Satriani Made Easy - Ballad

by Ben Higgins

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  • Hi and welcome to my latest lesson. This is another lesson looking at the playing style of Joe Satriani but the focus is on playing lead lines in ballads.

    An important feature of Joe's playing is playing catchy melodies on the guitar, as if they were a vocal line in a verse and is something that makes instrumental guitar music interesting for people to listen to as it is not just one big solo. Instead, it's like listening to a song but with the guitar replacing the voice.

    The technical side of the lesson features vibrato & sliding to new positions.

    Another thing you will notice is the use of another guitar playing a harmony along with the main guitar. It plays the same melodies but an octave higher. Doubling up certain melodies is something that Joe uses to great effect. It serves to strengthen and draw attention to main melodies that might take the place of a chorus, for example. So you will get to play along with the backing track and experience the feeling of being part of a guitar harmony.

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    Nick Crow 8505 Amp Plugin, Guitar Suite Tube Screamer, Poulin LeCab 2.
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