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Forum: Guitar Techniques Yesterday, 10:09 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 140
Posted By cdgraves
Your thumb is too low, your wrist is too bent,...

Your thumb is too low, your wrist is too bent, and your guitar's action is really high. The first two you can fix on your own, but some things will always be physically challenging if you have to...
Forum: Guitar Techniques Yesterday, 10:00 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 631
Posted By cdgraves
I agree with this, and it's why studio recordings...

I agree with this, and it's why studio recordings are where you can really tell the limit of someone's abilities. Everyone makes mistakes here and there in the live setting - there's just too much...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 02-11-2016, 08:46 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 147
Posted By cdgraves
You should use the tips. And not everyone making...

You should use the tips. And not everyone making instructional videos ought to be teaching.

Once you can hit single notes while keeping your hand somewhat relaxed you can start doing muting with the...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 02-11-2016, 08:43 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 140
Posted By cdgraves
A picture of your hand doing the painful thing...

A picture of your hand doing the painful thing would be helpful. A lot of things can cause wrist strain.

Generally you should use the least pressure you can to get the desired sound.
Forum: Guitar Techniques 02-11-2016, 08:36 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 234
Posted By cdgraves
If you aren't paying attention to the sound of...

If you aren't paying attention to the sound of what you're doing, then you're missing the most important part. There's nothing wrong with noodling while you watch TV, but it is in no way an effective...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 02-10-2016, 10:20 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 631
Posted By cdgraves
Well Duane was usually on the slide, which never...

Well Duane was usually on the slide, which never sounds quite as clean as regular fretting. Unless you're Derek Trucks.

I think there was also a lower standard of technical competency back then....
Forum: Guitar Techniques 02-10-2016, 02:42 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 631
Posted By cdgraves
I think the bottom line is that you're only as...

I think the bottom line is that you're only as good as what you can do on purpose.
Forum: Guitar Techniques 02-08-2016, 08:59 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 378
Posted By cdgraves
Some people play in the upper register for all of...

Some people play in the upper register for all of the good reasons above, and some play up there because they have only paid attention to solos that use the upper register. I can't say how many times...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 02-08-2016, 08:45 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 631
Posted By cdgraves
You don't generally get known as an instrument...

You don't generally get known as an instrument player with anything short of fantastic technique. Most "guitarists" who get famous despite their lack of ability are famous for something other than...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 02-07-2016, 07:53 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 631
Posted By cdgraves
Slop happens when you lack the technique or...

Slop happens when you lack the technique or practice to execute what you're trying to play. Low-skill players sound fine as long as they don't try to outplay themselves.

Sloppy to me is poor...
Forum: Musician Talk 02-07-2016, 07:45 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 152
Posted By cdgraves
You can put two inputs into the amp some way or...

You can put two inputs into the amp some way or another, but how are you going to get two outputs from the guitar?

Putting the thing last in your chain is the only way to do what you're looking for...
Forum: Musician Talk 02-07-2016, 07:44 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 805
Posted By cdgraves
I'm afraid you're not making much sense. End of...

I'm afraid you're not making much sense.

End of the day: improvement comes from regular, focused practice.
Forum: Guitar Techniques 02-06-2016, 11:08 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 755
Posted By cdgraves
You contend that Billy Gibbons had trouble doing...

You contend that Billy Gibbons had trouble doing whole step bends before he got BB King's advice?

I don't think this thread was started by someone who is already a highly competent guitarist...
Forum: Musician Talk 02-06-2016, 10:48 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 288
Posted By cdgraves
That pattern can definitely be done with strict...

That pattern can definitely be done with strict alt picking. It's just a scale running down in 4ths.

It's easy to turn that pattern into a technique workout. Just apply the pattern to the whole...
Forum: Musician Talk 02-06-2016, 10:25 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 805
Posted By cdgraves
I'm unclear what you're saying: do you mean that...

I'm unclear what you're saying: do you mean that typically you only practice 40 days out of the whole year, but you spend 15 hours on each of those days?

