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bbzswa777
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02/02/2015 8:57 am
Lately I've found that I really enjoy playing blues while I have my chorus pedal (Black Label Chorus) on. I use a clean tone on my bridge pickup with the chorus, and it actually sounds really good. At least I think so.

I couldn't really find anything out there on this. I'm assuming this isn't an effect most blues players ever used?
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02/02/2015 10:51 pm
Originally Posted by: bbzswa777Lately I've found that I really enjoy playing blues while I have my chorus pedal (Black Label Chorus) on. I use a clean tone on my bridge pickup with the chorus, and it actually sounds really good. At least I think so.

I couldn't really find anything out there on this. I'm assuming this isn't an effect most blues players ever used?

That's a fun tone. SRV used a chorus pedal in the studio occasionally.

http://www.guitarworld.com/blues-power-depth-guide-amps-and-effect-pedals-stevie-ray-vaughan-s-arsenal

Robert Cray has a pretty sparkling clean tone. I'm not sure about chorus, but I wouldn't be surprised.

Eric Johnson has a great clean tone. He's not blues strictly, but his clean tone involves a TC chorus pedal among other things.

http://www.ericjohnson.com/gear/pedals-effects

And Johnny Winter (RIP!) used a Boss chorus (& sometimes a flanger at various points) in his rig.

http://www.premierguitar.com/articles/16737

All great players! Hope this helps.
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02/02/2015 11:33 pm
Sweet, I didn't know that SRV used one from time to time. I actually knew Eric Johnson used one, it just slipped my mind.

Last night I was actually playing around with volume swells with my chorus pedal on. I played whole bar chords with the volume all the way off, then slowly roll it up on the beat (like I learned in your Baroque and Roll). It almost sounds like some kind of keyboard effect!

I feel like I should call these "chorus swells."
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02/03/2015 2:53 pm
It's cool to use other players' tones as a guideline, but it's cool to develop your own tone...and it sounds like that's exactly what you are doing.

If these effects inspire you to play, then go for it!! Escpecially in blues...pretty much anything goes :).
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02/04/2015 4:12 am
So there are no rules? Awesome! I probably would have broken them anyway. :)
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02/04/2015 4:31 am
Originally Posted by: bbzswa777So there are no rules? Awesome! I probably would have broken them anyway. :)


\m/ YEAH!!!

They are guidelines...find your own way.

Hendrix played a strat flipped upside down. Freddie King played blues on a Flying V - not your typical blues weapon. He has some strange tuning system to allow him to easily get some of those wild signature bends of his in.
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