Ex­am­ple2 SOLO 2

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Guitar Techniques - - LEARN­ING ZONE -

This solo starts off with a phrase based around vol­ume pot swells. This works well if your vol­ume pot is lo­cated closer to the strings like on a Stra­to­caster, but if yours is not in reach a vol­ume pedal might be your best friend here. You want to em­ploy your fourth fin­ger to do the rolling of the pot, and most play­ers tend to keep the fin­ger straight and move it up and down rather than wrap­ping it around and rolling the pot with this mo­tion. It might be an idea to have a look on YouTube to see Trout do­ing this, to help fur­ther. Bars 5 and 6 take this vol­ume swell con­cept to an­other level as we are also bend­ing the pitch, ap­ply­ing a heavy vi­brato and re­leas­ing the bend. I sug­gest you break this apart and work on one el­e­ment at a time. Get the bend and re­lease to­gether, then ap­ply the vi­brato on top, fi­nally get that fourth fin­ger rolling the vol­ume pot to cre­ate the swell. The other vital el­e­ment that is study in­tends you to fo­cus on is the in­tent and de­liv­ery of the phrases. Once you have the notes un­der your hand think about how you com­mit to the phrases, al­ways find­ing a way to ex­press that in­tent. Trout is very vo­cal about his be­lief in this so make sure it’s at the top of your pri­or­ity list with every­thing that you are play­ing.

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