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Old 08-30-2006, 10:44 PM   #33
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Originally Posted by Transient
Main Entry: 1cheat
Pronunciation: 'chEt
Function: verb
transitive senses
1 : to deprive of something valuable by the use of deceit or fraud
2 : to influence or lead by deceit, trick, or artifice

putting a hair tie, towel, other dampener on the guitar strings is without a shadow of a doubt a form of cheating. cheating effects more than just speed. incase you aren't a guitar player-
putting a dampener allows you to cheat on mainly one thing. sweep picking. at least 50% to making a sweep sound good is swiftly muting the strings after you fret them. the dampener does that for you, so you dont have to be paying such attention to your palm while you play.

that isnt to say jim uses it as a crutch to hide a lack of ability. its a small little helper to allow him to be a little less focused while playing. hes without a doubt a technically able guitarist and i bet he sounds great without a dampener. but he uses one, and its cheating by definition

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