how to be heard

Here’s a shot of my rig from a 2012 Melissa Etheridge gig. Notice the wood blocks I use to angle the cabs so I can hear my guitar better onstage. (The hockey stick is just a prop.)

Rig tips to ensure your tone is heard loud and proud by both you and the audience.

If you play live, you've likely experienced getting buried in the mix and having trouble hearing your guitar onstage. Sometimes it's just due to a sound person that doesn't push your fader up enough on the mix or monitor desk. But I often find guitarists making common errors that contribute to getting lost in the mix. Amps and amp settings, speakers (the speakers themselves and how they are positioned onstage), and pedal settings can all be a factor. This month, I'm going to offer some suggestions on how to make sure your tone is heard loud and proud by both you and the audience!

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