Today’s Guitar Teaching Note: Turn Off Your Effects

You don’t need reverb, echo, doubling, or any of that. Whatever room you are in, it has it’s own reverb, it’s own sound. Whether you play electric or acoustic, what does your guitar sound like? All the tone you need, it comes out of your fingers. If you practice with reverb or other effects, you wont hear that. Practice dry, add effects only when they are required for the music you’re performing. I make this note only because I see a lot of players who just leave effects on by default. It’s a mistake – you miss out on the real sound of the guitar when you do that. The guitar, by itself, is a beautiful instrument. You can do anything with it. What you can pull out of a guitar is only limited by your imagination. Reach for it. Play a note, and listen to it, in the room you’re in. Amazing things will happen.

That’s all.  Starting a new blog Category with this post – “Guitar Lessons!”

Author: Eric Din

Eric makes songs, records, and little forts for cats to play in. Founder/lifer in The UPTONES, guitarist, songwriter, music teacher and music curator, Eric blogs at except when he doesn't.

4 thoughts on “Today’s Guitar Teaching Note: Turn Off Your Effects”

  1. Totally agree. I tell people this all the time. Unplug the distortion pedal and play it clean. If it sounds good clean it will sound amazing when you add in any effects later.

  2. I use effects to enhance a part if it sounds better.
    That’s for recording though.
    When at home i never plug into my pedal board,
    Rarely even plug into an amp.
    Either play an electric unplugged or acoustic, playing and writing on acoustic makes the fingers stronger & when it’s time to record with electric it feels so easy!

    Rock on man!

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