 songs to play by...

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Old 12-08-2005, 02:57 PM   #2
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G - Until the end of the world
B - Gone
D - Sunday B Sunday
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Old 12-08-2005, 02:59 PM   #3
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Really? I was thinking like Wire or most of the songs on Boy, or the Street Mission solo.
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Old 12-08-2005, 06:31 PM   #4
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I've never really thought about this before. For guitar, I think I'd break it down into two categories - hard in terms of effects, and hard in terms of technical difficulty.

Guitar (effects) - Do You Feel Loved (intro) / Zooropa / Mofo
Guitar (technical) - Wire (too damn fast) / Love Is Blindness (live solo) / Another Time, Another Place
Bass - Mofo (for the sheer speed of it)
Drums - Rejoice / SBS

An honourable mention for the guitar would have to be The Cry/The Electric Co. Technically, it's not difficult...but it can really hurt your hand after a while. I played it a couple of times in a row last weekend and my poor palm was begging me to stop muting during The Cry.
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Old 12-08-2005, 07:10 PM   #5
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Guitar: Stuck in a Moment - some of those Steve Cropper-esque licks are hard to figure to out
Bass: Gone
Drums: Streets
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Old 12-09-2005, 01:35 AM   #6
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Old 12-09-2005, 12:00 PM   #7
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That's three for Wire so far! When I play Wire, I have to sort of compromise and let the delay pedal do most of the work. It's difficult to play it the way it's supposed to be played. I can get it going for the first four or five bars, then my hand cramps up.
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Old 12-09-2005, 07:12 PM   #8
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Drums - Sunday Bloody Sunday is more syncopated, but Please has a much better groove & is still a distinctively Larry part.
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Old 12-10-2005, 02:18 AM   #9
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sunday bloody sunday is pretty easy on drums, as is streets
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Old 12-10-2005, 10:43 AM   #10
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sunday bloody sunday is pretty easy on drums, as is streets
Streets is a show of sheer strength and stamina it's not technically hard but boy you need to be fit.
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Old 12-10-2005, 11:00 AM   #11
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Um, Streets seems basic, but when you watch Larry do it, he's got something pretty tough to keep up.
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Guitar: Bullet the blue sky solo?

I always thought that was a pretty un-Edge part for Edge to compose. His fingers fly more than they normally do! Very un-Edge indeed!
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Guitar: Bullet the blue sky solo?

I always thought that was a pretty un-Edge part for Edge to compose. His fingers fly more than they normally do! Very un-Edge indeed!
I guess you mean the live version, cause the album solo is just slide.
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I think that the live Rattle and Hum version of In God's Country might be rough on drums just because it is so much faster than the JT version.

For guitar, the ZooTV version of the Bullet guitar solo is, in my opinion, the hardest Edge solo. I like it so much better than the origninal slide solo version.
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Old 12-11-2005, 04:02 PM   #15
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I think that the live Rattle and Hum version of In God's Country might be rough on drums just because it is so much faster than the JT version.
I never thought of that one. I love that shot when the camera's directly over Larry and he's pounding away...it's fucking sick!
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Most of the Drums on U2 songs are easy or not that hard to play. Sunday Bloody Sunday is easy. Streets (live) requires a lot of strength. But the hardest U2 song to play on drums I can't think off the top of my head. But I will get back to you all.
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Guitar - Another Time Another Place,
Bass - [personal opinion] i've found most of them pretty easy...
Drums - Rejoice, The Fool
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Old 12-11-2005, 06:33 PM   #18
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Guitar - Wire, Mofo, Street Mission solo
Bass - Mofo, and a few others but can't think at the moment
Drums - definitely Rejoice, maybe Acrobat, and a few others

but this is an interesting thing to think about
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For guitar, the ZooTV version of the Bullet guitar solo is, in my opinion, the hardest Edge solo. I like it so much better than the origninal slide solo version.
Have you ever heard The Fool? That solo is harder than the live bullet solo, as is the street mission solo.
The Fool has edge's fastest guitar solo, without a doubt (except maybe for some of the God Part II from lovetown solos) and Street Mission has Edge's longest solo (a little over a minute and a half!)
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Street Mission isn't that bad. its hard to remember all the different parts at first, but it's totally do-able. The Fool, however . . . i'm not even going to try
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