Your Own Style"
Warford here, Editorial Manager for Guitar Tips.
to our Guitar Tips Newsletter and thank you for taking the time
to tune in. Join us as we examine the joys of blues guitar and the
influence it has had on modern day music.
have finally made it to the end of our most recent series focusing
on various genres of music. While we didn't cover every style, we
took a look at some of the most prominent in the music industry.
This all leads us to one point: making the music our own.
this series, I have encouraged you to put your own flavor into the
music you create and play. In this edition, we will show you how
to integrate all of the various genres we have covered into your
own unique style.
how to manipulate and mold your sound into something that will set
you apart from the rest of the crowd. We'll reveal some great ideas
on how you can make some simple changes that will give you a very
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all remember a point in time where we wished we had the talent and
the sound of another guitarist. For many of us, this comparison
takes place on a daily basis and can either drive us to work harder
or bruise our self-confidence. Unfortunately, the end result usually
concludes with us feeling slightly depressed and envious. We fail
to realize our own potential and ability to create our own sound.
harsh reality is that 95% of us will never sound like our heroes.
Why? Simply because we don't have the time, the money, or their
brains. That may sound cruel, but it's actually a good thing when
put into the context of our own playing. Anyone can pick up a tab
book and play a song but it takes a true guitarist to make it their
you take a moment to examine some of your guitar heroes now, you'll
find that they created their own style that made them famous by
integrating various techniques from other guitarists and fusing
them together. Many also took the core idea of a few different genres
and combined them to create what would then become a new style.
great examples of such players include the likes of Santana, Jimmy
Page, Jeff Beck, Kurt Cobain, Pete Townshead and many more. You
may be asking yourself why I mentioned money as one of the reasons
that the majority of us will never sound like the players I have
you can emulate many of those tones, it's hard to duplicate them
perfectly because they own thousands of dollars worth of gear.
don't be discouraged. With some simple fixes and a few innovative
ideas, you'll be well on your way to creating a new style and tone
that will make you shine.
you embark on your journey to creating your own unique style, I
highly recommend you look through our past articles and do some
research. Don't be afraid to try new styles and genres to see which
ones you enjoy the most.
some searches for diverse styles of music on Google. Another great
resource is billboard.com. They have charts of the latest top songs
that will give you an idea of what's available to you in modern
terms. A trip to your local music store will also help you out immensely.
that point, make a list of your favorite artists from these various
genres. Try to seek out the similarities and differences. Ideally,
you should listen for the little things that you like most. That
could range from a certain way an artist strums, to how they move
their fingers across the fretboard to create a certain effect.
the traits that you really like from these artists and combine them.
Everyone has their own touches that they add and how you use them
is up to you. It won't happen overnight but with practice and patience,
you will find your groove. The end result will produce a style that
reflects you and the music you love.
at the pros.
the above tip to a higher level, let's look at some professional
guitarists and the music that they play. Many come from varied backgrounds,
which is what makes them unique. Perhaps seeing some genres that
these familiar names are associated with will assist you in choosing
some different styles.
Gilmour (Pink Floyd)- Gilmour has been viewed as one of the
most unique guitarists of the 20th century. Originally, Gilmour
was a backup guitarist for the band until Syd Barret left due to
personal issues. From there, Gilmour started to mould his sound
into a piece of art via the use of a Strat, HiWatt amps, and a barrage
of effects pedals.
he used those effects pedals is what put his name into the forefront
of style. He performs tricks that many have yet to emulate. He is
truly a great guitarist to look up to.
Blackmore (Deep Purple) - If you aspire to incorporate a nice
variety of diametrically opposed styles, then Ritchie Blackmore
is the man to aspire to be like. Blackmore had the ability to incorporate
country and classical music into rock guitar. This is very suiting
considering he started on a classical guitar and then made the switch
to electric later on.
inspired him? His main influences were players such as Hank Marvin
and Duane Eddy, amongst many others. Perhaps you haven't heard of
them but Hank Marvin was the front man for the 60's group, The Shadows.
Page (Led Zeppelin) - Jimmy is an extremely versatile guitarist
that combines numerous techniques from various aspects of playing
to form his own material. He is the master of experimentation, using
everything from violin bows to acoustic playing styles on an electric
guitar. He has a history of using some very cool effects pedals
as well, although he doesn't need them to sound good.
fact, one of his earlier custom effects units happened to be one
of the first fuzz boxes introduced to the world. It spread like
wild fire amongst the world's most popular guitarists. Unfortunately,
not even the likes of Jeff Beck could truly bring out its sound
quite like Jimmy could.
