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Do you practice using Distortion or clean?

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

  1. Wrong-Note Rod

    Wrong-Note Rod Poster Extraordinaire

    Mar 4, 2009
    clean usually unplugged

    dirt only gets added when I'm running thru a song for a gig.
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  2. unixfish

    unixfish Poster Extraordinaire

    Apr 20, 2013
    Northeast Ohio, USA
    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.
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  3. MDMachiavelli

    MDMachiavelli Tele-Afflicted

    When I practice individually, that the way I go. Usually just me and an unplugged Telecaster.
  4. Alamo

    Alamo Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Nov 15, 2006
    You're better than me. Sometimes I don't realize that I forgot my guitar. :)

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  5. ce24

    ce24 Friend of Leo's

    Jan 26, 2008
    Oh.. And I will be able to practice REALLY clean when I get my NV Princeton back from
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  6. RetroTeleRod

    RetroTeleRod Poster Extraordinaire

    Oct 24, 2012
    Oklahoma, USA
    I practice completely naked

    I mean...I don't plug my Tele in at all.

    That came out wrong.
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  7. TimothyC

    TimothyC Tele-Afflicted

    May 12, 2016
    I practice like I play for a live show.
  8. cyclopean

    cyclopean Friend of Leo's

    Aug 14, 2009
    innsmouth, MA
    if the parts have effects on them, practice with the effects. the dynamics change.
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  9. cyclopean

    cyclopean Friend of Leo's

    Aug 14, 2009
    innsmouth, MA
    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.
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  10. Wrong-Note Rod

    Wrong-Note Rod Poster Extraordinaire

    Mar 4, 2009

    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.
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  11. Mjark

    Mjark Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Feb 14, 2011
    Annapolis, MD
    I play unplugged a lot.
  12. MDMachiavelli

    MDMachiavelli Tele-Afflicted

    By "set tracks" do you mean backing tracking?

    Interesting Rod, are these set tracks that you created, or some that you found somewhere?
  13. Paul Jenkin

    Paul Jenkin Friend of Leo's

    Aug 17, 2017
    Essex, UK
    You obviously haven't heard me play :lol::lol:

    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.
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  14. Wrong-Note Rod

    Wrong-Note Rod Poster Extraordinaire

    Mar 4, 2009

    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.
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  15. Whatizitman

    Whatizitman Tele-Holic

    Feb 18, 2018
    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.
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  16. MDMachiavelli

    MDMachiavelli Tele-Afflicted

    Awesome, I thought maybe you were talking about your recordings with the guitar "zeoed out". That is an awesome way to practice.
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  17. Wrong-Note Rod

    Wrong-Note Rod Poster Extraordinaire

    Mar 4, 2009

    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.
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  18. swany

    swany Tele-Meister

    Sep 12, 2003
    Evergreen, Colorado
    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.
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  19. McGlamRock

    McGlamRock Friend of Leo's

    I practice mostly with an acoustic, and try to play along with the song (if there is a recording).
  20. ifallalot

    ifallalot Tele-Afflicted

    Feb 24, 2012
    Huntington Beach, CA
    If I’m learning something I do it unplugged

    When I’m plugged in I step on whatever effect inspires me
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