Satriani Made Easy - Rock

by Ben Higgins

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  • Hi and welcome to my latest lesson. This time we are looking at Joe Satriani's rockier side. I want to introduce you to the idea of playing catchy melodies on the guitar, as if they were a vocal line in a verse. This is an important feature of Joe's playing 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 & a very simple semitone bend

    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 lower. 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.

    Your journey into the alien world of Satch starts here!

    E A D G B E - Standard Tuning
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