Delay Solo Lesson

by Jerry Arcidiacono

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  • Hi everybody!

    In this lesson I show you how to use a delay effect to create some interesting riffs. If you want some references listen to "Surrounded" and "Lifting shadows off a dream" of Dream Theater. Also, I suggest you to read David O's lesson.

    The idea is to play a note and create a new note three sixteenth after, with delay.
    Just look at the example below. The formula used is:

    60 (seconds/minute) / 110 (bpm) = ~ 0.545 s (quarter note duration)

    0.545 / 4 (sixteenth note duration) * 3 = ~ 0.410 s

    So, for this lesson you should use this setting:
    delay time: 410 ms.
    feedback: one repeat.
    volume: same of picked note.

    I used the following convention to tab the lesson:

    ---X--- picked note at X fret.
    --(X)-- note at X fret generated by delay effect.

    I used the Zoom G2.1u. The pedal on this unit allows me to turn off the delay when I play the last note.

    Key: B minor
    Time signature: 3/4
    Tempo: 110 bpm

    Note: if you play over the backing track at 90 bpm, set the delay to 500 ms.


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