#1
So, I just came back from a gig I played with a friend of mine, which went alright and after us came a young band (average age was around 14) and they did a very sloppy rendition of Killing in the Name, but at the solo, this guitarist pulled out his 'trick-bag' and started spazzing his right arm and hitting everything. Sure it looked flashy and quick, but it was nothing more than a fast flurry of noise. Upon coming home I tried spazzing my right arm like an idiot and I just couldn't do it and hit the notes as well. My question here is; why the hell do people spazz their arm even when it doesn't give the desired result (unless you really WANT to be sloppy) and moreover, HOW do they do it? Is it just that I taught myself to play cleanly that I can't do it?

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Don't.
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#5
I know I shouldn't and I don't, 'cause it's sloppy and bad. I just wondered how the f*ck one could do that. And yes 'like a death metal solo'.
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#6
He was probably tensing up his arm to the point where it vibrated. That's really bad. Tension is your enemy, since it tends to ruin muscles. Furthermore, it;s uncontrollable. Sometimes it has the desired effect, but more often than not, relying on tension is really imprecise. It's a lot better to have full control of what you're playing at all times and relying on coordination and muscle memory rather than trying to spazz your way through a solo.
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He was probably tensing up his arm to the point where it vibrated. That's really bad. Tension is your enemy, since it tends to ruin muscles. Furthermore, it;s uncontrollable. Sometimes it has the desired effect, but more often than not, relying on tension is really imprecise. It's a lot better to have full control of what you're playing at all times and relying on coordination and muscle memory rather than trying to spazz your way through a solo.


I know, and that's exactly what I said. My question is not whether it's bad or not, because I could hear it was uncontrolled, random noise (as stated in my first post). My question merely was how to do it (and this is not to imitate it, I have a very controlled playing style) and why one would want to do it.
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#8
It's obvious how you do it. You just tense up and move your arm.
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I know, and that's exactly what I said. My question is not whether it's bad or not, because I could hear it was uncontrolled, random noise (as stated in my first post). My question merely was how to do it (and this is not to imitate it, I have a very controlled playing style) and why one would want to do it.


yeah its bad, when you tense up you open yourself up to injury. heres a non guitar related example, take a pice of paper and have a friend hold it with one hand, now punch it, it just bends because it is still loose and relaxed, now have them hold it with both hands tightly and punch it, your hand should have gone right through, this is because the paper was made 'tense', your muscles are the same way.

and no there really is no benefit to this, or a good reason to want to do that.
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#10
Are you perhaps referring to tremolo picking?
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Are you perhaps referring to tremolo picking?


Absolutely and most definitely not. I'm referring to tensing up your arm, and spazzing it up and down over all the strings, while soloing. As in unprecise, messy, sloppy soloing.
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Absolutely and most definitely not. I'm referring to tensing up your arm, and spazzing it up and down over all the strings, while soloing. As in unprecise, messy, sloppy soloing.


Also see; Zakk Wylde. He may or may not actually be doing it, but it sure sounds like it some times.
#13
It is nothing but tension and poor guess work.
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#16
Was this guy bald and heavily tattooed on his head? Cos it sounds an awful like Kerry King's soloing style :|
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