Improve The Way You Sound By Using Effects"
Let's get into effects!
This is one of my favorite areas of guitar playing as I
religiously plug my effects pedal in whenever I play my
Now for those of you who don't know -- effects pedals
manipulate the sound of your guitar (in a good way!)
So for example if you place the effect "REVERB" on your
guitar it will make it sound like you are playing in a large concert huge
If you place the effect of "DELAY" on your guitar, it will
constantly repeat what you play over and over.
If you place the effect of "DISTORTION" on your guitar, it
will distort the sound of your guitar and make it sound either crunchy, wheezy,
hard metal sounding or just rough as nails!
Now there's a million effects pedals out there, but let's
cut straight to the bone here...
If you want to get into effects pedals, there are 2 types
you can go for.
The first is a
SINGLE effect pedal. They contain only 1 effect and cost usually around $50
- $150 per pedal to buy. Here's what a single effects pedal looks
Very simple and
straight forward with 4 knobs to adjust the effect, and an input and output
jack. To turn the effect ON -- use your feet to press down.
To turn the effect
OFF -- do the same thing! The only trouble is if you want 5 or 10 pedals, you'll
need to by 5 or 10 of these things and it can get expensive, not to mention
connecting all these up in a line when you go to play on
The second is a
MULTI - EFFECTS Pedal. It's exactly what is
sounds....'multi' meaning many effects in one unit..
They offer a lot
more options and effect settings. Many allow you to create / combine your own
recommended for advanced players as they can get a bit complex to
They also allow you
to program different effects in and save them to each pedal. So during songs you
can switch from one effect to another. Very hot tool.
There are slightly smaller ones that are still multi
effects pedals but instead of having 4 pedals, they have 2. They are about half
the size of the above image and slight cheaper also.
To check out a few effects pedals and get a rough idea on
pricing, go to:
....they usually have a few great deals on as well as match
other stores if you see the same thing for a cheaper price!
Bottom line -- get into effects pedals. They add spice to
your playing and make you sound like a rock star -- even if you're only in