Layla, by Derek and The Dominos – How to Play

Layla by Derek And The DominosLearn how to play Layla, by Derek and The Dominos, the six-guitar-part legend composed by Eric Clapton and Jim Gordon.

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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Electro-Harmonix Hot Wax Multi-Overdrive

Electro-Harmonix Hot Wax Multi-OverdriveThe creative Hot Wax Multi-Overdrive, which sounds good on bass as well as electric guitar, combines a full-range Crayon side and a classic 1970s reissue Hot Tubes side.

The Electro-Harmonix Hot Wax Multi-Overdrive is a combination of two other pedals that the company created, and it is also one of the few that is designed to sound good on bass as well as electric guitar. The right side of the pedal is the Crayon, which is a full range overdrive, different than most overdrives that emphasize the mids. Continue reading “Electro-Harmonix Hot Wax Multi-Overdrive”

Pigtronix Fat Drive

pigtronix fat driveThe Pigtronix Fat Drive creates a pure analogue overdrive by using multiple gain stages that more closely resemble the way tubes operate, thus producing a more tube-like sound.

The Pigtronix Fat Drive pedal is designed to have a tube-like overdrive. It creates a modern, 100% analog style overdrive by using multiple gain stages that round and compress a signal in each stage, as it begins to clip. As a result, it more closely resembles the way that tubes operate, thus giving this pedal a more tube-like sound. Continue reading “Pigtronix Fat Drive”

Fulltone Full-Drive2 Mosfet Overdrive Pedal

Fulltone Full-drive2The Full-Drive2 Mosfet features Overdrive and Boost channels, Volume and Tone controls, toggle switches for modes and overdrive types, and LED-lit foot buttons.

The Fulltone Full-Drive2 MOSFET is a two-channel overdrive pedal housed in a very sturdy, powder-coated Blue 16-gauge steel enclosure. The first channel is Overdrive, giving the player a clean boost, or light to medium overdrives while retaining your guitar’s tone. The second channel is the Boost, with its own separate distortion control and delivering medium to higher gains, and adding sustain to the signal. Continue reading “Fulltone Full-Drive2 Mosfet Overdrive Pedal”

Purple Haze, by Jimi Hendrix – How to Play

purple hazeLook for Jimi's tricks and inventiveness, as you learn how to play his classic Purple Haze, which introduced the world to his amazing talent, back in the '60s.

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.

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Voodoo Child, by Jimi Hendrix – How to Play

voodoo child by jimi hendrixVoodoo Child, has, over the years, been one of the most popular songs around, encouraging many different versions, but here, you can just make it your own.

Voodoo Child, by Jimi Hendrix, was first recorded in 1968 for the record Electric Ladyland, and is said to have evolved from the song Catfish Blues, which Jimi played regularly, to honor Muddy Waters.

Key And Scale

E Minor Aeolian is used for the bulk of the song. E Minor Aeolian is a mode of the G Major scale and it is one from which both the Pentatonic and the Blues scales are created. Jimi uses the Blues scale for all of his playing in this song.

E Minor Aeolian = E, F# ,G, A, B, C, D,
G Major = G, A, B, C, D, E, F#, G
E Minor Pentatonic = E, G, A, B, D
E Minor Blues = E, G, A, A#, B, D

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The Seven-Sound Strat Modification

seven-sound strat modificationDo you want to add a 'Tele' sound to your Strat? How about all three pickups at once? Try this Seven-Sound Stratocaster Modification.

The Seven-Sound Strat Modification is an easy mod that you can make to your guitar to give you more tone versatility, and despite its name, you can make this mod on any type of guitar that has three pickups and a five-way switch.

The five-way switch gives Strat players plenty of versatility in tone. Position 1 is the Bridge pickup, Position 2 is Bridge + Middle, Position 3 is just the Middle pickup, Position 4 is Middle + Neck, and Position 5 is Neck. What the five-way switch does not provide is a way to select the Bridge + Neck pickup, or a way to select all three pickups at once. This is exactly what the Seven-Sound Strat Mod (also sometimes referred to as the Gilmour mod) provides for us.

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Single Coil and Double Coil Pickups – What Are the Differences?

single coil and double coilLearn not only the technical differences between single coil and double coil guitar pickups, but also why they sound so different.

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 coil 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 ways the single coil and double coil pickups actually work.

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Germanium and Silicon in Fuzz – What’s the Difference?

germanium and siliconGermanium vs Silicon... this is often an intensely debated topic. Learn the difference between these two types of diodes and how they affect your fuzz pedal's tone.

Let’s talk about the difference between germanium and silicon transistors and what it means to guitar players and audio in general, especially fuzz.

The Fuzz Effect

Fuzz is a type of distortion that guitar players use. It is most often found in an effect pedal and it creates a buzzy tone that is associated with an overdriven amplifier or a torn speaker. Transistors play a vital part in the design of this effect and their germanium and silicon diodes can sound quite different in the final result.

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Buzzing and Crackling Problem with Marshall MG10

crackling problemTry your amp and guitar in someone else's house. If you still have the problem, try a different guitar, then a different amp. This should lead you to the buzzing and crackling problem.

Phillip from Wales asks:

“Hi, can you help please. I got this Marshall MG10, and I’ve had this buzzing and crackling problem when I play the Strat. I sent it back to them and they listened to the sound recording I had of the buzzing and they said I had a loose earth connection or the cable I was using to connect the guitar was no good.

Do you have a diagram of how to check the earth connection; would be most grateful to you.”

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