How To Play Guitar
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are a few simple steps you can take to make your Guitar sound much
used to describe how a Guitar sounds (as many of you will already know)
is called 'Tone'. The tone of the Guitar is what we are wanting to
change for the better.
going to focus more on electric guitars here, but many of the principals
here still apply for acoustics.
though we scraped the surface of some of these in lesson one, take extra
note of the following points...
biggest difference in strings is the gauge (how thick the strings are).
The most common gauge in electric guitar strings worldwide is 10's
(0.010"), I can almost guarantee that 85% of the people reading this
will have them on their guitar right now! The advantages of having
thinner strings is that it is softer on the fingers, easier to tap and
bend. However because the string is thinner you have to bend it more to
reach the desired note. The down side to having thinner strings is that
the tone starts to sound weaker. On the other side, the thicker your
strings are the 'thicker' your tone will sound, but you need to play
them harder to get the same volume and it is also harder on your
you go jumping off a cliff there is a solution! Find what is best for
you. This means go and experiment! Go buy a pack of strings, then decide
if you want to try thicker or thinner gauge strings. Find the tone that
sounds good to you and keep it.
have had your strings on your guitar for quite a while, they can start
to sound dull and lifeless, you can help this buy wiping down your
strings and fretboard after every time you play it. It doesn't even take
30 seconds and it is well worth it considering you are helping your
guitar sound better for longer!
it Set Up:
these instructions (exactly!)...
Guitar, take to local Music store.
for your Guitar to get set-up.
your guitar set up includes getting the truss rod adjusted, the
intonation set and the nut slots filed or filled (depending on the
current state of your guitar). Not all of these things may be necessary
but it is better to ask for them to check if it needs doing than not at
all. Guitars should generally have 2 truss rod adjustments a year (Truss
Rod = The metal rod that goes up the neck of a guitar to determine the
'bow' of the neck) simply because of the two extreme seasons, summer and
winter. Both of these will affect the wood in your guitar, causing it to
move, in some cases making guitars un-playable. Getting your guitar set
up not only will improve your tone but will also make it much easier to
play. A very, very worth while thing to do for your one true love!
(only a few don't) guitar amps come with an EQ (Equalization) panel.
That is the Bass, Middle Treble knobs on the front. Don't jump in blind
and start trying to find your 'Dream Tone' because it doesn't come
straight away. I would firstly recommend doing an online search for an
artists amp settings that have a tone you are trying to emulate. Of
course the 3 knobs on your amp aren't going to make a cheap Les Paul
sound like an expensive one, but it will sure help. After this, play
around a bit, putting levels up and down to see what sounds come out.
After that you would have started your journey for perfect tone!
easy to overlook, to most people they either go or not, but there is
much more to Guitar leads than meets the eye. Having a cheap and nasty
lead is not going to do you any good, not only can you expect it to not
last very long, but chances are it will be make your guitar sound dull
and lifeless. So I would recommend investing in a quality lead, using
how important quality tone is to you as a guide of how much to spend.
days there are even cables which have been developed through hi-fi
technology to carry the treble, high middle, low middle and bass
frequencies through their own core to give any guitar a much bigger
tone. I use these cables myself and can tell you they are definitely
worth the money.
Pickup Selector Switch
have never experimented with that little knob that will either have 3 or
5 options (depending on your guitar), you should be ashamed of yourself!
nutshell, that switch changes the pickup that your sound is getting
pulled from. When it is down the bottom, it is coming out of the bridge
pickup, and at the top it is coming out of the neck pickup. The bridge
gives a more harsher, trebly kind of sound, generally used for most
position give a rounder tone, which is great to help shredding sound a
lot cleaner. It is also used a lot for clean channels on amps as the
rounder tone aids in giving a softer tone. The selections in the middle
are generally less extreme versions, or a mix of the bridge and neck
position tones. Again, as with most things on this page it is all about
personal preference, so experiment! And remember it is normal to change
your pickup position a number of times in each song.
that's enough reading for you for this time, so go grab your guitar and
do the one thing I must have said a hundred times in this lesson
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