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Watch the Single-Note Rhythm Lines online guitar lesson by Robbie Calvo from Guitar Interactives


Bubble parts or rhythmic single note lines are usually employed as overdub guitar parts in a busy mix. These cool single notes are often derived from arpeggio’s. This allows you to create a strong guitar part that also defines the underlying harmony without getting in the way of other instruments.

These wonderful rhythmic phrases are often lines that repeat like melodic hooks in a song. They can also add more of an energetic feel to a piece of music.

I like to create a melodic phrase that works nicely over the chord progression first and then I try playing that melody with a palm muted technique with the right hand. This gives me the melody I want with a staccato muted sound that fits nicely in the arrangement.

Keep these parts relatively simple as they will usually have a vocal line over the top of them...they are not solo’s they are supporting guitar parts!

I’m going to use the track from our section on 2nd guitar parts to demonstarte the bubble guitar line...thought that made perfect sense!!!