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How to Use Your DAW to Improve Your Guitar Playing

Guitarists tend to get tunnel vision when practicing. You get a practice tone going, you start playing through some scales, some licks, some chord changes, and everything sounds good, right?

Then you get into the practice room, or even worse the studio, and it all falls apart. Your tone sucks and you’re not able to “nail” things like you did at home.

The best thing you can do for yourself is get a good cheap interface, learn how to use it (sites like KillerGuitarRigs.com have a ton of content on cheap interfaces and basic recording technique), and start practicing with your DAW.

There are a ton of practical reasons for this, and ways to approach it, but here are some of the main benefits as well as some fun ways to enjoy your guitar with your DAW.

Hear Yourself

One of the most common reactions the first time someone hears their own voice played back to them is “wait, that’s what I sound like?”

For guitarists, the first time hearing your playing on a recording can be just as jarring. You thought you were hitting every note perfectly, but the recording shows every squeak, every buzz, every note out of time.

When you’re practicing the guitar, you’re focusing on what you’re doing, but often that means you can be missing some of the nuances in what it sounds like.

A really good way to improve your playing is to record yourself playing whatever you’re practicing, for example some new scale at 90 BPM, and then listen back. Did you hit every note? Are you on time? Is there any buzzing?

Take what you hear is wrong, and then practice it – while recording yourself – until it’s just right.

Get used to playing with a click

Everyone says to practice to a metronome, and many of us have metronome apps on our phones – but do we use them?

Better yet, we’re back to the problem above – we might be playing along to a metronome, but are we really in time?

When you’re playing into your DAW, always keep your metronome on. This way you are not only improving your timing, but you’re giving yourself an audio reference on playback to measure whether you’re actually hitting time.

It also means that when you do end up going to a studio, you’re not going to get distracted by the metronome when it comes time to record your parts.

Start Thinking About Production

Getting a useable tone out of an amp is generally pretty straight forward, but it’s a whole other thing when you’re trying to fit your sound into a band.

The guitar is a mid range instrument, but guitarists often like to load up their tone with bass.

In addition, many guitarists will load up their signal with a ton of gain that makes the actual notes they’re playing get lost in the fuzz.

When you’re practicing into your daw, either standalone or along to a track, think about how your guitar sounds and how it can be improved.

In the moment it might feel awesome, but maybe you listen back and realize there’s too much gain on there, and you can’t quite make out all of those fast runs and string skipping you’re doing.

You might also find that you’re playing along to a backing track, but your guitar is getting lost because you’re not using enough mid range, and the bass guitar is eating your tone.

Take the opportunity within the DAW to get an idea of what you need to sound like as a guitarist to bring the most to the song.

Learn Full Songs

Every guitarist I know is guilty of this. When you start out, you learn some easy songs with a few chords, and you learn them front to back. Then as you get better, you just learn the cool passages.

Then as you get even better, you only learn the solos. I could call five guitarists right now who could play all of Slash’s most famous solos, but couldn’t play the rhythm parts to save their lives. Go online, search the name of a song with “bass drums vocals only”, load it into your DAW, and then go about adding all of the guitar parts.

Not only will you improve your rhythm technique, you’ll start realizing the connections between the different instrumentation that make up the entire sound.

On top of that, honestly, it’s one of the most fun things you can do as a guitar player on their own.

Conclusion

One of the tricky things about learning the guitar these days is there is so much information thrown at you online, but so many guitarists use those materials without the benefit of a teacher.

If you’re going to learn entirely online, you need to find someone to make sure you’re actually playing things correctly, and not fooling yourself into thinking your buzzy noisy mess is actually some killer playing.

Your DAW is that person. Record yourself into your DAW, keep the click on, get your tone right, and then listen back to yourself with a critical ear. It’ll pay off in dividends.

And if you’re still looking for a fun project, load in the backing tracks of your favorite record, and add all of the guitars. It’ll get you out of the “learning only licks” rut, and make you a better guitarist, songwriter, and engineer.

Top 5 Ways To Make Money As A Guitarist

Most guitarists dream of getting paid a steady income for playing their own music. Getting to a place where this is possible can be challenging and sometimes daunting. In order to support themselves as artists guitarists need to find various paying gigs. Luckily, there are many ways for guitarists to make a living while fighting for their dreams. Most musicians will explore a few different income streams to help make ends meet. Working in different musical areas will allow guitarists to expand their portfolio and be exposed to many different types of music.

