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Laura Martin

Laura Martin

Best Guitar Distortion Pedal Review

There's nothing better than plugging your electric guitar into a nice amplifier and distortion pedal to crank out some music. Distortion pedals come in all flavors from blues, rock, to heavy metal. It can be difficult to decide which distortion pedal you might want for your guitar. While most amplifiers come with distortion built-in, a good distortion pedal can make a world of difference in your overall sound.We will discuss about octave pedal later,if you need some ready made infrmation ,here is a collection of best octave pedal.



You do need to experiment some and find the pedal that is right for you but there are a number of great distortion pedal makers on the market that make this task fairly easy. Ask your friends what they use and you can go to YouTube to watch many demonstrations of new distortion pedals or other guitar gear which can help you make a purchasing decision on your pedals. I visit YouTube all the time to hear samples of different pieces of guitar gear before I buy anything new.

Try a guitar and amplifier similar to your own when you visit a guitar store so you can get an overall feel to what the pedal will sound like with your gear at home. Most major guitar stores will have have a sound room where you can try out the gear you're looking for so make use of them.

One of the greatest pedals of all time for guitar distortion is the Ibanez TS9 Tube Screamer Original. Every guitarist should at least try this pedal out if not just go out and buy one because it sounds that good. It's not really designed for a lot of heavy guitar sounds but it works great with Fender guitars when you want a nice overdrive distortion sound. It works best with tube amplifiers. There are many tube-screamer style pedals of the market but the original Ibanez is still the best. Of course with every distortion pedal it's all about taste, so experiment.

If you want extreme sounds try the Digitech DDM Death Metal Analog Distortion Pedal. For those that like the real heavy sounds. They also make the DigiTech DGR Grunge Analog-Distortion Pedal for those 90s Nirvana style sounds. This maker also has other brands so check them out.

Pro Co Rat 2 set the standard that all other distortion devices are measured against. Heard on thousands of recordings, it has helped define the sound of many bands. The beauty of the RAT 2 lies in its versatility. Used as a primary distortion, it excels at rock rhythm and soaring leads. This is one pedal you need to try too, you won't be disappointed. They also make a Pro Co Turbo Rat Distortion Pedal.

If you aren't sure about what to buy you should visit a music store and just start checking out pedals and then getting one you like. Since everyone has such diverse musical tastes, one pedal you like might sound terrible to someone else who like a different sound. The best guitar distortion pedal will be one that meets your overall needs as a player. Try distortion with a digital delay pedal, a wah wah, and other effects for new sounds. Best of luck finding that great distortion sound and keep jamming out there!


Best Clip On Guitar Tuners


A guitar tuner is an important piece of musical equipment. If you are playing and need to tune quickly the basic tuner won't do. You need a tuner that clips onto your guitar so you can tune quickly without having to fiddle with a pedal or handheld tuner. A clip-on guitar tuner makes tuning easy and in this article we look at some of the best brands of clip-on guitar tuners.

Snark SN-1 Tuner

The Snark SN-1 guitar tuner will fit on your guitar well and the contact areas won't blemish your guitars sensitive finish which is important especially if you're guitar is quite valuable. The arms allow you to place the device in a readable position without interfering with the tuning knobs on your guitar. The display is clear and easy to read even in difficult lighting conditions. The device responds well to any note and change in your guitars pitch. The indicator on the tuner is accurate and you'll also find a metronome feature with this clip-on guitar tuner.

Korg AW2G Clip-on Chromatic Guitar Tuner

This tuner attaches directly to your instrument for cable free tuning. The device has a clip that is optimized for attaching to a guitar headstock. The ball joint on the device allows for different angles and mobility of the tuner display area. The backlight on the device provides excellent visibility. There's an auto energy saving mode that switches to low-power when no sound is present.

Intellitouch PT10 Mini Clip-On Tuner

This tuner is easy and accurate and uses vibrations while ignoring background noise to make tuning easier. The backlight changes from red to green when the instrument is in tune. The device is small so it easily fits into a guitar or other case. You can use this device with electric guitars, acoustic instruments, basses and other stringed instruments.

Planet Waves PW-CT-12 NS Mini Headstock Tuner

This device is very small and fits behind your guitar headstock so no one can see it when you're performing. The sensitive piezo pickup provides accurate chromatic tuning based on vibrations. No sound or cable input is required to operate this tuner. The 360 degree swivel makes for easy placement on both a right handed and left handed instrument. The easy to read color display is perfect for well-lit and dark rooms. You can use the device to tune a wide variety of instruments.

