Guitar Signature Style. Part 1

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What You Will Find

In this Article I will teach you on how to build up your own Sound, Tricks, your own Style, your signature licks and much more. Unfortunately I will not cover all of the mentioned above in this article, however I will write more parts every now and then so you can master your guitar like a pro. Note: This article is not related for beginners, it's for Advanced or Guitar Players who have alot of experience with Scales, Arpeggios and soloing. However I will not show you how to invent solos, so you must already know at least how to improvise a bit.

Developing Your Tone

One of the cheapest and easiest ways to tinker with your guitar sound is to experiment with different sizes and gauges of picks. Using a very thin pick produces a sound drastically different than using a heavy one. Many jazz guitarists tend to favour using heavy picks (1.5 or 2 millimetres) because it tends to thicken and darken up their sound somewhat. Thinner gauged picks tend to give guitarists a brighter sound, although it tends to produce tone with a shade less depth (I personally can't stand really thin picks, but some people swear by them, as they feel it gives them much more speed). When choosing picks, be sure they are well-made, and the edges of the pick aren't unintentionally rough, as this can interfere with your ability to play notes cleanly. Great Guitar Picks Include:
  • Jim Dunlop
  • Ernie Ball
  • Stubby
  • Fender Another easy way to alter your sound is via experimenting with different string gauges. A guitar strung with extra light gauge strings will sound completely different than the same guitar strung with medium or heavy gauge strings. Making little adjustments to your guitar's setup, such as clamping down floating bridges, or adjusting pickup height, can also make a world of difference in the sound your guitar produces. Sometimes, the best way to go about finding a sound that is right for you is to emulate someone else's guitar sound, and then, over time, make adjustments to it. Here's a Quick Step-by-Step Guide to Producing your own Sound and Tone: 01. Play guitar and turn up and down the Tone knob until it is close to be suitable for you, and record the Number where the knob is held at. This is your Set-up for the Tone Knobs. 02. After, set your tone knobs and play while moving your hand closer and further from the Guitar Neck until the best sound is heard, and check where your hand is, and from now on keep playing at that position. 03. Go to your Local Music Store and buy some different Guitar Picks all kinds, Heavy, Light, Medium, Jim Dunlop, Ernie Ball, any way.. Any kind you can find. Moving on, set your Set-up set mentioned above and play your guitar, and start to change guitar picks, try every one of them until you find the most comfortable one and the best sound exerted too. 04. Now, if you need to, you can change your Strings Tuning too. Find the best tuning that works for you, the most 3 common tunings are:
  • E A D G B E
  • D# G# C# F# A# D# (In other words: Eb Ab Db Gb Bb Eb)
  • D A D G B E (and sometimes: D A D G B D) 05. Setting your Strap's height is also important, because if it's way down it might be tense for you to strum chords or play solos with comfort, so you might need to put your Strap a step up/down, or more. If it's too high it might be tense for you too, you might feel a Robotic Feel in your hands; you need to be comfortable with your Strap's Height. If you like to put your Strap Low, you might want to put your Guitar on your knees when attempting to make a fast solo or a difficult guitar part. Guitarist Slash (Ex Guns n Roses, Velvet Revolver Guitarist) does this too, and you can try and make his Power Stance too.

    Other Things For Your Guitar Tone

    If you tried the Cheapest easiest ways mentioned above and still not satisfied with your Guitar tone and sound you might need to upgrade some stuff (Guitar, pick ups, neck, Amp, Effects, Leads...). Emulating someone else's guitar sound, and then, over time, make adjustments to it might work too, You might want to Browse on the Internet on your Favourite Guitarist and Influence and ask what pick-ups, necks, etc.. they use, normally this is discussed in Fan Forums... Pick-ups are really important for your sound; If you have a rough, distorted sound you might want to make a hum bucker so that the sound will sound clearer and pure. You can add some Reverb/ Delay/ Chorus Effect to your Guitar, it will sound more professional, there are lots of great effects out there, all you need to do is get your but off-a that chair and start browsing and shopping. Great Effects include: Digitech & Boss. Guitar Leads (Wires) might be a problem too; if you're using a thick or a very long wire the sound might get corrupted this way, so check it out now, and Gold Plated Tip-ends of the leads have great pure connection, and your sound and Tone will be much better. If you're used to Long Leads, Buy a Wireless for your guitar. Amp Settings will be a problem and in the way too if you have Distortion Pedal On and your Amp's Distortion on too, or having reverb in your amp, and reverb effects pedal on. Try to set every setting possible before buying expensive equipment.

    Developing Style To Your Sound

    Inventing some extra Hammer-ons/ Pull-offs/ Vibrato to your solos might help to smoothen your Sound. Hitting the strings too strongly with your Guitar pick might be disturbing, and you might hear the guitar out of tune, even though your Guitar is not out of Tune, so be careful not to over do it, be creative and invent your own hitting style, Combining Hard, Medium, Soft hitting on your string develops confidence too. Tapping, Pinching Harmonics, Making Natural Harmonics will help you to improve your style in your own style, combining alot of things together helps you exerting the best sound, be careful not to over do it; making too much harmonics at once might be too disturbing for the listener, so be creative. Bending too much is also disturbing; it will make your Guitar go out of tune, snap a String or make the audience bored. As I Said above, be creative and combine all of these skills to make your own skill. Being original is best effective way, you don't want to go around shows and be the next Jimi Hendrix or bore people off by throwing alot of Delay to your Sound, a little bit of every bit will you lead you to your own original sound. So this is the first part on Guitar Signature Style, hopefully next time I will get deeper on your own style and referring it to your "Signature Style", it will take time, and skills but in the end you will be able to master your own style and few will be able to match your style, anyway, hope you liked this Article, Peace, Lee.
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