Hi there,

I am learning how to play "Redneck" by Lamb Of God. I am not there yet because I can play it at like 90% of the original speed.

However, I am not happy of the sound I get, especially for the main riff (intro riff). It sounds kind of sloppy.

I am not sure if this is because of my settings (maybe too much gain or a wrong EQ) or my playing (too much palm-muting, strict alternate picking, picking strength...).

This is kind of vague but if you have any related tips I would appreciate it!
You might want to be more specific about what you mean by "sloppy", that's not a hugely specific tone and you could be having any number of issues.

As a first guess though, I'm more willing to blame technique than anything else.
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If you answered I guess you know the song. In that riff there is a part that goes like this :

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I used the word sloppy because imo you can't distinguish each note clearly when I am playing it. I'll try to record a little clip.
Well I think then the first thing to do is try playing it completely clean and make sure you're definitely articulating each note properly. If you are then cut some of the gain from your sound; you don't need as much as you almost certainly think you do. Also: more mids; LoG's guitar sound is pretty mid-heavy.
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Last edited by Zaphod_Beeblebr at Jan 17, 2014,
As Zaphod said, first thing to blame in any situation is your technique, or atleast that is what i think everyone should blame so they make sure that they really work on it if it's lacking.

As said again, if it sounds sloppy it probably is sloppy. When i am working on something, whenever it is a metal song or a jazz song i always make sure that i practice it on a clean setting with no effects. If you can get every pick stroke distinct and separate with a clean setting you got it down. Then you can add distortion just to see that your muting is correct and adjust that. I have all my students do this and most of the time they tell me that they discover the lack of accurate playing once they turn of the distortion.

Just to give you an example, i met Emil Werstler from Daath a couple of years ago and talked with him. He mentioned that he did do that aswell when he was building up his chops, cause he really wanted a distinct picking sound. If there is anyone in the metal genre i would credit for great picking, it's him, and i am not big metal guy. But just listen to how the articulate each note, many players picking sound weak when playing with a clean sound, but his sound is very articulate.

Example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P1sI4CuQmFI

Bottom-line: Practice it very distinctly, and if you want better feedback you'll probably have to provide us with a clip. It's worth mentioning though that you should not rush the tempo, practice the song and let it develop naturally. Overall performance is far more important than the last 10% of speed.

Hope that was helpful in and shape or form.
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Last edited by Sickz at Jan 17, 2014,
Thank you for the answers.

Here is a little clip : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1dACG2CVcc

I am not playing at full speed and the gain was set up around 4 (I usually set it at 6-7 and I think it sounded less messy this time). It also sounds way worse when I record it through my audio interface.
It's mostly technique but not ALL technique. Certain guitar/amp combos just don't lend themselves to playing Lamb of God's material. For one, active pickups just don't do justice to LOG's riffs. LOG doesn't use nearly as much gain as many other metal bands. I can play a lot of their riffs perfectly, but it doesn't sound like them with my Blackout-equipped guitar. With my old Les Paul w/ a Dimarzio D-Sonic pickup I sounded just like them (through a 6505+, even tough they didn't use that amp). You really need a medium-high output bridge pup to get close to their sound. And then don't turn the gain up that high, and use plenty of mids.

After that, you just need to work on your right hand technique.
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