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#1
If you ALWAYS play with your guitar unplugged, does it develop genuinely bad playing habits for the future?
#3
Yeah, after a while you can't plug it back in since the electronics haven't been used for so long. That's why old guitars aren't as valuable as they was when they were first released, you'd have to change all the electronics which costs more than the guitar is worth.
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#5
At least your mistakes aren't masked by a shitload of distortion or other effects.
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Yeah, after a while you can't plug it back in since the electronics haven't been used for so long. That's why old guitars aren't as valuable as they was when they were first released, you'd have to change all the electronics which costs more than the guitar is worth.


This. It cost a lot of money to refurbish old guitars. I had a 66' Les Paul but had to throw it away because it hadn't been played in like 10 years.
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#7
i think there can be a problem if you always practice unplugged then play out somewhere you will sound a lot different through an amp. If you plan on playing out i would put some time in plugged in.
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#9
I reckon you'll also be a bit sloppier when you plug it in if you always play unplugged.
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#10
I use to play unplugged late at night before I got a decent set of headphones, you end up picking way too hard in an attempt to sound later and when you plug in you really how sloppy you've become.
#11
I assume it would be hard to tell if you are actually playing cleanly and accurately, so you probably arent developing great habits there. Its better to be able to hear yourself properly so you know where you are going wrong...
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#12
I was just going to troll when I came in here, but the genuine answer that have been given are just terrible.

No, playing unplugged is not detrimental to your technique.
#13
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I was just going to troll when I came in here, but the genuine answer that have been given are just terrible.

No, playing unplugged is not detrimental to your technique.



It can be.


You might be trying too hard to achieve some electric guitar technique unplugged.
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#15
If you pick too hard (which I think I do) cant you just get used to picking lighter really quickly? If anything you'd find it easier to play
#16
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This. It cost a lot of money to refurbish old guitars. I had a 66' Les Paul but had to throw it away because it hadn't been played in like 10 years.



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#17
plug it in,play real loud and see where you make mistakes unable to see when you are unplugged. . I think thats the best way for anyone that plays anything. Not just guitar lol
#18
Possibly. as stated before, you could develop some bad picking methods. Also, you might be making mistakes you can't hear because a lack of distortion.
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#19
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Possibly. as stated before, you could develop some bad picking methods. Also, you might be making mistakes you can't hear because a lack of distortion.

What distortion points out mistakes?!?!?! Wouldnt it hide them?
#20
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What distortion points out mistakes?!?!?! Wouldnt it hide them?



It can go either way. Distortion while highlight things such as extra string noise from bad muting, but lots of gain can also hide things like sloppy sweeping.
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#21
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I assume it would be hard to tell if you are actually playing cleanly and accurately, so you probably arent developing great habits there. Its better to be able to hear yourself properly so you know where you are going wrong...

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#22
We're talking electric guitar? People keep saying you'll pick too hard. Not sure what that means, seeing as everything is compressed by distortion. Someone explain that one to me.

I don't think so. Distortion will cover up your mistakes more than highlight them. Though it's not as good as playing clean, and provided you can hear yourself, I think playing unplugged could help you with your accuracy.
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We're talking electric guitar? People keep saying you'll pick too hard. Not sure what that means, seeing as everything is compressed by distortion. Someone explain that one to me.



He'll be picking harder to produce a louder sound so he can hear himself better. Picking harder means putting more force into your hand and that's bad technique. Gotta be relaxed, breh.
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#24
It depends on the technique you're practicing. If you're doing sweeps, then you should probably plug in to hear if you are actually hitting the notes correctly or not.
#25
Only con i see is that: youll have a harder time muting strings while on high gain if you learn stuff while unpluged.
#26
Absolutley not.
Actually, in my opinion, it's quite the opposite: disortion covers mistakes, unplugged you can hear them better and thus correct them.
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#27
Distortion helps perfect your muting (palm and extra noise)
Unplugged helps you nail the accuracy you need with finger and pick synchronization which means it should help with your sweeping as well; distortion covers up the synchronization problems you have. Also if you practice your pinch harmonics unplugged you will be surprised when you plug in and realize you have mastered them like hell. Because they are only slightly audible unplugged so if you can nail them unplugged you can rape them with distortion.
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#28
the input jack on your guitar will become too tight so it'll be almost impossible to plug it back in. Your guitar will also produce some screaming noises if you do.
#29
Plug in and play with no effects. That´s the best way to practice.
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#30
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Your guitar will also produce some screaming noises if you do.

That is only a good thing.
#31
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Yeah, after a while you can't plug it back in since the electronics haven't been used for so long. That's why old guitars aren't as valuable as they was when they were first released, you'd have to change all the electronics which costs more than the guitar is worth.


I did not know this, mainly because of my first electric guitar which wasn't played for about 10 years and still worked.
#32
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This. It cost a lot of money to refurbish old guitars. I had a 66' Les Paul but had to throw it away because it hadn't been played in like 10 years.


I hope you didn't literally throw it away.
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#33
I've never understood why people always say distortion hides mistakes, it always makes my mistakes more noticeable

If you play unplugged you might have a hard time with distortion at first because muting doesn't matter much on an unplugged electric, but it's needed for distortion.
#35
Why is everyone asuming plugged = distorted?
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#36
Hmm, they say ''functioning iron never oxidize'', so yeah, but that's not the question I guess. Always play plugged, cause headphones and playing unplugged makes you lose your tone, and you become vulnerable against noise. So eah play plugged.
#37
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Why is everyone asuming plugged = distorted?


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#38
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At least your mistakes aren't masked by a shitload of distortion or other effects.

Distortion can actually bring up some lack of technique. For example if I practise sweep picking or some soloing stuff unplugged, and then do the same plugged, you might notice a lot of noise from open strings ringing, which weren't audible unplugged.
#39
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Yeah, after a while you can't plug it back in since the electronics haven't been used for so long. That's why old guitars aren't as valuable as they was when they were first released, you'd have to change all the electronics which costs more than the guitar is worth.

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#40
It helps to rest your chin on the guitar while you're playing unplugged. It makes everything louder and clearer for you.
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