EXPLORE ALTERNATE GUITAR SOUNDS
Just as picking up different styles from other music genres can be aninspiration and open up your creativity, so can altering the actual sound of your guitar.Here are just a few ideas:
- Nylon strings are more suited for classical acoustic guitar,whereas steel strings are for electric guitar and standard acoustic.Also, (money permitting) you may want to experiment with differentstring guages/sizes. While new and clean strings sound bright andcrisp, old and dirty strings sound dead and dull. Who is to say what isright in the creation of your own unique sound?
- There are many different styles of picks out there (metal, plastic,nylon, serrated, different textures, different weights, etc.). Even theway you hold the pick, at which angle, and how you attack the stringaffects the overall sound.
- Slides come in all different sizes and materials. The mostcommon are glass, ceramic, and metal. Usually, the heavier the slidethe better the sustain.
- Playing without a pick and only your fingers generallyoffers a warmer tone. You can also try playing with a pick andfingers.
Volume and Tone Controls
- Often taken for granted, these knobs onyour guitar can offer you a wide array of sounds to get creative with.
- There are almost as many effects pedals out there asthere are guitars. A few of the more popular ones are: reverb, chorus,delay, distortion, envelope filter, flanger, and phaser. These days thereare so many combinations of these sounds built into one pedal or effects processor, you have an almost unlimited resource to makesome pretty wild sounds with.