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If you can't afford lessons, then you may well start off with some bad habits. That said, rock is a genre which can be accepting of bad technique. YouTube is a good way to begin, but I'd really suggest finding some tracks that you really like and getting the tab for them, and just start playing along. There is no short-cut to playing well. Practice - hours ...


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I think I've (almost) found a solution, at least for situations involving just one tapping finger. it involves using the palm to mute similar to normal playing. the trick is to instead aiming for the very tip of the tapping finger and pulling off towards the adjacent string, hammer-on very slightly below the string and pull of upwards. i got the idea from ...


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You can definitely use these for live shows. I have seen people use them very successfully at small gigs and festival shows. Yes, you aren't going to manage a quick patch change mid song, so if you need to do something like that you may need to add another pedal, but for many songs that isn't an issue (and you can use the guitar's volume control for boost ...


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I'm pretty sure there's a belt clip available for it so that you can attach it to your strap. You might want to reinforce how it's attached with some duct tape (if it feels at all like it could fall off) or even just just tape it without the clip. Another option may be to attach it to a mic stand either with proper fixtures or my fave duct again. Do try this ...


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I would say, firstly, that the question is a bit vague. I'm not sure if the buzzing is intermittent, varies with control settings or the proximity of the guitar to the amp or other sundry electronic devices. I also don't know if this is a new phenomenon for the OP or something that has always happened. A new buzz would suggest to me that the amp has maybe ...


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I think I am getting a better idea of what you want to do following your comments! It would be a good idea to make sure that the drum machine that you choose has good playable pads - a lot of people only use the pads on drum machines to sequence things in step time or play simple parts that are then quantised later, so the pads aren't always that good. You ...


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Fret wraps (or hair bands, basically anything that can wrap around a fretboard and mute the strings) are used to mute the open strings while performing a tapping passage. They are placed around the strings near the nut of the instrument to prevent the open strings from sounding. This limits the use of open strings during performance. A sponge mute can also ...


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short answer: no. long answer: it depends the position of the thumb behind the neck isn't as important compared to the orientation of your wrist. rather the thumb should be able to support any position required to facilitate proper wrist orientation. as long the thumb isn't exerting excess pressure (really it should just sit there), and isn't in an ...


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Whenever learning a new technique it's best to start with slow and deliberate practice keeping a relaxed hand movement. Shake your hand out sideways and with a flapping motion before you start, and at regular intervals to keep from tensing up. It will feel really strange at first, but after a while you'll get the hang of it and it will actually improve all ...


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Apart from the point that many guitarists seem to rather like using, ahem, questionable technique†, it's a fact that fret-hand-leg (FHL)‡ doesn't work very well with most guitars – at least when you're just sitting on a normal chair. Even with classical guitar this doesn't make much sense – FHL with a footrest is how I originally ...


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It looks cooler. You're absolutely right about the ergonomics being better; it promotes better posture and less stress in the wrist and back. But to the Average Joe, it does look "Square", even though many metal and prog (read: technical) guitarists promote that posture, as well as holding the guitar higher up while standing. I think you'll find people ...


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I was intrigued, and had a go putting it on my left leg for a change... the main problem was that it wasn't a very natural angle for my right hand and arm when using with a pick - as my hand was moving at more of an angle to the strings, I had to move further, and it was harder to adjust to get the pick at the correct angles for different techniques. It was ...


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I'm going to assume that by "left leg", what you mean is "left leg in the style of a classical guitarist, with the left leg elevated on a small stool and the neck of the guitar raised up very high". Left leg with the neck parallel to the ground would be ridiculous, and impossible for a steel string acoustic for one to get one's picking hand around to the ...


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whether or not you should anchor depends on the speed you're aiming for and your musical goals really. for anyone who plans on being a master shredder on the electric will need to be as efficient as possible and as clean as possible. so optimally the only thing touching the guitar near the bridge is your wrist. hears why: Max Speed. anchoring your pinky or ...


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Regarding destroying the amplifier, this is not going to be a problem with the Looper. It is designed to be in line with a guitar or a keyboard, and you can set the volume levels of your loops. You shouldn't worry about or output impedance either. Input is 1MOhm, and output is 100Ohm - which are fine for this usage. You may not need the mixer - the looper ...


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Two things: one, this is nothing new. The orpharion- a kind of lute with metal strings in the Renaissance- had fanned frets. http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger2/1788/785959171655748/1600/barley_orpharion_lighter_800.jpg The other thing: yes, the idea is to get longer bass strings (or shorter treble strings). But if you look at the difference in length ...


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Funfact not sure if you have seen them yet, you can now buy rock tips a small bottle with an apllicator hardens your finger tips for those high and repeated bends and vibrato. Especially if you are using 11s or 12s top E String


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Since the acoustic sounds fine it's not the amp. It's the single coil pickups on the strat picking up noise from the electrical system in your house. It's very common. The kinds of pickups used in acoustic guitars don't have this problem. Try moving to a different area of your house and/or turning off all lights and other electrical equipment.


