Saturday, March 6, 2010

Many Things Affect Tone and Sound

As you probably know, there are many factors that affect a musician's tone and therefore, said musician's overall sound. Everything from equipment to how you hold your instrument to the mood you're in at any given time. Also, two musicians can play the same instrument, same settings (if using effects or amps), one after another and get two totally different sounds. Why? God has made us all, yet all are individually unique. Each person has a sound that is peculiar to them. By peculiar, I don't mean strange, but, rather
special to that person.
Coming from a Gospel background, or should I say foreground, I have learned to play more than one style. Always learning to create with the utmost regard to blend with the rest of the band or group. As one guitarist once said, anybody can solo. It takes someone special to know what chord you're playing in. In other words, if you can't play rhythm, and be good at it, first, then you're not the greatest guitarist in the world. Or whatever your instrument may be. Learn the basics first, then learn to improve, and keep improving until you die. Even if you learn one thing per day, that's one thing more than you knew yesterday.