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I'll be using the same basic electric country tone for this tutorial as I did in the previous tutorial. It's just my Fender Telecaster on the bridge pickup going straight into a modeled version of a small Fender tube amp. I'm also adding a little bit of reverb. But remember that you can use any kind of electric guitar and any kind of amp for these examples as long as you keep your tone bright and clean.

One thing that I am adding is a subtle effect called "tremolo". Tremolo basically creates the effect of someone turning up and down your volume while you play. The most basic tremolo effects have two parameters" "rate" and "depth".

Rate is also often labeled as "speed" because it controls how fast the ups and downs happen. "Depth" is sometimes labeled "intensity" because it controls how much or how little it drops in volume.

Since we're playing basic rhythm guitar and generally trying to stay in the background it's important to keep the tremolo effect really subtle for these examples. Keep the tempo pretty neutral (12'o clock is usually a good medium) and keep the depth subtle as well (I'll leave this on 12'o clock as well).

The tremolo effect is absolutely not necessary, so don't stress if you don't have access to it. The examples will sound just as great without it as well! But now you know where it's coming from and what it is.