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Stellar: Introduction


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In this song tutorial we will be learning "Stellar" as made famous by Incubus. This track features a ton of cool guitar parts and uses of effects that are equal parts progressive and pop rock. The guitar parts in this song showcase the bands ability to play tricky rhythms in a pop songwriting context, so get your rhythm guitar chops ready!

To get the sounds for this song you need a dual hum-bucker style guitar along with a variety of effects. These effects include distortion, reverb, delay, phaser, and an octave pedal playing an octave below. All of these sounds are key to nailing this songs tone and vibe. "Stellar" is in the key of A major, played in 4/4 time and is at 128 bpm.

In this tutorial, I'll break down each section note for note and also show you how to get all those cool sounds out of your effects pedals. I will play through each part up to speed, break it down for you, and then play one last time slowed down so you can really see and hear each section, and set the A-B loop function in the player if you need to have this repeat.