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Down picking allows one to apply more power which may be necessary for certain types of riffs. It also makes the attacks more even so they sound more like "chug - chug - chug - chug" instead of "chug - ga - chug - ga" (sorry but I don't know how to express it better). So the choice of picking technique is based on which sound you want to hear, with the ...


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No, it will not damage the speaker. The high tones of a guitar are simply not capable of damaging your bass amp. Even if the amp isn't really suitable for these high tones (and in many cases, they can actually play them just fine), the amp will perfectly survive them. No harm there. The other way around is a much worse idea, because deep bass tones tend to ...


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Often called violining, either use the swell (volume) pedal or the volume pot on your guitar. Strat style guitars are pretty good for this, as Leo thought to put the volume control quite close to the strings/bridge, so a little finger can roll from palm to tip as you pluck the string. Then it gets rolled off again the opposite way, ready for the next note. ...


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One way to get this effect is with an envelope filter. Then you will get it automatically, as the volume starts at 0 when the string is plucked, and then increases (with the correct settings).


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It's true that distortion, especially heavy distortion causes a lot of compression and evens out most of the dynamics. But a softly picked note is not only quieter, it's also duller, that is, it contains less high frequency, even after distortion. Since we are more sensitive to high frequencies, some dynamics can be achieved just by picking softer or harder. ...


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One side effect of an upwards stroke is that you'll normally only hit the highest couple of strings. This upwards stroke starts at the highest strings, and (as cyco130 said) is usually a lot weaker, which means that you'll only hit two or three strings at most. More than that will usually sound clumsy, unless you really intend to go for that particular ...


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Tronical. You can buy one directly from the Tronical company to install on your existing guitar, or you can buy certain models of Epiphone and Gibson guitars with a Tronical tuner already installed. Gibson and Epiphone market them under the trade-name "Min-ETune".


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Pitch shift pedals usually do not give a natural detuned sound. There are pedals dedicated for getting a natural detuned sound, like the Digitech Whammy DT or Morpheus DropTune. I haven't used one, so I can't back up their claims.


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What I would suggest is to use an Apogee Jam to plug the guitar into the laptop, where it can then use Amplitube to model the sound of a guitar. Then just play a backing track on the laptop, and listen with headphones. There are some disadvantages to this approach but it has been fairly convenient and produces a reasonably good result. You can also ...


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Speaker damage is caused by either the cone moving too much, or the voice coil overheating from distortion. Most sounds from modern amps will not cause either, regardless of the instrument you connect. There is nothing that says you cannot plug a synth or a guitar into a bass amp, or a bass or synth into a guitar amp. If it sounds good, you can use it. ...


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I grabbed a dozen or so Google Images and none look even close. All the SG510 heads have a big logo and different font as Edouard pointed out. Unless your axe was heavily, and badly, refinished, you're stuck.


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Controlled feedback is a useful technique although it's as old as Hendrix. I like to use high gain and distortion and a wah so that I can hit a single note and control its feedback crescendo and decrescendo with careful muting. ...


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The bridge is the key point of connection between the strings and the body, but the tailpiece is an essential part of this. The main effect of upgrading this will be to change sustain and tone. You may also notice an improvement in tuning stability - if you are upgrading from a poor quality bridge/tailpiece. The actual effect varies a lot between an ...


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If you have a "line-in" input on your laptop, I have three suggestions: The quick and dirty one is to get a cheap adapter jack, connect your guitar to your laptop through the line-in input and use one of the zillions of free or commercial amp simulators on your computer. Unfortunately this will not give you good tone, because the guitar output is not ...


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Legato means playing smoothly and in a flowing way. On guitar this it achieved in several ways'Hammering on, meaning playing a note then snapping another finger to a higher fret for the next note. Sort of opposite to this is pulling off, where you play a note, but have another finger on a lower fret as well. Then the first fretting finger slides a little ...


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Wah-wah (or just "wah") This is effectively a foot-operated parametric equialiser. A frequency is determined normally by the position of a foot pedal. The input signal is boosted at, and around, this frequency, above the rest of the signal. As you move the pedal, the frequency being amplified changes up or down. The frequency range is set so that it sits ...


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A good general rule is that you should make sure that you are buying an instrument from a reputable dealer and not some seller on eBay or similar whom you know nothing about. If you are buying what is advertised as a new Gibson instrument, is the seller a store authorized by the Gibson guitar company? This would make it much more likely that the merchandise ...


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I hope this may sort of answer your question. Faced with the same sort of problem, on bass, a 5 string came to the rescue. It had a low B, thus could play a fourth lower than standard. It covered most of the lower notes that would be needed.A guy I work with sometimes uses an 8 string bass - this goes down to a low F# - nearly an octave lower than standard. ...


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Another option would be to use an EBow (Electronic Bow). As it's names suggests, this device can be used to create bowing effects like a violin or cello.


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Playing through a wah wah, and gradually increasing the resonant frequence (creating more "open" vowel sounds) can lend a dynamic effect.


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Any solution you choose is going to cost a significant amount of money, such as in buying a new instrument. There are many models and brands of pitch-shifter effects pedals and rack-mount multi-effects devices that can transpose everything you play down a half-step, whole-step or further, but they all sound artificial, especially if you are playing chords. ...


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Have a look at this video: Apparently he installed 4 drop-tuners, I had never seen it before but it does provide a cool effect and a quick dropped tuning. It is not as versatile as a ...


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There doesn't appear to be a bass version, but Hipshot make a "Trilogy" bridge that allows you to pick one of three tunings for each string individually. Alternatively, you could just use a capo - down-tune the guitar a whole step then use the capo to bring it back up.


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The old folksinger Joni Mitchell had about 55 tunings that she would regularly use in performance. When she no longer wanted an 18-wheeler to carry 55 guitars on tour she went to the Roland VG-8 guitar processing system which stored all her guitar tunings. Joni Mitchell would play on a strat so under monitored situations the difference between the way that ...


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First thing I'd do is swap round - takeout the offending screw , and any other one, and see what happens. If the screw is worn, it will behave the same in its new home. Replace it ! If the problem is still in the same place on the saddle, it will be the female at that point.Full solution - new bridge, Temporary solution - which may become permanent - use ...


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Downpicking is absolutely stronger and harder to play if made quickly. If hear Metallica songs you can understand better what I mean.. to make it right you should discover your personal hand/arm tactic to be stable.


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If you are prepared to pay a small fee Tom Quayle, on of the best modern day legato players, has a course called Modern Legato which is in 3 parts, http://tomquayle.co.uk/lessons.html check out the trailers for these lessons on YouTube. The benefit of these lessons are that they also include Tom's hybrid picking technique which you can choose to either use ...


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You should go to ultimateguitar.com they've got some really good lessons http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/lessons/guitar_techniques/advanced_legato_techniques.html Here's one You've been playing for 5-6 years I think you could start playing advanced lessons Try mixing up between legato and alternate picking for maximum face melting effect You could play licks ...


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Bad for electric guitar sound. The horn will cause horrible high-pitched feedback. Use a guitar or bass cab. Fine for acoustic guitar, but then, why not just use monitors? Fine for upright bass reinforcement. Not good for electric rock bass, you won't get character sound. The clean sound of the horn is nice for jazz bass.


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I use an MXR ten band EQ in the loop of my Mesa Rectifier, to boost the mids (which are quite scooped on this amp type). For me it is a necessary thing to be able to get a sound I like from that amp. So it can be very important. I think it is important to try to get the most out of your equipment you have now first, and then add effects as limits are ...



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