Sound during the bends

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  1. henryj

    henryj Blues Newbie

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    I've been working on SWS solo 1.  I notice in Griffs play along he gets a nice rich sound with good sustain and even volume when he holds a bend.  My bends sound tinny and the volume drops off quickly.  I know some of it is technic and I am improving but the sound is still light years away from Griffs recording.  Is Griff using any special equipment pedals or such to get that nice sound. 

    I have a Fender frontman 25 w and a Line 6 Micro spyder, with a MIM strat, no extra equipment. I have played with the knobs every way shape and form and cannot duplicate that sound.

    Do I need to add something?  I don't want to just throw money at it.
     
  2. wgabree

    wgabree Blues Newbie

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    It's in the fingers - he's also using a well developed vibrato which helps the note have a nice singing quality (which is done with fretting fingers).

    It comes with time.  You have to build up the finger strength.

    The secret?

    Practice, practice & practice.

    When I first started playing, I thought all my playing issues would be solved with better equipment (I had a cheesy $15 secondhand electric with an equally cheesy $15 radio shack amp).  Fact is, today I could make that rig sound good.
     
  3. henryj

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    Well that's good.  Practice is free!
     
  4. luckylarry

    luckylarry Student Of The Blues

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    Henryj, remember in the end you will have a great sound but it will be your sound. You can't get Griff's exact sound only the notes and style you are an original. Go for it. Practice, Practice and Practice. :)
     
  5. Lame_Pinkey

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    Get a Jackson RR 5 & scream all night !
    ...oh while your at it get a new avatar as well  ;D

    LP
     
  6. Spencer

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    Hey Henry, if you're really struggling with it, you may want to skip ahead to page 33 and work on Solo 1 in Bb. It's the same thing, but a lot slower. It would give you a good chance to really feel the bends and work on nailing them at a slower pace. Good luck.
     
  7. Lame_Pinkey

    Lame_Pinkey Guest

    Well i see you got a new avatar Henry, does that mean the Jackson RR 5 is also on the way ?

    LP
     
  8. henryj

    henryj Blues Newbie

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    Nothing new for a while.  My Christmas list is going to be for a nicer amp.  Vacillating between new Fender Mustang for versatility or the simplicity of a Bugera V5.  Or not.
     
  9. henryj

    henryj Blues Newbie

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    Ok two things to help with bending. 
    1. Practice

    2. Raise the action just about one frog hair to stop fretting out.  The small adjustment made a huge difference.  It wasn't fretting enough to stop the note form playing, but just enough to kill any amount of sustain.

    I'm a happy camper tonight.
     
  10. Spencer

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    Nice man. Glad you got it taken care of!
     
  11. SunnyOne

    SunnyOne Blues Newbie

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    glad you got it resolved. i was just about to say I HEAR YOU.

    sometimes my bends are good and sometimes they suck! i am having a heck of a time with the last 2 measures. i can't seem to finish at the same time as Griff. (sometimes I hate him!  JK!!!!!!!!!!! I could never hate him, he's an awesome teacher!)

    anyway, glad it's gotten good for you!
     
  12. henryj

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    Ha Ha ha.  "Good" is a little optimistic.  Lets just say "better" for now.