Top 5 Guitar gadgets to start the new year!

Hey guys! I hope that you all made it through the holiday season and are ready for the new year. In this edition, I want to share with you my top 5 guitar gadgets to help you make the most out of guitar practice next year! Featured on the list, are some awesome practice tools. There are even a few accessories to help you maintain your guitar and keep you getting better! Let’s get to it!

1) Vox practice amps

To start off our list is the collection of practice amps from Vox. These mini amps are compact, portable, and pack some major tone! These amps connect directly to your guitar and use a built in headphone jack to help you focus. These amps let you practice drills and riffs, all while you’re away from your main amp.

I’ve had the first generation of these mini amps and I love the Metal version! It has an awesome tone that is perfect for aggressive riffs and shredding leads. The amazing people at Vox are tone masters, and these mini amps are no exception! If metal isn’t your cup of tea, these mini amps come in a variety of tones. Including a clean tone, a smooth blues over drive and even a bass version that comes with its own rhythm trainer! Practice on the go and get yours from Amazon today!

VOX AP2MT amPlug 2 Practice Amp

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2) Dunlop Guitar Tech kit

Second on our list, is the Dunlop Guitar Tech Kit. Now, don’t let the name fool you! You do not need to be a Guitar Tech to use this amazing product. This kit includes everything you need to get your guitar back to it’s original awesomeness! All that you need is some elbow grease and one of the included polishing clothes.

Included in the kit is a trio of polishes and cleaners used for your guitar finish and guitar strings. The kit also comes with two polishing cloths and an official Dunlop String winder! The formula 65 series has become the go-to for guitar shops and professional guitar techs. Use the polish and cleaner to clean your finish and bring your guitar to it’s original glow. Use the lemon oil and string cleaner to make sure your fret board is clean and free of grime. Keep your guitars looking good this year with the Dunlop System 65 kit!

Dunlop 6504 System 65 Guitar Tech Kit

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3) Ernie Ball Strings!

Next up on our list is one of my personal favorites. I have used thicker strings since I’ve started to tune down my guitars over the years, and these are by far the best! I’ve used Ernie Ball strings consistently for the past 10 plus years of playing, and they have never let me down. The “Not Even Slinky” is excellent for guitar players that want a warm tone that goes down low!

What makes this set of strings interesting is their construction. These strings start out with a high carbon steel hex-core, and then are wound with a titanium wire. This wire makes the strings incredibly durable, and long lasting. They also help keep your guitar in tune longer. The titanium coating reduces moisture and grime from hours of playing. Throw a set of these strings on your guitar and feel the difference immediately!

Ernie Ball titanium coated  guitar strings

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4) Fender Picks!

Now that you have a mini practice amp, a nice and clean guitar, and you have some awesome strings. It’s time to play! There is no better way to play your awesome new axe, than with a Fender guitar pick. No bells and whistles, just an awesome product. I have been using these picks since I started playing guitar 15 years ago!

The pack comes with 8 thin, 8 medium, and 8 heavy gauges. There are a few different colors in the sampler pack, so you can mix and match. I prefer the Deep blue and green ones! All these picks are made with premium celluloid material for a traditional feel. They come with a smooth surface that supplies a warm tone.

Fender Premium Pick Sampler

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5) Dunlop Guitar Capo

Last on our list is something to help with your creativity. The good guys at Dunlop came up with this awesome trigger style capo that works great! A capo is a small device that clamps onto the neck of a guitar and shortens the length of the strings. Instead of tuning your guitar higher, place the capo on the Guitar neck in any position. I usually place mine on the 2nd or 3rd frets, making my guitar sound a little higher in pitch and brighter in tone.

These gadgets help inspire your creativity by letting you hear different pitches. They do this while maintaining the familiar chord fingerings. Grab one and feel free to experiment with sounds and maybe you can come up with something new!

Dunlop Capo for 6 and 12 strings

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BONUS!

