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Beginners Guide To Effects

Phillip Kubal (276) · [archive]
Style: Basics · Level: Beginner · Tempo: 120
Pages: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

If you want your guitar to sound like your favorite guitarist or create a trademark sound you more than likely will need to use effects. The next time you listen to that sweet lead with great harmonics and just enough distortion, realize it could very well have cost the studio in excess of $30,000 for the effects to produce it. Fortunately with the recent increase in technology, you can come mighty close to just about any sound with an investment of $200 to $400 in pedals or the now popular all-in-one effects processor. Most guitarists, if not all, use some type of effects to alter the sound of their guitars. After many year of using them I finally wanted to know what they 'really' were doing. I try to explain my findings as simply as possible. Where I thought additional explanation was needed I attempted to do so. Also I have included some of the most common parameters associated with the particular effects. Here are the most popular effects I will cover.

COMPRESSOR
NOISE GATE
CHORUS
FLANGE
PHASER
TREMOLO
VIBRATO
DELAY
REVERB

Let's get busy!!!