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  • PickiHng Technique - Change StringsDateWed Dec 26, 2012 8:50 am

    When I do it the right hand is not touching the strings at all. It floats above the strings in a nice little fist. Anchoring can be ok if you work through it, however, I find that if you get over it you can progress faster by keeping the right hand pretty tight and focusing on the sarod and scalpel picking methods, even when changing strings. The key is to get the technique you want down at a very SLOW speed and work your way up.

    If you want I'd suggest creating a clip of what you're doing, post it to youtube, and then post the link in this thread. Pebber might not get to it, but there's lots of great players (not me btw... ;) on this forum that can help you w/ your technique and what to practice.

  • Daily routeinDateWed Dec 05, 2012 11:56 am
    Forum post by AceLuby. Topic: Daily routein
  • free Software playing sheet musicDateFri Nov 16, 2012 7:49 am

    I agree w/ Pebber, I've used Finale and it's great, very easy and professional looking, but it's not free which is why I suggested Musescore.

  • free Software playing sheet musicDateTue Nov 13, 2012 12:00 pm

    Something like this?

  • What kind of question is this?DateMon Nov 05, 2012 11:46 am

    Quote: John567 wrote in post #7
    "Why is Allan Holdsworth so good?"

    Here he is at 28 years old:

    This video is great!

  • jazz used in tv adsDateWed Oct 31, 2012 12:22 pm
    Forum post by AceLuby. Topic: jazz used in tv ads

    Same reason electronic music is used in TV ads a lot. Lots of stuff w/out vocals and the good stuff can catch your ear.

  • picksDateThu Oct 11, 2012 6:40 am
    Forum post by AceLuby. Topic: picks

    I'm keen to the Dunlop Big Stubby 2.0 jazz picks, especially w/ these picking techniques as they almost never create that scratchy sound, awesome tone. I wish they had a bit more grip, but I've remedied that by putting some gaffer tape around the base of the pick. Makes it nice for my VERY sweaty hands, I wish they would just make these w/ some grip tape on them.

  • of wives and men (and overdrive noise)DateWed Sep 19, 2012 7:00 am

    If the noise gate is that important I would have to suggest the below.

    I have one and absolutely love it as a noise gate, tuner, volume pedal, digital delay, and all kinds of modulation all in one. The distortions are only 'meh' so I use it as an 'off' pedal with the volume and drive set to 0 as a quick way to turn everything off on stage.

  • of wives and men (and overdrive noise)DateTue Sep 18, 2012 7:11 am

    It depends on how you're using it. Overdrives were created to drive a hot tube amp naturally into distortion territory, most of the drive comes from the tubes, not the pedal. Even when using higher gain settings it's still driving the tubes to make that creamy distortion sound. When using a SS amp you're no longer driving tubes, but instead are driving transistors and chips. When you drive these you tend to get unpleasant distortion, especially if you have the pedal w/ high gain settings as you're driving transistors to drive other transistors. If you're using low gain it shouldn't make as big of a difference, but it's still not being used what is was created for.

    You might be happier w/ an actual distortion or fuzz pedal like a Rat or Big Muff

  • of wives and men (and overdrive noise)DateMon Sep 17, 2012 9:24 am

    I'd try a different OD pedal. I've never had a tube screamer or clone do what you are saying it's doing, even with it set on high gain into a hot tube amp.

  • Daily routeinDateFri Sep 14, 2012 7:51 am
    Forum post by AceLuby. Topic: Daily routein

    Sorry, but this is driving me crazy, it's spelled 'routine'.

  • of wives and men (and overdrive noise)DateFri Sep 14, 2012 7:49 am

    Could be that your pedal is broken or the battery might need to be replaced. Have you tried both cables straight into the amp? It may be a faulty cable. It also just might be that you're trying to use a tube screamer into a solid state amp and the tone is not what you're expecting, can you try your setup in front of another amp and see if that's better? If all those things still sound like crap you've probably got a bad transistor or something in the pedal. You shouldn't need a noise gate for a one pedal setup into a practice amp at low volumes.

  • ground wire help??DateFri Sep 14, 2012 7:43 am
    Forum post by AceLuby. Topic: ground wire help??

    I wouldn't judge the 339 line based off one guitar in the 335 line for epiphone. Also, tuning issues happen a lot in stores because they don't lubricate the nut or stretch the strings properly. Tuning issues are typically very simple to fix. Try a few out, they are really nice guitars and REALLY light.

    Tele's and LP's have similar weights, I don't think you're going to get the tone you're after going w/ a HS setup on a tele though, unless it's the treble LP tone that you're going after which is the opposite for me as I think of the neck pup or both together for that classic LP tone. You might be best off getting a HH strat though, seems like that's what you really want. If you really want that LP tone you can swap them out for some gibson burstbucker pups, I love the sound of those things.

  • of wives and men (and overdrive noise)DateThu Sep 13, 2012 11:49 am

    Ursin, didn't you lose tone and dynamics w/ all those noise gates?

  • of wives and men (and overdrive noise)DateThu Sep 13, 2012 11:48 am

    How much noise is your guitar making w/out the pedal in the chain?
    What about w/ the pedal in the chain, but the pedal off?
    How high is the volume and gain when the noise occurs?

    It could be the pedal or it could be amplifying guitar noise.

  • ground wire help??DateThu Sep 13, 2012 10:52 am
    Forum post by AceLuby. Topic: ground wire help??

    The tele has a vibe that's all its own which IMO is completely different than either the strat or LP. If you like the way the strat feels, but like the tone of the LP you might want to consider a dual humbucker setup on a strat or checking out the 339 epiphone or gibson.

  • ground wire help??DateThu Sep 13, 2012 8:06 am
    Forum post by AceLuby. Topic: ground wire help??

    If that's the case you've got a cold solder joint and more than likely this is going to crop up again. I'm glad it's fixed, but if it does come up again or if you have some other issue like a scratchy pot I'd go in there and replace the wiring and the pots if you're so inclined. Wiring diagrams are easy to follow and there are plenty of videos on how to solder correctly.

  • Daily routeinDateTue Sep 11, 2012 12:44 pm
    Forum post by AceLuby. Topic: Daily routein

    You've got to do a bit of every module every day. I do a half hour of trills, a half hour of picking, a half hour of permutations, a half hour of scales, and then spend an hour or two transcribing and learning new songs. This is just an estimate as sometimes I can get an hour of each in and other days I only get 10 min of each in, but I get it in every day.

  • ground wire help??DateMon Sep 10, 2012 6:41 am
    Forum post by AceLuby. Topic: ground wire help??

    Open the back up and give each wire a very small tug. It would be even easier if the guitar was plugged in as you'll hear when you've got the right one, or at least the right section of wires. You may even be able to see the loose wire as soon as you open up. If you're comfortable w/ a solder iron it should take you very little time to just go around back there and resolder some connections.

  • ground wire help??DateFri Sep 07, 2012 11:32 am
    Forum post by AceLuby. Topic: ground wire help??

    It's probably a loose solder joint or a bad wire if it's something new. If it has always been that way it may have a ground loop and need to be rewired. If you're comfortable w/ a solder iron you should be able to look inside, find the culprit and fix it.

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