Not much. At first you'll notice subtle mistakes and stuff, but a couple hours of serious practice with a clean tone is like a whole day of practice with distortion. You're synchronization will clean up in no time.
If you ever need to shred on a clean amp then practice that way some, otherwise I don't think so. I do sometimes though, cause I take a jazz class during school and I want to be able to play at the same speed I can with distortion so I can blow this hendrix/vaughn lover kid that he's not as cool as he thinks he is. Nah, really hes really good. But hes the only one in the class whos really way beyond my playing level.
As the title says. How much should one practice without that tasty crunch, particularly for alternate picking?
You should practice without that tasty crunch every day for at least 2 hours, 36 minutes and 20 seconds.... Lol
It depends on what you want to achive... i mean i don`t think that to play clean with distortion you have to practice with a clean sound... Cause playing with distortion or playing without it are 2 different things... To play clean with distortion just make sure you are not making extra noises while playing period...
Now i read long time ago that to know how a guitar CAN sound you have to play it unplugged... When you do it it tells you a lot how it will sound plugged in some weird way... Don`t know why but it`s true...
Playing without distortion WILL help you for sure to improve your tone!!!... PPP...
Ps. If you want to play well you should get a Yamaha.
Hehehe. But, if you can wrap it up with drive it will sound BADASS! with drive
So my point is you should practice it the way you are gonna be playing. That is, if you will never ever use clean tone you shouldn't bother wasting time here, and go pracice with distortion.
On the other hand, if you ever will feel the urge to shred on clean channel, you will probably find that the notes you are playing have different volume. I figured out that practicing a bit on clean channel will make your picking and fretting more even and balanced (all notes will have same volume /dynamics), which would allow you to shred like pro on clean channel but i couldn't hear a difference with dist...
Post by schweinhund on Dec 18, 2007 20:39:00 GMT -5
Disortion smoothens out your mistakes, you sound alot better with gain than without (well most of us at least )
And the basic rule is: Do it good clean and it will sound AWESOME with gain.
Now if you practice with gain (like I did in the beginning, always using tons of gain) you'll sound sloppy and bad clean but ok with gain. You are playing it the exacly same way, but some gain is added onto the tone in the final stages (everything between you and the guitar is still exacly the same).
The difficult thing is to sound good only with clean tone. If you can do that playing with gain will be like a walk in the park. But here we are mostly talking lead and fast riffs.
With clean tone you can HEAR your mistakes and fix them (practice what you need to be practicing ).
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Post by thenotshredder on Dec 27, 2007 10:20:37 GMT -5
Hey, another metronome question: How long should I work with the metronome on any one lick, and how quickly should I increase the speed? I've been using Lori Linstruth's method and getting good results, but I don't have enough time to practice more than two or three licks an evening like that. Takes me half an hour to forty minutes per lick to get it from 60 to 120 or so. It does help a lot, though.
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Post by Stefvorcide on Dec 27, 2007 10:25:38 GMT -5
When i'm learning a lick, i try to play it a few times AS SLOW AS POSSIBLE without metronome. then, when it's pretty much memorized, i increase speed dramaticly, just to see what happen, sometimes you might easily do it at 140bpm for the first time, sometimes its around 110 sometimes 200 ;p I replay the said lick very slowly again a few times (often a few days in row, it helps alot)
After, when i got some time (and patience ;p ) for the metronome, i start around 100 and go up 10-15 bpm depending of the difficulty. When you're at higher tempo, you might want to go up 4-5 bpm everytimes tho.
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