How to Create a Single Delay Effect using Guitar Pedals

Learn how to create a single delay effect using guitar pedals from Broadway musician Michael Aarons in this Howcast video.


A cool trick that I picked up along the way; I don't remember when, I was probably playing heavy metal as a teenager; it's a delay trick that you know, I don't see a lot of people using, but Steve Vai comes to mind, Eddie Van Halen, I couldn't tell you who it is. What I'm using here is the Boss DD3 Delay pedal, digital delay pedal. The setting to achieve this is have the effect level, I'd say about 12 o'clock, which again is the clean signal of your guitar versus the effect level coming from the pedal.

The feedback loop which is the amount of repeats is all the way down. The delay time is at about 12 o'clock, but I have the mode on 800 milliseconds, so I have some distortion from my amp right now, just so you can hear. Now if you see I'm playing and that's it's one repeat. There's no more repeats after that. So that's about the speed we're dealing with. So if you double up on that, by picking or playing, here we go. You've got to feel for it. You've got to work with the delay. Once you get that rhythm going, and you want to make sure that the notes are very staccato, very quick.

That's a very cool trick. And if you speed up the delay time here, if you get really good at it, which means you're going to have to double up on the pick with a double up on the picking even a little faster. There it is. If you really want to challenge yourself and practice with it, and you get good at it, there it is. You know, you can really get some very cool things. So that's a trick that you can do with this delay pedal. I don't know if I've ever used it, but it is really cool to practice with and it gets you comfortable with working with a delay.

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