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Guitar F/X Licks - Monday, Week 4

Phase shifters, more commonly called phasers, were developed in the late 1960s as a way to reproduce studio effects (as heard on records by the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, the Small Faces and others) in live performance. The phaser is related to "flanging" but is essentially a filter rather than a time-delay effect, as in true flanging and chorusing. Basically the phaser splits the input signal into two paths: in-phase and out-of-phase. The unit then combines the out-of-phase signal with the in-phase signal to produce constantly shifting, "notched" tone changes for a distinctive pulsating effect.

Today's lick is a classic phased chordal figure based on the Curtis Mayfield rhythm style. This R&B approach utilizes triads, dyads, and other partial chords mixed with single notes to form a unique composite. Hammer ons and slurs are emblematic to this style and are found throughout the lick. The Mayfield legacy has become imbedded in the rock rhythm approach, as seen in the work of Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Keith Richard. Today's lick is in E major and features a pattern which works against the E-B-C#m-A chord progression. It was played on a Fender Telecater with an MXR Phase 100 into a Soldano SLO-100 amp on the semi-clean setting for a definitive result.

Learn this lick and practice with this jam track
Skill Level: guitar pick onguitar pick onguitar pick offguitar pick off
Key: E


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