Bouncy Fun

by Kristofer Dahl

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  • Music is all about having fun, and having fun is all about playing guitar, and playing guitar is all about GMC, and GMC is all about… Let’s shred! ;)

    You can either approach this lesson as an intermediate guitarist, looking to spice up your playing with some cool tricks (see spoken video). Or, maybe you are an advanced guitarist looking for new ways to get that ‘bounce’ happening.

    Here you can see my co-instructor colleague Ben Higgins bouncing as a child:

    Normal - E,A,D,G,B,E

    Amp: Kemper Profiler, =A-MS67Darkmatter2 profile. For this kind of playing I like to have a highly overdriven but still touch-sensitive sound, rather than a hi-gain metal sound.

    I have added a stereo delay in my DAW.
    Left delay: 571 ms, feedback 21%, mix 18%
    Right delay: 438 ms, feedback 32%, mix 13%

    Guitar - Fender American deluxe 50th anniversary strat, stock SCN pickups, scalloped neck

    Tempo is 105 bpm, slow parts feature both 105 bpm and 70 bpm playing illustrations.

    Tonality & Scales:
    The backing only has two instruments: drums and bass - the tonality is A minor.

    I rely on the Am pentatonic scale. I use it as reference point for the strong notes - so when I want to add tension (ie play a "wrong" note) - I just need to pick a note which is outside of the pentatonic scale.

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