Effect Pedal Mini Series (Guitar Lesson)


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Chris Liepe

Effect Pedal Mini Series

This lesson begins a mini-series on effects pedals. Chris breaks down routing and how effects work with each other.

Taught by Chris Liepe in Basic Electric Guitar with Chris seriesLength: 8:20Difficulty: 1.5 of 5


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prestonmprestonm replied on May 5th, 2014

Is there a part in the learning of any instructor that can show a diagram of how to actually route the pedals? Ex. Can you have a diagram that would show from guitar to which pedal to pedal until you get to the amp. And show different diagram to achieve each pedal of the best way to route them.

AaronMillerAaronMiller replied on May 6th, 2014

Hi, I think if you watch this lesson much of that is explained. However, I think a nice guide would compliment this well. I'll look into getting something created for everyone.

the_ANTIDRUGthe_ANTIDRUG replied on January 31st, 2014

Boss ME50 and ME 70; both have it all for 350$. Both have many of the Classic pedals; all set up and read to go. You'll be happy as a clam

jabshirejabshire replied on January 20th, 2014

thank you so much for this video. So simple but so helpful.

maltamalta replied on November 26th, 2012

what about multi effects processers thanks

monabrimonabri replied on November 5th, 2012

Perhaps this should be the last lesson ?

BradleyABradleyA replied on February 7th, 2017

Yes, this should be the last lesson. In fact, all of the pedal lessons should have come at the end of this series, imo.

harry9000harry9000 replied on July 22nd, 2012

Clear as mud. This is supposed to be for beginners right? Perhaps you could have demonstrated what the effects did rather than how to route them. I have less than a clue tio what the hell you were talking about.

snowdadsnowdad replied on May 5th, 2012

Awesome lesson Chris! I am in the process of building a pedal board and now I finally understand why you may not use an effects loop for time and pitch based effects! One of those "Aha!" moments. I've been reading articles and nobody has explained it so clearly until your lesson. Thanks!

rac20rac20 replied on March 24th, 2012

Chris got a quick question, my amp has a hot input and a normal input which one would the distortion pedal plug into.

Chris.LiepeChris.Liepe replied on March 26th, 2012

either will work fine. the hot input will make your distortion pedal sound a bit more gainy and thick. the normal input may sound a little more sparkly and clear

mayoralrafaelmayoralrafael replied on February 28th, 2012

Excellent lessons Chris!. Direct, focus and very rich at the same time.

tareqtareq replied on February 13th, 2012

Chris, i really wanna thank you for this lesson, it never was clear to me the affects of the pedals untill i watch your lesson.

mburkmburk replied on December 20th, 2011

Great lesson, Chris. I would only add one point: the tuning pedal. I learned from experience that this pedal should always sit right in front of the guitar. I used to have the tuner at the end of my chain and I couldn't get a good read (even with all my other pedals off). I tried putting it in front of the guitar and I never had another problem. I know it sounds like common sense, but it is a good piece of advice for those who are just starting to experiment with effects.

Chris.LiepeChris.Liepe replied on January 3rd, 2012

yep, thats important!

fromflamesfromflames replied on April 2nd, 2011

Great lesson! I finally understood the parallel and serial loops! I have a parallel loop on my Blackstar 20w only got a overdrive pedal atm, but getting delay, tuner, footswitch aso soon. My question is: Will i need 4 cables for my whole setup? 1 for guitar>pedals in front of amp, 1 for pedals in front of amp>amp and 2 for the effects loop?

currannicurranni replied on June 28th, 2010

bout time.. thank chris.. how about loop pedal, reverb pedal, delay etc etc.. maybe working settings on amps and the like.. all important stuff..

Chris.LiepeChris.Liepe replied on August 20th, 2010

there will be some lessons on loop pedals coming soon!

jimgarveyjimgarvey replied on June 28th, 2010

Great stuff, Chris. Without wishing to second guess what is in the lessons I hope you deal with the pro's and cons of multi effects pedals versus single boxes and also the value of amps with built in effects. Jim

Chris.LiepeChris.Liepe replied on June 28th, 2010

that's a good idea. i haven't finished filming the entire mini series yet so I'll keep that in mind as I'm planning the rest of the lessons.

Chris.LiepeChris.Liepe replied on June 28th, 2010

Lessons on delay, chorus, gain stacking and more are in the cue. You should be seeing them soon!

Tyler.RughTyler.Rugh replied on June 28th, 2010

I have about 4 more lessons coming up with Chris diving deeper into specific pedal details.

currannicurranni replied on July 3rd, 2010

chris would i have a loop when i m plugging into my 5w fender? i usually just start at the EQ pedal and end with the chorus then tuner, i only have 5 pedals but i dont know, from this is would look like i would have -guitar-wah-OD-tuner-amp and then EQ-Chorus-amp as the loop.. or am i wrong?? and as for jacks.. the only jack i have is "input" and at the back theres "line out" confusion....