Peterson SC-1 Strobo Series StroboClip Guitar Tuner

Pitch Pocket Tuners HST Clip-On Tuner

This tuner will operate as a clip on tuner and a free standing tuner as well. It works for guitar, bass, and other stringed acoustic instruments. The lighted LCD display will turn from red to green when the instrument is in tune. The compact size of this device offers a 360 degree rotating display for easy viewing. The device features multiple tuning modes for different instruments.

Best Guitar Clip-On Tuners

Having a good guitar tuner can save you a whole lot of headaches. Any of these tuners would be a nice addition to your guitar gear collection. Clip-on guitar tuners are easy to carry and most of them will fit rioght inside your guitar case. Get yourself a good clip-on guitar tuner today or buy a guitar like the Peavey AT-200 Auto Tune Guitar that stays in tune by itself!


4 Tips On Switching Guitar Chords


Every beginning guitarist has problems switching between chords without dropping beats. But by following these 4 simple steps you'll be able to go from one chord to the next with little effort and no more missed beats.When you watch a professional guitarist, they make playing look really easy, right? They're fingers fly effortlessly over the fretboard and it looks like they're barely moving. That's because they really are barely moving.The key idea is efficiency of movement. By eliminating excess movement you'll be able to cover more space faster. We're talking about shaving nanoseconds off, but has your songs get faster and more complex those nanoseconds add up. Don't worry. We won't be doing any scientific time testing to eliminate those nanoseconds. Just follow these tips and your movements will be more economical and your chord changes smoother.



1. Keep your fingers as close to the strings as you can. If your fingers are coming a couple inches off the fretboard, it will take too long to bring them back down. In most cases, your fingers shouldn't ever be more than a half inch away from the strings. Also be sure that your fingers are always directly above the fretboard and not out to the side or underneath the neck.

2. Build chords starting from the bottom string. When building chords, our fingers don't necessarily all hit the strings at the same time. For a variety of reasons we fall into the trap of fingering the higher strings before the lower ones. For instance on a C major, starting with the first finger on the 2nd string, then the 4th, then 5th. But where does your pick hit first? The bottom strings. So you want to start building your chords on those bottom strings, working toward the top. This will eliminate lumpy open string mistakes as well as giving your top string fingers and extra split second to get in place. It may seem like a very tiny amount of time but you'll be amazed at how it improves your playing.

3. Start your chord move with the finger that has to go the farthest. Take D7 to G major for example. Your 2nd finger has to move from the third string all the way to the bottom string. Move that one first. Because of the natural structure of your hand, your 1st finger will move right along behind it to its place on the fifth string. If you move the furthest finger first, your hand muscles will do a lot of work for you, making the change faster and less strenuous. Stay relaxed and let your fingers follow each other.

4. THE TOP TIP - Keep your right hand moving. Your brain is in control of everything here. As a beginning guitarist your brain gives your hands permission to stop between chords on the rationale of "I'm just a beginner and I'll get it eventually." It happens totally subconsciously and is normal, but we want to get it out of there quickly. Here's how: Set up a dissonance in your brain. A dissonance is a problem and your brain loves to find solutions to problems. Your brain loves when your hands move together. Which means if one hand stops, the other will too. However, if you keep force your right hand to keep strumming, nailing the downbeat of that next chord, your brain will force your left hand to move faster to keep up with your right. That's exactly what you want.Tips For Implementing #4- Use a metronome to keep you on a steady tempo. Use a very slow tempo to start, and gradually speed up as the chord changes become more comfortable.- Keep that right hand strumming if your let hand isn't quite in place for the new chord yet. After a few times mangling that first beat, you'll find your left hand getting in place faster.- Make sure to keep your count. If your chord gets 4 beats, don't play extra beats after you clean the chord up. Once a beat is gone, it's gone.- This technique will also help train you to fix chords on the fly without losing your rhythm. Mistakes happen regularly, so it's good to know how to get past them.Practice these steps on just two chords at a time. Four strums on each chord. Once you can do that, try two strums on each chord. Don't try to attack a whole song at once.

You always want to break things up into small, easily learnable chunks.I've taught hundreds of beginning guitarists to smooth out their chord changes with these four simple steps and they'll work for you too.


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