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Golden Age of Guitar Instrumentals - Wednesday - Week 3
Surf Guitar Instrumentals|
Today's lick employs two indispensable techniques prevalent in instrumental guitar music. The first is known as arpeggiation. This term originated from the word "arpeggio," an Italian word meaning to play in a harp-like manner. On the guitar this often means playing the tones within a chord as single notes. In this figure the guitar player (me) arpeggiates the background chords: A-G-F-E, in triad form from high to low, as a distinct melody. The second technique involves the use of the vibrato bar (a.k.a. "tremolo bar") to produce two decorative effects. The first effect is a subtle vocal-type vibrato created by gently rocking the bar in rhythm. The second is an actual pitch dip. This more dramatic effect is generated by using the vibrato bar to dive a note or chord a discrete distance and then return it to its original point. Both colorations appeared and flourished in instrumental rock and pop music following the success of The Ventures in 1960.
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