Put those feet to work and lay down some solid beats to accompany your playing.

If you’re a solo guitarist looking to add some rhythm to your set or phase out the drummers in your life, the 10 foot-governed percussion devices here can bring a fun, totally new component to your pedalboard dance.
 

With over 200 songs in 24 genres available right out of the box, players can create a convincing live-drummer effect—including fills, breaks, and transitions—through a guitar-pedal format.

BeatBuddy Mini

BEATBUDDY
$99

TRIO+

This practice, writing, and performance tool with a built-in looper listens to your guitar and instantly churns out drum (and bass) parts to accompany your playing.

DIGITECH
$299

Acoustic Foot Operated Drum Pack

Go all-out with this double-head kick/snare combo that includes drums with Keller maple shells and Evans heads, plus the snare-riser stand.

SIDEKICK DRUMS
$699

6 Pedal FootDrum

This setup brings the core basics of a drum kit—kick, snare, and hi-hat—plus two auxiliary pedals for added rhythmic possibilities or bringing in additional percussion instruments.

FARMER FOOT DRUMS
$495

Horse Kick Pro

This digital stompbox features five different percussive samples, solid sapele housing, a comfortable ergonomic design for foot tapping, and a volume control.

ORTEGA
$149

Prolog

The high-output, piezo-loaded Prolog boasts solid sapele construction, a very low-angled top for stomping comfort, and a heel board that facilitates backbeats with your heel.

LOGJAM
$147

FX Pedal

This oak-and-steel box houses 10 different sound options from kick drum to hand clap to cowbell—all reachable through a click of the footswitch.

MEINL PERCUSSION
$199

Stompy Stomp

Crafted from hardwood, this stompbox is sized right for a pedalboard, pairs nicely with a looper pedal, and has a convenient top-side volume dial.

PETERMAN
$137

Cajokick

This sturdy aluminum box with adjustable sensitivity was designed for foot or hand operation and offers a dozen sounds that are easily accessed via the rotary dial.

FINHOL
$285

SH Stompin’Bass

This stomp unit with a removable footrest extension is constructed from select rosewood and delivers deep and full percussive bass drum to your sound through its active Shadow NanoMAG pickup.

SHADOW ELECTRONICS
$89
Rig Rundown: Adam Shoenfeld

Whether in the studio or on solo gigs, the Nashville session-guitar star holds a lotta cards, with guitars and amps for everything he’s dealt.

Adam Shoenfeld has helped shape the tone of modern country guitar. How? Well, the Nashville-based session star, producer, and frontman has played on hundreds of albums and 45 No. 1 country hits, starting with Jason Aldean’s “Hicktown,” since 2005. Plus, he’s found time for several bands of his own as well as the first studio album under his own name, All the Birds Sing, which drops January 28.

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Diatonic sequences are powerful tools. Here’s how to use them wisely.

Advanced

Beginner

• Understand how to map out the neck in seven positions.
• Learn to combine legato and picking to create long phrases.
• Develop a smooth attack—even at high speeds.

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Knowing how to function in different keys is crucial to improvising in any context. One path to fretboard mastery is learning how to move through positions across the neck. Even something as simple as a three-note-per-string major scale can offer loads of options when it’s time to step up and rip. I’m going to outline seven technical sequences, each one focusing on a position of a diatonic major scale. This should provide a fun workout for the fingers and hopefully inspire a few licks of your own.
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