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Do you practice using Distortion or clean?

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

  1. Sounds Good

    Sounds Good Tele-Holic

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    Oct 2, 2017
    Luton UK
    Fairly clean here but that is normal favourite tone i never have much distortion on.
     
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  2. Frodebro

    Frodebro Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    Aug 17, 2012
    Seattle
    I rarely practice anymore, that was something that I had to do when I was still working in a cover band and had to learn new material every week. It wasn't fun at all-it was work. Nowadays I play strictly for my own amusement, so clean or distorted all depends on the mood I'm in and the guitar I'm using.
     
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  3. WetBandit

    WetBandit Tele-Afflicted

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    Whatever sound I'm liking at the time is what I will use... be it clean or dirty or anything in the center to either extreme.

    Playing guitar and practicing guitar are the same in at least one way to me... you are playing the guitar in either case.

    And last I checked playing guitar is supposed to be enjoyable and fun.

    So why torture myself with a non enjoyable non fun tone?.... life is too short.
     
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  4. jmiles

    jmiles Friend of Leo's

    Nov 29, 2003
    ohio
    Clean. I play fingerstyle and don't even own a distorto pedal. In fact, I don't have any pedals. Never get complaints either. I use, sometimes, a little Fender reverb, but I play through a '62 Super. What more do you need?
     
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  5. Anode100

    Anode100 Friend of Leo's

    May 9, 2014
    Behind my beard.
    A little bit of crunch, and a tiny amount of reverb.

    A 'better' tone is more inspiring to play with, so the rare occasion I go through an amp at home, it has to sound like and amp...
     
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  6. JayFreddy

    JayFreddy Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

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    Nov 6, 2006
    Dallas TX USA
    Both.

    When I practice guitar I play clean.

    When I'm learning something that depends on overdrive (or any other effect) I use it.

    Just as practicing with distortion all the time will inhibit your ability to play with a clean tone, the opposite is also true.

    Lotsa' clean-only players can't play with overdrive when the song calls for it.

    The idea that you "should" do it one way or the other is just dogma.
     
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  7. Rich724

    Rich724 Tele-Meister

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    Dec 26, 2012
    Linden, MI
    personal practice, unplugged or clean.
     

  8. Frodebro

    Frodebro Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    Aug 17, 2012
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    I'm thinking you and I live in completely different worlds. Eighties metal just don't sound right played fingerstyle through a clean Fender. :lol:
     
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  9. WetBandit

    WetBandit Tele-Afflicted

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    We must be kindred spirits...im an 80s metal player myself...

    (Unless you were joking as I suspect)

    Even though I wasn't around to live it. Which I tend to believe is more of a blessing than an actual curse.
     

  10. Frodebro

    Frodebro Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    I wasn't joking, but I wasn't busting his chops either. My band of choice through my teenage years (in the eighties) was Judas Priest. I've since expanded to other styles of music, mostly mellower, but I do still like to fire up a big amp through a 4x12 now and again and get it on with my headbanger self.
     

  11. WetBandit

    WetBandit Tele-Afflicted

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    This is why my 800 will never be sold :cool:
     
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  12. cyclopean

    cyclopean Friend of Leo's

    Aug 14, 2009
    innsmouth, MA
    a twelve pedal pedalboard. if you're in my band.
     

  13. Ironwolf

    Ironwolf Poster Extraordinaire Gold Supporter

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    Mar 11, 2008
    Boise, Idaho
    Generally clean. But, occasionally, with some drive in order to practice maintaining the articulation of the notes.
     
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  14. kelnet

    kelnet Telefied Ad Free Member

    Apr 17, 2008
    Port Moody, BC
    Yes.
     
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  15. Paul in Colorado

    Paul in Colorado Telefied Ad Free Member

    Mar 17, 2003
    Fort Collins, CO
    I practice clean things clean and distorted things with distortion.
     
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  16. T-bone Ted

    T-bone Ted TDPRI Member

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    Feb 28, 2018
    Louisville, Ky
    I prefer to practice on an acoustic.
     

  17. beninma

    beninma Tele-Holic Ad Free Member

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    Mar 17, 2017
    Massachusetts
    I do both... if a song has distortion I definitely practice it with, same thing with high gain, etc..

    Those kinds of songs really force you to mute unplayed strings and such. Practice them clean and you can get away with ignoring that and then when you switch on the gain you'll sound horrible. (Or at least I will.)

    I do practice clean/clean-ish a lot and acoustic too though, messing around with effects can be a time sink.

    Usually if I do distortion though it's just using the gain channel on my amp though, not much of a time waster.
     
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  18. supersoldier71

    supersoldier71 Tele-Holic

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    Nov 22, 2009
    Fayetteville, NC
    Clean for clean, distorted for distorted. Most of what I'm asked to play is distorted these days (how'd we come to this?) and I had to learn that muting adjacent strings is a THING.

    Clean requires and allows for different nuances and the basics don't differ much.

    One thing about practicing with distortion: I have to SLOW DOWN the metronome a lot more and increase speed much more gradually. Distortion makes mistakes LOUD.
     
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  19. kelnet

    kelnet Telefied Ad Free Member

    Apr 17, 2008
    Port Moody, BC
    Is there an option in this poll for using overdrive rather than distortion?
     
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  20. Mr. Lumbergh

    Mr. Lumbergh Poster Extraordinaire

    Jun 13, 2013
    Initech, Inc.
    Depends on what I’m playing. If it’s a clean song, I play it clean and vice versa.
     

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