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Lick Library - Ultimate Guitar Techniques - Effects Pedals
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Hmm.. Effects Pedals? (!)By a customer from Norwich, England , 13 Jun 2006
[Highly rated reviewer]I was not sure what to expect from this DVD. I mean, a DVD about effects pedals - is this meant to be serious? As a guitarist, one would just want a distortion unit and maybe a flange / phaser unit, and a delay, right? Maybe like me, if you're thinking along these lines, guess you're a relative newcomer to effects pedals.
Well, this DVD just blew me away. The DVD covers the following items, as per the menu * Core Effects * 1st pedal board * 2nd pedal board * Multi effects units * Final Pedal Board.
In the Core Effects, the following effects pedals are covered * Overdrive & Distortion Pedals * Compression Pedals * Wah Pedals * Delay Pedal. After these, there's a performance track that puts these units together; fabulous track - I couldn't stop listening to it.
In the remaining parts (1st / 2nd / pedal boards, multi effects pedals, final pedal board) Casswell covers a few combos of different pedals and the sounds that can be generated from these set ups. As he proclaims at the beginning, the concepts start off simple and build up to the point where you can setup a small guitar rig.
Apart from these 'lessons' there are performance tracks where Michael Casswell plays some cool pieces; there are Jam trax where you can play along with the same backing tracks.
I would've liked Casswell to explain more about what each effects box does (e.g., there's no direct mention about how an overdrive unit differes from a distortion box) and to have covered more effects units (e.g., phaser, flanger, limiter, reverb, chorus, etc.) As a relative newcomer, I missed these sorely.
Keeping these points aside, I think Casswell's done a great job of demoing the effects and how to combine them meaningfully (have the wah first, feeding into a compressor feeding into an overdrive unit etc.) and explains why. 5 stars!!
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This is awesome!By a customer from Bristol, England , 31 May 2007This is certainly one that would need to be purchased. I think I would otherwise rent this DVD for too long!!!
Worth a WatchBy MrC from Newcastle, England , 21 May 2007I found this DVD very informative, Mike Caswell always has been one of my Fave lick Library artists and this DVD fit's well with him.
As others have said, this is NOT for people wanting to know how to sound like Slash or James Hetfield. What it does do is give a good insight into the different types or effects available with hints and ideas on mixing them together to get the desired effect. You can walk away from watching this disk with a good understanding of the different pedals and lots of food for thought to begin planning your own pedal board.
Super-Ficial Under-ExplainerBy a customer from Newcastle upon Tyne , 26 Mar 2007If you know nothing about effects and have not heard many (like me) this is OK as a rental but you probably would not want to buy. At lots of points where the a decent technical explantion should come in the presenter falters for words and some variant of ' you know what I mean comes in'. Intro section re. order of pedals is good if you don't know anything about this but the actual explanation what each pedal does, how it differs from a related (erverb/delay, phase/flange, different settings on a pedal and how you would use it (especially re. delays) is lacking. Sections running through his own pedal boards in a pretty ad-hoc way would have been better replaced by more comprehensive explanations ofb how a 'generic setup' could be used. Showcase tunes and jam tracks pointless without the proper explanation of how the sound achievedf- espcially as he's using backing track so you're not certain what's coming from the effect and what from the backing.
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Ok but not greatBy jules from London, England , 29 Jan 2007Plenty of useful tips on the ordering of pedals but nothing on how they work or crucially how to get some of those 'signature sounds' that we all want. That's a BIG gap in a dvd about effects!
This is fine to get an overview but it's pretty slight in all and I was a little disappointed.
Limited useBy a customer from Birmingham, England , 08 Dec 2006It starts off well enough, and is probably quite useful to someone just starting out and buying their first pedals and not really sure what to do or how to use them together. Most of the later examples are pretty bad, all the tracks sound like the muzak you listen to when you are put 'on hold' or in a queue on the phone. Why would you want to play like this?!!!