Teach Students the Guitar

Guitar is one of the most popular instruments people want to learn to play. You will likely be able to find a student easily if you market yourself correctly. Try placing a notice on a bulletin board or online to get students. There are four things you will need to make money as a guitar teacher: a guitar, knowledge of a wide range of music, sheet music and patience to teach the guitar.

The last one is extremely important for you to be successful guitar teacher. Without patience or the ability to communicate what you want effectively, teaching can be a miserable experience. So examine you skill set before pursuing teaching as a possible income opportunity. That being said, those who do have the above skills will have the ability to generate a steady income stream this way.

You can teach students at your home, their home or even over the computer.

Join a Cover Band

One way to make money as a guitarist is to join an already working cover band. There are different types of bands you could join; including, local bands that play routinely with more regular schedules, wedding bands that usually have less time commitments and cruise ship bands that tend to work for a season or a few weeks at a time.

Joining a cover band will allow you to meet other musicians and be able to network. This can provide more opportunities for other types of work.

YouTube Musician

Make a name for yourself with no set up costs. With the ability to showcase your guitar skills or music knowledge you can help make a name for yourself in the community. Along with providing prospective clients a place to see your work, this social media platform offers a place where you can make additional income by setting up ads to display on your videos. This is a great passive income stream that can help pay bills while you chase other gigs.

Unless you are actively promoting your channel and increasing video popularity you likely will not make much money. It takes time to grow a channel so making money this way will not be immediate.

Solo Gigs

You can find paying solo jobs at local bars and restaurants. You can try to learn singing yourself at home to increase your marketability. Being able to both sing and play guitar will expand the opportunities available to you.

To get started finding paying solo performances you will need to research local venues, introduce yourself to the staff and provide samples of your work. Have music downloads, websites/ YouTube videos and other promotional materials ready to showcase who you are as an artist when you meet potential employers. Presenting yourself as a reliable guitarist will help build your reputation.

Sell Recordings

If you have a fan base you can sell your own music. There are many places where you can sell your music like iTunes or Amazon. In addition, you can record at home and find recording jobs online for media focused companies. YouTube artists are often looking for affordable music content that they can add to their introductions. It is also a great way to promote your work to an audience.

These are only 5 of the ways you can generate money as a guitarist. Many other creative avenues exist to make money. Just think about all the places where music plays and you will be able to come up with your own ideas for making a living as a musician.

Top 100 Guitar Lessons For Your Kids

What are the easiest guitar lessons for kids? Are there any songs out there that they can grasp quickly? Well, you can find all the answers to these questions in this article. So read on!

We love to teach our kids essential skills to develop their holistic well-being. Aside from sports and arts, music is one of the best skills we can impart to them. If you know to play some of the instruments, then doing such would become so troublesome for you.

However, we acknowledge the fact that teaching them music is not an easy thing to do. After all, their attention span is quite short. Moreover, you can expect them to remember everything in one go. The same problem could occur if you teach them how to play the guitar.

One way to solve this issue is by choosing the right teaching material. Of course, we are not talking about lengthy textbooks. Those things will make them bored. Instead, you should give them songs to study during your lessons. It would be a nice view of you would be able to sing with them, too.

You don’t want to teach kids about fret chords and other technical concepts. The best thing you can do is for you to let them learn basslines and melodies that are found in the sixth and first strings. These strings are the easiest to understand.

Meanwhile, here are some of the songs that you can teach to your children.

Top 100 Guitar Lessons For Your Kids: Songs

1. Smoke on the Water

Artist: Deep Purple

2. Mary Had a Little Lamb

Artist: Anonymous/ Various

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3. Louie, Louie

Artist: The Kingsmen

4. For What It’s Worth

Artist: Buffalo Springfield

5. Glycerine

Artist: Bush

6. Love You Madly

Artist: Cake

7. Wide Open Road

Artist: Johnny Cash

8. I Threw It All Away

Artist: Bob Dylan

9. Holiday

Artist: Green Day

10. Good Riddance

Artist: Holiday

11. Paparazzi

Artist: Lady Gaga

12. Needle and the Damage Done

Artist: Neil Young

13. Chicken Lips and Lizard Hips

Artist: Bruce Springsteen

14. Mama Tried

Artist: Merle Haggard

15. Are You Sleeping, Brother John?

Artist: Anonymous/ Various

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16. Row, Row, Row Your Boat

Artist: Anonymous/ Various

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17. Tender Shepherd

Artist: Anonymous (A song from the movie “Peter Pan”)