Chris.LiepeChris.Liepe replied on August 20th, 2010

if you want to use the delay pedal with distortion, you'd want to invest in a distortion pedal like the Boss DS 1 or a TubeScreamer or something. Then, I would order them as follows: tuner - wah - distortion pedal - chorus - delay - EQ - Amp. Hope this helps!

Mike.MonahanMike.Monahan replied on June 29th, 2010

I too hope you deal with the pro's and cons of multi effects pedals versus single boxes and also the value of amps with built in effects. Jim. also hope you'll cover pros and cons of effects software programs, like amplitube as one example.

kamihamsterkamihamster replied on June 29th, 2010

This lesson was awesome! Filled in a lot of gaps. Thanks Chris

mkorsmomkorsmo replied on June 28th, 2010

Cool lesson Chris!

Chris.LiepeChris.Liepe replied on June 28th, 2010

Thanks!

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Lesson 1

Introduction to Your Electric Guitar

Chris Liepe talks about the absolute basics of the guitar, including tuning, the guitar parts, and proper technique.

Length: 23:21 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Lesson 2

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Length: 12:22 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
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Length: 25:38 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
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Introduction to the Concept of Scales

Chris Liepe is back in lesson 5 with an introduction to scales. In this lesson, you will learn how to play up and down simple scale patterns.

Length: 13:55 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
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Barre and Minor Chords

In this lesson, Chris introduces minor chords and barre chords.

Length: 25:23 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
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Length: 21:12 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
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Length: 14:07 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
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Intervals Pop Quiz

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Length: 15:39 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 10

Triads: Everything You Need to Know

Chris Liepe breaks through his 10th lesson with a detailed discussion of triads. Dig in and take these triads for a ride!

Length: 24:14 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 11

Effect Pedal Mini Series

This lesson begins a mini-series on effects pedals. Chris breaks down routing and how effects work with each other.

Length: 8:20 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 12

Effect Pedal: Compression

The compression effect pedal is one of the most misunderstood pedals around. Chris Liepe finally sheds some light on the subject. By explaining all the different options and sounds this pedal can create,...

Length: 14:12 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Lesson 13

Gain Stacking with Overdrive and Distortion

Chris Liepe is back with the 3rd installment in his Effects Pedal mini-series. He explains the concept of "gain stacking" by combining an Ibanez Tube Screamer and a Boss DS-1 Distortion pedal.

Length: 7:54 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 14

Effect Pedal: Delay

Chris Liepe adds yet another lesson to his effect pedal-mini series. Here he covers the delay pedal. This effect that operates on the principles of time and rhythm. Use this pedal to add depth to your...

Length: 19:52 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 15

Effect Pedal: Chorus

Chris Liepe quickly demonstrates the chorus pedal with some 80's style licks. This pedal can create a deep and rich addition to solos or add the illusion of multiple guitars.

Length: 3:28 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 16

Understanding Key Signatures

Key Signatures! How do they relate to one another? Chris Liepe explains them in lesson 16 of his beginner series. Getting familiar with your key signatures will help pull everything together that has been...

Length: 15:21 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 17

Chord Harmony Basics

Chris Liepe demonstrates how to take a key signature (the set notes within a key) and stack 3rds on top of a root note to form chords. With the help of a modulating backing track, this should be a fun...

Length: 30:02 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 18

Technique Basics: Alternate Picking

Chris explains and demonstrates the very basics of alternate picking. He also provides simple exercises to develop the technique in your own playing.

Length: 16:03 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 19

Technique Basics: Legato Playing

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Length: 16:11 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 20

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Chris talks about proper palm muting and discusses potential snags when first attempting the technique. He offers a number of exercises and patterns to help palm muting become a part of your rhythm playing.

Length: 9:22 Difficulty: 1.0 FREE
Lesson 21

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Length: 6:27 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 22

Major Scale Positions in G (Part 1)

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Length: 12:44 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 23

Major Scale Positions in G (Part 2)

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Length: 11:39 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only

About Chris Liepe View Full Biography Chris Liepe was born on September 17th, 1981 in Portland OR. His first instrument was piano which he pursued until discovering his love for the electric guitar in high school. He became fans of such groups as Soundgarden, Collective Soul and U2 inspiring him to start singing, songwriting and helping others in their musical endeavors with teaching, co-writing and album production.

Having moved to Colorado with his family, he began gigging, recording and teaching in a number of music stores as well as out of his apartment until deciding to pursue music full time. He moved to Denver, CO to complete a Bachelors in Music Technology and was then hired on by Sweetwater Productions, a division of Sweetwater Sound and one of the largest, most successful recording studios in the Midwest.

Chris spent nearly 4 years at Sweetwater as a producer, recording engineer, studio musician and writer. During this time he had the privilege of working with many artists including Augustana, Landon Pigg, Jars of Clay, and Mercy Me. He also wrote for and played on numerous independent albums and hundreds of radio/TV commercials.

Wanting to get back to his favorite State in the world (Colorado) and feeling the urge to 'go freelance', Chris moved to Greeley, CO and opened his own recording and teaching studio. He continues to write and produce music for artists and agencies and is happy to be among the proud JamPlay.com instructors.

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