#2
Well, using a lot of overdrive definitely doesn't reduce unwanted noise. Other than that, play how you feel most comfortable.
#4
if it makes it sound better then why would it be "cheating"?

thats stupid, there isnt really "cheating" in guitar, if it helps, do it.


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#6
How is sweep picking "supposed" to be done? =/

I didn't know distortion/pickups made a difference.
#8
sweep picking can be done with or without distortion on either pickup.

It all matters on what style of music your playing or how you want that particular passage to sound.
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#9
Well, if you're doing it to cover up bad technique, then it's cheating. But if you're doing it because you like the way it sounds more, go for it. It's pretty black-and-white.
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what do you mean by supposed??

tone?
technique?

Well i thought sweep picking was just picking is one sweep motion, not having anything to do with distortion/pickup choice.
#11
Well, if you crank up some heavy distortion it can hide imperfections, because right notes will sustain over the wrong notes, making the sweep sound a little smoother. I think a little distortion is helpful, just because it keeps the notes sustaining long enough to sound fluid.
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#12
It's not cheating, it will just make your playing sloppy, and bad. If you turned it on Clean you would definitely notice. Put it this way, if you're always practicing like that, you just going to get good at playing bad..
#13
Play with an acoustic guitar. I know that I give this advice a ton, but it's the best thing that you can do. If you can play clean acousticly at a desired speed, then you can at that speed on any guitar. It's the very best practice you can have.
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#14
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lets say moderate overdrive like a steve vai overdrive, playing neck pick up


Steve Vai uses quite a lot of overdrive for his shreddier stuff. I think For The Love Of God is on 8, for example.
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#15
If you use the neck pickup for its tone, great! It's not cheating!

But if you use the neck pickup to cover up your mistakes, it's pretty lame and it won't be any good for you in the long run.... In my opinion, it's cheating!
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#16
How come using the neck pickup can cover mistakes?

With sweep picking i practice it with overdrive because on clean is much harder to notice if the notes blend together.
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#17
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How come using the neck pickup can cover mistakes?


Because the neck pickup is warmer and smoother, it sometimes blurs your notes together a bit more, whereas the bridge has more treble and makes each pick more distinct.
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#18
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Play with an acoustic guitar. I know that I give this advice a ton, but it's the best thing that you can do. If you can play clean acousticly at a desired speed, then you can at that speed on any guitar. It's the very best practice you can have.


Nope, practice both, cuz when i sound clean on clean/ac guitar i forget to do the noise cancelation techniques in OD, like palm muting and string stoping... so practice both!
#19
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Steve Vai uses quite a lot of overdrive for his shreddier stuff. I think For The Love Of God is on 8, for example.


His amps aren't particularly high gain amps. Gain varies between different amps.
As mentioned--If you are using the gain as a crutch as you can't play them and have them sound good otherwise, yes, if you can do them well on other settings and you just prefer the sound of it like that, No.
#20
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Well, if you're doing it to cover up bad technique, then it's cheating. But if you're doing it because you like the way it sounds more, go for it. It's pretty black-and-white.



Yeah, it's never good to just crank up distortion instead of fixing your technique.
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#21
Distortion really doesn't cover up mistakes like you guys seem to think. It's much harder to play without unwanted string noise and such with distortion than it is on clean. That said, playing on clean will show you how good (or bad) your control over dynamics is.
So my advice is to practice on both clean and distortion; neither is easier or better to practice with, and both have their useful areas.