Guitar Signature Style. Part 1

Find your centre, develope your own style and show people what you really can do with your original style

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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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      Bong Water
      mmm honestly i dont think this is suited to advanced players at all, yet no beginner should read. some pretty bad habits in here, it was a pretty congested way of broadly looking at individual techniques players can adopt. I think you offer advice that will fool many people into rushing out any buying equipment with the hope to use it. firstly listen to players, listen to how its used, find effects that you like. dont buy effects or anything of the like until youre confidently on the way to developing a style. you arent going to develop your style by simply finding where your hand should sit/locking in your tone knobs (which by the way there are generally going to be more than one..) and leaving it. A style develops and changes, and it should be something that moulds from your playing and practising, not from you trying to find the perfect spot of comfort. a style grows, and i dont think your article encourages that. and you totally lost credibility when you flamed and swore at comments.
      cap'nkirk
      info2new wrote: Having a thick cable isn't going to degrade your sound, - it offers less resistance to the signal, and therefore less corruption overall. You could do with working on your grammar too, I had real problems deciphering this article! Oh yes it will, it will make corruption with sound and stuff...
      you're kidding right? the bigger the gauge the more resolution the signal will have, that's common knowledge to anyone who knows what they're talking about. Think about it this way... the wider the path, the easier the passage, therefore less will be lost in translation between source and amplifier. READ A BOOK!
      thrashing moles
      Im kinda confused. I dont really understand how somebody can tell you how to get your own sound. Isnt that kinda something you have to work out yourself.
      cap'nkirk
      thrashing moles wrote: Im kinda confused. I dont really understand how somebody can tell you how to get your own sound. Isnt that kinda something you have to work out yourself.
      yeah
      NotOld
      this article is stupid, if we are to create our own style, don't tell us what not to do, like too much bending
      Wolfdarrigan
      NotOld wrote: Guitar is not disturbing, no matter how you play it
      well....mabey if you use alot of minor seconds and sevenths...but besides that...
      nosedyve713
      ^Nah, I still don't think I'd use the word "disturbing" if you use alot of minor seconds and sevenths. More or less entertaining. :]
      fox69
      mmm kinda a dum concept for a article, some1 teachin u how 2 be original????
      PT 2 DOOR RULE
      info2new wrote: Well anyway for those of you who always check for the grammar mistakes and stuff, FUCK YOU, and why don't you make your own Article? than rather putting someone else's articles down? FUCK YOU, as for those positive comments, thank you, FUCK THE REST
      ok, I get it. If people disagree with your article or think it sucks, they are automatically wrong. It's their fault you spelt things wrong or used bad grammar, apparently. lol learn to take criticism
      slash.hammett
      seriously, it makes the article much better if it has good grammar... don't get all defensive about it, info2new, they're just trying to help you write a better article.
      info2new
      Fcuk you all, foxx dik il qahba liba omkom dawk is suwed, dawk bil liba imqarsa ma widnejom u il period imdendel ma imniehrom, caaw LIBA'T KOLLA!
      segarocks1234
      Wow, info2new. I've never seen someone act that way after they got criticized. It's not there to make you feel bad. It's there to point out what sucked, and what needs to be improved on. Everybody gets critisized, so try to learn to use it to your advantage rather than getting offended by it. As for the article, I found it slightly informative. Nothing I didn't already know, but for beginners it could be of some help, perhaps. It didn't seem to me like he was trying to tell you a certain sound to get or anything, you guys. It seemed to be like he was more giving some suggestions on some places you might like to try. After all, a beginner might not know where to start. So this could point them somewhat in the right direction. Overall, just an O.K. article. Not good, not really bad, but somewhere in between.
      Daveskater
      i think this was a pretty cool artivle, i woudn't have thouht of using a different pick. but for less corruption you want a short fat lead, because it has a lower resistance. long and thin ones (like mine) aren't so good if you want the full potential from your guitar. also a decent amp would help get the best sound, but this is about personal sound so it probably doesn't matter that much.
      ThePartyBoy
      Man I wish I could have those 10 minutes of my life that I spent reading this article back
      Tedward
      some people want to sound disturbing, to make it sound professional. think of a scary movie. or maybe he was trying to use a diferent definition of disturbing?
      inefficiency
      "Advanced or Guitar Players who have alot of experience with Scales, Arpeggios and soloing" Bull. This article described some of the most obvious things you would ever do with a guitar - badly.
