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How to Use Amp Effects & Pedals in Country Guitar

Learn how to use amp effects and pedals in country guitar from musician Boo Reiners in this Howcast video.


I'm going to talk to you about some effects that we can use when we're playing country music on guitar, and that would probably begin with the reverb on your amp. Here's the sound of the amp without any reverb. Let's add some reverb to that.

And then the next sort of most essential effect would probably be tremolo. The tremolo on the amp can sometimes sound really good, so just turn the reverb down so we can just hear the tremolo. So that sounds really cool. It's really good for a slow song.

The other effect that you might find really handy is using some echo. So you might get any digital delay pedal, echo pedal. There's all kinds of there that you can get for pretty cheap, and it really depends on how much echo you want to hear in the mix. So every echo box is going to have some kind of a mix adjustment. It's also going to have the amount of echoes that you hear and it's also going to have the time that will go by before the echo is heard. So I'm going to turn the tremolo back down. Here's some echo. So that's what we call a slap back.

I can make it a little more dramatic by adjusting the timing and the amount of echoes that we hear. So with the echo box, echo effect stomp box, whatever you want to be using, you're going to set the timing for a certain rhythm. So if I was going to be in a rhythm that was one, two. One, two, three, four. One, two, three, four. I could set my echo to fit that rhythm or fit the tempo, I should say. Sp you can hear those trails after you've hit the note and even stopped the note. So that can add some cool dimension to your playing. It can add some rhythm actually to whatever part you're playing.

So obviously, there are a bunch of other effects that you could use playing country music with your guitar, but these are three that I don't think you're going to get too far without: reverb, tremolo, and echo. So check those out.

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