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Before you go monkeying with the inner workings of your amp...double check your amp settings...they are known to cause "distortion", lol. If the settings are not helping, most likely you have a ground issue. Did you introduce any new electronics or appliances that may be sharing the same circuit? Or change the config of the signal path? Pick up a ground ...


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Others basically said it all. Small recommendarion though - you can't really get acoustic sound from normal pickups - if you're after that, try to find some guitar with piezo pickup. They're usually built-in in the bridge.


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To answer this question, you (and we) need to know: What kinds of sounds are you trying to achieve? How you're trying to achieve them - do you want to get your basic sound from your amp? Or do you want to get your basic sound from your pedals, with your amp set clean? Do you even need an amp at all? What problem with your current gear prevents you from ...


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It would appear that you've answered your own question! If your amp sucks, as you say, then it needs upgrading. Then listen to your pedals through the newer, better quality amp., and think whether you need to upgrade those too.


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The ESP manual for guitars and basses includes setup guidelines. You can download it here (PDF download): http://www.americanmusical.com/ItemFiles/Manual/ESPElectricGuitarManual.pdf Here are setup specs I was able to find in the manual: Recommended neck relief: .3 - .5 mm Factory action (height at 12th fret): 2.0 mm bass side, 1.5 mm treble side Factory ...


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Analog Keyboard Simulator Distinct from MIDI synthesizers, these pedals combine a number of effects in one box to simulate keyboards such as organs, melotrons and electric pianos. ElectroHarmonix has pioneered this type of pedal with models such as the B9 Hammond Organ simulator.


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MIDI Guitar Synthesizer These are synthesizers that combine with special guitar pickups to allow the guitarist to trigger a huge variety of synthesized sounds, basically any musical sound you can sample and synthesize. Examples of this include the Roland Guitar Synthesizer.


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Using higher tuning is not smart...how can the child then learn to play any tunes? Even if they can they won't then be able to reproduce them on a correctly tuned guitar. There are no special strings for a shorter scale guitar. If you're going out of tune, first be sure that the strings are not slipping on the tuning posts, this often happens with nylon ...


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A few thoughts... A theremin cello has a ribbon that controls the pitch, a guitar has frets. In effect this is similar to having a fretless and fretted neck in one. Is it doable? Perhaps. Is it practical? Probably not. The electronics are no problem, in fact all you need is a "blend" control. Another thing to consider is the pitch range of the theremin. ...


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There are several questions here. Is there a neck design like this? Don't know - never seen one. (I can think of several alternative ways of doing the same thing though.) Will it work? Probably, provided the contact ribbon can be mounted where it doesn't interfere with the strings or frets. On the back of the neck, or build a wider fingerboard and mount ...


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That's for sure a highly unusual idea, and probably original. Maybe someone knows something similar, but I don't think anyone can tell you for sure that it doesn't exist elsewhere and only the patents office itself can tell you if it's not already patented. Btw, it's outside the scope of this stack, but, from little I know about patents, you have to patent ...


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You can approximate electric guitar sustain by playing a fiddle bow on the unwound strings. You need to apply resin to the fiddle bow to get it to sound and you need to clean the resin off of your guitar after you play or it may affect the finish. You can also approximate some electric guitar like sounds by playing with a slide or bottleneck on the unwound ...


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Try weaving strips of aluminium foil or paper through the strings. Another way would be to manipulate the bridge to make the guitar sound buzzy like a sitar or tamboura, see here for inspiration. I've also been able to get a compressed and almost overdriven tone from an acoustic by playing really hard.


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I highly doubt that you can ever get a sound that was close to indistinguishable from an overdriven electric guitar. For playing power chords, I find that a nylon strung guitar struck hard gives a closer sound to an electric than an acoustic. If you are recording it, then instead of trying to make the guitar distort, you could aim to make the microphone ...


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The thought that comes to mind is to record the acoustic guitar using basically any music recording software (like Cubase) and add distortion (or whatever effect) in the actual program.


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My opinion? I don't think the difference in sound he noticed has much to do with magnetic interactions between the pickup and the metal pick. He used a metal pick instead of a plastic one, simple as that. (Try using different picks on an acoustic guitar, or an electric with only piezo pickups, if you don't believe me.) Changing your pick or just your ...


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Isn't this what an E-bow does? Get one of those and go wild with it...


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A Boss PSA-style PSU should work fine. https://www.jhspedals.com/faqs/ says: All of our pedals use a standard 9v DC adapter with a negative ground Well, 9v DC, centre negative is the Boss-style PSU spec, the only one that in the pedal world that can be called 'standard'... but what about that 'with a negative ground' bit? I stand to be corrected, but ...


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Boss power supplies are 9vdc, but the polarity is centre pin negative. There's a 50:50 chance. Doing a bit of homework reveals that JHS pedals use 9vdc negative ground. So, no, it's the wrong 50%. Unless you rewire the adaptor, or make a male/female dc lead that's wired back to front.Best buy the appropriate psu. The other factor of course is the power ...



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