My whole sound comes from his fantastic Blackstar HT Dual. Which is a 3 channel preamp pedal. This is base off my guitar pedal board. The pedal comes with a clean , a crunch and a lead sound on it. And there are numerous tonal varieties. He demonstrates the clean sound with small amount of drive going through which sounds very clean playing both open and power chords.
Even with volume turned up the the open chords with the small amount of distortion still sound clean and nice crisp sound from the guitar pedal. Just listen to some of the dirtier lead sounds on the guitar using the pedal you can really hear the scream from the when he bends the guitar strings . One of my favorite elements on the my guitar pedal board
But still has really clean fluid sound that will cut right into the mix perfectly. It has a 3 band eq that will enable you to edit the output to the specification that you like.
The standard Dunlop Cry Baby Wah pedal which is one of the easiest pedals to use. Using the pedal like that of an accelerator to control the amount of effects that you come through the output of the guitar amp. Real value for money as it is roughly between $50 – $80 and the material it’s made from makes it very durable.
1. Amazing slow downer
The amazing slow downer by roni music is a well know music software application that musicians use to slow the mp3’s of any song that they want to learn. Learning a new song can be very difficult when guitarist in song is going too fast for you to keep up. This software to slow down music and lets you change them tempo of the song without changing the pitch of the song.
The software is compatible with mac and windows devices and now you are able to down the app for your iphone or ipad. The software is pretty simple and all you have to do is upload the mp3 and move the speed dial left or right depending if you want to slow down the mp3 or speed it up.
Also the software allows you to loop a section of the mp3 that you have slowed down. This helps you to learn each section at your own pace. The frames dial in the application also helps you to be more precise with how much you want to slow down the song. The application lets you slow down the track to twenty per cent of it’s original speed giving you the ability to learn even the most difficult riff’s licks and solos.
With the eq feature you can edit the frequency just to hear the guitar part’s. The software cost around €40 you can check out the software here on their website. http://www.ronimusic.com/
Twelve Keys Visual Representation Of Notes For Any Recording
Twelve Keys music transcription software is a windows only based application which helps you figure out the notes of a song. As suggested by it’s name it is main used to figure out the chords from a piano. You have main features with twelve keys such as a loop play back option and and slow speed button that will help you take your time to learn small details.
Once you have loaded the audio into twelve keys you will be give a piano roll view on your screen. It’s alignment with the keys of the keyboard make it much faster for you to learn the music of a song.
While it has to be said that even though twelve keys is a great software for looking up classical or unknown music compositions, it’s not as user friendly for a novice user. You can to go through a series of steps to clean the audio from the vocals to get more accurate results.
Also you have to carry out some minor editing to make sure that the notes are aligned right. As I said before more advanced musicians will have no problem with using twelve keys as they might have more patience when learning more obscure music , but for person just starting on the piano might not have the best experience.
I have found a great video presentation of how to operate twelve keys here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R6UzilmYDWo and this is where you can check out twelve keys. http://www.nch.com.au/twelvekeys/index.html
1. Start With The Guitar Basics
Don’t just jump straight into learning the guitar solo to “ sweet o child of mine.” If you are new to the guitar start with basic songs and something you can learn. You need to give your memory muscles and fingers time to adjust to the position changes. I have seen many guitarists that can play epic solos but they have a tendency to forget basic chords or they are not used to playing the chords of a song. When you start out playing the guitar make sure that you pick one great easy song that you can play it in your sleep.
2. Start Learning Lots Of Guitar Chords
Start building up a library of guitar chords in your head. The easiest way to do this is practice songs that you like listening too. Most rock songs are put together with the backbone of the song built with chords.
Quick ways to learn the chords of a song can be found on youtube and watch some one playing them , using guitar software or find chord and tab books online. Once you have built up all those guitar chords in your head the next time when you find a song that you like your ear will become a custom to chord structure and transitions with that particular song.
3. Learn Many Strum Patterns and The Rhythm Part Of A Song
The hard part about picking up the guitar for the first time is that you have two things to learn .Chord changes and the strum pattern. The strum is all in the wrist. Make sure to keep your wrist loose and relaxed, keep a firm hold of your guitar pick glenty guide the guitar pick through the strings while you are holding a guitar chord with your other hand.
One of the first strum patterns that I learned on the guitar was Down, Down, Up, Up, Down, Up. I practiced this day and night on all of the major guitar chords. I found one song to learn and stuck at it. Once you have mastered that song the next song will come easier for you. As you will now be more used to the chord changes and the hand that you strum with will play more freely.