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18. There Ain’t No Bugs On Me

Artist: Anonymous

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19. Hokey Pokey

Artist: Anonymous/ Various

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20. My Darling Clementine

Artist: Anonymous/ Various

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21. London Bridge is Falling Down

Artist: Anonymous/ Various

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22. Buffalo Gals

Artist: Anonymous/ Various

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23. Do I Wanna Know?

Artist: Arctic Monkeys

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24. Smoke On The Water

Artist: Deep Purple

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25. Wicked Game

Artist: Chris Isaak

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26. Ain’t No Sunshine

Artist: Bill Withers

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27. Zombie

Artist: Cranberries

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28. All The Small Things

Artist: Blik 182

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29. Marry You

Artist: Marry You

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30. Pirates Of The Caribbean

Artist: Hans Zimmer

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31. Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star

Artist: Jane Taylor

32. Hurt

Artist: Johnny Cash

33. Wake Me Up When September Ends

Artist: Green Day

34. What I’ve Done

Artist: Linkin Park

35. Come As You Are

Artist: Nirvana

36. Breaking The Law

Artist: Judas Priest

37. Hit The Road Jack

Artist: Ray Charles

38. Come As You Are

Artist: Nirvana

39. Hey There Delilah

Artist: Plain White T’s

40. Animal I Have Become

Artist: Three Days Grace

41. House Of The Rising Sun

Artist: The Animals

42. Through Glass

Artist: Stone Sour

43. Yankee Doodle

Artist: Yankee Doodle

44. Rock Around The Clock

Artist: Bill Haley

45. Pompeii

Artist: Bastille

46. Brown-Eyed-Girl

Artist: Van Morrison

47. You’ve Got A Friend In Me

Artist: Randy Newman (Toy Story)

48. Don’t Worry, Be Happy

Artist: Bobby McFerrin

49. Sweet Home Alabama

Artist: Lynyrd Skynyrd

50. Best Day Of My Life

Artist: American Authors

51. Party In The USA

Artist: Miley Cyrus

52. Stand By Me

Artist: Ben E. King

53. You Are My Sunshine

Artist: Anonymous/ Various

54. Can You Feel The Love Tonight?

Artist: Elton John

55. Hey Ya

Artist: Outkast

56. Country Roads

Artist: John Denver

57. The Cups Song

Artist: Anna Kendrick

58. Smashmouth

Artist: Allstar

59. Lean On Me

Artist: Bill Withers

60. Hey Soul Sister

Artist: Train

61. One Love

Artist: Bob Marley

62. Shake It Off

Artist: Taylor Swift

63. Firework

Artist: Katy Perry

64. Roar

Artist: Katy Perry

65. Chicken Reel

Artist: Anonymous/ Various

66. Carnival Of Venice

Artist: Anonymous/ Various

67. Brother John

Artist: Anonymous/ Traditional

68. We Are The Champions

Artist: Queen

69. The Boxer

Artist: Simon and Garfunkel

70. Amazing Grace

Artist: Anonymous/ Various

71. Fields of Gold

Artist: Sting

72. God Save The Queen

Artist: Anonymous (British National Anthem)

73. Joy To The World

Artist: Anonymous/ Various

74. Happy Birthday Song

Artist: Anonymous/ Various

75. Freight Train

Artist: Elizabeth Cotten

76. Jingle Bells

Artist: Anonymous/ Various

77. For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow

Artist: Anonymous/ Various

78. For Elise

Artist: Beethoven

79. Imagine

Artist: John Lennon

80. Carnival of Venice

Artist: Anonymous

81. Jarabe Tapatio

Artist: Anonymous/ Various

82. La Bamba

Artist: Anonymous/ Various

83. Love Somebody

Artist: Doris Day

84. Little Brown Jug 

Artist: Anonymous/ Various

85. Life Is Beautiful

Artist: Nicola Piovani (from the movie “Life is Beautiful)

