What are Guitar Effects Pedals?
There are many guitar enthusiasts today who have that great ambition to sound like their favorite band. Their great frustration is being able to play their favorite band’s songs but they fail when it comes to sounding like them. Using guitar effects pedals is the best way that you can imitate the effects that your favorite band is able to do with their guitars. Perhaps you have heard about these but have not tried getting one for yourself. The sounds produced by your favorite band can be copied using a guitar effects pedal. The individual effect pedal can produce a single sound out of a thousand different sounds. To be able to pick the right individual effect pedal, you need to know what sound you want to achieve.
The way to find the right individual effect pedal is to go to a music store and try out the different sound pedals to find the right sound you want to achieve. If you love punk, meta, blues overdrive, grunge, etc. then you can try the distortion pedals which produce sounds for these music genres. You activate the sound by stepping on the pedal once while you play your guitar. Turning one and turning off the sound effect is done by stepping on the pedal once. If you don’t get the sound that you want, then try another until you get the one that produces the sound that you want. Activation of the pedal is done by stepping on it once and the same is true for turning it off. The digital delay effect is another pedal that produces a low repetition of the last note played. If you want a smooth element to your sound, then you can try the chorus effect. Activating and stopping the pedal follows the same operation.
Some pedals, however, are used differently. In the wah pedal, the wah effect is achieved by rocking the pedal back and forth after activating it with a single step. Volume pedals are also rocked back and forth to control the volume. Another rocking back and forth pedal function is the whammy pedal which simulates the whammy bar of an electric guitar. This is for those whose guitars don’t come equipped with them or who don’t want to use them.
Multi-effects pedals are also available in music stores. This is a single pedal that provides many different effects. These pedals are expensive but economical since you only buy one unit for many effects. Some multi-effects pedals offer both distortion pedal, single-tap actions, and rocking pedal for wah, volume, and whammy effects. Many say that the quality of multi-effect pedals is inferior to the individual pedals.