Beginner Volume Swells & Slides

by Darius Wave

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  • Welcome to the Beginner Volume Sweels & Slides lesson

    This particular lesson will teach you how to use volume sweels, combined with slides. Combo of these two techniques can make guitar sound almost like a violin or cello. It has been used by many players but the most famous is the icon of neoclassical rock - Yngiwie Malmsteen. Make sure to watch the spoken video (part 1) and read comments under each part, because that;s where You'll find some tips.

    Gear used (in order of signal chain placement):

    1. SX SST57 electric guitar
    2. Behringer MIC100 tube preamp (-20db switch on, gain and out knobs about 50%)
    3. Presonus Inspire 1394 firewire audio interface (input gain 25%)
    4. Poulin LeXtac vst plug-in:
    - Channel - blue
    - Input 50%
    - Gain 70%
    - Pre EQ - brighter
    - Bass 50%
    - Middle 40%
    - Treble 50%
    - Contour 100%
    5. Kefir impulse loader (mix 100%)
    6. Impulse - Catharsis s-preshigh

    Tuning - Standard E

    Backing track chord progression:

    4/4 Em | Em | Em | Em | D | D | D | D |
    C | C | C | C | B | B | B | B |


    4/4 D | D | Am | Am | B | B | D | D |
    Am | Am | F#m7b5 | F#m7b5 | B | B | B | B | Em ||


    Tempo: Main song tempo is 120 bpm. There are also backing tracks available at 60, 75, 90, 105 and 120 bpm.

    Time signature: 4/4

    Scales used in this lesson:

    E harmonic minor



    E aeolian minor

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