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Do you practice using Distortion or clean?

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by viccortes285, Mar 7, 2018.

  1. viccortes285

    viccortes285 Tele-Afflicted

    Jan 14, 2017
    I always get the lead out clean until I can play it to correct timing, then I uses crunch or Distortion.
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  2. jrblue

    jrblue Tele-Holic

    Nov 14, 2010
    Santa Barbara
    I mostly practice clean. I get sloppy practicing with distortion, as it smooths out my attack, covers muffed fingerings, etc. But before a performance, I practice with whatever tones I will be using for a particular tune.
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  3. Manual Slim

    Manual Slim Tele-Holic

    Mar 21, 2017
    Sometimes I don't realize I'm practicing until I see that I'm not even plugged in yet.
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  4. Brad Pittiful

    Brad Pittiful Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Dec 22, 2008
    Philly Burbs
    99.9% of the time distorted
  5. 3fngrs

    3fngrs Friend of Leo's

    Oct 30, 2017
    I do most of my serious practice on an acoustic.
  6. Obsessed

    Obsessed Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Nov 21, 2012
    Same here. I gotta sort it out before adding dirt.
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  7. ce24

    ce24 Friend of Leo's

    Jan 26, 2008
    Songs that need clean I practice clean..... Same for distortion....
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  8. TwangyWhammy

    TwangyWhammy Friend of Leo's

    Jan 10, 2014
    South Hemi GMT+12
    Yep, same here. Nuance for clean playing is different from distorted playing.
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  9. TeleTown

    TeleTown Friend of Leo's

    Oct 10, 2010
    Twangers Medows USA
  10. soulgeezer

    soulgeezer Poster Extraordinaire

    Nov 5, 2006
    Sinatra's World
    I use the tone that's appropriate to the part most of the time. Playing distorted and/or with effects requires different techniques than playing clean.
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  11. Stubee

    Stubee Poster Extraordinaire Gold Supporter

    Jan 22, 2007
  12. Kingpin

    Kingpin Friend of Leo's

    Mar 16, 2003
    Unplugged clean.

    Or to paraphrase Nigel Tufnel, "There's something about this that's so clean, it's like how much more clean could this be? And the answer is none. None more clean."
  13. w3stie

    w3stie Poster Extraordinaire

    Apr 19, 2010
  14. 3-Chord-Genius

    3-Chord-Genius Friend of Leo's

    Apr 3, 2015
    Winchester, VA
    Distortion. It's just more fun, and it doesn't inhibit my learning how to play things. I can hear distorted noted just as easily as those played through a clean amp.
  15. hollowman

    hollowman Friend of Leo's

    Nov 22, 2006
    Kansas City
  16. gobi_grey

    gobi_grey Tele-Holic

    Jun 7, 2011
    clinton, ia
    Depends on the amp and what I'm playing.
  17. -Hawk-

    -Hawk- Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

    Oct 14, 2015
    IL, USA
    The song decides that for me.

    I practice the boring stuff, i.e., technique, scales, etc., clean.
  18. Plumber

    Plumber Tele-Meister

    Jun 5, 2014
    part appropriate tone

    I play a lot not plugged in also
  19. bblumentritt

    bblumentritt Tele-Afflicted Platinum Supporter

    Dec 3, 2012
    Austin, Texas
    Roy Buchanan's practice tips.
    1. Practice on an acoustic with tough action
    2. Practice on your electric unplugged.
    Number 1 builds up your finger strength and number 2 builds your ability to play clean.
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  20. Paul Jenkin

    Paul Jenkin Friend of Leo's

    Aug 17, 2017
    Essex, UK
    Clean - I'm learning and I want to make sure that I'm playing correctly; distortion can mask a lot of mistakes and I make quite a few...!

    I do have an attenuator fitted to the amp, so I can get a bit of distortion that way, if I want to let loose a bit.
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