So you've mastered up and down picking and now you're excited to experiment with guitar pedals. There are many guitar pedals for beginners that will take your guitar tone to the next level, however, you need to learn the basics first. Here, we share some advice to assist novice guitarists.
Practise, practise, practise - at first, it's not easy to step on a pedal
You may think there is nothing complicated about stepping on a switch. However, while playing a riff, proper timing is essential, especially if you are using a looper pedal designed to record your play.
In your head, you're probably hearing a perfect and flawless loop for the rhythm of your song. With a looper pedal, you have to step on the switch to commence the creation of your loop, then a second time to close your loop.
Believe it or not, guitar pedals do not come with a power supply
Your amp and cab need power, so too do your effects pedals. Most guitar pedals need transformer power for their operation, while others make use of an internal battery.
Both of these options have pros and cons. Pedals powered by a transformer are the right choice for guitarists that
- Take part in live performance
- Need to use pedals regularly
Low battery power may affect your performance, you do not want this to happen mid-set so make sure you've got a fresh battery installed prior to hitting the stage. However, battery operated pedals means less wires, which has its benefits on stage. Having said that, you can buy a power supply for your entire pedalboard.
Connecting pedals to one another using patch cables
The more pedals on your pedalboard, the more patch leads you're going to need. Patch cables are very short in size, help keep your pedalboard organised and prevent complications. If you have two pedals, you'll need a single patch lead to connect them.
Make sure you learn your guitar effects pedal terminology
No doubt your brain has been a sponge for all things guitar related, ever since that first ever strum. Make sure you learn your guitar jargon and what each effect pedal does to your tone.
For instance, overdrive is a very popular guitar effects pedals for beginners. Add one to your pedalboard for emulating cranked tube amps. EQ pedals help you to fine-tune the treble and bass frequencies of your guitar tone. You can make some modifications to the various bands of your tone with these pedals.
Another viable option for beginners is the boost pedal to increase signal strength before it hits your amp and preamp. A boost pedal will help increase the volume of your amp and bring your tone forward in the overall band mix.