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Watch the Sonic Exclamation online guitar lesson by Jennifer Batten from Rock Sauce For Lead Guitar

Rude noises can be a sonic exclamation point in your soloing. In the right placement, they can be very effective, or even become a hook like in my tune Cat Fight. Harmonics are generally thought to be gentle and pretty, but if you add a little distortion and grab harmonics that are a little harder to pop than the easy 12th, 7th, and 5th frets, it can be more like a sonic slap upside the head! I'll get more into putting some of these to use in the 2nd section. Another rude-ish sound is attained with a kill switch, which momentarily kills the audio signal. I have one built into this guitar but for other guitars I bought a very small cheap $29 pedal that is a momentary switch to do the same thing. The advantage of a pedal over a mounted toggle switch is that you can't accidentally leave it in the off position! You can also access the tremolo bar since your hand is free from using an on board toggle, to drop the note or chord! You can use the stutter effect on anything including a clean chord. It's especially effective for the ending of a song, if you trail off and stutter the final chord. You can find a very small and cheap momentary switch pedal at or to get the stutter effect.