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Switching over to the electric guitar now to add some texture with arpeggios is going to give us the opportunity to outline the chords that the percussive strumming of the acoustic guitar part doesn't give us. It's also a great way of creating inner melodic patterns. You will notice that I utilize the open G string with these chords too. The Amin7, F5/2 chord and even the open G chord have this G drone throughout the arpeggiated lines. To cap this off I played a simple 4 note descending melody G - F - E - D and pedaled each note against the open G as well.
Using a nice jangly clean sound with some chorus and delay, this gave me a sound that reminded me of Tom Petty's music. The direction of the musical genre has taken a turn towards pop rock now by adding this simple guitar part. Let's see what feels right to add to our structure next!