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Alex Feather
post Jan 29 2012, 08:24 AM
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Hey guys I wanted to talk about attack and touch
I know a lot of musicians who are hiding behind a wall of overdrive and distortion and don't really have a good touch
When you are listening AC/DC or SRV even Led Zeppelin they don't use too much gain most of the sound is coming from their hands!
So here is a few exercises I have been doing!
1) When you are playing any rock tune turn your distortion down and try to get it sound good you can even use a clean sound and challenge yourself to make it work!
2) Work on your dynamic this exercise is very simple all you have to do is to play the same melody in different dynamic range try to play really quite and than bring it up
Dynamic playing is very important and useful no matter what style of music you are playing!

I would love to hear your ideas about developing a good touch!


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post Jan 29 2012, 11:33 AM
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I would like to add that I think that this, along with string bending - is one of the major things that sets the electric guitar apart from other instruments. So as a guitarist one would be foolish not to work on this!


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post Jan 29 2012, 11:59 AM
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QUOTE (Alex Feather @ Jan 29 2012, 07:24 AM) *
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1) When you are playing any rock tune turn your distortion down and try to get it sound good you can even use a clean sound and challenge yourself to make it work!
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Very much this. It's amazing how some players think they have good legato but then you get them to play clean ohmy.gif ...


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post Jan 29 2012, 12:04 PM
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Okay I never really thought to much about this. I guess I'm still trying to play the notes but I gonna give this a go. I'm working on a AC/DC solo at the moment. So I have up till now gone the distortion route. So is it more the right hand or left hand for dynamics?
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post Jan 29 2012, 12:04 PM
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Practicing with different pick attacks can always be beneficial. This creates a good foundation. After that, player needs to have an idea on how to use different attacks during playing, which is a skill that is based on that foundation. When the solo kicks in, one must practice playing soft in some parts, playing louder in other parts, so that this skill can increase.


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post Jan 29 2012, 12:07 PM
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I faced this issue when i attempted one of Johnathan Burgos' Lessons.... I just couldn't figure out how he got the notes to sound like he does... So i sat there and tried everything.... I found with this instance, alot had to do with pick angle and aggressiveness or lack of.... Made all the difference


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post Jan 29 2012, 07:20 PM
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This advice is so good mate! I remember that when I recorded Cirse's first album, I have been playing metal (with lots of distortion) for many years but the producer decided to set a more rocker sound with much less distortion... at first I was very uncomfortable with the tone, I discovered that I had to play much stronger everything, and the palm muting and vibrato worked very different... at the same time, I started to feel that the sound was much more natural, I could feel my hands and the wood of the guitar.


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post Jan 30 2012, 01:59 AM
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I'm still working on this.


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post Jan 30 2012, 07:27 PM
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QUOTE (Gabriel Leopardi @ Jan 29 2012, 06:20 PM) *
This advice is so good mate! I remember that when I recorded Cirse's first album, I have been playing metal (with lots of distortion) for many years but the producer decided to set a more rocker sound with much less distortion... at first I was very uncomfortable with the tone, I discovered that I had to play much stronger everything, and the palm muting and vibrato worked very different... at the same time, I started to feel that the sound was much more natural, I could feel my hands and the wood of the guitar.

I have been in this situation as well! I use to use way too much distortion and could play anything fast but when I got my first studio gig it changed everything because I got fired smile.gif so it made me realize that it happened because of my sound and I was hiding behind effects I had to re-learn everything and really work on my technique! I still do and still trying to develop!


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Yes absolutely !

a couple of years ago I was hiding behind a wall of gain. " If it doesn't`t sound right get more gain and add delay" was my thinking biggrin.gif .
The good thing (I thought laugh.gif ) was, that this procedure was covering my lack of playing ability.
But I had a moment of clarity I want to share with you.

A couple of years ago I wanted to start recording some Songs. I had the material and the Equipment and I wanted to start hammering some cool metal riffs onto tape biggrin.gif . One Guitar on the left side of the stereo image - another one right.
But I couldn`t get to the sound I wanted. It was swabby - loose and not tight at all.

I started searching the Forums, believed that I had the wrong Equipment or so. But then I ran into some very nice Videos showing me how get the "Wall Of Sound" I always wanted to get. The key to this is Sound Layering. You play with as less gain as possible.
Maybe two to four guitar tracks on the left and right channels of the stereo image. If you play tight the signals will be additive to each other and sound way stronger. If you are not playing tight you will hear it immediately biggrin.gif. Thats what happened to me laugh.gif .
I started practicing again - literally from the beginning ohmy.gif . First couple of days it was frustrating, but as I made progress and succeeded with my recordings I knew that this must be the way. And it still is.

I play metal music for a long time now and have my Gain Settings NEVER above 12 o clock for rhythm guitars.
You will automatically develop a better feeling for the dynamic range of your instrument, because less gain means less compression of the amp and more tone out of your fingers.

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