Could it really be that simple? While it might not be the only trick to getting good guitar tones, it’s a cheap and effective place to start. Check out live clips of Hendrix, Stevie Ray, Beck, Page, and Van Halen and you’ll see they’re always messing with the volume knob and their pickups. It’s also a great way to simplify things while playing live. Instead of tap dancing on pedals you can keep it all to the controls of your guitar. I shot a YouTube video demonstrating this idea, check it out below.
Start out by getting the best distorted tone you can, then back off on your volume knob and use your pickup selector to clean up the sound for rhythm or clean parts. Keep in mind that while you might not get a sparkling clean tone with this approach, your slightly dirty clean tone will sound clean once the whole band is playing. When the solo or heavy rhythm part comes back in, turn up that volume knob and let it rip! Give it a shot! This super simple approach has...
Introducing Fretboard Command. In this FREE mini course you will literally be given the the fast track to concepts that will dramatically change the way you play guitar for the better!!
The goal of Fretboard Command is to give you a solid foundation with which you can in a short amount of time be able to improvise without knowing the key you are in, use your scales correctly, construct melodies, see target notes and chord tones all over the neck, break some rules, mix major and minor pentatonic, while at the same time adding feel and confidence to your phrasing! You ready?!?