86. Moon River

Artist: Henry Mancini

87. O Come, All Ye Faithful

Artist: Anonymous/ Various

88. Sailing

Artist: Rod Stewart 

89. Old Mac Donald Had a Farm

Artist: Anonymous/ Various

90. Scarborough Fair

Artist: Anonymous/ Various

91. No Woman, No Cry

Artist: Bob Marley

92. Safe and Sound

Artist: Taylor Swift

93. Pata Pata

Artist: Miriam Makeba

94. Red River Valley

Artist: Anonymous/ Various

95. Love Is Blue

Artist: André Popp

96. Silver Bells

Artist: Anonymous/ Various

97. Silent Night

Artist: Anonymous/ Various

98. See You Again

Artist: Wiz Khalifa feat. Charlie Puth

99. Ten Little Indians

Artist: Anonymous/ Various

100. The First Noel

Artist: Anonymous/ Various

Conclusion

Here are some of the best songs that you can use to any guitar lessons for your kids. These titles have different chords and chord progression. However, they are not that difficult to master because the entire structure of the notes is simple. We are sure that your kids would love to play them!

Do you have any songs that would fit for a beginner’s guitar lesson? Share it with us in the comment section below!

9. Old Mac Donald Had a FarmArtist: Anonymous/ Various90. Scarborough FairArtist: Anonymous/ Various91. No Woman, No CryArtist: Bob Marley92. Safe and SoundArtist: Taylor Swift93. Pata PataArtist: Miriam Makeba94. Red River ValleyArtist: Anonymous/ Various95. Love Is BlueArtist: André Popp96. Silver BellsArtist: Anonymous/ Various97. Silent NightArtist: Anonymous/ Various98. See You AgainArtist: Wiz Khalifa feat. Charlie Puth99. Ten Little IndiansArtist: Anonymous/ Various100. The First NoelArtist: Anonymous/ VariousConclusionHere are some of the best songs that you can use to any guitar lessons for your kids. These titles have different chords and chord progression. However, they are not that difficult to master because the entire structure of the notes is simple. We are sure that your kids would love to play them!Do you have any songs that would fit for a beginner’s guitar lesson? Share it with us in the comment section below!

The Best Cheap Guitar Pedals On The Market Today!

Every guitarist nowadays is looking for the best cheap guitar pedals. Since the birth of this accessory, almost all electric guitar players became so obsessed with them. For those who are longing for quality tones, then a pedal is a must.

However, new pedals may come costly. Of course, high-end brands would give you the price that might tear your pocket. Luckily, the price doesn't always determine the usability and satisfactory rate of guitar pedals. Moreover, some guitar pedals under $100 could already give optimal sounds you need.

Cheap guitar pedals are perfect for amateur guitarists. Also, these pedals will enable you to explore and experiment with various tones and harmonies. In this article, we made a list of the top-rated pedals on the market today. Of course, you can expect that these units are not your standard options. They are, in fact, among the most popular brands in the music industry.

How To Play F Chord On Guitar: 5 Of The Top Steps To Follow

"How To Play F Chord On Guitar"? When I tried learning the guitar for the first time, I faced a lot of different problems. From the guitar I was using to the chords, I was studying. It was challenging, and it needed every ounce of patience I had. Now, this is not to scare you off from learning the guitar.

The most important part here is not giving up. Now we all know that you have the necessary chords to learn first. The chords G, A, B, C, D, E and F.

I hear a lot of complaints about the F chord, especially from beginners. And personally, I do think that the F chord is a difficult chord to learn and incorporate. Today, we will give you tips on how to play F chord on a guitar.

It is important to keep in mind that learning the guitar is not as easy as tutorials. And that’s perfectly natural. But some techniques might help you.

7 Of The Best Volume Pedals On 2019 – Reviews & Buyer’s Guide

Getting the best volume pedal is somehow a tricky process At first, you might think that the process is straightforward. After all, these effects pedal don't produce their unique sound.

Instead, then just serve as a means of volume modulation. Of course, the mechanism is pretty simple, too.

However, once you get down to business, you will realize that these products possess of their own. In fact, there are a lot of components that you have to understand when dealing with these pedals.

