My son who is the lead guitarist of our church worship band is hooked into different kinds of music and band gadgets. He wanted to buy a new guitar effects pedal. I thought this is not an important gadget but when I searched about it I realized how important it is.

A guitar effects pedal is a device that you hook up in between the electric guitar and the amplifier. Its purpose is to add a switchable sound effect to his playing. It is probably worth getting the terminology out of the way first: although there are pedals that sweep forwards and backwards. Most effects pedals are just on/off devices – they have a simple foot-switch to either engage or bypass the effect. The use of pedals can be quite subtle, especially in the way they are combined to produce endless varieties of sounds.

My son told me that the most obvious kind of pedal is called an overdrive or distortion pedal. This is the sound of rock. Another popular electric guitar effects pedal is the reverb or delay pedal. These can add either a soft ambiance or a hard echo to your sound, either making it sound like you are playing in a large hall or providing spacey, out of this world echo repeats. This is a very common choice for making a sound seem more professional and produced.

Thanks to MXR Pedal , my son got a new gadget now and he is happy . His new gadget produces voice-like sounds when he moved the foot-rocker, phasers, flangers and univibes for swirly, hippy or sci-fi sound. Whew!

It can be frustrating for a guitarist who doesn’t have a few songs to play at any given time. Imagine someone asks you to play something on your guitar and you can’t think of anything to play. That happened to me during my younger days. I was hanging out with some friends and there’s a guitar in the corner . Being known in a family of musician, my friends were expecting to hear me play something. They wanted me to play contemporary songs but funny though I played my favorite local folk song which nobody knew.

Nowadays, song books with guitar chords are available anywhere, the state-of-art icky thump tab is a favorite among guitarist. With this you can have a good list of easy guitar songs to play or sing in your gig bag of tricks, ready to pull out and impress your listeners. Whether   your main playing style is rock, folk or hip-hop , your listeners will be impressed by hearing a well played progression of chords from a song that they recognize. So get your  Song Book Tab!

My older brothers and I have always been musically inclined. My oldest brother plays the electric guitar like a mage with a wand, next to him is my other older brother who plays the bass guitar with string that strum to the soul. And as for me, I am my own diva (or I like to think so) with a mic. The second generation of my family took off with our gift also starting from my own siblings to my brothers. Its not a surprise to learn that a good instrument  plays a vital role in any  performance of my siblings. Thanks to  :   for providing us with statr-of- the arts instruments and gadgets.