I totally agree - something learnt unplugged can sound clumsy and disjointed when amplified.Good advice here, especially the standing up thing. Only thing I can add is I almost never practice anymore unplugged. If you do that, you'll develop bad habits in terms of muting strings and playing cleanly an electric instrument, because you won't hear the unintended noise from other strings if you're unplugged. There are subtle techniques you'll develop from playing plugged in that you can miss out on if you play minus the amp. I always turn it up as loud as appropriate, so my technique is solid.
I put a LOT of stock in that approach. As you say, we're all different, but the "don't practice without your amp, you're playing the amp as much as the guitar" doesn't ring true for me. I mean, the latter part of the statement is true, but learning how to make an unplugged electric or acoustic sound like a R&R machine all on its own pays huge dividends when you plug in.On the other hand, playing unplugged can teach you how to milk a note and get sustain without a sweating power section.
The best way to learn hands down is to TRANSCRIBE music by ear. NO substitute. Most humbling and rewarding way to learn.
As in write it down in standard notation?The best way to learn hands down is to TRANSCRIBE music by ear. NO substitute. Most humbling and rewarding way to learn.
I put a LOT of stock in that approach. As you say, we're all different, but the "don't practice without your amp, you're playing the amp as much as the guitar" doesn't ring true for me. I mean, the latter part of the statement is true, but learning how to make an unplugged electric or acoustic sound like a R&R machine all on its own pays huge dividends when you plug in.
SoWhat?, what does your friend want to do? Maybe he just wants to make pleasing (to himself) noise. That's all I wanted to do for years - no, make that over two decades - and it was as gratifying as I needed it to be at the time. Now's different, but now's now and then was then.
My guess would be: He needs to focus and relax. Or relax and focus. When you can't really play ('cause you're a beginner) and you have to worry about what guitar you're gonna play, what combination of gear you're gonna need to play what tone or style to play that song...oh no, that other song, yeah, that would be cool. Now let me see what I should use on this... it becomes too much and you loose focus on the simpliest thing. Learn and enjoy, then practice becomes fun and you develop your abilities and eventually, style. Learn to play well slowly before trying to play fast. Learn to play well at low volume or unplugged before you crank it up. I have sold guitar gear in the past (for 2 and a half years) and have seen so many people having all kinds of possibilities with a Line 6 Flextone 2 get lost in the knobs. They weren't experienced enough to understand what a certain type of amp does and what a certain effect is used for. Imagine a guy with a whole lotta gear trying to learn while playing loud. Nonsense. I'm not even sure he enjoys it.You could be right.
He only buys things like a Gilmour Strat, R8, Dickey Betts SG, etc... Then, he is so afraid he will scratch them, he won't play them. Which may also contribute to the learning progress, or lack there of.
I told him to buy some beat up POS so he could play without worry. So he buys a used EJ Strat with one nick on the fret board.
Sad thing is, he is not rich. I believe he thinks he can buy tone and ability, and has not yet realized it just ain't gonna happen.
I would gladly buy some of his gear at 1/2 price!!!!!!!!!!