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Watch the Blues: Technique 11 online guitar lesson by Robbie Calvo from RhythmCraft

I am very excited about the videos we've shot for you showing how these guitar parts work together in a studio setting. It's a great way to demonstrate how you guys can orchestrate guitar parts with your band, at a jam session, or in the recording studio.

In this first example I've layered up three parts. The first part is on the acoustic guitar and is the strumming technique from our very first video lesson. After listening carefully to how that sounded with the bass and drums I decided that the Texas Shuffle (Stevie Ray) electric guitar part would work well. You can hear that it lets the other instruments "breathe".

The track is already starting to sound quite full but the arpeggio part that I played will work very nicely. So, to recap, we have a strumming part on the acoustic guitar, an electric guitar playing accents on the upbeat on the top three strings and an arpeggiated part in the middle frequencies. I think you'll agree it all works very well together and nothing is dominating the stage so to speak. Try other ideas making sure you are playing parts because they are right for the overall sound not just because that's what you want to play.