#1
Hi! Im new to electric guitar. I played acoustic guitars before and I have a question.

My guitar is Epiphone Les Paul Standard, Amp Is Fender 10g. small amp has gain option/bass/treble/volume options

I noticed in some videos on youtube that when you slide your fingers across the frets it makes really loud distortion sounds. but mine doesn't. I tried turning up the gain but same thing. am I missing something? thanks!
#4
Then they are either using their nails or doing something completely different.


Do you have an example you can post of what you are talking about?
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#5
Is this the Zakk Wylde technique where he runs his hand across the strings whilst doing saying pull offs on the string...it creates a harmonic squealing sound.

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#7
All shes doing here is picking a random point on the neck (around the 12th fret usually works) picking the top couple of strings (E&A sometimes you might catch the D as well) and holding down on those strings and simply sliding down the neck to the desired location.

Make sense?
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Oh, that's a slide as well and he's using a pick, just not for the actual slide.


You want to hit the low E string and a note high up in the neck, and while you're fretting it, just slide down while you're pressing.
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All shes doing here is picking a random point on the neck (around the 12th fret usually works) picking the top couple of strings (E&A sometimes you might catch the D as well) and holding down on those strings and simply sliding down the neck to the desired location.

Make sense?


i know that but my strings get muted? am i doing something wrong?
#10
2 things are happening if your strings are being muted. Either your pick hand is resting on the strings at the bridge, or your left hand is letting go of the strings as you slide (totally normal as a beginner because you'll not be used to the technique) you need to try and hold the left hand down on the neck and run over every fret. You should ideally be able to feel each bump in your finger as you go over the frets. It can be a little sketchy at first I thought, always thought my finger was gonna get sliced open as I ran down the neck haha

Obviously if it's your pick hand resting on the bridge you just need to keep your pick hand away from the strings till you're ready to play again after the slide
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2 things are happening if your strings are being muted. Either your pick hand is resting on the strings at the bridge, or your left hand is letting go of the strings as you slide (totally normal as a beginner because you'll not be used to the technique) you need to try and hold the left hand down on the neck and run over every fret. You should ideally be able to feel each bump in your finger as you go over the frets. It can be a little sketchy at first I thought, always thought my finger was gonna get sliced open as I ran down the neck haha

Obviously if it's your pick hand resting on the bridge you just need to keep your pick hand away from the strings till you're ready to play again after the slide

ill try that but do I need distortion pedals or any adjustments to make it as loud? as the topic says i only use gain.
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ill try that but do I need distortion pedals or any adjustments to make it as loud? as the topic says i only use gain.


Not really, more distortion will mean you can hear it easier, but if you doing it right you'll be able to hear it when playing with zero distortion. If you check out a lot of big players most of them will tell you they only use a little bit of gain, not many top players use full blown distortion pedals with gain set to 11 haha I'd work on the technique of holding down on the neck a bit stronger because you should be able to hear it in a clean tone as well.
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Not really, more distortion will mean you can hear it easier, but if you doing it right you'll be able to hear it when playing with zero distortion. If you check out a lot of big players most of them will tell you they only use a little bit of gain, not many top players use full blown distortion pedals with gain set to 11 haha I'd work on the technique of holding down on the neck a bit stronger because you should be able to hear it in a clean tone as well.



This.


Technique is the important part in getting any sort of sound. Making sure you're playing something properly will be more beneficial to your playing vs just masking poor technique with a ton of distortion.
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This.


Technique is the important part in getting any sort of sound. Making sure you're playing something properly will be more beneficial to your playing vs just masking poor technique with a ton of distortion.


hmm do you know what that technique is called so I can watch tutorials on it cause ive been looking and i have no idea what to search for. btw i tried what you just said and nothing. i just hear the strings sound not the distortion sound.
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hmm do you know what that technique is called so I can watch tutorials on it cause ive been looking and i have no idea what to search for. btw i tried what you just said and nothing. i just hear the strings sound not the distortion sound.


Try experimenting with speed and how hard you pick the strings. If you hearing each note of each fret loud and clear chances are your maybe sliding to slow, or maybe you've picked a little to clear. It's kind of a messy thing to do if I'm honest, it sounds good yes but it is a bit of a vague and messy technique.

If your hitting the string with your pick and sliding down the neck holding the strings down all the way then your doing the right thing. You just need to experiment till it sounds right to your ears.

Something else you could try is just doing a quick clip of you doing it so we can see what your doing and advise you further based on what you're already doing.
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Try experimenting with speed and how hard you pick the strings. If you hearing each note of each fret loud and clear chances are your maybe sliding to slow, or maybe you've picked a little to clear. It's kind of a messy thing to do if I'm honest, it sounds good yes but it is a bit of a vague and messy technique.

If your hitting the string with your pick and sliding down the neck holding the strings down all the way then your doing the right thing. You just need to experiment till it sounds right to your ears.

Something else you could try is just doing a quick clip of you doing it so we can see what your doing and advise you further based on what you're already doing.



Basically this.


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hmm do you know what that technique is called so I can watch tutorials on it cause ive been looking and i have no idea what to search for. btw i tried what you just said and nothing. i just hear the strings sound not the distortion sound.



There's no name for it. You're literally just sliding down the neck.
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Try experimenting with speed and how hard you pick the strings. If you hearing each note of each fret loud and clear chances are your maybe sliding to slow, or maybe you've picked a little to clear. It's kind of a messy thing to do if I'm honest, it sounds good yes but it is a bit of a vague and messy technique.

If your hitting the string with your pick and sliding down the neck holding the strings down all the way then your doing the right thing. You just need to experiment till it sounds right to your ears.

Something else you could try is just doing a quick clip of you doing it so we can see what your doing and advise you further based on what you're already doing.


thats what i'm doing. but as soon as i touch and press down on the strings the distortion sounds disappears and while sliding theres nothing but string sounds instead. well when i see something and i like it but have no idea how to do it, it just makes me curious lol. i tried pressing on the stings first and then hitting the strings. and same thing. nothing.
#18
i would say take a quick video on your phone or whatever and upload it to youtube to share here so we can help you out mate. Without seeing what your doing we can't tell what your doing wrong to be honest
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Oh, that's a slide as well and he's using a pick, just not for the actual slide.


Agreed regarding the guitar information.

Not so much regarding the probable gender of the guitarist.

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thats what i'm doing. but as soon as i touch and press down on the strings the distortion sounds disappears and while sliding theres nothing but string sounds instead. well when i see something and i like it but have no idea how to do it, it just makes me curious lol. i tried pressing on the stings first and then hitting the strings. and same thing. nothing.



you're muting then, you need to make sure you're still pressing down on the frets as you slide. Just do it on one string, as well.
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Agreed regarding the guitar information.

Not so much regarding the probable gender of the guitarist.


you're muting then, you need to make sure you're still pressing down on the frets as you slide. Just do it on one string, as well.



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