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Watch the Phrasing online guitar lesson by TrueFire from Play Rock Guitar 6: Soloing Principles

Phrasing - Principle 37 is a video guitar lesson presented by Robbie Calvo and is sourced from Guitar Interactives.


What is phrasing? Phrasing to me, is how you deliver your melodic message through a series of rhythmic statements. I like to think of phrasing as a musical conversation between two people. A question may be posed to the listener and the listener responds with an answer. This approach is called ‘Question and Answer' or ‘Call and Response'.

Rhythm and Blues music is a great platform for this type of phrasing and is a simple way to work on enhancing your phrasing vocabulary.

Another great way to create simple melodic conversations is to sing the ideas first and then find them on your guitar. This is also a fabulous way of adding new phrases to your lick library.