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7 Tricks to Get a Better Electric Guitar Sound on Your Recordings

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The electric guitarist is the mad scientist of music. Oddball tunings, e-bows, beer-bottle slides, and capos that cover only four strings are just another day at the office for a guitar player. This is totally appropriate for musicians who spent their teen years not so much practicing the guitar as conducting experiments on it.

You don’t see a lot of cellists plugging in wah-wah pedals, or drummers adding effects loops to their hi-hats. These flights of fancy continue in the studio, where guitarists are rarely content with the typical signal path of fingers to guitar to mic to mixing board. Of course, not all of those studio tricks actually sound good. Here are seven ways to add the lightning to the monster sound you’re building.

Try These Dreamy, Shoegaze Chord Patterns for Alternate Guitar Tunings

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This article originally appeared on Soundfly.

 

Sometimes when I’m listening to a new band’s latest release or to an older album that I haven’t given a close ear to in a while, I’ll suddenly find myself trying to work out the chord changes. Every now and then, I’m surprised to realize that I can’t really locate these remarkable sounding chords on my fretboard.

Where are they? Well, it might be that the guitarist has used an alternative tuning. So let’s explore a few times this happened to me recently, and we’ll unpack the tunings and chords!

Fundamentals of Guitar Anatomy: Everything You Need to Know About Strings and Cables

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This article originally appeared on Soundfly.

 

We’ve covered so many bases in this guitar breakdown series, I don’t even know if we can keep calling it baseball! But to round back to home, let’s take a look at two more important factors in the overall sound we hear from our instruments – from all the way back in the accessories department at the music store, it’s strings and cables!

How to Take Guitar Solos From Good to Great

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"I never take solos,” says the hipster guitarist. “Everything’s already been said.” Well, there are lots of times when a solo isn’t needed or isn’t appropriate. There are bands that don’t take solos, and there are bands that just assume every song will have one. But the great work of past players shouldn’t stop you from taking a guitar solo; it should inspire you.

If an amazing guitarist walks onstage or into your practice space, you can recognize that ability in just a few licks. But why? What’s the difference between adequate, tasteful lead work and the powerful playing of a great soloist? Here are some of the key differences to listen for, and to try to incorporate into your own playing.

How to Play in the Pocket on Guitar [Video]

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Learning how to play blues, jazz, or funk guitar? Haven’t quite found your groove yet? Watch this short video to learn the ins and outs of playing in the pocket on guitar with Berklee College of Music assistant professor Michael Williams.