“Under My Thumb” was written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards for the 1966 record “Aftermath.” This record was the first to be recorded in the United States and is notable for the instruments not usually associated with the Rolling Stones, such as the Marimba. BIll Wyman uses (most likely) a Maestro Fuzz pedal on the Bass guitar for this song.
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The MXR M300 Digital Reverb is another great one in a long line of MXR pedals. The M300 Digital Reverb contains six different styles and each is fine-tuned using three control knobs. Decay adjusts the length of the reverberation, Blend adjusts how much reverb is added to the dry signal, and Tone, which adjusts the brightness of the reverb, also doubles as a push-button to cycle through the six reverb types: Plate, Spring, Epic, Mod, Room, and Pad. The Plate reverb, as you might expect, is a plate reverb emulator while Spring emulates a spring reverb. Mod adds pitch and phase modulation to the plate reverb sound. Epic combines the reflections of multiple modulated reverbs. Room is a room emulator. Pad is a unique combination of sub-octave + octave-up with echoes + shimmer + synth/organ modulation + reverb.
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This time we are going to look at the song “Layla” by Derek and the Dominoes. Released in 1970, Layla was written by Eric Clapton and Jim Gordon separately, with Clapton composing the guitar heavy first half, followed by Gordon’s composition of the piano heavy second half. Duane Allman is also featured in this song, playing slide guitar. The final recording of Layla was sped up a small amount, so if you try to play along with the recording your guitar will be (almost but not quite) ½ step flat.
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The Aurora Digital Reverb Pedal is Keeley’s first digital reverb pedal. There are three types of reverb built into the pedal and they include Hall, Plate, and Room. The three types are selectable by using a center-mounted three-way toggle switch. The sound of each type of reverb can be dialed in by using the four control knobs. Decay adjusts the amount of time it takes for the reverberated sound to disappear, Slapback adjusts the pre delay time up to 100 ms, and Blend adjusts the amount of reverb that is added to the dry signal. The Warmth knob adjusts the tone of the reverb, and turning the it up actually rolls off the high end.
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Purple Haze was written by Jimi Hendrix in 1967 for the record “Are You Experienced.” This was the first single by The Jimi Hendrix Experience that was written by the band. An earlier single titled “Hey Joe” was (possibly) written by Billy Roberts, but Purple Haze became an instant hit and introduced the world to Jimi’s amazing playing, inventiveness, and psychedelic imagery. We can hear Jimi’s Fuzz Face and Octavia pedals in this song, in addition to tricks such as the way he recorded some of his guitar at a slower speed so that when he played it back at normal speed it produced very high notes not otherwise possible on the guitar.
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The next generation of TC Electronic’s highly regarded digital reverb pedal, the Hall Of Fame 2, uses four control knobs to dial in your sound. Decay adjusts how long the reverberation trails on, Tone adjusts the volume of the octave up signal allowing for bright to dark reverb tones, and Level adjusts how loud the reverberations are — from subtle to all-encompassing. The fourth control is the Type Setter, which allows you to choose one of eight studio-quality reverb types plus three “TonePrint” reverberations that you can create yourself, or download from the internet.
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In order to understand what we are talking about when we say single coil, and double coil, we’ll first take a look at the different parts of a pickup and see how they work together to produce a guitar signal. Then we’ll examine single and double coil pickups, the differences between them, and why you would want to use each type. We’ll discuss the single coil first because it’s the original type and it has a simpler design. We’ll start with the parts, then move into the way the pickups actually work.
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