Reinhardt (Quintet of The Hot Club of France) - Anyone who knows
jazz knows this name. While Django was considered a gypsy guitarist,
he primarily played the role of the mentor, not the one who was
taking ideas from others. Over the years few have managed to replicate
his lightning fast riffs and intuitive phrasing style. To top all
of that off, his strumming patterns were insane!
neat fact about this brilliant musician is that he started his musical
life by playing other instruments such as the violin and banjo.
This explains a lot about the music he produced. Notes that are
close together on a violin tend to be far apart on a guitar but
Django broke that barrier and carried over many of those techniques.
I believe his strumming style was adapted from the banjo.
highly recommend you look into some of his masterpieces in order
to test your technical ability and to grow as a guitarist. He used
only two fingers to play guitar seeing as his first two were mangled
in a fire.
Moore (Elvis Presley) - Moore transformed the guitar world by
introducing driving rhythms and interesting chord progressions.
He kept things basic and that's what made him famous. His music
was compatible with Elvis because it didn't dominate the vocals
and he didn't strive to be in the spotlight.
coolest piece of gear that set Moore apart was his Echosonic amp.
Only 68 were ever made in the world and he still has his to this
very day. It featured an impressive built in delay system that gave
him his characteristic sound. No one can beat these amps that were
made by hand. Truly a rare, once in a lifetime find. Without it,
Elvis wouldn't have the same sound on his records that revolutionized
all in the fingers.
I first started my journey in the musical world, I heard a saying
that goes something like this: FIND SAYING. What allows us to have
the ability to sound decent on virtually any guitar is our technique.
What allows us to have great technique? That's right, our fingers!
fingers can be compared to soldiers on a battlefield. They are our
first line of defense and set the tempo for things to come. Training
them to be the best that they can be is an essential step to creating
your own style. Sloppy fingers will get you no where fast in the
your fingers should be strong enough to handle bar chords with ease
and have enough agility to navigate the fretboard with little to
no difficulty. Agility and strength are key and often overlooked
by guitarists because we treat fingers as muscles that are already
Just because you may have larger fingers, it doesn't mean that they
can stand up to hours on the fretboard. Not unlike an army, you
must train each one individually to achieve maximum success.
there are a lot of great technical practice runs to help you out
and get you into the swing of things. Here are some examples to
get you started:
of the most innovative and interesting ways to broaden your possibilities
as a musician is to listen to other musicians who play different
instruments. Every instrument has it's own unique style and voicing,
which lends itself to creating different styles and having unusual
often than not, learning how to play the music written for another
instrument will open up new horizons and give you a fresh beginning
to your music. If you find that you are continually playing the
same thing over and over (i.e. playing in a "Box") this
is a great way to escape.
some of the licks that you will face may scare you to death, it
requires you to take a new approach to your instrument. It also
develops your personal style by integrating traits of other instruments.
While all of the toys that we have available to us to shape our
sound are great, they don't turn us into well rounded and cultured
the easiest and most convenient instrument to start learning from?
Quite simply put, the piano is one of the easiest and most assessable
instruments to get new ideas and inspiration from. You will need
to learn how to read music for many of these endeavors but it will
be well worth your toil! Plus, we will soon have some tools to help
you along that road.
new gadgets are being designed to shape your sound. In many cases,
these new sounds come in the form of effects pedals. These pedals
add extra flavor to the music that you play and allow you to create
sounds that would be impossible otherwise.
of the more popular pedals that are around today include
Wah: The wah wah pedal does exactly what the name implies...
It makes your guitar go "Wah Wah" giving it a voice like
quality. It can also be used as a tone pedal, adjusting how high
or low your guitar sounds. It's great for any rhythm or lead guitarist
and is a tonne of fun to use. Here is what it sounds like:
There are dozens of various kinds of distortion but they all serve
one common purpose: to distort. They make your notes sound dirty
and add attitude to your sound. It's perfect for a number of applications
but is primarily heard in rock.
Reverb is a great effect. It essentially makes you sound as if you
were playing in a huge concert hall. It truly adds shape and vibrance
to your tone. In my humble opinion, it is essential for every guitarist
This effect adds a warm layer to your tone. It's been known
to give a bell like quality to each note and is really nice for
numerous rhythms and lead riffs.
Delay does as its name implies. You can add a number of different
delays for different purposes. One of the bands that is known for
using delay with class is U2. I can't think of a genre that doesn't
use a touch of delay here and there. Great for playing with and
using to sound like another guitar. It also gives the impression
that you can play a lot more notes fast as well, which can be a
plus for those of us who aren't great shredders.
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link and click on pedal board.
