#1
I've heard the term "playing clean", I don't know what is is, but my ideas is that it is either just using distortion instead of a clean channel (which would have nothing to do with technique) or bumping into adjacent strings/ squeaking when fretting?

Thanks.
#2
playing clean is proper fretting and muting technique so that you can play things without unwanted noise
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#3
Playing without the effects of Drug's or Alcohol. It's supposed to be a difficult thing for a proffesional musician to accomplish.
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#5
1.)Playing IN clean..means playing with no effects or distortion going through your amp..2.) playing cleanly means playing without any overtones or playing with perfect intonation
#7
Clean could mean just a clean tone without distortion.

Playing cleanly would be playing without fret buzz, flubbed notes and unwanted strings ringing when they shouldn't. Just any noise really.
#8
I'd say it encompasses a few things:

1) Playing with proper muting technique.
2) Holding notes so they ring out properly and for the correct duration.
3) Having control over your dynamics.

Also it could just mean playing without distortion on.
#9
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I'd say it encompasses a few things:

1) Playing with proper muting technique.
2) Holding notes so they ring out properly and for the correct duration.
3) Having control over your dynamics.

Also it could just mean playing without distortion on.


Basically this. When regarding technique, it's mostly about stopping UNWANTED noise, and making WANTED noise.
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#10
Essentially, it means playing well; i.e. as professionally as possible.
#11
I guess it could mean two things:

- playing without distortion on the clean channel of the amp

or probably

- playing with as little unwanted noise as possible and getting the strings to ring out nicely as possible. this is basically another way of saying just generally play with no mistakes.
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#12
Playing clean is commonly thought to be just playing with no unnessasary strings being hit and properly fretted and full sounding notes. While that is definately a big part of it, I'd say that the phrase "playing clean" also means playing with even, articulated and dynamically controlled pick attack. Playing with weak, inconsistant sounding technique isn't clean IMO; even if there is minimal noise.
#13
Good clean playing: "Cliffs of Dover," by Eric Johnson.
Bad clean playing: "Cliffs of Dover," as played by anyone who is not Eric Johnson.
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