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Old 01-18-2013, 07:35 AM   #1
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zakk wylde picking hand.



the solo zakk plays at :38, look at his picking hand, its not even mutting the strings, neither is his fretting hand. how is he managing to mute the strings?
seeing videos like this im getting closer and closer to believing that the tone and equipment plays a major part in making the player's playing better.
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Old 01-18-2013, 08:50 AM   #2
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There are three things he's using to mute the noise:

-His picking thumb
-His fretting fingers
-(maybe) A part of his palm (hard to tell)
-The wah

The last one might sound funny to you, but it's true; it masks a small portion of the noise.
Not sure though, hard to tell from this perspective.

I find Zakk to be quite sloppy from time to time tho. I wouldn't recommend using him as an example - there are better players to learn from; Guthrie govan, paul gilbert, tosin abasi, etcetera..

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seeing videos like this im getting closer and closer to believing that the tone and equipment plays a major part in making the player's playing better.


When I started out playing, I always thought "My amp sucks, I'll never sound great!". I still don't sound great (saying that I'm great would be an odd thing to do), but I do sound far better than I used to, and guess what - I still play with that amp. Tone is determined a great deal by equipment, but the real tone is in your fingers. Also, there is a difference in SOUND and in PLAYING. Great equipment will not improve your playing, it will only improve the quality of the SOUND.
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Old 01-18-2013, 03:25 PM   #3
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thanks. but is it just me, i feel a lot comfortable when my tone is dipped in compression, reverb , noise gate, distortion, delay. hehe and im the yngwie type guy i listen to a lot of neoclassical, power metal. zakk effected my begining stages when learning pentatonic soloing and my pentatonic improv still kinda sounds like him.
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Old 01-18-2013, 06:27 PM   #4
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thanks. but is it just me, i feel a lot comfortable when my tone is dipped in compression, reverb , noise gate, distortion, delay. hehe and im the yngwie type guy i listen to a lot of neoclassical, power metal. zakk effected my begining stages when learning pentatonic soloing and my pentatonic improv still kinda sounds like him.


I know, all those things can greatly enhance your sound, if your looking for that effect. I have a question though: Do you practice with or without effects & clean or distorted (or both) ? I'm asking because it's a pretty overlooked aspect of correct practice. Let me know.
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Old 01-19-2013, 03:33 PM   #5
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i practice without the amp first, on my electric guitar.
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Old 01-19-2013, 10:57 PM   #6
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i practice without the amp first, on my electric guitar.


Here's my practice setup

-Play plugged
-Play loud enough to hear every mistake
-Play with distortion - 1
-Play with clean - 2
-Play without effects - 3
-Use the bridge pick-up - 4

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

By doing all of these things it will be much harder to sound good;

1 - Your clean-mistakes will sound through
2 - Your distortion-mistakes will sound through
3 - No effects make it harder to play clean
4 - Harder to play clean

However, it will enhance your playing;

1 - Forces you to pick correctly
2 - Forces you to mute correctly
3 - Forces you to sound good without stuff like delay, which is very benifcial for your playing
4 - Forces you to mute correctly (especially with sweeping)



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I'm kinda drunk, so don't take this too seriously. I hope you understand what I'm saying though
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Old 01-20-2013, 02:00 PM   #7
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okay thanks.
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Old 01-21-2013, 05:20 AM   #8
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I find Zakk to be quite sloppy from time to time tho. I wouldn't recommend using him as an example - there are better players to learn from; Guthrie govan, paul gilbert, tosin abasi, etcetera..


As much as I am a fan of Zakk and his playing style, this is very true.

Anyway, just because he can get away with doing things that way, doesn't mean you can, or that you should! I mean, which is better: doing things a certain way just because another guy does it like that, or doing things in the best way possible?

Just because Zakk doesn't seem to be muting with his picking hand, it doesn't mean that muting with your picking hand is a bad idea, or a bad technique!
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