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Building the Beast - Custom DIY Guitar Effects Pedalboard

I love guitar effects pedals. Oh mah science, do I love guitar pedals. I love 'em! Give me more! It's a bit of an addiction. I've had a lot, I still have a lot, and I want more. Pedals, pedals, PEDALS! I think you're starting to see the picture here: pedals = good. :)

This is the story of my latest guitar effects pedalboard build, including the successes and failures.

Jim Dunlop Eric Johnson Classic Jazz III Picks

When I was 17, my jazz choir teacher introduced me to the Jim Dunlop Jazz III guitar pick (in black, incidentally). From then on, I was hooked. When I wasn't strumming or swinging my whole arm for Texas bluesy goodness, I had a black or red Jazz III in my hand. It was especially great for jazz as I could hybrid pick for comping...that was before I even know what hybrid picking was.

Fast forward a nearly a decade and a half.

Tips And Tricks

This is intended to be a living document, so check back often for new tips and tricks to help your guitar playing. These appear in no particular order.

Use a metronome when you practice. This helps establish consistent timing, accuracy, and synchronization between your left and right hands. Your playing will improve much faster by using a metronome. You can also build up speed by slowly increasing the tempo in small increments such as 8bpm at a time.

Major Scale and Arpeggio - Shape 3

Illustrated in A Major

The Shape 3 Major Scale is an alternate moveable root-6 (meaning that the 6th string contains the root of the scale) major scale. This example is illustrated in A major and should be practiced in all available positions. [[{"type":"media", "view_mode":"media_large", "fid":"20", "attributes":{"class":"media-image", "typeof":"foaf:Image", "style":""}}]]

Scale Fingerings

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Major Scale and Arpeggio - Shape 2

Illustrated in C Major

The Shape 2 Major Scale is a moveable root-5 (meaning that the 5th string contains the root of the scale) major scale. This example is illustrated in C major and should be practiced in all available positions. [[{"type":"media", "view_mode":"media_large", "fid":"15", "attributes":{"class":"media-image", "typeof":"foaf:Image", "style":""}}]]

Scale Fingerings

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Major Scale and Arpeggio - Shape 1

Illustrated in G Major

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Scale Fingerings

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