Learn how to play Ambient Guitar | Drone | Soundscapes


EBow (PlusEBow) - monophonic handheld electromagnetic string driver, invented by Greg Heet in 1969.


Frippertronics – is the name given by Robert Fripp to his analog delay (looping) system consisting of two side-by-side reel-to-reel tape recorders.

Effects: Classification

First of all, keep in mind that there is no uncontroversial classification of audio effects due to specific nature of those effects.

Signal Chain

Signal chain – is a combination of effects between the output of your guitar and the output of your amp. Every effect is designed to alter tone characteristics: frequencies, phase, dynamics and time. The order of effects does matter. Any order / combination of effects is possible – there is no “right” combination – any “right” combination it the tone you are satisfied with.

Nevertheless there are some classic effects sequences that will work fine in most situations.

Ambient guitar approach

Every genre works out its own set of typical techniques that serve as creative tools and form specific approach to instrument and compositional structure.


Soundscape is a term that “was first described by Canadian composer and environmentalist, R. Murray Schafer” [1] within the framework of Acoustic ecology.

Drone music

Drone – is “a minimal music genre that emphasizes the use of sustained or repeated sounds, notes, or tone-clusters” [1].

Ambient music

Ambient music is a “genre of music that puts an emphasis on tone and atmosphere over traditional musical structure or rhythm” [1].

Over the years I was asked questions about Roland VG and GR processors because I use them a lot in my videos. One thing I’ve noticed is that sometimes people don’t understand clearly the difference between these two guitar processors though this difference is fundamental.

This is a Drone tutorial with focus on UNsynchronized looping technique.

The most remarkable thing about non-synchronized loops is that they create ever evolving structures instead of repeating one and the same synchronized pattern.