#1
i'm interested in learning more how to play shoegazer guitar, and adding more of that style guitar playing into my playing.

how do get like my bloody valentine/slowdive/that sort of style playing? like i'm interested in guitar noise, and how to use it.

what playing techniques/effects/gear would you use to get to have guitar noise like that.
#2
DELAY. I use a MXR Carbon Copy and it's great. Use a reverb pedal, too- an EHX Holy Grail would be great, but the Behringer one is actually good. Distortion should be as scuzzy and fuzzy as you can get, but avoid metal pedals. I use a Boss DS-1. Modulation effects like chorus and phaser are ace, too.

Guitarwise, something with p90s and a trem.
#3
well they usually have a lot of gain to get the feedback, i know the my bloody valentine guitarist used an epiphone casino so maybe a hollow body guitar, i think they feedback easier, maybe try some drone tunings as well, like lou reed tuned all his strings to D on the velvet underground song "heroin", maybe try something like that?

edit: the drone tuning wasn't used on heroin but i can't remember where i read it was used
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#4
Yeah, the biggest part of how Kevin Shields gets the really layered sound is by constantly using the tremolo bar. As far as guitars, I saw MBV live this fall, and Belinda exclusively used Fender Jaguars and Fender Mustangs modded with a Jaguar bridge. Kevin had about a dozen different Jazzmasters. Along with all the whammying you'll want loads of feedback, distortion, and noise. Also, just play loud.
#5
I use DADGAD, but the singer/guitarist in my band (click siggy) uses CGCFGC, and we play shoegaze.
#6
I belive you could use chords which mix higher notes and open notes.
And alot of reverb
#7
Fender Jaguars, Jazzmasters and Mustangs. You're going to need a delay, and for the MBV sound a Yamaha SPX-90 with the reverese function (i believe reverse reverb or something like that). A Boss HM-2 Heavy Metal pedal is also instant MBV sound. Other good guitars are Epi Sheratons or Casinos. You may wanna get a Boss DS-1 and a EHX Big Muff (i'd go Russian). Delays should include at least one digital and one analog. I'd go with a DD-6 and a Carbon Copy for cheap, great sound. also invest in a reverb pedal like a Boss RV-3 or Line 6 Verbzilla.
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Quote by atthedrive-thru
well they usually have a lot of gain to get the feedback, i know the my bloody valentine guitarist used an epiphone casino so maybe a hollow body guitar, i think they feedback easier, maybe try some drone tunings as well, like lou reed tuned all his strings to D on the velvet underground song "heroin", maybe try something like that?

edit: the drone tuning wasn't used on heroin but i can't remember where i read it was used



I thought Belinda's hollowbody was a Gretsch, that is what she plays in the To Here Knows When video. For a shoegaze guitar get a Jazzmaster or a Jaguar, thats what i'm planning to buy for similar reasons, the trem allows you to get that shimmer. I'd advise getting the Jaguar, i prefer the feel of the Neck to the jazzmaster and the sound of the pups.

and also if you play shoegaze try (low E to High E): F#,F#,F#,F#,C#,F#, it's what both Soon by MBV and Kool Thing by Sonic Youth are in.
#9
teles also work well, but definitely try for a jag or jazz. And I don't know how it works for Droning, but Steve Hackett of Genesis used this cool F# tuning that was like F# A# C# F# F# F# or something like that, plus it was on a 12 string.
#10
335 style guitars are loved in the shoe-gaze scene.

Loads of delay and reverb. Nice fuzz pedal aswell.
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The Epiphone Sheraton II is pretty widely used as well, because the sustain block + the hollow wings is an excellent combination
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well they usually have a lot of gain to get the feedback, i know the my bloody valentine guitarist used an epiphone casino so maybe a hollow body guitar, i think they feedback easier, maybe try some drone tunings as well, like lou reed tuned all his strings to D on the velvet underground song "heroin", maybe try something like that?

edit: the drone tuning wasn't used on heroin but i can't remember where i read it was used

I believe it was "Venus in Furs" and "All Tomorrow's Parties."
#13
It was the song "The Ostrich" that the drone tuning was used on. And it wasn't Velvet Underground, it was Lou Reed's post Velvet Underground group.
#14
Fuzz or metal distortion box out front, reverb and delay in the loop. Use your whammy bar to provide a rhythm and then drone away.
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well they usually have a lot of gain to get the feedback, i know the my bloody valentine guitarist used an epiphone casino so maybe a hollow body guitar, i think they feedback easier, maybe try some drone tunings as well, like lou reed tuned all his strings to D on the velvet underground song "heroin", maybe try something like that?

edit: the drone tuning wasn't used on heroin but i can't remember where i read it was used

actually it was jesus and mary chain that used an epi casino, i got confused