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Singing Kurt's Tunes(from memory)

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  1. phanover44

    Hey there! I have been a big fan of Kurt for years and have been curious for some time if anyone else has memorized(without reading) many of Kurt's solos and compositions to sing. Over the years I have done this exactly, and hope that someone out there does the same as I do. From listening to Kurt's music often and truly feeling it, I would love to be the first person to sing Kurt's music in a performance setting? Ha! That would be interesting. Also, I have played guitar for years, but I am just starting to read more. I have always played by ear after a certain point, and that is why I enjoy this approach to Kurt's music. This forum is very nice.

  2. silverwater

    Yeah, but trust me, you don't want to hear it :)

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