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A Couple of Questions from a Newb

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btimm  
14 Dec 2009 21:42 | Quote
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First, what does the circle with an R inside mean when I look at chord tabs? The E5 chord for example has a circle with an R in it on the 0 fret for the top strng.

Second, I like a lot of music from the early 90s, like the Seattle grunge scene. What sort of pedals did most bands use? Or was it not a standard sort of pedal for most bands?

Sorry if these questions are very simple to answer, I am new to guitars!
BodomBeachTerror  
14 Dec 2009 21:49 | Quote
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the R is for Root note, the E chord has the R on an E because that is its root, once you get to know the guitar and music better it makes more sense
Schecter_player  
15 Dec 2009 14:00 | Quote
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I'm not a gear expert, but i would say that there was probably a wide range of effects pedals used, if any were used. I'd say that they probably just used overdriven tube amps, but like i said, i'm not an expert.
case211  
15 Dec 2009 14:24 | Quote
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I think a major part of Nirvana's sound was the Boss DS-1 pedal. Not sure though, but I read that somewhere.
Schecter_player  
15 Dec 2009 20:35 | Quote
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I've used a DS-1 for a while now, and it doesn't really give me a Nirvana vibe, but i've never really looked at it.
case211  
15 Dec 2009 22:04 | Quote
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I think it was a combo of his amp and that orange box that was the equation. Never actually played one mainly because I'm an overdrive kind of guy :D
btimm  
15 Dec 2009 22:15 | Quote
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Thanks for the responses guys! I grew up a drummer listening to bands like Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, Screaming Trees, etc., so I figured I'd pick up a guitar and start learning that sort of music first. I just was never sure why I would try to play a song, and it just wouldn't sund right, despite playing the correct notes/chords. I figured it might be the pedal.
vincejonesiii  
18 Dec 2009 13:50 | Quote
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most of the grungy bands used the DS-1 MOS DEF :D
Empirism  
19 Dec 2009 23:04 | Quote
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Well, when it comes to sound producing and effects, there are no simple answer. To "guitar sound" or "seattle sound" cant be done with one pedal. or even two.

Guitar, amphead, cabinets and all the pedals and whatnot affect for the overall sound. What comes to DS-1, Kurt Kobain used it but I doubt that its everyones choice.

I do not know "seattle sound" or Grunge deeper, but common effects used are Heavy distortion and Chorus. VOX30, Fender Twin reverb and Fender Vibrokings was often used as an amplifiers, but again those are not everyone's choice.

other effects that are known used in seattle sound

MXR Blue Box
BJF Honey Bee
Electro-Harmonix stuff, choruses, micromuff, big muff and a like...

well, hope this helps a bit.
Empirism


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