If that's what you mean, then it is not a...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 02-03-2016, 09:49 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 206
Posted By cdgraves
He's just rocking it on the accents/downbeats,...

He's just rocking it on the accents/downbeats, same as 90% of wah pedal usage in all of music.
Forum: Guitar Techniques 02-03-2016, 09:42 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 755
Posted By cdgraves
There is a difference between accommodating a...

There is a difference between accommodating a specific style of playing and trying to avoid basic technical development. Billy Gibbons and EVH don't use thin strings because they are simply incapable...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 02-02-2016, 07:02 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 755
Posted By cdgraves
If you're leaving a set of strings on for a year...

If you're leaving a set of strings on for a year or waiting until they break to change them, I'm tempted to say you're not paying much attention to tone.
Forum: Guitar Techniques 02-02-2016, 04:18 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 461
Posted By cdgraves
Agreed. Chromatic warm ups are basically useless...

Agreed. Chromatic warm ups are basically useless beyond the most basic beginner level. Once you are actually able to press the strings down reliably, you should play musical rudiments: scales,...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 02-02-2016, 11:04 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 755
Posted By cdgraves
Fenders are not the only Fender-scale guitars!...

Fenders are not the only Fender-scale guitars!

EVH used .09s, but also poured on distortion like syrup on pancakes, and he used them to accommodate intense legato playing. He didn't use .09s...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 02-02-2016, 02:00 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 755
Posted By cdgraves
For the most part, Fender scale guitars are more...

For the most part, Fender scale guitars are more likely to have tremolos, and Gibson scale guitars are almost always hard tail. Telecaster is about the only Fender that's never a trem bridge, though...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 02-01-2016, 07:05 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 959
Posted By cdgraves
Open tunings are great two things: playing slide,...

Open tunings are great two things: playing slide, and avoiding learning barre chords.

The guitar is tuned the way it is because it allows for self accompaniment with a huge variety of chord voicings...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 02-01-2016, 07:00 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 548
Posted By cdgraves
Yeah... that voicing is not possible without the...

Yeah... that voicing is not possible without the thumb, and any such non-standard techniques ought to be indicated on the music. Best to use your ears before looking at written sources. Glaring...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 02-01-2016, 06:52 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 755
Posted By cdgraves
What gauge strings do you use? Have they been...

What gauge strings do you use? Have they been changed recently?
Forum: Guitar Techniques 01-31-2016, 04:12 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 267
Posted By cdgraves
I'd alt pick with the string skipping. But...

I'd alt pick with the string skipping. But without knowing where the accents are, it's hard to say exactly. Often it's better to keep downstrokes on the accents, even if they're not on the downbeats...
Forum: Musician Talk 01-31-2016, 12:20 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 340
Posted By cdgraves
Well any ii V I will have all three of those...

Well any ii V I will have all three of those qualities.

For dominant 7, just about any blues song is built on all dominant 7th chords.

Minor 7 chords are fairly common, but sound pretty different...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 01-30-2016, 10:19 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 640
Posted By cdgraves
You can RH mute while finger picking on electric,...

You can RH mute while finger picking on electric, it's just not the best positioning.
Forum: Musician Talk 01-26-2016, 11:36 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 762
Posted By cdgraves
No need to get violent. Everyone knows Lydian is...

No need to get violent. Everyone knows Lydian is pretty, though that's a strange reaction to an altercation.
Forum: Musician Talk 01-26-2016, 11:28 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 385
Posted By cdgraves
Yes. In my admittedly limited experience, they're...

Yes. In my admittedly limited experience, they're pretty much always leading tone dim7 chords. I haven't seen much movement by 5th from dim7 chords. m7b5 moves by 5th, but not dim7.

Anal theorist...
Forum: Musician Talk 01-26-2016, 01:02 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 349
Posted By cdgraves
Use an organ sound, play in 3/4 or 6/8, and play...

Use an organ sound, play in 3/4 or 6/8, and play stuff like i V or I bVII
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