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Worship Guitar Pedal Survival Kit

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If you're just starting out in the pedal world and have no idea where to begin, we've got you covered. Here are 3 essential electric guitar pedals that will kickstart your arsenal and get you well on your way to becoming the next Nigel Hendroff (Hillsong) or Michael Pope (Bethel).

What's In This Session?
  • Introduction (0:00)

  • Tuner Pedal (0:15)

  • Overdrive Pedal (0:26)

  • Delay Pedal (1:05)

  • Reverb Pedal (1:40)

  • Distortion Pedal (2:06)

  • Power Supply (3:15)

The Full Transcript
"Let's talk about you, starting guitar player, you're just getting into the pedal game and what are the essentials. I was there at one time, and there are basic pedal groups that will get you by plenty well. So probably the most important is just having a tuner. Just a pedal tuner, like a poly tune or a boss tuner, just so that you can tune quietly on stage. But as far as effects go, just having a basic overdrive definitely helps, especially considering or depending on how clean your amp is, how dirty you run it. There's only so many different kinds of pedal styles when it comes to overdrives. There's a lot of pedals that have different names but they're essentially Tube Screamers or a different take on it. So I'd recommend just getting a basic overdrive, like a Tube Screamer or something similar, something that sounds somewhat like your amp. If you like your amp and it gets you that dirt when you need it. After overdrive, I would say just a real basic delay pedal for worship, since most worship songs have some sort of delay, even if it's a small amount. It doesn't have to be anything crazy or anything super expensive. I used Boss DD-7 for years. If you'regonna do that, it helps to have a tap tempo. So there any delay with a tap tempo functionality is great, and that would get you through any worship song, especially one that has a dotted eighth and a quarter feature. That will be plenty fine. After that, probably just a reverb, since a lot of songs seem to have a lot of reverb in the guitar tone. So again, you can get really basic with that. I mean it could be, you know, a TC Electronics Hall of Fame or it could be you know a Blue Sky, or Big Sky, or it could be any reverb pedal that just has maybe one or two different reverbs built in. Maybe something like a hall, or plate, just that you can, you know, is there when you need it. And from there, I would say, after that is maybe just a distortion pedal, because the overdrive is not going to get you as much gain as a distortion is going to get you. They're just totally different effects. There are times when you would need that. So you don't have to overspend when it comes to pedals just pick something that sounds good, or buy some use pedals. Just use your ears to find what you like. But one thing you shouldn't cheapen out on are cables. You should get high quality cables, because I've been there before, where you know what cable goes bad, and you know, pretty much your whole sets ruined because you don't have tone anymore; you don't have any sort of signal anymore. So definitely spend a little bit more on getting high quality cables, making sure they're secure and nothing is noisy, or nothing's gonna drop out, you're not gonna lose signal at any point. I'd also say just get a a good power supply, something that is obviously adequate power for all your pedals. Something where you're not relying on batteries. You don’t have to overspend on pedals, get pedals that sound good, sound good to you and then buy high quality cables, so that you have any issues on stage or in a session, and get a good power supply."