I used to think using a delay pedal on acoustic guitar was crazy. Now, I recommend every acoustic guitar player to get a delay pedal. Why?
Delay pedals have the ability to fill space. When you’re playing by yourself, it can feel empty sometimes. By using a delay pedal, you can almost hear harmonies and dissonance when your playing a run, practicing scales, or playing melody and fills.
Besides filling space, using a delay pedal helps you learn to groove. Because of the delay in notes, you have to keep time. If you don’t your notes will overlap in odd ways. If that’s the effect you’re going for, rock on. But if not, you’ll learn to keep time quickly!
Delay pedals are also expressive. If you feel like you’ve hit a creative rut, try playing some scales through a delay pedal. Seriously, you’ll be surprised by what you hear.
Delay pedals have tons of knobs, features, and switches. It can look intimidating to a first-time buyer. I’ll go over some of the features in this video, but if I didn’t address an aspect of a delay pedal, let me know by leaving a comment!
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