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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by viccortes285, Mar 7, 2018.
clean usually unplugged
dirt only gets added when I'm running thru a song for a gig.
One of my good / bad habits, depending on how you look at it, it to have 5 minutes between meetings, pick up my Tele unplugged, and whiz through a few riffs, put it down, and put on my headset for my next meeting.
I need to actually "practice" more; sometime I just don't get to it. I worked 14.5 hours yesterday - so I never really got a chance to sit down and go through stuff. Things will calm down a bit in the next few days, but we all have stuff that all comes up at once and interferes with real life.
When I practice individually, that the way I go. Usually just me and an unplugged Telecaster.
You're better than me. Sometimes I don't realize that I forgot my guitar.
Oh.. And I will be able to practice REALLY clean when I get my NV Princeton back from Wally......lol
I practice completely naked
I mean...I don't plug my Tele in at all.
That came out wrong.
I practice like I play for a live show.
if the parts have effects on them, practice with the effects. the dynamics change.
except that it's going to sound wrong with the distortion on. something like palm muting reacts completely differently with dirt on it. and playing with distortion on takes more precision to not sound like garbage.
I have two methods of practicing. My wife and daughter dont mind if I have an unplugged electric guitar while we all watch TV or a movie, and I can sit there and noodle or run scales or practice improv over a section of chords etc etc.
That isnt detail oriented, its more like muscle memory building and exploration etc
Then theres the more hardcore practice, usually close to a gig or something... and thats when I cue up the set tracks on my PA, plug in to the gig pedalboard and gig amp... and play along.
Anything not great, I turn the song off and work and work and try to figure out whats wrong.
That kind of practice is honing down to the finest detail.
I play unplugged a lot.
By "set tracks" do you mean backing tracking?
Interesting Rod, are these set tracks that you created, or some that you found somewhere?
You obviously haven't heard me play
Seriously, I think my hearing is a bit duff as, when I play clean, I can hear all the note separation whereas with distortion / fuzz, I struggle to hear if I'm hitting all the strings correctly.
this depends. Its always tracks recorded with my band. Nothing "found". By "set" tracks, I mean, the songs that are going to be in the set of our next show.
If the songs were recorded at my house, thats the best, all the instruments and vocals are on their own channel and I can zero my guitar out.. then I have the song, without me!
If its done at anybody else's house, then usually its a rough-sounding thing, often with a hand-held or even worse, phone recording. Mix is often terrible, and I cant separate my guitar out.. but as long as I can hear the vocal, and the snare, I can suffer along.
These are always original tunes, or, covers that have been re-worked to the point of being almost original. So, nothing from youtube will ever help. One difficult thing about this... the arrangements are always changing, so I have to always make sure I have a recording, no matter how bad, of the very latest version.
At one point, after I was fired/quit the last thing I was in... I was without a band for about a week and thought, I'm going to start jamming to backing tracks, get out some of those DVD guitar instruction things, and learn a bunch of new crap
Nope. didnt happen. I got hired by somebody else right away and everything I practice now, is stuff for them.
I rarely play with too much distortion, anyway. I like a nice bluesy and/or classic crunch.
If I'm plugged in I want a little mojo, so I add some drive. Even for scales and exercises, and such. If it sounds and feels good, it makes me want to keep playing. I don't like playing an electric unplugged. That's what acoustic guitars are for.
Awesome, I thought maybe you were talking about your recordings with the guitar "zeoed out". That is an awesome way to practice.
its a real good way to get ready for a gig. I cue the songs up in order and then play along. Using the guitar I'm going to use, and the pedalboard I'm going to use. Amp too.
I mess up, I usually stop the song, figure out what happened, play without the track for a bit, then play it again.
Another fun thing I do... I call this "the great distractor". One of the things that makes me blow clams at a gig, is getting distracted away from my playing, by the audience. So on the big computer monitor I'm looking at... I have a full screen slide show of sexy bikini and lingerie girls. Nobody nude or porn but yeah, its distracting ;-)
Trying to ignore THAT, yeah, that promotes focusing on the guitar.
Before a gig, I do the set at least once every night after work. As the gig gets closer, maybe twice a night.
When I'm practicing with my Tele, I usually use a bit of overdrive. I find I have a lighter finger touch when I soften it up with some overdrive, especially while running scales.
I practice mostly with an acoustic, and try to play along with the song (if there is a recording).
If I’m learning something I do it unplugged
When I’m plugged in I step on whatever effect inspires me