Couple very basic questions......

living room rocker

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Question #1- I occasionally see videos of you guitarists setting in your studios with headphones on practicing your craft. This obviously allows for silent listening of your instrument. If you wish to practice with the aid of a backing track, music video, etc......are you using the amps "aux in" feature to add background accompaniment? You use your phone, laptop, mp3?

Question #2- What do you guitarists do, if anything, to address your fingertip callouses? Mine get gnarly at times and catch on frets, sometimes also interfering with smooth string bends. You ever file them down?
 

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I generally just plug my POD XT into my PC, and then I can play backing tracks alongside my guitar. I don't like playing through phones though. I use speakers, but very quietly - you can't hear me through a closed door.

For the second question, I don't know why, but I just don't get callouses, so I can't help.
 

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For quiet headphone practice I use my THR and either plug my laptop in via USB or sometimes my phone via the 1/8" aux in.

I don't get callouses either, just tougher fingertips, so not an issue I can help with.
 

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I don't currently have an amp and sold off all my gear years ago taking a break from playing for a little over 10 years. My current setup is as follows:

Guitar
Kemper Profiler
Focusrite 2i2
Desktop Computer
Yamaha HS50M Studio Monitors
Sennheiser HD 280 Pro Headphones

The Kemper Profiler provides all my amp and speaker cabinet emulation and is connected to the computer via the Focusrite 2i2. I practice and record using Logic Pro X on the computer with headphones and will sometimes use the studio monitors.

Backing tracks are imported or created in Logic Pro X as separate tracks. For songs that are already composed, I find Guitar Pro files and export the bass and drum tracks as midi files. The midi files get imported into Logic Pro X as separate tracks. EZ Drummer plug-in is used to sequence the Drum track and the EXS24 Sampler to sequence the Bass track. Rhythm and Lead Guitar tracks are recorded separately. For effects, the plug-ins from Logic Pro X are used which include Channel EQ, Delay, Reverb, Modulation (Chorus & Phaser). I use no foot pedals as all switching on/off of effects is done using Track Automation.

Using a Low Pass Shelf EQ in the 3000-5000 Hz range on the Guitar tracks eliminates the high frequency "Bees in a Can".

I don't experience fingertip callouses when playing everyday.
 

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I don't currently have an amp and sold off all my gear years ago taking a break from playing for a little over 10 years. My current setup is as follows:

Guitar
Kemper Profiler
Focusrite 2i2
Desktop Computer
Yamaha HS50M Studio Monitors
Sennheiser HD 280 Pro Headphones

The Kemper Profiler provides all my amp and speaker cabinet emulation and is connected to the computer via the Focusrite 2i2. I practice and record using Logic Pro X on the computer with headphones and will sometimes use the studio monitors.

Backing tracks are imported or created in Logic Pro X as separate tracks. For songs that are already composed, I find Guitar Pro files and export the bass and drum tracks as midi files. The midi files get imported into Logic Pro X as separate tracks. EZ Drummer plug-in is used to sequence the Drum track and the EXS24 Sampler to sequence the Bass track. Rhythm and Lead Guitar tracks are recorded separately. For effects, the plug-ins from Logic Pro X are used which include Channel EQ, Delay, Reverb, Modulation (Chorus & Phaser). I use no foot pedals as all switching on/off of effects is done using Track Automation.

Using a Low Pass Shelf EQ in the 3000-5000 Hz range on the Guitar tracks eliminates the high frequency "Bees in a Can".

I don't experience fingertip callouses when playing everyday.
Wow.....sounds elaborate.
 

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I am predominately an acoustic player and my calluses are so thick I actually have no feeling in my fingertips. Like you, I snag strings and frets, and also leave deposits on my fretboard.

An emery board used for fingernails is in every one of my cases. Just smooth the rough spots off and it’s smooth sailing!
 

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I never use backing tracks, unless of course I am recording a new song, then I might go through my amp's line out into my sound interface, using my favorite DAW, Reaper, that basically works as an advanced software based multi track recorder, including all kind of editing tools and effects, and the option of programming software based instruments, utilizing samples from real instruments or work as software based synths, via a midi grid that is an integrated part of the program.

Usually when I just practice or fool around on my guitar I plug into a headphone amp from the line out of my amp, and listen through a set of high quality studio headphones, but, as said, without any form of backing track.

As for callouses on my fingers it does happen every now and then that I develop some, which can get caught up in the strings when finger picking, which I do a lot, but not really a common issue for me.
 
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Have not practiced to a backing track. Probably should. I do plug into a Boss GT-1 into headphones. Let’s me practice without bothering anyone.

As for callouses. I have them. If I practice a few times a week, no problem. It’s when I don’t pick a guitar up for a bit it does seem I get some loose skin I need to deal with. In my case what I read into my situation is practice more. :smile:
 

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If you are getting callouses with an electric, you may need a setup on your guitar.
Most could also use a setup on their acoustics as well. Play my acoustic 8-10 hours per week. Callouses not an issue. But my guitars play really sweet.
 


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