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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by viccortes285, Mar 7, 2018.
Fairly clean here but that is normal favourite tone i never have much distortion on.
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.
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.
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?
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...
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.
personal practice, unplugged or clean.
I'm thinking you and I live in completely different worlds. Eighties metal just don't sound right played fingerstyle through a clean Fender.
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.
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.
This is why my 800 will never be sold
a twelve pedal pedalboard. if you're in my band.
Generally clean. But, occasionally, with some drive in order to practice maintaining the articulation of the notes.
I practice clean things clean and distorted things with distortion.
I prefer to practice on an acoustic.
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.
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.
Is there an option in this poll for using overdrive rather than distortion?
Depends on what I’m playing. If it’s a clean song, I play it clean and vice versa.