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Re: Tone quality control
7/2/2012 5:20 PM
Brad Mock (16383) wrote:
This is a very valid topic. Tone is a sum of many parts: Touch, Technique & Tools. Of all the parts touch and technique are so often over looked I am a strong believer in fundamentals. I find that the easiest and best approach to develop touch is to play the instrument unplugged as though it was an acoustic instrument (which it always is), once you have a sound that you are happy with acoustically then move on to tools. Each time you tackle a new technique going back to the acoustic is a way to really nail it.
Tools or instrument, string, set up, effects (or not) and amplification are certainly valid concerns but having a solid grounding in touch and technique will make all those aspects your tool instead of your enemy. Players often get caught up in the "tool" aspect and sometimes look to the tools to fix or blame their problems before they have the touch and technique parts down much to their continuing frustration. Remember the old saying "it is a poor worker that blames the tools".