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Watch the Dynamics of a Phrase online guitar lesson by Jeff McErlain from Blues Guitar Survival Guide - Lead

There are those light bulb moments that we all have and this was one of them. I discussed dynamics but here we are going to use dynamics within the musical phrase itself. I learned this from my friend and great player Pat Bergeson years ago. By adding in subtle or not so subtle dynamics a line can become much more interesting, it can also add a lot of forward motion to a phrase. That forward motion also adds some musical tension which is a good thing. We here these kind of dynamics in forms of music that allow it, meaning these dynamics are not practical in a heavy metal situation as they will be lost. You can definitely use them in the blues. These note articulations are so a part of my playing at this point I can't imagine playing with out them.