In The Style of The Edge (U2) - part 5
Lyle: I would like to show you a few riffs in
the style of The Edge again in this
lesson. In the Lesson Sample, there are 2 main
grooves, a loud part and a quiet
part. Here's the jam track for the loud
jam - 1st
half - no guitars
This jam has just a few chords in it. Here's a chart:
Lyle: Here's a TAB file which will show you an
example of how The Edge might play a riff like this:
The D/F# chord uses the thumb for the bass note.
open D over
Lyle: Here's a video of
for jam 1
marks mean to pick up?
Lyle: yes, pick up where you see
Lyle: Let's talk a little about
effects. The Edge likes to use a delay to fatten
up the tone. In the TAB file I just sent, I'm using a
digital delay setting that gives me a 1 beat echo. Since the jam track is 88 beats per
minute, I used a delay setting at 680ms.
Lyle: The way you figure this out
is: 60,000 divide by 88(bpm) x 1(note value)
Lyle: With a delay setting like this you'll
get a big, concert type of sound. When The Edge plays solos, he doesn't
do very many of the standard rock and blues riffs, more often a melodic
single string solo like this:
dougp: Does he
use any arpeggios?
Lyle: He arpeggiates chords a lot.
He'll play a chord and hit one note at a time, letting them ring
together. This solo 1 is simply made from the E
minor pentatonic scale ascending the 2nd string. In solo 1, you can use a clean tone or
distortion. Notice I used a clean tone with just a
little bit of distortion.
Lyle: Check out this next
Easy enough, but if you add the right effects to it, you'll create a different
sounding riff. The Edge will use what's called a dotted 8th note delay setting. This gives the effect of him playing
faster than he really is. To set up for this effect, set your
delay to 511ms with a loud repeat. 60,000 divide by 88(bpm) x .75(note
value) = 511.4ms
Lyle: Now listen to the same solo with
Do you hear the difference between the two tabs?
Lyle: Here's a video:
solo 2 with fx sample
device do I need for a delay, I only have an Fender champion 30 amp?
Lyle: Sam, a digital delay
Lyle: I would like to shift to a different
part now. Here's your new jam
jam - 2nd
half - no guitars
The Edge uses dynamics in many of his
tunes. He'll be playing loud with
distortion, then all of a sudden quiet down with a
clean tone. He'll sometimes use an effect like a
tremolo and chorus pedal. Listen to this next tab
Can anyone guess what effect I'm using in this file?
Lyle: It's a MXR Phase 90 set for a fast
Lyle: This is a vintage effects pedal much
like The Edge uses in his setup.
TT: Is this arpeggiating the barre
Lyle: TT, yes. This is what arpeggiating the
Ralph: that MXR pedal reminds me of the mid
Ralph, that's probably when this one was made!
Lyle: Repeat the last tab file 3 times, then
play this one for the complete groove of the jam track:
Two tricky chords there at the end. Here's a close up:
G @ 7th
over F# @ 7th fret
guitar part for jam 2
chord is a little tricky.
Lyle: The G chord is like an open C chord
moved up the neck. The Edge uses a muted strumming
technique to simulate a snare drum roll. Hear the snare drum beat in this jam
track? Here's a close up video of how I do
rhythm riff 1
Ok, just kidding...that was how I recorded the snare drum part with my midi
Lyle: With a stereo delay setting of
: 60,00 divided by 88(bpm) x .5(note
value) = 340.9ms for the right side, and 60,000 divided by 88(bpm) x 1(note
value) = 681.8ms for the left side, you'll get a big fat echo sound that's
right in time with the music. Listen to this stereo mp3
Ok, now the real muted strum technique that the Edge might use to simulate a
drum rhythm riff with guitar
It's like what Hendrix did at the beginning of Voodoo
Lyle: Here's a jam track you can use which
combines both parts we worked on in this lesson:
jam - full
- no guitars
That wraps it up for this series on The Edge. I hope you have enjoyed this as
much as I have had in making it. If you would like further study on this topic
or any other topic, email me at
Lyle@theguitar.net for info on how you can get your own customized guitar
lessons like this using Riff Interactive technology. Your private lessons can be
downloaded to your pc for anytime, anywhere study. Thanks and see you at the
next lesson. - Lyle
P.S. Could The Edge be a Vulcan? I've never seen the tips of his ears, he
always wears a hat....?