Part 8 - Effects
had a request last week to introduce a few common effects used with electric
Lyle: There are many different effects available
for the guitarist. I'll just cover a few of the
Lyle: Besides the wha wha pedal, the most used
effect I think would be reverb.
Reverb makes you sound like you're playing in a big room or hall, and you can
hear your sound reverberate through the room.
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
Lyle: Here's another
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
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:
Another cool effect that is widely used is the delay
Lyle: The delay gives you an echo of what you
you make any recommendations at the end on what type of gear we should
Lyle: I don't have any real recommendations
because there are so many choices out
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
thanks dude.....looks like sweet little
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
Lyle: You can also set your delay to an 8th note,
or half the beat of the music you're tapping your foot to.
Here's an example of a quarter note repeat:
This produces a real dreamy 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
Lyle: Another delay setting is the dotted 8th
note setting. The Edge from U2 uses this in a few songs.
also like to set my delay to a very long repeat and harmonize with myself.
Here's a video example:
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?
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: i like it
sound nearly the same to me
gitman: flanger and phasor
Lyle: There are close, just depends how you set
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
zz: I gotta run
dudes.......thanks for the lesson.Lyle....really was
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
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