Such of these are the impedance, signal chain, potentiometer, buffers and so on. If you are just an amateur, encountering these jargons are truly intimidating.

Even professionals can still get lost when searching for the best units of volume pedals. If you want to be on the safe side of things, then we encourage you to read this article.

In here, we will be featuring some of the best options you can have for this particular pedal. Moreover, we will also give you a comprehensive buying guide, too!

Trust us! You won't regret anything here. So what are you waiting for? Read on!

How To Read Bass Tabs: The Best Guide For Beginners

How to read bass tabs? For those who wants to master a bass guitar, answering this question is necessary. Or to be appropriate, learning the answer to this interesting query is the best way to go.

Regardless of the genre, many musicians consider bass the as the soul of a band. A bass guitar can create harmony between mixing rhythm. The presence of this instrument in the entire mix might be subtle. However, without it, the whole song would quickly stifle.

Because of this reason, many pros would agree that a band would not be complete without a bass. The soothing tone it gives is the one that supports the entire constitution of a piece. Therefore, it is quite commendable for a beginner to take an interest in playing this instrument.

If you are one of the selected few, then you already know that the road to mastery is not easy. However, if you practice consistently and familiarize several playing styles, getting attuned to this instrument is possible. Of course, your first task would be learning how to read bass tabs.

This article will serve as a bass-reading tutorial for novices. It can also act as a review for those who are already acquainted in playing bass guitars. So what are we waiting for? Read on!

How To Read Bass Tabs

How To Read Bass Tabs

Bass guitar tabs is an essential factor if you want to sharpen your listening proficiency. Even guitar players who excel in leads and rhythms will always spare time for reading bass tab. Of course, it can also help you in improving your skills and mastery of techniques.

Despite its name, bass tab (or bass tablature) is just a simple system of music notation. In short, it is an essential skill that you have to learn if you wish to learn the art of playing of the bass guitar. Mostly, you can find bass tabs in music magazines and books. It is a resource that is not scarce!

However, you should know that reading bass tab is just a parcel of all the things that you have to learn the bass guitar. Although it is important, there are still other concepts that you need to get accustomed with. Such of these are the playing styles, plucking techniques, and so on.

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Bass Tab Strings

How To Read Bass Tabs

Typically, a bass tab depicts the strings of bass guitar by a horizontal line. Of course, the usual ones would be four lines, which indicates a 4-string bass.

If you can find bass tabs that have five or six lines, then they are indeed mimicking a 5-string or 6-string guitar, respectively.

Specifically, the lowest line of the tab is for the string that has the lowest pitch (that would be the E).

Therefore, the standard bass tuning (following the same arrangement of lowest to highest) is like this: E-A-D-G. Check out the illustration as an example:

G ----------------------------

D ----------------------------

A ----------------------------

E ----------------------------

Although some songs require more strings or different kind of tuning, the arrangement of the pitch will stay the same. The fattest or the lowest string will always sit at the bottom.

Bass Tab And Fret Numbers

How To Read Bass Tabs

A standard bass tablature has notes on them, just like the ones in piano tabs or ordinary guitar tabs. A fret number represents each of these notes.

Specifically, you can see these numerical figures on the strings that you should play. Usually, most bass chords have 20 to 24 frets. You can start from the open string (or the 0 fret) then go the way up to 25.

Take the illustration below as an example:

G ------------------------------------

D ------------------5-----------------

A --------2----5---------5----2-------

E ---3-----------------------------3--

In that configuration, start playing the third fret on the E. Afterward, play the second fret on the A. Next, play the fifth fret on the A. Follow this with the fifth fret on the D. After this, play the same notes again, but this time, on an opposite and descending manner.

Of course, it is easier said than done. Therefore, before you read tabs, make sure that your fingers can already keep up with the pace. Until such, playing and reading tabs would be two different worlds that would never collide.

Bass Tab Bars

How To Read Bass Tabs

In any standard musical notation, bars are always depicted as straight vertical lines. Specifically, their function is to tell the player when the counting will repeat.

For example: 1, 2, 3, 4 (barline) 1, 2, 3, 4. Take a look at the illustration below so that you can understand the formation better.

