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Most musicians constantly fuss over how they sound. It is understandable, given the way we communicate using sound; we want our sound to be the best sound we can create. So, you are not alone here. It is important for you to learn to separate the sound from your self-worth as a human being. You ask your friends to be specific, but you need to be specific: ...


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In your question, you use the word "tonality", but I do not think it means what you think it means. Tonality refers to a certain harmonic vocabulary, especially involving the use of dominant-tonic chord relationships. You are asking about the tone quality, or timbre, of an instrument, and what could be refered to as its harmonicity. More frequently, we refer ...


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In addition to the points given by topo morto: the effect that gives you pretty much “overdrive without the distortion” is a compressor. In fact, a major reason for using overdrive and distortion is that it compresses the signal (yielding longer sustain), as well as changing the sound by adding harmonics and intermodulation. If you simply run a ...


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The dirt and grime that comes from distortion is a result of notes with frequency relationships beyond those that are very simple ratios (e.g. 2:1=an octave, and 3:2=a fifth) going through the distortion process together. This results in sum and difference frequencies being produced that seem only distantly related to the notes being played, resulting in an ...


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The sounds in the songs you've listed are actually pretty different to my ears, but I'll try to generalize and go through some examples. Here is the raw line for reference. This is a modified strat with an EMG-SA in the neck position. This is important because EMG is an active pickup so the signal level is higher. This means it will distort sooner. So keep ...


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Two contrary ways to do this is: Don't use much distortion, if any, and just use medium gain with overdrive Use a metal pedal that doesn't require too much gain: simple square wave distortion can be quite clean But you will need to provide the effect with a clean input, so no barre chords or open chords. Just stick to thirds and fifths, which sound ...


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Remember the rubber band guitar you made out of a shoebox when you were a kid? When you plucked the rubber band string, the walls of the shoebox got pulled inward from the rising tension of the rubber band. The same thing happens when you pluck a guitar string. As it is pulled and vibrating, the tension increases. As that tension increases, it causes the ...


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This isn't a stupid question at all and I think you should be able to get this sound with the amp you have. My first suggestion is try using less distortion. The intro to My God Is The Sun sounds barely distorted at all to me. I had a Peavy bandit 112 (the transtube series one) so I would suggest using the lead channel set to vintage mode. Set the low, mid ...


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Here's one crazy theory: If you hadn't tuned the guitar in those 5 - 6 years, then it's possible the old strings were very loose. If they were loose, then the neck probably would have straightened and even could have become a little back-bowed, which means you would have much less neck relief (or none at all). So right after you put the new strings on and ...


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When switching from an 8.5" bell (or smaller) to a 9.5" (or larger) bell, as one does when switching from tenor to bass trombone, the sound will become significantly different to the players' ear though it is often much more similar to their prior sound than this feedback gives. So your articulations and tone are perhaps not as poor as you think they are. ...


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As a typist from the old school (true mechanical typewriters, not computer keyboards), I know that in order to type efficiently it is important to apply more power with your fingers early, when you just start pressing the key. At that time most of muscle energy will be converted to the velocity of the hammer (the hammer of the typewriter, in my case). If ...


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Being tone deaf is a myth usually propagated by inferior teachers. If a teacher tells you or a person you know that he cannot do music because he is tone deaf then it speak less about the persons music ability and more to the teachers inability. It is often symptomatic of teachers who do not want to go the extra mile for pupils who struggle. I have seen ...


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tweak your reverb and lower your attack. also teak your phaser: low feedback low depth one third rate (hz) half Upper (hz) if you have a tube amp, move it to sound more warm. play it more like single note guitar solo instead of chords or strumming. Bend the note a bit here and there ! have fun !


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Honestly, I don't think it makes much of a difference by itself. On cello, the standard way to mellow down the sound is to angle the bow towards yourself – but that has the opposite effect as on violin / viola, namely that only the hairs farthest away from the bridge touch the string. The important points seem to be Few hairs on the string, no ...


