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Published on April 14th, 2014 | by Art News

How to Become a Guitar God Just Like Jack White

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Everybody wants to be Jack White. OK, that might not be entirely true, but there’s an entire segment of the 13-year-old young American male (and, to a lesser degree, female) population that idolizes White as the premier guitar god of our time. Plus, the older you get, the more you can appreciate White’s commanding prowess of the six-string machine. And that’s for good reason.

White transformed the idea of a “garage” band from something scraggly and unpolished to something scraggly, unpolished and totally transcendent. In doing so, he likely inspired an entire generation of kids to pick up their own axes for the first time. But if you’ve ever been inspired by a rock and roll song to start making your own music, it’s important to know as much as you can about what sound equipment will get you there the fastest. Essentially, there are three key points to keep in mind.

Find the right instrument.

This hunt should be a balance of intuition and practicality. You don’t want a $3,000 glorified piece of wood to learn on, but you also don’t want something you can’t stand to look at, either. Take a stroll through a guitar shop and plug a few instruments in until you find one that feels right strapped over your shoulder. Spend time looking into musical instruments for sale and you just might find the right one for you.

Find a good guitar teacher.

Once you’ve got your weapon of choice, it’s time to learn how it works. Online sites are great places to find local teachers, but nothing beats a word-of-mouth recommendation from a friend. After you’ve looked through all the musical instruments for sale you can, bring your new toy to your teacher and make sure he or she has been giving lessons for a long time. That way, you’ll learn best from his or her example — and by spending hours practicing.

Find your perfect tone.

You have the ax. You have the talent. Now it’s time to get the tone. Every great guitarist has found his or her own unique sound, typically through a combination of playing a good guitar and running it through the right amplifiers and guitar multi effects pedals. Browse your local music shop’s pedal selections or look online for even more diversity. Guitar distortion is always a good place to start, but don’t be afraid to branch into spacey effects like delay, echo, flange and more.

You can idolize Jack White all you want, but at the end of the day, you want to find a tone (and a playing style) that’s all your own. The quickest way to do that? Browse the musical instruments for sale, the amps and the pedals — then, discipline yourself and start to learn everything you can. In the guitar world, practice really does make perfect. References.


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