Korg Metronome and Tuner

I wanted to throw in this last item because it is important like strings and guitar picks. I’m talking about a tuner and metronome for practice. Sure, it’s good to make sure that you guitar looks and sounds nice. But nothing will help you more than playing in tune and in time. This handy device from Korg helps you get better at both.

You use this Tuner to help tune your stringed instruments. Once in pitch, use the metronome to help build your internal clock as a musician. Set the metronome to your desired tempo, and play along to the clicks like you would a drummer. Run your drills with a slow tempo at first, then once you have it down crank up the speed! This is an excellent tool to help you build speed, and make sure that you are precise and accurate.

Korg TM-50 Combo Tuner Metronome

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So that’s it! I hope this list helps you get started down the road of getting the most out of your instrument. Please make sure to subscribe to the blog for more awesome lists like this! Leave a comment if you own any of these items on the list. Let me know how they have helped improve your guitar skills, and if they are worth purchasing.

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Until next time, keep the fight alive and keep jamming!

.Inviere

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JamMan Express Stereo Looper! (review)

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JamMan Express

Features

  • 10 minutes of Stereo recording time
  • True-bypass
  • JamSync
  • Silent Clear
  • Separate LEDs for Record, Overdub, and Play Status
  • Unlimited Overdubs with Undo and Redo
  • Works with 9V battery or 9VDC Power Supply (sold separately)
  • Durable metal chassis and foot switch
  • 24-bit 44.1kHz sample rate

I’ve been using this pedal for a while now, and I have nothing but amazing results with it. In this edition I want to share with you all my review of the DigiTech Jamman Express looper pedal. Simple to use, and quick to learn. This pedal has helped me create music faster and helped me improve my playing as well. Lets get it!

Here’s a Video of my First Looper Jam!

Start making music Fast!

Once you connect the pedal, you’re ready to start making music. No complicated controls to learn, or complex set up. Connect your guitar into the input, and run straight into your amp or DI box for recording. Use a power supply to make sure you can keep playing for as long as you want! The 9 volt battery (comes included!) lasts for about 2 hours, but you’ll want to run this pedal with a power supply. The unit comes with two inputs, and two outputs if you want more flexibility with your sound.

Making your first loops…

Live looping can be hard at first, but with practice it becomes like second nature. If you’re used to recording your own music, you might be able to pick it up faster. When you create a loop, you’re making a recording of your playing. So if you are already familiar with recording yourself, it might be easier for you.

When making good loops, it helps if you have a good sense of rhythm and can count your bars. Once you play your first phrase (about 4 or 8 bars) you can start recording your loop. To do this step on the switch once. When recording, the built in LED will show a solid Red light. I like to play what I’m going to loop a few times before I start recording. This helps me make sure I’m playing everything right, and helps the loop remain tight and on time. After you record your first loop, step on the switch once more to stop the recording and begin playback. The pedal does this for you, so there is no gap in the time. Now you have your first loop! You can play over the loop, or add layers with overdubbing.

Overdubbing your loop…

Now that you have a killer loop recorded, you can roll your volume controls up and solo over the recording! But if you want to add more to your masterpiece, you can do this by “Overdubbing”. When you create an overdub, you are layering recordings on top of each other. This can “thicken” your original recording, or you can add melodies as well.

To start your overdub, step on the switch once more while the first loop is playing. This will turn on the yellow, or amber LED. You’re going to want to be ready to play once you start recording your overdub. when finished playing the extra parts, press the switch once more to resume your loop. You can record as many loops as you want. My only word of caution here is that you can only un-do one level of recordings. This means that if you record an overdub, and then record another one, you will only be able to un-do the second over dub. The first overdub you played will still be there. If you try to erase the first dub the pedal will bring back the erased loop. If you commit to recording overdubs, you need to remember you can only erase the most recent recording!

If you don’t like what’s recorded, you can Un-do your overdub as easy as recording it! To un-do your overdub, press and hold the switch down for about 2 seconds. This will make the yellow LED begin to flash. This enables an amazing feature only found on DigiTech loopers, “Silent Clear”. This feature lets you erase the overdubs, and main recording without the loop playing. This is an AWESOME feature, because it doesn’t ruin your live show or studio recordings. This makes playing loops with this pedal super smooth live, and helps keep the show flowing.

