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I sound awful through headphones

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by bigboy_78, Jul 17, 2014.

  1. I've just been fooling around with my Zoom B3 playing with headphones and really hated my playing. Is that what I really sound like? Heaps of string noise, string vibrating that I though were muted, clack, clack, clack.

    Does everyone sound poopie through headphones or am I just pooper than I thought?
  2. I play a lot through headphones. It's normal to hear a lot more buzz, string noise and general uncleanness. I sort of enjoy it, if anything it helps clean up your technique.
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  3. Slapstyle


    Dec 3, 2009
    Yeah, for sure. That's really you and you do suck that bad. I'm just kidding. The phones are way less forgiving. Every time I track a record, I'm reminded how much I need to work on my technique. Lots of extraneous finger noise. Easy to hide with an amp and easier to hide behind a band. I say keep the phones on and continue to practice. I should join you, for sure.
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  4. Cool. I'll work on cleaning it up. If it sounds clean in the phones it'll sound perfect under the band.
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  5. MrLenny1


    Jan 17, 2009
    Try recording yourself. that shows up
    a lot of dirt. I use a looper to help clean up my playing.
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  6. Linnin

    Linnin SUSPENDED

    Jul 19, 2012
    Linningrad, Earth
    Also if you're playing with a super low action, fret buzz and string noise are accentuated, and it also serves to exacerbate sloppy technique.
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  7. Emphasis on A LOT of dirt. You might actually get a bit depressed. That's what happened to me, but it got a little better when I realised it was tracking with a 70ms delay. :p
  8. NeroJazz


    May 2, 2011
    I almost exclusively practice using quality headphones and it did wonders for my technique. I play a lot more cleanly now.
  9. Lemmy doesn't seem to care. It's not sloppy but there's a lot of action taking place. I love it.

  10. INTP


    Nov 28, 2003
    Dallas, TX
    Big +1 to this. And use good headphones that have good detail and don't over-emphasize the low frequencies.
  11. Lownote38


    Aug 8, 2013
    Nashville, TN
    I first heard myself recorded in a studio alone 25 years ago, and heard the same things you speak of. After all this time, I have tamed a lot of the noise I don't want, but it will never be completely gone. Playing closer to the bridge helped with the clacking noises a lot!
  12. locisbrelm


    Nov 6, 2009
    Endorsing Artist: Spector Bass
    Try turning down the high end in your tone. I find it helps.
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  13. Headphones will help clean up your technique, but I find this more so with recording yourself. That playback doesn't lie. Very humbling and at times depressing.

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