      ST-XeMo
      heh....I didnt see any grammar mistakes 8 hum hum but a good article indeed
      GuitarManiac09
      LP Junior wrote: If something corrupts the signal it interfiers (sp?) with the sound. I don't think the right way to get a personal sound is by copying a nother guitarists sound. In fact I think that's just bullsh*t.
      I believe he is saying that if you dont know what type of sound you want to achieve, pick one of your favorite artists set-up's and then pick out what you like and dislike and add on pedals and such to make it your own. Good article, but some of the stuff was obvious. 8/10
      Rodders
      Ok article, but oversue of the word disturbing at the end, which, ironically, creates an altogether disturbing finish to an otherwise fairly obvious but not too bad article.
      info2new
      ValascoDaGama : Aren't the Stubbies actually FROM Jim Dunlop?
      Yes Stubbies are from Jim Dunlop, but I just said it too, because they're used alot by Lead Guitarists..
      Dammit Missed T
      Having a thick cable isn't going to degrade your sound, - it offers less resistance to the signal, and therefore less corruption overall. You could do with working on your grammar too, I had real problems deciphering this article!
      info2new
      Having a thick cable isn't going to degrade your sound, - it offers less resistance to the signal, and therefore less corruption overall. You could do with working on your grammar too, I had real problems deciphering this article!
      Oh yes it will, it will make corruption with sound and stuff...
      LP Junior
      If something corrupts the signal it interfiers (sp?) with the sound. I don't think the right way to get a personal sound is by copying a nother guitarists sound. In fact I think that's just bullsh*t.
      MattyPretends
      "You can add some Reverb/ Delay/ Chorus Effect to your Guitar, it will sound more professional," What????
      DevilMayCare
      I've only been playing a year....and it was obvious to me...so definitely a beginners article rather than an advanced one, because my understanding is as you become more advanced you develop a better understanding of the workings of your guitar, therefore allowing you to work on your own tone. With that in mind, it's not a bad article for pointing beginners in the right direction, so overall it's not bad.
      LP Junior
      GuitarManiac09 wrote: LP Junior wrote: If something corrupts the signal it interfiers (sp?) with the sound. I don't think the right way to get a personal sound is by copying a nother guitarists sound. In fact I think that's just bullsh*t. I believe he is saying that if you dont know what type of sound you want to achieve, pick one of your favorite artists set-up's and then pick out what you like and dislike and add on pedals and such to make it your own. Good article, but some of the stuff was obvious. 8/10
      Yeah, but still. Everyone knows if they want a soft, warm tone or a hardcore gainy tone.
      mikeman
      This could have been way more in depth with pictures links, technique explanations. Also, why do you recommend this to an experienced player when an experienced player surely already knows this? This article is way better suited for a beginner. The last section, or 4 paragrapghs of the article, could have especially been expanded upon, as you mentioned little useful information. You continued to say continuous bending, excessive chorus, etc, could be disturbing to the listeners, but if done right, it could be the best way to develop your signature style.
      Nybb
      Dude, can you Stop throwing in all the Random Capitals into the middle of Sentences, and brush up on Your Grammar a bit before you submit an Article. As for content, meh, it would be fine if you had directed this towards beginner guitarists. I already knew pretty much all of this and I've only been playing for a couple of years, let alone saying that this article is for advanced players.
      vanceboy
      ironically, i think this article is best suited for beginners, contradicting the introduction.
      henza_x
      u say long lead cables cut out some signals and suggets buying a wireless lead wireless leads cut out some quality dont they? its the reason jack white refuses to use them, not that thats relevant
      peterocker
      tell me if i ever saw an article where everyone says good job and not always saying "thats bad" and "you could have made that becasue it's crap" and "grammer is no good" and about the capitals, wtf. people i don say you dont have to tell to improve but you have to appreciate ones work, maybe thats the full he can do. for me it was good.
      mr_hankey
      Boss and Digitech don't make great effects, and gold-plated plugs have no influence on the tone. Research a bit more before you write something like this.