Slides are a lot of fun to use but are difficult to get a handle
on. They give a twangy quality to your tone and the notes come across
as tied together.. You can hear the use of slides in quite a few
country songs. Personally, I enjoy watching Sheryl Crow's guitarist
use his slide for her more modern day rock.
a slide can prove to be extremely frustrating and awkward. Shubb
has devised a solution by introducing a slide that can easily move
out of the way. Click
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week we receive hundreds upon hundreds of emails from many of you
who write in with your questions, comments, and concerns. This week
we will be taking a look at many of the common questions that we
have been receiving in addition to some comments and concerns.
strongly encourage you to keep us updated. Email us with whatever
is on your mind! After all, how could we have a Feedback Booth without
start off with a great question from Jessica:
Jordan Warford, Thank you very much for those worth subscribing
newsletters. It helps a lot for me. I just want to know if it is
advisable for me to have a 6th stringed, 24 fret bass guitar? Well,
I just want to know because my father told me lately after the battle
of the bands here in our town that he's willing to give me the bass
guitar that I need. But now, I'm so excited to have it., Thank you!!
More power!! and God Bless!!! Truly yours, Jessica S. Mariazeta
can honestly say I haven't had many of these questions, but it's
so interesting I thought I'd share the answer with the rest of you.
First off, 6 string bass guitars are rare and usually quite expensive.
However, when placed in the hands of a pro, they can produce some
for your purpose Jessica, I suggest that you go with a four or five
string bass. Using a six string bass requires incredible finger
strength and they have an extremely large neck, making it hard to
reach the notes. You'll also save money and have more fun. Save
the six string for the future.
sends in a tip for playing the G7 chord that was handed down from
Jordan, This last Guitar Tips was great. Getting into blues is something
that is easy and if everyone will listen to various rock and/or
country music, they will find a little blues added in from time
to time. Here is a trick my Dad told me about playing G7 chord.
Instead of using you first three fingers, us your last three fingers,
this will allow you to go from G chord to G7chord easily, plus you
will be able to catch the C chord quickly.
this sometimes while playing my G chord, I'll play a combination
of G and C chord. Starting with my middle finger on 6th string third
fret, second finger on fourth string second fret, first finger second
string first fret, then last finger first string third fret. I don't
know if this is a chord, but in some of my playing around in G chord,
it seems to adds a little extra flow to my playing. Just thought
I'd add my two bits. Your guitar tips articles has helped me to
progress in something I enjoy doing as a hobby. I'm 53 years old,
playing off and on since I was 14. Thanks, Steve Givens, Oklahoma
is about to purchase a new guitar and has this question:
Jordan, I am preparing to purchase my first guitar - an Acoustic
Guitar. Can you advise on some tips what to look out for, what features
etc, when selecting. Best regards Davis Kanju
suggestion to Davis is to hold on for our next edition which will
focus specifically on acoustic guitars. We'll cover all of the commonly
asked questions and give you plenty of things to think about and
has this popular question:
is Behringer a good name in guitars? Jordan Nease
is known for their amps, audio, DJ gear, mixers, computer based
recording and some effects. However, they are immerging onto the
scene with guitar... I wouldn't name them the number one in this
department. They do have an assortment of beginner packs and other
instruments but nothing high end. In short, I would go to another
company for a guitar.
wanted to make mention of some of the blues pioneers that started
thanks for the blues guitar newsletter. I'm a little disappointed
that you only gave Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughn credit as
originators and innovators of blues, please keep in mind that their
teachers and influences were Buddy Guy, Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker,
Lightnin Hopkins, etc. Many african-americans, people borrowed from
and claimed credit for the work. It's still not right. Thanks and
keep up the good work. Melissa Fowler
couldn't agree more Melissa. For that illustration I was using them
as an uptodate example that the majority of subscribers could relate
to. We'll have to look at doing a newsletter that pays homage to
these great musicians.
sends these words of encouragement:
Jordan, I just want to thank you guys for such a great news letter
this week. It was just what I needed to give me an inspirational
boost. I love it; thanks a million. Rockin'ly yours, Lawrence Morgan
this brings us to the end of our Guitar Tips Newsletter. We hope
that you have been inspired and took something away that will last
you for years to come.
a look at the various genres found in today's music gives you an
edge that many musicians don't have. You now know a little bit about
a few of the many styles available and how to apply them to your
encourage you to take a chance and push yourself to be the best
that you can be. You never know, you might just be the next Stevie
a side note, we have been notified that Carole Amore (contest winner
from our survey last Summer) has received her special order guitar
from Guitar Trader. Stay tuned to hear an update from her in our
next time, keep on picking!
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