Ballad soloing - Dynamics & Phrasing #2

by Darius Wave

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  • Welcome to the Phrasing and Dynamics lesson 2 !

    Wellcome to the second lesson of Dynamics and Phrasing series. Again we'll focus on the magic of details - every single bend, slide, legato, picking strentgh level has a special meaning to emotions translation through your instrument. This lesson might not teach you how to run your fretboard like a devil himself, but...might help you to add more colors to your playing. Remember - always try to "borrow" some of fresh learned tips to your improvisations and compositions. That's the main purpose - see how it sounds, how those tools can be used, and apply those to your own stuff. If you'll take the challenge, you'll see things might not be as simple as they sound.


    Important notice:
    You'll see(and hear) me switching to a full humbucker mode at some points in the main video. If your guitar has that option, then it's worth trying (tone change has a purpose as well) but it's not critical for this lesson. You might want to use very bright, crunch tone (if you have a neck humbucker) or just a neck single coil (recommended). Give yourself some time to match the tone. Improper response of some distortion devices/plugins etc will take away your ability to achive maximum translation of your picking strength - in other words will not show that much tonal difference between your ultra hard strokes and those soft ones. Most of Marshall related(however called in your gear) simulations or real amps should work fine.

    Gear used (in order of connection chain placement):

    1. Mayones Setius GTM6 guitar for main video and regular tempo parts
    2. SX SST57 guitar for slow parts (due to fretboard markers and ease of visual position detection for students)
    3. Behringer MIC100 tube preamp (-20db switch on, gain and out knobs about 50%)
    4. Presonus Inspire 1394 firewire audio interface (input gain 25%)
    5. Poulin LeXtac vst plug-in:
    - Channel - blue
    - Input 50%
    - Gain 70%
    - Pre EQ - brighter
    - Bass 50%
    - Middle 40%
    - Treble 50%
    - Contour 100%
    6. Kefir impulse loader (mix 100%)
    7. Impulse - Catharsis s-preshigh

    Tuning - Standard E

    Backing track progression:

    6/8 ||: E | E | A | A | C#m | C#m | A | A :||
    F#m | G#m | A | A | F#m | G#m | A | A | A | A |
    ||: E | E | A | A | C#m | C#m | A | A :||
    F#m | G#m | A | A | F#m | G#m | A | A | A | A | E ||


    Tempo: Main song tempo is 86 bpm. There are also backing tracks available at 40, 50, 60, 70 and 86 bpm.

    Time signature: 6/8

    Scales used in this lesson:

    E major

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