Re: Bottleneck question
- From: "Lee" <me@localhost>
- Date: Mon, 22 Sep 2008 18:56:45 +0100
"Charmed Snark" <ve3wwg@xxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
On Sep 22, 12:43 pm, "Lee" <me@localhost> wrote:
"Lumpy" <lu...@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
I never played bottleneck before so is it worth sticking with this and
practicing more or is it a waste of time and always going to sound
bad on wound strings?
"Sounding bad" is very subjective.
How do YOU feel about the sound?
Nobody here can tell you that something
will sound good or bad when you or anyone
else plays it.
How I feel is that it sounds bloody terrible =] , nothing like the smooth
sound that it is supposed to be. I spent around 3-4 hours or so
experimenting with different pressures, settings and so forth so thought
that I may be in a no win situation and it may be a good time to ask
Learn it. Experiment with it. If you don't like the
sound, experiment some more to find out what you
can do to LIKE the sound.
Playing something you DON'T like teaches you a lot.
I've been toying around with open G tuning (DGDGBD) this week and
enjoying it (I really underestimated how much fun this could be).
The first thing I noticed when I tried it sans amp was how
badly it sucked (my LP has low action). But after plugging in, I was
amazed how much better it was (not perfect, but quite passable).
So if you're not plugged in doing slide, then try that. It comes out
better. If you're doing slide on an acoustic, then you may need to
an acoustic with higher action.
After that, it is all in your fret positioning control. I probably
had much more difficulty with this a few years ago. But experience
builds up in your arm coordination, making this almost automatic.
With still more time, it probably _is_ automatic. So if this applies,
then allow for time to do its thing.
The hard part for me right now, is learning to do those little slide
vibratos. I also need to learn some new licks as slide
can easily start to all sound the same after a while. Maybe
that will be tonight's guitar lesson. :)
I started with the same strat tone as playing the other lead parts with all
6 strings tuned down half a tone, the original part was apparently played on
a 12 string which will be worth setting up now I know it is playable and if
there is a way to store dropped tunings for the 12 string model in my
The actual slides are long sweeping sounds so any buzzing is really
noticeable. As you say practice is the only way to get it into your hands.
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