Watch the Variation 4-5a online guitar lesson by Mark Stefani from Jazzed Blues

As minor as the changes were in the previous segment, you'll immediately notice a significant change in this one, as the phrasing starts opening up some new creative doors. We'll begin by keeping the tone relatively clean, as it has been all along, before introducing some distortion into the mix. Be aware that some players rely too heavily on distortion for their work, often substituting sound effects for substance. The best guitarists are those with something powerful to say, effects or not.