Mitch Roberts
Posted on: Nov 25 2009, 10:55 PM


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Hey Neurologi, I've found that pick noise, while no one can completely get rid of it, can be combated in a few different ways.

This doesn't fit for every type of music, but the thicker the pick you use, the less noise. Of course if you're strumming with an acoustic, a light pick is ideal. But with heavier picks you'll notice there is less contact with the string, as it doesnt bend on the attack of the string. Play with a light pick and listen to the swooshing sound when you're picking, that's the pick brushing against the string.

Another tip is to try not to pick too hard, this will improve both pick noise and if you attack the string too hard initially, it knocks it a few cents out of tune very shortly until the string starts vibrating in its correct range.

Also the EQ can affect this, one thing people dont realize is that the Low's affect your higher strings also, so to make your higher string more pronounced, and reduce the tendency to pick harder on them, boost the lows. I recommend sitting in the dark with your eyes shut and EQ'ing the amp, keep this in mind and EQ the lows to fit both your high and low strings comfortably, and try not to boost the high's too much, this provokes the squeakey pick noise.

Also, the area in which you pick can affect this, when on the bridge pickup, picking directly over the pickup will cause more noise, so try to play accordingly to which pickup is being used.

Hope this helps!

Mitch
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Mitch Roberts
Posted on: Sep 9 2009, 09:00 PM


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QUOTE (Bondy @ Sep 8 2009, 09:42 AM) *
Anyone fancy doing a Brad paisley style lesson, something along the lines of Kentucky Jelly or cluster pluck would be good
I'm a big fan. I know Muris would probably do this but i know he is very buys atm so that's why i'm putting this out there.
Cheers smile.gif


I would do one of these for you asap! Unfortunately im moving in 3 days and I dont think I'll have time. Possibly in the meantime check out my latest lesson video, Cookin Country Licks.
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Mitch Roberts
Posted on: Aug 27 2009, 06:34 AM


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Im assuming you are working on pentatonic scales, definately do your research on fingering beforehand as to not make any bad habits. Also, when i was learning my pentatonic and diatonic scales i saw it as a great way to work on picking technique. Pentatonic - 2 notes per string, alternate picking. Diatonic - 3 notes per string, economy picking. If you arent sure what economy picking is, if your playing a scale that has 3 notes per string, while your going from your lowest string to highest, pick D/U/D D/U/D, and then ascending from high E to low E pick U/D/U U/D/U. Kill 2 birds with 1 stone!
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Mitch Roberts
Posted on: Aug 27 2009, 06:29 AM


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Not trying to tell you what to do, but depending on your aspirations as a player, you might want to take a break from learning songs and begin a foray in theory and different techniques. Theory wise, possibly check out some pentatonic scale lessons, there are tons of them here!
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Posted on: Aug 27 2009, 06:26 AM


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Good stuff man! Tasty playing!
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Mitch Roberts
Posted on: Aug 15 2009, 09:07 AM


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Cool stuff Ivan! hearing alot of Dream Theater/Pain of salvation influence in there, influence, but your own style fused with it. Let me know when it's all finished!
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Posted on: Aug 13 2009, 07:18 AM


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As far as a clean amp goes, you might want to check out the tone king imperial, one of the best cleans i've ever heard. Also i've been a big fan of the AC30 cleans lately, I have a friend that runs a ac30 with a boss me-5 that has one of the best clean tones ive ever heard.
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Posted on: Aug 13 2009, 07:11 AM


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It's a pretty common misconception that the Tele is a such a one trick pony. I have an american standard, it can pull off rock, country (of course), i can even coax some great fusion tones out of it with the neck pickup
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Posted on: Aug 13 2009, 07:03 AM


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QUOTE (mhskeide @ Aug 12 2009, 08:57 AM) *
Hi guys

I`ve found a used Boss GT-8 which was told to be as good as new. The price inclusive shipping is 250€ / 350$. Sounds like a pretty good deal to me since the price for a new one is almost the double smile.gif

The idea behind the purchase is to use it in my studio, since it doesn`t look to hard to learn and it`s easier to use live (if I should find/make myself a lovely tone or two) than "computeramps" like Guitar rig and Amplitude.

I already have an amp and effectbox/DI for my bass which I use in Reaper, so if I buy the gt-8, the only thing I need will be EZ drummer or something similar (and of course learn Reaper properly tongue.gif )

Any views on this?

Edit: Can I run the gt-8 directly in a cabinet without an amp head? I think I read in Mitch robert`s welcoming post that he just ran his gt-8 through a mesa cab. for his tone.


Hey man, i actually run a GT-10 (very similiar) into a mesa lonestar combo, they've pretty much hit it on the head earlier, there is no poweramp section to drive the cabinet, the preamp section is there however. In rehearsal's though I do just run my GT-10 straight into the board, does the trick quite nicely!
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Posted on: Aug 13 2009, 06:57 AM


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That head is rated at 100w, it should have plenty of juice to cut through pretty much anything! I used to play a jcm2000 through a crate 4x12, and when i switched to a marshall 1960AB i didn't really notice a change in volume, just in tone. Maybe where your problem lies is in your equalization. I'm not sure what style you guys play, but it's common in metal to scoop the mids, and that doesn't exactly make you stand out in the mix. Crank your mids and play em proud!
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Posted on: Aug 12 2009, 06:57 AM


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Thanks again everyone, ill be in chat for the next little while, i was hoping to chat with you all today but i had to do quite a bit of driving, cooking up another lesson right now so stay tuned!
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Mitch Roberts
Posted on: Aug 11 2009, 12:31 AM


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QUOTE (playaxeman @ Aug 10 2009, 03:54 PM) *
Hi Mitch,


Welcome to GMC.

Nice intro.

Again another fantastic player/instructor at GMC, that is about to teach us.

Looking forward to your lessons

Is MusicMan your main axe?


Thanks again everyone, and axeman, the musicman is sort of my main axe, i alternate between that and my telecaster, they are both completely different animals, and each one can do things the other cant

If you guys want to hop in chat, ill be in there for the next while again!
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Posted on: Aug 10 2009, 09:48 PM


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From giving guitar lessons to young kids i deal with this quite a bit, first off i guess i would recommend supporting your fingers when you bend (which by the picture i THINK your doing), also possibly try a lighter gauge string.
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Posted on: Aug 10 2009, 09:40 PM


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Again, thanks all for the nice comments, if you want to hop in the chat room I'll be there for the next little while!

Mitch
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Posted on: Aug 10 2009, 08:51 PM


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Hey Everyone, Mitch Here (I've gotta change my forum name yet)

Thanks for all the kind responses, and i definitely do have some country lessons coming up, cooking one up right now in fact!

If any of you have ANY questions, about me, playing, or in general I'd be glad to give you my 2 cents, so feel free to ask!

Seeya! smile.gif
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