Delay This Way - Nuno Bettencourt Style

by Ian Bushell

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  • Hi!

    This lesson focuses on how to use the delay pedal in a neo-classical context to create the illusion of fast picking lines ala Nuno Bettencourt. Even though this is more about the delay pedal and the kind of licks that can be created with the effect, there is theory, scales and arpeggios too.

    This piece should be fairly easy for most to play. It's keeping time with the delay that is trickier.
    Practice with back tracks provided to help keep timing. The second most important factor here after the delay is right hand muting. A combination of delay and muting is crucial for this effect. Examples slow and fast are given in the broken down videos so that you can hear the guitar dry and delayed.
    The simple equation to work out delay times is also explained.
    I recommend learning the licks dry first and understanding them rhythmically before adding the delay.


    Recommended Listening:
    He Man Woman Hater - Extreme

    Gear used:
    PRS S2 custom 24 on Bridge Humbucker pickup.

    Amplitude Chain
    Amp - Orange dual terror
    Cab - Orange PPC 112
    Rack A - Fender Compressor - Analogue Delay

    Scales and arpeggios used in this lesson:
    E Harmonic Minor
    E Phrygian
    E Chromatic
    A Diminished 7 arpeggio
    E Major arpeggio
    B Dominant 7 arpeggio
    C# Minor arpeggio
    C Augmented arpeggio

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