Light My Fire by The Doors — How to Play

light my fireThere are only about four sections of music to learn in Light My Fire, which The Doors released in January, 1967 on their self-titled debut album.

Robby Krieger is said to have written most of the song himself, and also claims that it is the first one that he ever wrote. For this song, and for their entire first record, Robby uses his Gibson SG straight into a Fender Twin Reverb amplifier.

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Voodoo Lab Wahzoo Wah Pedal

voodoo lab wahzooAs one of the most versatile wah pedals on the market today, the Voodoo Lab Wahzoo is actually three in one: Standard, Autowah, and Step Wah.

There’s a Vintage mode that is Voodoo Lab’s recreation of the Vox Clyde McCoy Wah, and it has a wide sweep, as the pedal is designed to feel good under your foot. The next mode is Autowah, which is an envelope filter/volume controlled effect for those times in which picking harder or softer controls when the wah kicks in. Continue reading “Voodoo Lab Wahzoo Wah Pedal”

Best Budget Guitar Phase Shifter Pedals

best budget guitar phaseIf you're searching for a new Guitar Phase Shifter Pedal, here's a list that's sure to help you to get started.

Before we zero in on the best budget guitar phase shifter pedals, we’ll first take a look at their actual significance. The Phase Shifter, or Phaser, is an often overlooked effect that sounds very similar to a Flanger. The Phaser can be heard on many historic recordings by Pink Floyd, Van Halen, Waylon Jennings, Jimi Hendrix, and many others. Continue reading “Best Budget Guitar Phase Shifter Pedals”

Comfortably Numb, by Pink Floyd – How to Play

comfortably numbFeaturing two very well known Guitar Solos, Comfortably Numb, from Pink Floyd's The Wall, is a great song to learn to play... just takes a little work at first.

From their 1979 record entitled The Wall, Pink Floyd’s Comfortably Numb features two very well known Guitar Solos, and it’s legendary for having caused huge arguments between band members David Gilmour and Roger Waters.

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Best Guitar Analog Delay Pedals

best guitar analog delayIf you're in the market for a bucket brigade-style analog delay pedal, here are some well-crafted ones for you to consider. See what you think.

Before we get into the best guitar analog delay pedals, we’ll begin with a word or two about them. Analog delay, using the bucket brigade chip, is a staple effect in many players’ pedalboards. Analog delay works by splitting the signal at the input into two parts and sending one part of the signal right to the output; this is the “dry” signal. Continue reading “Best Guitar Analog Delay Pedals”

Whole Lotta Love, by Led Zeppelin – How to Play

whole lotta loveEven though the steady picking pattern will most likely prove to be challenging, this a great song for beginners as well as experienced players to learn how to play.

Whole Lotta Love, by Led Zeppelin, was released in 1969, as part of their second record, Led Zeppelin II. This song includes a middle section that features extensive studio experimentation by Jimmy Page and engineer Eddie Kramer. If you listen closely, you can hear a Theremin instrument being played, as well as loosened guitar strings being pulled tight. Continue reading “Whole Lotta Love, by Led Zeppelin – How to Play”

Electro-Harmonix Deluxe Memory Man

Electro-Harmonix Deluxe Memory ManWhile the original Electro-Harmonix Deluxe Memory Man can handle up to 550 ms of delay, a few newer versions can go up to 1100 ms, and include a tap tempo switch for delay settings.

The Electro-Harmonix Deluxe Memory Man is one of the original heavyweights in the realm of bucket brigade circuit-based analog delays. The Memory Man got started in the early ’80s and it’s still going strong today. The Deluxe Memory Man provides three typical controls to adjust the sound of your delay. A Time knob adjusts the speed, the Feedback knob changes the number of repeating echoes, and a Blend knob adjusts the volume of the repeating signal. Continue reading “Electro-Harmonix Deluxe Memory Man”

Boss DD-7 Digital Delay Guitar Effects Pedal

boss dd-7With an Analog that offers a modeled simulation of the classic BOSS DM-2, and several other features, the DD-7 is another in a long line of great Boss effects pedals.

The Boss DD-7 has increased its usual delay time to 6.4 seconds, which should be more than enough for most users. There’s a Hold mode that allows a player to record up to 40 seconds of audio for “sound on sound” performances. Modulation allows the pedal to create chorus type delays. Continue reading “Boss DD-7 Digital Delay Guitar Effects Pedal”

Electro-Harmonix Nano Small Stone Phase Shifter Pedal

electro-harmonix nano small stoneOperated by two simple controls, the Electro-Harmonix Nano Small Stone Phase Shifter is completely analog, and features a four-stage phase shifting design.

The Electro-Harmonix Nano Small Stone Phase Shifter Pedal is a compact-size reissue of the classic Small Stone Phaser pedal and produces the same sound that made the classic 1970 Small Stone famous. It is a completely analog phaser that features a very smooth phase sound made possible by it’s four-stage phase shifting design. Continue reading “Electro-Harmonix Nano Small Stone Phase Shifter Pedal”

Best Guitar Chorus Pedals

best guitar chorusThese classic staples of the industry, as well as some new arrivals, are some of the best guitar chorus pedals around.

What is the best guitar chorus pedal? Much like overdrive and spring reverb, chorus is a classic guitar effect that every guitarist is familiar with. Chorus is essential for thickening up clean sounds and giving sustaining notes a swirly watery type of movement. This effect also works very well with overdrive, giving it a doubled, more polished sound. While chorus can be very subtle (just thickening the sound a bit or adding some shimmer) it is also capable of some exaggerated effects reminiscent of science fiction movies.

You can probably hear the chorus effect on three out of every four 80s songs. In fact, a perfect example is the beginning of Nirvana’s “Come As You Are”. Since we’re discussing the best chorus pedals available, this list will focus on staples in the industry, as well as some new arrivals to the scene. We want solid tone without too many side effects (for example that background “air swirling sound”). We also want dependability, solid construction, and perhaps some new features.

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