G -------------------|-----------------

D -------------------|-----------------

A -------------------|-----------------

E -------------------|-----------------

Bass Tab Rhythm

How To Read Bass Tabs

Usually, bass tablatures never indicate the rhythm. Instead, the ones you can only see is the order or arrangement of the notes.

Because of this, seeing through the rhythm is a challenging task. You have no choice but to listen to the entire piece and figure where the rhythm should be placed.

However, there are still some generous instances where the rhythm is at the bottom of the fret numbers and the strings themselves. In the example below, you can see a standard bass tablature with fret numbers, bars, and rhythm indicators.

G -------------------|--------

D ---------------5---|--------

A -------2---5-------|--------

E ---3---------------|--------

     1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +

You are lucky if the song that you are trying to learn has rhythm markings on the bass tabs. Otherwise, you have to figure the succession by yourself.

Of course, no pro bass player ever succeeded because of being spoon-fed. Therefore, we recommend that you take the initiative to practice a piece without the rhythm markings.

In this way, you can improve your listening skills and your proficiency in tone arrangement.

Other Markings In The Bass Tab

How To Read Bass Tabs

Most of the remaining marking that you can see on the bass tab tells you how individual notes are ought to be played.

Moreover, you should know that the markings, or the symbols, are not standard. In short, every tablature varies from one another. At this point, it is quite important that you familiarize these musical nuances.

Usually, these markings are at the start of the bass tablature. In this way, identifying them won't be too difficult for you. The list below will show some of the markings that you might encounter every tab-reading session that you have.

Markings within the strings

  • / or forward slash - indicates that pitch is sliding up
  • or backslash - indicates the pitch is sliding down
  • ^ or caret - this one tells you of a bend
  • x or X - this is the ghost note
  • h or H - hammer on
  • p or P - a pull-off

Marking below the strings

  • S - thumb slap
  • P - Pop
  • T - tap (if you are right-handed, the T has an L or R marking)

Alternate Bass Tuning

How To Read Bass Tabs

Of course, you bass tab reading is not yet comprehensive if you haven't encountered the concept of alternate tunings. Usually, you can see these indicators above the top. Specifically, they will tell you to alter the standard tuning of your bass (EADG) into something else.

Most of the time, the tab might show you the precise adjustment that you need to do (e.g. Db-Ab-Db-Gb). Otherwise, you will just encounter a typically tuning code like Drop D (Drop D follows a DADG arrangement).

However, despite the alteration in the tuning, you still have to start from the lowest string up to the highest string.

Where To Get Bass Tabs

After you get a good grasp of the concepts of bass tabs, it is the time that you put them into practice. Obviously, making bass tabs on your own is quite difficult, especially if you are just a beginner. Therefore, going online is your best resort.

There are some legitimate sites in where you can get decent bass tablatures. Here are some of them:

  • Ultimate Guitar - The site Ultimate Guitar is not just for the ordinary guitars. This site also offers a myriad of bass tablatures, too. Many go to this site because each of the tabs has indicators for their difficulty, as well as genre.
  • Big Bass Tabs - As its name suggest, this site is for bass tabs only. However, most of the tabs are for rock songs. Therefore, you need to search patiently if your tastes are for other genres.

Conclusion

If you are already familiar with guitars, you have already realized that reading bass tabs are not that difficult. All you need to do is to get familiar with the frets and additional markings.

However, for beginners, bass tabs are beneficial. It is a great start before even jumping to reading standardized musical notation. Of course, we suggest that novices should able to master bass tabs before they study the notes on the fretboard.

Bass tabs can also demonstrate to you how to do the complex fingerings that you can see on the standard notation. Although bass tabs are pretty basic, nobody can advance without them. Fortunately, there are a lot of internet resources on where you can get useful bass tabs.


Good luck on your journey!

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Top 10 Best Chorus Pedals On 2019 – Reviews & Buyer’s Guide

People who are in dire need to color the tone of their guitar must have the best chorus pedals. If you are aiming to mimic the glorious shine of the "Come As You Are" of Nirvana or emulate the beautiful tones of psychedelic rock, then these pedals are a must have.

Chorus pedals will let you explore the undiscovered sonic charters of your instrument. In addition, as long as you own a quality unit, you can produce ecstatic rich tone anytime you want. Moreover, it can also provide noticeable interference and thickness in your instrument.

