One question I am often asked is: “What kind of amp should I buy?” When it comes to amps there are lots of variables, but the most important thing to consider is whether you will buy a tube-amp or a solid-state amp. Before we get into this, let’s break down how your amp works. There are three basic stages involved in amplifying the sound that comes from your guitar. [click to continue…]
As I’ve mentioned before: every item in your signal path, from your guitar, to your strings, to your pickups, to your amp… All this affects your overall tone. Your pick is part of this equation. Many beginning students ask me what kind of pick they should use when they first start studying guitar. My advice is always the same: buy an assortment and see what feels best for you.
There are three things to consider when choosing the right pick. [click to continue…]
No doubt, delay is my favorite effect, unless you consider distortion an effect. Delay adds a depth and richness to my tone that I can’t live without. There are many ways to apply delay (which is also called echo). Before getting into the applications, though, let’s go over the basic parameters of a delay effect: [click to continue…]
In the first installment on delay we explored what a delay can do. Now let’s explore some players who use delay, so you can get an idea of what you might be looking for. [click to continue…]
“I can name that guitarist in three notes”. Think of any great guitarist and you immediately think of their tone, their “sound”. The first time I became aware of this was when I was eleven, three years before I even began playing guitar. Van Halen I: the sci-fi synth-drone, a pulsing bass and then, bam! Guitar chords so big I wanted to jump up and shout, “Hallelujah!” From that instant on I knew I had to play the electric guitar. [click to continue…]