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Philosophically, I believe my best possible tone is the most open and honest sound of my personal voice that I can achieve. Instead of shaping my sound, I view it as finding my sound. I try to find it by: Relaxing Warming up (this is so key to singing and more important every year you get older) Staying in my comfortable range - at least while working on ...


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Well, you're six years into playing. Your discrimination develops faster than your playing skills and your imagination. Chances are that indeed your playing leaves something to be desired -- to you. If Picasso had shopped around for opinions at age 20, everybody would have told him he was doing great and that his pictures were fine. Now to quote ...


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If you do not want to spring for a distortion pedal, on your amp turn your level down and your gain up for a basic distortion effect. Then mess around with the tone until you have something close to the sound you want. That's what Yorik is describing to you in the comments.


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Buy a distortion pedal. I suppose it will give you a rock sound without having to crank the amp!


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If you don't want to crank your amp to maximum, you need to use a fuzz box or distortion box.


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Whether it actually is or not I have to say it really does sound like fret buzz to me! Listening to your clean recording I notice in looking at the waveforms produced when looking at the accompanying graphic on soundcloud, that it seems to occur more when you strike the string slightly harder, and as you know will know from experience when the string is ...


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Could it be sympathetic resonance induced in the tremelo springs? This tremelo spring is from either a Brian Moore or a Variax. Both guitars are fitted with piezo pickups and so are more sensitive to physical vibration. The illustrated precaution does however support the theory that there can be issues with spring noise. Have you tried dampening the ...


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Get some lessons from a voice teacher. There is no substitute for this. You need real-time feedback from a professional who can critique your tone and show you ways to improve it, over several sessions. Try to find a teacher sympathetic to your personal goals as a singer, and who is willing to give you several lessons on a short-term basis in order to help ...


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A tone is something you can work on in different ways. For example, if you try different styles of music, you will notice your voice sounds different when you sing blues than when you sing pop. You can also try singing in different emotions. When you sing in a happy way, your singing will sound light. When you sing in an angry way, your voice will sound ...


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First, ask yourself what you do well when you play. When you are listening to yourself, it's very easy to get caught up in what you are doing wrong. You missed a chord in the third measure, or you lost the rhythm for a moment somewhere. But if you only pay attention to those things, you miss everything else. You missed a chord or two, but you played 30 or 40 ...


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This question gets at the how, but right now I don't have a good explanation of the why. To my ear: yes they are. For frequency ratios above ~1.25 you just hear two tones "on top of" one another. Each is identifiable as a separate entity. It is only at the lower ratios that they merge together into a single, more dissonant, sound. I tested this by ...


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I'm not qualified to give an in depth answer, but to me the simple requirement is the mathematical relationship between harmonics. Eg if you have a note and then a range of harmonics at multiples of the fundamental it will sound tonic. Snare and other percussion instruments have many frequencies that are not related mathematically. These sound atonal.


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Clarity in a clean tone, that also doesn't sound 'weedy' and 'thin' can be difficult, however there are a couple of things you can (or should do) to get there, and none involves using a pedal. First of all know that distortion and overdrive are two different things. The classic way to achieve such tones are by playing through low wattage valve (or tube) ...


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Re The track "My God is the Sun ~ Queens of the Stone Age" you mention: This is what I'm hearing .. Sounds like humbucker pickup guitar (eg Les Paul, or many other typew) as opposed to single coil pickup (eg Fender Strat) Two guitars playing together, often one string each. This means the distortion is only acting on that one string per guitar amp, so ...


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My suggestion would be a combination of: noise suppressor pedal, and preamp overdrive pedal I'm a huge Malmsteen fan, so what I use (with either my signature YJM stratocaster or my Squier stratocaster) is: BOSS NS-2 Noise Suppressor Yngwie J. Malmsteen YJM308 Preamp Overdrive by DOD (extra link) Here is a short video(5 MB) where Yngwie explains the ...


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I'll be honest. For glam rock, power metal, and quite a few others, tenors and high baritones rule. Certain types of music prefer baritones because the baritone range tends to be the most singable by the majority of the population. However, if you are an actual bass, you can probably take a few tenor songs down an octave, and it can sound quite awesome. ...



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