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Guitar F/X Licks - Monday - Week 1

Generally electronic guitar sound effects fall into two categories: electronically-assisted and electronically-generated. The earliest were of the former type. Studio tape-echo effects were used by artists like Les Paul and Chet Atkins before the birth of rock and roll. These experiments paved the way for the use of echo in the first rock records-such as those made in Memphis' Sun Studios. Scotty Moore (Elvis Presley) and Carl Perkins were notable users of the echo effect in the first wave of 1950s rock `n' roll.

Today's lick is a characteristic phrase exploiting slap-back echo, a signature sound of the rockabilly genre. This effect is created by setting an echo-generating device to play back one quick echo repeat, also called a tight slap, in time with a musical phrase. Slap-back echo effects tend to be in the 100-150 milliseconds delay-time range for moderate tempos. The guitar-to-effect balance, also called echo level, blend or mix, is set at 100 percent-the instrument and echo repeat are equally balanced, the single echo is as loud as the source note. The musical phrase is based on a simple E-A-E7-A chord riff played with the fingers in the Merle Travis picking style for a rockabilly-approved contrapuntal 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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