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10 Tone Ideas For Rhythm Guitar

August 9, 2019

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Are you struggling for somewhere to sit in the mix? Are you and the other guitar player clashing sonically and/or harmonically? If so, young Daniel and I offer up these 10 ideas for you try when playing ‘rhythm’ guitar.
As we have opined many times, ‘rhythm’ guitar is a bit of a catch-all term. To us they're just parts in songs, nevertheless this show isn’t about how to nail your Nile Rodgers funk chops, or achieve seamless synchronicity like Malcolm and Angus. Moreover it’s about some tonal suggestions that will bring interest and separation to parts in a song. We talk about volume, EQ, modulation and delay for the most part, to act as springboards for your own perfect dive into the music. Wow, that was cheesy.

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Pedals & stuff in this episode…

• Boss GE-7 EQ Pedal
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• Keeley D&M Drive
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• Keeley Filaments Overdrive
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• Fender Engager Boost
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• Stone Deaf Syncopy
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• Fender The Pinwheel
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• Walrus Audio Monument - Link to new version
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• Diamond Vibrato

• Original MXR Phase 90 (link to the new ’74 Vintage Phase 90)
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• The Gig Rig QMX-2
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• Thorpy Warthog
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• Catlinbread Belle Epoch Deluxe
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• Supro Tremolo
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• Jam Pedals Waterfall

• TheGigRig Three2One

• TheGigRig G2

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- Interesting bits and go-to sections…
- Intro playing…more blimmin’ jamming!: 0:00
- What are we talking about today?: 02:30
- Thing 1: Be part of the rhythm section: 03:35
- Working with the bass and drums and learning to listen: 05:00
- Thing 2: Play something different: 06:15
- What gear are we using today?: 06:40
- Dan plays something different! (With inversions): 07:45
- Mick plays something different! (With rhythm): 09:40
- Thing 3: Using EQ :to compliment the band: 12:06
- Dan’s annoying nasal frequency: 12:29
- The role of the bottom end: 14:38
- Thing 4: Boost as underdrive: 19:15
- Thing 5: Using a heavy overdrive as a pad: 24:22
- Turning down is that simple!: 26:40
- Thing 6: Use tremolo for rhythm: 27:42
- …and with a different waveform? 30:52
- Trem isn’t that easy to use!: 31:28
- Thing 7: Tremolo as a non-rhythmic effect: 32:03
- Crazy tremolo: 34:30
- Thing 8: Make it move with modulation:35:40
- Thing 9: Syncopated delay: 40:10
- Thing 10: Textural delay as a pad with swells and feedback: 43:40
- Thank you!: 47:50

Guitars in this episode:
• Fender Custom Shop 1963 Telecaster - watch Dan’s video at
• Fender American Vintage ’62 Stratocaster – watch Mick’s video at

Amps in this episode
• Vox AC15C1 with Celestion G12M Greenback
• Fender Hot Rod Deluxe III with Celestion G12P-80

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