Choosing the Right Guitar & Equipment to Match the Music
As a serious guitarist, you want to learn as many music styles as possible to become a well-rounded musician who can then easily jam or perform with other musicians.
Today I am rehearsing with a local group in the San Ramon area of the East Bay that consists of piano, drums and electric bass. Because it’s a small venue, I’m using a Godin Multiac Grand Concert Duet 6 nylon string acoustic electric, which I play through a “Fender Supersonic” acoustic amp. I could use electric guitar but I’m going for a soft Latin/jazz style sound.
The guitar sounds like a harp – beautiful and blends well in a small room. I have a little delay and that’s it. I have my volume set at 50 percent so if I’m called on to solo, I have head room to bring up volume when I’m featured. I have a SNARK brand clip on guitar tuner so after every song, I turn my volume down and tune.
Nylon strings go out of tune more easily than steel strings especially if you play lots of lead fills and chordal fills using the complete fret board. I also use a pick and various right hand finger picking techniques/patterns depending on whether I want soft sounds opposed to more brighter sounds with an edge.
Stay tuned this week for more on playing with a small ensemble known as a rhythm section which means keyboards, piano, guitar and bass guitar.
Contact me for guitar, banjo and mandolin lessons in Danville, Dublin & San Ramon, CA – (925) 695-7060 RexMBell@gmail.com