#1
In your opinion, does the gauge of the string help with alternate/tremolo picking and tapping? Like, laughter gauge strings are easier to perform these techniques on? Or vice versa? I just started using 10's, and I'm wondering if I should go back to 9's. Course, it may be I'm just frusterated with not being able to tap fastly
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#2
For me, my comfort zone is from 8 to 10. Anything lower or higher and my ability goes out the window. Just find what works for you.
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#3
Lighter strings, for me, make legato easier, but I love heavy strings (12's usually) for lot's of picking. I tend to use a medium set, like 10-52 or 11-52 or something.
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#4
I use 10s and I'd say it's easier to tremolo pick because of the tension, although I have found that 9s don't make that much of a difference... Develop the skills around your string choice.
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In your opinion, does the gauge of the string help with alternate/tremolo picking and tapping? Like, laughter gauge strings are easier to perform these techniques on? Or vice versa? I just started using 10's, and I'm wondering if I should go back to 9's. Course, it may be I'm just frusterated with not being able to tap fastly


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As with most things, it's all down to preference and what you've practiced; experiment a lot and see what you actually like to use.
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#7
heavier strings are better for me when im picking really fast. with tapping and string gauges i think u would juts have to work on it with one set of strings you will eventually get really comforatable with any gauge of string which is how i learned to tap.
#8
Try practicing on a heavy stringed acoustic. Your problem isn't the gauge, it's probably finger strength and coordination.

I don't think string gauge has much to do with your tapping or alternate picking. It is a little easier to do legato on thin strings but I like the thick sound thick strings give.
#9
There isn't much difference between 9's and 10's but speed picking should be easier on thicker strings
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#10
I have 7's on mine and I can tremolo pick without an issue. I personally find thicker strings to be harder to pick on, but I have 9's on my acoustic even so I never really practiced for more than a few hours on a thicker string. Sliding, bending and hammering/powering seems easier on lighter strings too.
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#11
I use 9s and is the perfect balance for shred (easy tapping and bending) and playing heavy rhythm. As for tremolo picking, if i feel that i need more tension to pick, just pick closer to the bridge.

Anyway, is all about preferences. I suggest you to spend some time (a month) with the 10s and see if you get used to it, if you don't, just get back to 9s.
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#12
I personally use 10's, but the other guitarist in our band uses 14's. it is all down to the preference of the guitarist. as with guitars, where the right guitar neck should feel comfortable, the strings should just fit.
#13
Right now I have baritone strings on my ibanez tuned to drop A# the lowest string is a 68, and the highest is a 12 i think, but i find my ability to play anything is not hampered at all by the string size, whether I'm on my jagmaster with 9s or my douglas with 11s, or the HUGE baritone strings. just practice more.
#14
I like my 11s. I find that I do better picking and bending.

Personally, I'd like if someone would make heavy top skinny/bottom strings. They could be called "Busty"s.
#15
I guess it depends on what type of music you're playing. With metal and such, I'd go with a heavy gauge, anything from a 10 and up. Rock and Roll (Classic stuff), I'd stick with a nine, maybe a ten. Same with country. Punk... I'd go with an 11. Blues, you're better off with a nine. It's all relative.
#16
I normally slap on 13s or 12s on my acoustic to practice with.


Once you get used to playing on the heavy gauge strings your fingers fly and molest the lighter gauge strings.

If you can play it on heavy gauge strings you can play it on lighter gauge strings, but you can't go vice versa.
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#17
I've been using 9s. Feels killer smooth to me. I haven't really used anything higher or lower in a while, for the reason of just habit of buying 9s. Though this seems more like a personal preference thing.