New Guitar Lessons at MAC

New Guitar Lessons at MAC

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New Term of Guitar Lessons to start at MAC on Sunday 21st April already fully booked from 1pm-8pm but feel free to check out the website and see what else is going on I will post when Semptember Lessons become available to book.

Ibanez AR50 on Ebay

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Ibanez AR50 from 1980 for sale on ebay current price £300 which is a steal for this guitar. Ends thursday!

Latest Exam Results from Guitar Lessons Birmingham

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Toby Jowitt 91% RS Grade 2 Distinction

Hayden Stevens-Malcolm 97% RS Grade 1 Distinction

Andy Pound 90% RS Grade 2 Distinction

Karen Jones 86% RS Grade 1 Distinction

Sam Jackson 87% RS Grade 1 Distinction

Well Done Everybody!

Guitar Lessons Birmingham

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New page added to site…

Snow again!

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Just to let all Guitar pupils at MAC Birmingham know that the lessons are cancelled today (Sunday 20th Jan). Very Sorry about this. They will resume as normal next week. Kit


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Just to let all pupils know that lessons will not be on today (Friday 18th Jan) because of the snow. I have texted you all but this is just to make sure. Lessons should be back on next week as normal! Kit

Merry Christmas!

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Merry Christmas from! Lessons will restart first week in January, any problems with this just phone me on 07766882262. Kit

Guitar for christmas?

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Book lessons now for January! Call or text 07766882262

Now Booking Lessons For January!

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I’m currently setting up times for private guitar lessons on Thursdays in January. Give me a shout if you are interested in starting guitar and I will see if I’ve got space. Kit

Describing the chain continued…

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On to the pedal board(s) and the next link in the chain. I write as an enthusiast, not an expert, and it’s probably best to conduct appropriate research on the topics raised here, before making decisions about your own rig.

It would be worth understanding a bit about how amps work and where to place your pedals in the chain. Guitar amps have two types of amplifier, a pre- and a power. Essentially, the pre-amplifier shapes the tone by perhaps using a graphic equaliser and possibly adding distortion and the power-amplifier simply increases the volume. By the time the signal reaches the power-amp, nothing further will dramatically influence your tone.

The pre-amp can be sandwiched between two sets of pedals.

Guitar pedals fall into two general categories, those that traditionally sit before the pre-amp and which are located before the amplifier’s guitar input, and those which sit after the pre-amp, in the effects loop (if your amp has one). My rig follows a fairly traditional method of placing pedals but you may wish to experiment.

The way I see it, all the pedals that boost (add sparkle and definition), compress (squash into a uniform volume and add a bit of ‘slap’), drive (drive the signal into the pre-amp, pushing/enhancing the amp’s distortion/drive into overdrive), distort/fuzz (adding distortion, fuzz or dirt to the signal) and filter (such as a wah pedal) the signal should be placed before the pre-amp.

All time-based pedals (delay and strictly speaking chorus and flangers) and other modulation pedals (phaser, tremolo, vibrato, vibe, rotary, reverb…) sit behind the pre-amp. The reason for this is because the modulation should affect your tone after the preamp has shaped the sound. The best example is a delay (echo) pedal – if it is placed before a preamp which adds distortion, all the echos will be distorted, if the delay pedal is placed after the preamp, the distorted tone will be echoed.

Of course, everyone has their preferred order and musicians have experimented along the way. Therefore, it’s completely up to the musician how they arrange their board. Have fun trying things out and I’ll let you know my order and the reasons for it in the next blog.


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