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Guitar Essentials

Part 8 - Effects

Lyle: I had a request last week to introduce a few common effects used with electric guitar.

Lyle: There are many different effects available for the guitarist. I'll just cover a few of the basics.

Lyle: Besides the wha wha pedal, the most used effect I think would be reverb.

Lyle: Reverb makes you sound like you're playing in a big room or hall, and you can hear your sound reverberate through the room.

Lyle: Reverb softens your sound too. It can also make your guitar sound quieter, or in the background. Without reverb, your guitar sound would be louder and tighter.

Lyle: Here's another example:

Lyle: Reverb effect is built in to most amps. There are also many expensive digital rackmount versions too that have real nice sounds to them. Mostly used in high end studio situations.

zz: nice........adds a little spice

Lyle: The next effect is a very common one as well, it is the chorus effect.

Lyle: The chorus effect makes your guitar almost sound like a 12 string guitar:

Lyle: Another cool effect that is widely used is the delay effect.

Lyle: The delay gives you an echo of what you play.

zz: will you make any recommendations at the end on what type of gear we should consider?

Lyle: I don't have any real recommendations because there are so many choices out there.

Lyle: All of the audio and video recordings in this lesson was made with a Line 6 TonePort UX2 and the Gear Box software it came with. Here's a screen shot of the chorus effect setting:

Chorus effect setting

zz: thanks dude.....looks like sweet little box

Lyle: This first delay riff is used in the rockabilly style. You set your delay to a 16th note echo of the beat of the song you're playing:

Delay effect 16th note slapback

Lyle: You can also set your delay to an 8th note, or half the beat of the music you're tapping your foot to.

Lyle: Here's an example of a quarter note repeat:

Lyle: This produces a real dreamy effect.

Delay effect quarter note echo

zz: like that quarter note delay.......looks like you playing just a pentatonic scale

Lyle: Yes, the A minor blues is what was used.

Lyle: Another delay setting is the dotted 8th note setting. The Edge from U2 uses this in a few songs.

Lyle: I also like to set my delay to a very long repeat and harmonize with myself. Here's a video example:

Lyle: Another effect that I used to use allot is called a Flanger. It's like a Chorus effect on steroids:

zz: sounds like something the who uses?

Flanger effect settings

Lyle: They used a synth set to arpeggiate the Baba ORiley intro.

Lyle: Another fun effect is the Phaser. It is like a mellow Flanger:

bluesguitarmp3: sweet

bluesguitarmp3: i like it

gitman: they sound nearly the same to me

gitman: flanger and phasor

Lyle: There are close, just depends how you set them up.

Lyle: Van Halen used an old MXR Phaser for most of his solos in the early days. He would set it to sweep very slowly. Here's an example:

zz: I gotta run dudes.......thanks for the lesson.Lyle....really was interesting

Phasor effect settings

Phasor effect settings for VH lead

Lyle: The Rotary effect is popular too. Hendrix and Clapton used it from time to time. It comes from the special amp and speakers used for Hammond organs, the Leslie rotating speaker.

Rotary effect settings

Lyle: Now go to your music store and try out some different effects. They might inspire you to play something different and come up with your own new sound.

Lyle: That's all the time I have tonight. Any suggestions for the next lesson on guitar essentials?

jimmy: do you recommend getting on processor for all effects or different pedals?

Lyle: The all in one devices have come a long way and are a good value.

Lyle: Gotta run, thanks everyone, have a good night

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