Ending your loop and erasing…

Now that you have created your loop with overdubs, it’s time to finish your song. This part is a little tricky at first because your timing has to be spot on. To end your loops you need to do a “Double-tap” on the foot switch. This means pressing the foot switch twice, and playing the ending to your song. I find it best to do the double-tap in beat with the song. This helps you mentally prepare to play the outro of your song while still remaining in time with the loop. This can be hard at first, but with practice you’ll get it!

Conclusion…

There you have it! A quick and painless intro and review of the DigiTech Jamman looper pedal. If you would like to get one of your own, I’ve placed a link to Amazon below. I’ve also included links to some more sweet equipment I suggest using with your Looper.

Purchase your DigiTech Jamman here! – https://amzn.to/2CQp8WD

If you are new to guitar and want to learn how to play, I’ve included a link to a six month prepaid gift card for Fender Play. Fender Play is an online guitar course for beginners taught by the amazing people at Fender. I highly suggest starting your musical journey with the people at Fender. You’ll be learning everything you need to start playing guitar, and your favorite songs as well. I’ll be working on a more in depth review of Fender play later this month, so come back once that’s posted!

If you have questions about the looper pedal, or any of the stuff we covered in this post make sure to leave a comment below! Thanks again for visiting the blog and make sure to subscribe for future posts! Until next time keep the fight alive!

Additional Gear!

Fender Play

Get started learning Guitar with Fender Play! – https://amzn.to/2N5JBvo

Donner Dp-1 Guitar Pedal Power Supply

Power your pedals with a Power Supply! – https://amzn.to/2x6bNEt

Discount on GLOBAL DISTRIBUTION!!

So, I have released my last two projects on all the major streaming platforms and online stores. I have also released music in physical form on CD’s, DVD’s and even a few USB drives! But times do change, and as artists we need to keep ahead of the game. I want to share with you a special offer from the amazing people at DistroKid! If you want to save some of your hard earned cash, and want a fast and easy way to get your music out there…KEEP reading!

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I like to consider myself a “go-getter”. Someone that has the will and the capability to get things done. You should think of yourself as the same! So when I wanted to release my music on all the platforms my favorite artists were on, I hit the ground running! I did my homework and I looked around. I did what you all should be doing, looking for the best way to achieve your goals!

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Now, let’s get to the good stuff!

So let’s get real for a second. I know what you’re thinking, “Why would Inviere want to help all-of-a-sudden?” Well a little disclosure on my part. I have used DistroKid for the past year now. I have looked over all the fine print, and have tried my best to get a good understanding of this company. Over the past year I have not had any major issues with them, and they seem to be solid. So, for me to put this much into something, should prove that this is not a scheme. DistroKid has many features that are great for up and coming musicians. I’ll get into that later on, but one of these features is the referral program.

What is the Referral program? Well when a major company wants to expand its customer base. They give incentives to their users, that share their service. This is like other services and games where you invite your friends to sign up in return for perks. But this is no game, and this is not for entertainment! This is to help give you (the artist) a chance to get your music where you want it. This is a chance to move your career further, and a chance to step up to another level. Do I get something out of this? Sure. Is it something major, no. What is it exactly? It’s a chance for me to earn extra income, while getting the word out about a product that has helped me.

Still interested?

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.Inviere

 

Inviere’s Guitar Upgrades

Whats up world? It’s Inviere here with some news from the studio. As some of you may know, I have been slowly bringing back the guitar arsenal, and updating each axe so they can be used to record my new album. Now, I plan to have a new series of posts that detail all the different upgrades and modifications to all the equipment in the studio. I also plan on documenting the production of the album to give you guys an inside look as well as a chance to add some new content for the site. You can look forward to some new video blogs, some new podcasts as well as new music as soon as it’s created! Before I get to ahead of myself, let me tell you all about the most recent upgrade.

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