Total Guitar

CREATE HOOKS EVERYWHERE

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Phil: I always go back to Killer Queen (a number 2 UK hit for Queen in 1974). There’s a hook almost like every two bars or something!

Vivian: In Def Leppard world we wouldn’t be very excited about just power chords.

Normally we’d be looking for a jangle to go on top. The jangle is what starts to elevate it to something other than the ordinary. That’s not just a chord thing. We’re looking for a part to go on top of that.

Phil: You can even do lead parts around the vocal, but you have to have that bedrock there. On the title track from Hysteria we had the vocal melody beforehand and Steve (Clark) would come up with something different. Again, it's got to respect the melody. As Keith Richards so eloquently put it, weaving sonic tapestries.

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