Because of these features, chorus pedals became a favorite accessory of rock ballad bands in the 80s. But don't get us wrong. These pedals are still widely used today, especially by professionals in the scene.

A guitar geek would not miss the chance to grab an excellent model of chorus pedal. Furthermore, with all the perks that it can provide, buying this pedal will never become a wrong investment!

In this article, we listed down ten of the best chorus pedals out there. Out of the dozens of chorus pedals out there, only the units on the following list were able to make the cut. See all of them for yourself.

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Best Guitar Cables With Essential Functions

Today, there are so many brands in the market that offer the best guitar cables with prices ranging from as low as $20 to as expensive as your guitar.

Thus, to an untrained eye and ears of a beginner guitarist, everything may seem to look and sound the same.

In addition, you should know that the best gear for any instrument should be used to bring out the best functions and performance of the instrument.

Many musicians, even those who have been playing for as long as a decade or two, fail to recognize the importance of using quality cables.

For you to fully understand how important it is to invest in the best guitar cables, here is a list of some of the cables’ essential functions.

However, before getting into those dangerous details, let me show you the basic parts of a guitar cable first as a warm-up.



Best Guitar Cables- Top Instrument Cables

Now that you are equipped with the adequate knowledge to influence your buying decisions, I present to you the five best guitar cables available online.

These have been tested and proven to have all the essential functions and features you need to improve your performance as a guitar player. I have also provided the pros and cons of each for your reference.

D'Addario American Stage Instrument Cable

This cable fits in all standard jacks with an in-out mechanism. I know a lot of guitar players who use this cable because of its universal properties. It has superior quality Neutrik plugs at a very affordable price.

This is one of the most heavy duty cables I have ever used, which is reliable on-stage even after rigorous use.


Pros:

  • With Geo-Tips that ensures stays in plays even while playing roughly with rock, alternative, and heavy metal tones.
  • Inexpensive.
  • Premium parts that ensure the cable does not quickly fall apart gig after gig.
  • With HelioFused soldering.
  • Reliable cable.
  • Copper braid is tinned for easy soldering.
  • With PVC under a jacket.

Cons:

  • Difficult to unplug.
  • Cable does not provide a quality signal, so it often captures extraneous interference and noises.
Monster S100-I-12 Standard

This Monster Standard cable has a reasonable price because of its quality. This is usually go-to for many musicians including bassists. For me, it has a top-of-the-line heavy duty connector that withstands long hours of rigorous playing.

I prefer to use this when in gigs because it is easy to plug and unplug. It has a robust construction and extremely reliable. It also has just the right length, so it transmits adequate signal into your audio interface.


Pros:

  • With flexible outer jacket.
  • High resistance.
  • Copper braided shielding for noise rejection.
  • Made of durable and hard anti-corrosion nickel connector.
  • Versatile - can be used with bass guitar as well because of its special copper windings that provide clear, tight bass tones.

Cons:

  • The sound quality of the guitar may be affected if not set up correctly.
  • Might not last long if used on a daily basis and in a rigorous manner.
Mogami Gold INSTRUMENT-10 Guitar Instrument Cable

This guitar cable is priced higher than other brands but has amazing sound. It provides neutrality and balances with perfect quiet handling. I love this cable for its versatility as it can be used in other instruments as well.

It has a standard guitar plug with robust construction and is certainly user-friendly so that I would recommend this to beginners.


Pros:

  • Does not create a buzzing sound when connected to Ampeg or Peavey amps.
  • Made of premium Mogami cord that guarantees durability and strength.
  • The solid cable that provides just the right frequency.
  • Can be used with different kinds of instruments.

Cons:

  • Slightly expensive for a standard cable.
George L's 155 Guage Cable

This Guage Cable is one of the best cables I have known as I was progressing with my guitar playing skills. Plugs can be swapped and very durable. But because of its solid construction, it may be too stiff for users. It takes getting used to using this cable, but for me, this is worth the price.


Pros:

  • Solid construction.
  • Allows the guitar to produce pristine sound. No buzz, hums, etc.
  • Also great for acoustic guitars.
  • Easy to swap plugs.
  • Excellent sound quality.

Cons:

  • May be too stiff for users.
  • Premium price.
Spectraflex Original Series Instrument Cable

This is the only woven fabric coated cable in this review, and I am telling you, this is one of the high performers in the market today.

