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Compressor Pedal Example

 

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Dynamic Effects: Volume, But Much More

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Now that you're familiar with the basic compressor pedal and sound, let's break down and play through an riff that uses it in a rock context. This riff is very funky, and it uses a combination of open strings, triads and ghost notes. The compressor makes all of this "even", so that no part is more pronounced than others.

I hope you've gotten a good understanding of how powerful dynamic effects can be in almost any musical context. As you heard in the examples they add much more musically than just the increase and decrease in volume.

Tremolo will take you through the "deserts", volume swells can add a "dreamy" dimension to your music and compression can add that perfect "spank" to your tone and make it funky. But don't think you need to rush out and buy a bunch of pedals; because although the pedals are a ton of fun, they aren't necessary to play great rock!
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