Big Tone

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by c-ba55, Feb 25, 2003.

  1. I feel lately (after 13 years) like I have been achieving big tone. I'm not amplifying myself more, but I'm being heard better. I don't feel like I'm playing harder. When I try to play harder, I lose tone. I think I have figured out how to pluck exactly hard enough (and how hard to fret) to put all the energy into vibrating the string and not lose any. Quite possibly, playing a lot of fretless for the last couple years is what made me feel like I have this extra control. I'm not sure how to share this technique, or even if I'm just tripping, but it's pretty damned cool. It's like some sort of martial art now (which I've never done). "Effortless power," or whatever.
  2. Probably you've learned focus; knowing how to release the string like a predictable surprise. I'd guess you're using less brute force, too, probably using more force with your left hand than right, especially hammer-ons, pull-offs and glissandi. Yeah, it *does* feel good getting all that right; still working on it!