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a friend of mine said my palm muting is great.

But generally it's not something I particually tried to set out to learn. It just happened as I was a shy guitarist or trying to keep the noise down and it just came naturally. 

if anything I actually do it too much. 
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  • thecolourboxthecolourbox Frets: 4998
    edited October 2019
    When I play in front of anybody, people normally remark that I have a particularly light touch and that it's not a bad thing. However for much the same reason, it's because I'm a bit apologetic when I play or sing but it just comes across as though I'm trying to have a subtle gentle touch.

    Though I am mainly a piano player for which a soft touch is very desirable, in a world of pianists who think plinky plonk is the way to play! So maybe it comes from that
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  • axisusaxisus Frets: 14651
    I came out of the womb, grabbed a guitar and was alt picking like a dream from day 1.

    Conversely, 56 years on and I still can't sweep pick just one simple arp to save my life.
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  • FuengiFuengi Frets: 1523
    When I play in front of anybody, people normally remark that I have a particularly light touch and that it's not a bad thing. However for much the same reason, it's because I'm a bit apologetic when I play or sing but it just comes across as though I'm trying to have a subtle gentle touch.

    Though I am mainly a piano player for which a soft touch is very desirable, in a world of pianists who think plinky plonk is the way to play! So maybe it comes from that

    This. I've been told I have a 'nice feel' to my playing but in all honesty it's just me trying not to annoy anyone. 
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  • munckeemunckee Frets: 4926
    I must have something as people always seem really pleased just after I've stopped playing.
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  • adamm82adamm82 Frets: 441
    munckee said:
    I must have something as people always seem really pleased just after I've stopped playing.
    If I play a difficult solo i get weird replies like 'oh i don't know if that's good or not' :-( 

    But then play something by Oasis (not mentioning the W word) they all love it.

    Though if I start tapping (not my greatest strength) they pay attention. it's a funny world never know what to do. 

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  • I've always pulled off the occasional pinch harmonic without trying. Just happens when I dig in. 'bad' technique I suppose. I remember wondering if there was something wrong with my amp when I started playing. 
    MYMUSIC

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  • Danny1969Danny1969 Frets: 4430
    I don't have particularly big hands but I can outstretch every other player I know ..   just got really stretchy fingers 
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  • It's not accidental but I learned some basic chicken picken techniques quite easily but have never played a song in which I had any use for them. My attempts at inserting chicken picken into Madness songs not the successful hybrid I imagined.   
    Sleep. That’s where I’m a Viking. 
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  • adamm82adamm82 Frets: 441
    I've always pulled off the occasional pinch harmonic without trying. Just happens when I dig in. 'bad' technique I suppose. I remember wondering if there was something wrong with my amp when I started playing. 
    I had the same, It got to a point where I had to concentrate to stop doing it. 
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  • vizviz Frets: 5967
    Perfect pitch probably
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  • Saying the wrong thing to my wife.

    It's not a competition.
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  • Matt_McGMatt_McG Frets: 224
    I don't think I'm especially brilliant at anything on the guitar, although I'm competent enough at almost everything except chicken picking, slide and fast bebop.

    The only thing I can think of is time feel. I've been complemented a few times on it, and been told, when I was still in  a band (originals), by a friend who was an excellent player, that my playing was "solid". By which he meant that I played in time, didn't over-play, locked in with the bass and drums, etc.

    I never specifically practiced it, but I always cared about it, and I can hear other people's (bad) time a mile off, so I suppose it seeped into my playing in some way. In fact, one of the things that will stop me listening to guitar players is time. I hate a lot of tappy slappy acoustic players and Celtic players, and some older classical guitar players because their time is off.

    It's always a sign that I'm playing something too hard for me if my time feel falls apart. 
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  • bbill335bbill335 Frets: 962
    Dick Dale tremolo picking. I wanted to play Misirlou (among other surf rock tracks) and that's just how it's done. Not a skill that comes up much on guitar these days but it's very distinctive.
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  • BarneyBarney Frets: 431
    I learned Hybrid picking using plec and 2nd and 3rd fingers out of the need to play larger intervals and string skips that I couldn't pull off with a plec ..
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  • 57Deluxe57Deluxe Frets: 6869
    I get better after listening to others play badly!
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  • mgawmgaw Frets: 3528
    slide guitar    I could just do it reasonably well from the get go
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  • I have acquired a reputation in the band for being the one who knows “exotic chords”. I’m also the only one who has a decent grasp of music theory. I suspect these two are linked. :)

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  • Timing.

    Just seemed natural.

    Which is good, as there are loads of things Im not good at.
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  • Very inspirational thread. Sorry to say the only thing I'm unexpectedly good at is taking up a lot of space, and changing guitar strings fast :(
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  • equalsqlequalsql Frets: 4004
    Procrastination.
    (pronounced: equal-sequel)   "I suffered for my art.. now it's your turn"
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  • Like Adamm, palm muting. I did it by accident and realised that was the sound I was looking for. It's one of only two things I do reasonably well on guitar. The other is timing, but that's because I was playing the drums for 30 odd years before I took up the guitar. Basically, I like a bit of a chug. 
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  • EvoEvo Frets: 137
    Stealing!

    I’m pretty good at picking up on things like vibrato, pick attack, and other bits, then adjusting mine to do a relatively convincing impression. 

    Not sure how useful it is, but it’s something I enjoy doing.
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  • fastonebazfastonebaz Frets: 1149
    I found tapping easy from when I first tried.  Makes up for such poor picking accuracy. 
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  • FunkfingersFunkfingers Frets: 5740
    When I play in front of anybody, people normally remark that I have a particularly light touch and that it's not a bad thing. However for much the same reason, it's because I'm a bit apologetic when I play or sing but it just comes across as though I'm trying to have a subtle gentle touch.
    Somebody. Get this guy a mahogany slab with P90s and a cranked valve amplifier. Work the full dynamic range. Extract some rude noises.

    pianists who think plinky plonk is the way to play!
    Oi! Thelonious Monk is god.
    Be seeing you.
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