The Spectraflex is tailored for the professional guitar player - the kind who plays guitar for a living in gigs night after night after night.

This is a heavy duty solid cable with low capacitance. Its shielding is Polymer, and its internal is made of 100% copper.

I have bought one of these online recently, and I have no issues so far. I did complain about the price at first, but I realized it was reasonable because of its performance and functionality.


Pros:

  • Durable construction.
  • Zero extraneous noise.
  • 20 AWG
  • Very low capacitance to ensure low impedance transfer to the ground.

Cons:

  • Does not flex that much; very stiff.
  • Pricey.

Basic Parts Of A Standard Guitar Cable

Here are the five essential parts of a guitar cable. Familiarize yourself with these before buying one.

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Insulation - this is where the current is contained safely.

Central Conductor - this is the part that carries the current which transfers audio signals from the instrument to the amp.

Braided Copper Shield - this is responsible for blocking noises and extraneous interference.

Electrostatic Shield - this shields friction and reduces the noise when the cable is compressed.

Outer or External Jacket - this is the outer part that protects the internal parts of the wire.

Functions Of Guitar Cables

How does a guitar cable function? In this section, you will find out how the cable works to make your guitar playing experience more satisfactory.

Provides Proper Capacitance

One of the essential functions of a guitar cable is capacitance. Furthermore, when two electrical conductors are close to one another, a capacitor is formed. This allows for a low-pass filter, which allows for a low impedance transfer to the ground.

Prevents RF Interference

Guitar cables are shielded to prevent RF interference or extraneous signals that cause noise and feedback especially if there are other electronic devices nearby.

Corrosion Resistance

A cable with the proper resistance provides excellent tone quality and durability even after long hours of use.

Proper Insulation For Protection

It is important that the copper conductor of the cable is insulated. This preserves signal quality and most importantly, protects the guitar player from electrocution.

Also, a properly insulated wire is usually thick. Thickness also determines the flexibility of the cable but is not an indicator of signal quality.

Anti-corrosion Connector Ends

Although the type of connector does not completely affect signal quality, the right choice should prevent corrosion. A gold-plated plug is highly recommended because of its anti-corrosion property. Not to mention, a gold-plated connector looks attractive, too.

Prevents 60-cycle Hum

A good cable should be able to avoid a 60-cycle hum while playing. A ferrous metal component should be present in the cable to fully prevent electrical hum.

Key Features of a Guitar Cable

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A high-quality guitar cable should have the key features to make sure you get the most out of your purchase. There are expensive brands that claim a lot of extra bonuses, but they may not be suited for an average everyday guitar player.

Some of these cables may just be right for the show. Meaning that they only look good physically, but the functions and key features are the same as the affordable ones. Arm yourself with the right knowledge so that you will arrive at the best purchasing decision.

Length

The longer the cable, the more likely will you get progressive noise. Also, too long cables disrupt the signal from your instrument to your audio interface or amp. You may notice that some guitar players coil the excess length of their cables to maintain a length that does not disrupt the signal transfer.

Traditionally, the required length is around 25 feet maximum, but there are already brands that offer cables with premium parts that guarantee quieter and cleaner sound quality.

Conductor Design

There are two different types of conductor design namely, solid conductors and stranded conductors. The solid conductors are cheaper but are low in quality.

The premium conductors are the stranded types because they are more flexible and a lot stronger. But because of the quality, it is also pretty expensive. Preferably, a 32-40 AWG cable should be used to ensure the longevity of use and oxidation prevention.

Electrostatic Shielding

Electrostatic shield prevents static build-up whenever friction occurs between the copper shield and insulation.

Materials such as Dacron and Conductive PVC should be present in the cable’s shielding. The Dacron is a type of tape that reduces noise while the conductive PVC provides a shield from friction because of its thickness.

Which One Should You Purchase?

You can choose any of the reviewed best guitar cables. All of which has all the features and functions of a high-quality cable but they may differ in performance and longevity of use.

What’s important is that you are now equipped with the proper knowledge about cables so you can decide on your own which one to buy.

Did this guide help you decide? Which one from the reviewed cables will you pick? Let me know your thoughts in the comments section.


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