#1
I sometimes see guitarists putting a "hairband" or something around the neck. From what I heard, it is to reduce unwanted noise. Is this right? and is this cheating in anyway?


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The purpose is to eliminate open string noise while soloing higher up the neck.
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^ +1

or those silly things knopfler used to wear (despite having no hair).

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It's because people don't know how to mute properly.

It works though and it's easy. Not really cheating, just a quick fix for a lack of technique.


I don't really think that's a fair comment. Sure, there are guitarists who use hairband to cover a lack of dampening technique, but then you have guys like Guthrie Govan and Greg Howe who really only use a hairband to dampen the open strings when they're playing long, intricate two-handed tapping sequences, where dampening every open string would be very difficult. I've seen both of those players play some passages llike that cleanly without the hair band too, sometimes it's just there for good measure.
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#8
Think it's really only ever done in the studio. To be fair any advantage you can take in the studio for the perfect take I wouldn't class as cheating - especially when double tracking and so forth is necessary. Also, as studio time isn't free and having the pressure of getting everything perfect, it can make even those with perfect technique struggle and not play their best.
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I have seen a couple people do it onstage...don't really think it's cheating but I wouldn't do it bc I don't feel the need to. There rly is no cheating though lol. Is a capo cheating? bc your hands only have 5 fingers and aren't big enough to do those open chords without it? Is an electric guitar cheating bc your acoustic doesn't play as smooth or loud enough?
#10
willing to bet all your favourite bands do it in the studio.

When recording it's fine, obviously dont practice with it as you'll develop a flawed technique
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studio use is great id say.
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If someone depends on it for their muting technique, then I would say it is cheating. If they are in the studio, and need perfect takes ASAP, then it's fine. If they are playing live, and maybe are playing a difficult passage, then it's fine, but I think it's better if they don't need it. Then again, when playing live you only have one chance to do it.

That's just my opinion regarding hairbands.
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^ +1

or those silly things knopfler used to wear (despite having no hair).

son i am disappoint.


+1

I thought we were talking about these things



put it around your neck and it reduces static electricity or something
#14
There is NO cheating....the only thing I can think of as cheating would be a backing track or playing with your amp off and a recording on (lip synch for guitars)
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Quote by WtrPlyr
It's because people don't know how to mute properly.

It works though and it's easy. Not really cheating, just a quick fix for a lack of technique.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-yPEewaalik

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I don't really think that's a fair comment. Sure, there are guitarists who use hairband to cover a lack of dampening technique, but then you have guys like Guthrie Govan and Greg Howe who really only use a hairband to dampen the open strings when they're playing long, intricate two-handed tapping sequences, where dampening every open string would be very difficult. I've seen both of those players play some passages llike that cleanly without the hair band too, sometimes it's just there for good measure.


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#16
I've seen it done, but does it affect dramatically how the open strings sound if you gotta play them?
#18
lol he doesn't use it in that video. but i guess he proves he doesn't need it. but im sure he uses it in the studio to get the cleans takes possible on those tapping parts
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Quote by WtrPlyr
It's because people don't know how to mute properly.

It works though and it's easy. Not really cheating, just a quick fix for a lack of technique.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H-gNXCB2tE8&feature=relmfu
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#22


you could show me a million videos of people tapping and shredding with hairbands on their guitar, I probably wouldn't be convinced. Just because they can play faster than me doesn't mean their muting technique is top notch.
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am i the only one who entered this thread thinking it would be about glam metal bands?
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#26
wait when hair bands becomes a new fad again when were 50 or so lol maybe not even that long
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you could show me a million videos of people tapping and shredding with hairbands on their guitar, I probably wouldn't be convinced. Just because they can play faster than me doesn't mean their muting technique is top notch.


everything about guthrie govan is better than you. he probably gets awards for his toothbrush technique. his muting technique is top notch, as proved by all the videos of him playing with no hair band. his picking technique, legato, tapping, fingering, and writing techniques are also top notch. his beard technique is even amazing. what more do you want from the guy?
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Quote by InanezGuitars44
everything about guthrie govan is better than you. he probably gets awards for his toothbrush technique. his muting technique is top notch, as proved by all the videos of him playing with no hair band. his picking technique, legato, tapping, fingering, and writing techniques are also top notch. his beard technique is even amazing. what more do you want from the guy?





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capo, your doing wrong



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#30
Quote by InanezGuitars44
everything about guthrie govan is better than you. he probably gets awards for his toothbrush technique. his muting technique is top notch, as proved by all the videos of him playing with no hair band. his picking technique, legato, tapping, fingering, and writing techniques are also top notch. his beard technique is even amazing. what more do you want from the guy?


yeah his looking like an owl technique is pretty badass too

but seriously, gg is maybe the best rock guitar player around at the moment (certainly one of the best). he's crazy good.

to say he sucks because he occasionally uses a hair bobble to mute (which I'm guessing he only uses for particular songs, as that vid i posted shows ) is idiotic.
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I'll have to put the Classic T models on my to-try list. Shame the finish options there are Anachronism Gold, Nuclear Waste and Aged Clown, because in principle the plaintop is right up my alley.

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Presumably because the CCF (Combined Corksniffing Forces) of MLP and Gibson forums would rise up against them, plunging the land into war.

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#31
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capo, your doing wrong

It isn't even a capo. Plus you can't even spell.

You're doing it wrong.
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It isn't even a capo. Plus you can't even spell.

You're doing it wrong.

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#33
Really? A headband?

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