How to Use a Distortion Pedal

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How to Use a Distortion Pedal

A distortion pedal helps make a guitar sound more interesting, or give life to familiar renditions of the same song. It can also achieve certain musical effects better, depending on what distortion pedal that you use. However, keep in mind that a distortion pedal is an accessory when playing music. Don’t depend on it to play your music for you. It should also be noted that using a distortion pedal is recommended for more seasoned guitarists than beginners.

  1. Distortion boxes gives effects that can lend your guitar a more pointed sound for alternative rock, heavy metal, blues, metal and even slow, warm songs. Decide on what genre you intend to use your distortion box before buying one. How to decide? Try them out. Most guitar stores will allow their customers to try their hand out in the different distortion effects their distortion boxes can give.
  2. Locate the pedal and plug your guitar chord in it. Attach the pedal to the amplifier. You can then link your pedal with other effects pedal, depending on the effect you’re going after. You can also use it by itself.
  3. Use your amp to configure the distortion pedal to play the way you want it too. The distortion box can give a very extremely distorted sounds which is appropriate for certain music types, such as death metal music. To distort the sound less, keep the sound level high while steadily lowering the amount of distortion until it reaches a more neutral tone.
  4. There are different tone options that you can try experimenting on your distortion pedals. Pedals offer treble, middle and bass settings, with the level knob allowing you to increase the power of your solos, if you are playing any solos. If not, you may want to tone down the distortion more so that you will be able to blend in easily with the other musical instruments playing.
  5. The “dirty” sound effect is achieved by cranking up the distortion more than an amp can produce. Listen to the different ways this is employed by studying rock songs by The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix and Eddie Van Halen. More than the technicalities of adjusting your distortion, you’ll be able how these music greats were able to use the distortion to maximum effect.
  6. Keep on practicing until you reach a good distortion sound appropriate for your type of music.