#1
I've seen that marked on several tabs/scores now for guitar, and...

How do you make volume swell on a guitar? I don't see how, but it's done on several songs.
#2
Have your volume off on your guitar.
Pluck the note(s) and then turn it up.
#3
Or using a volume pedal. Probably slightly easier.
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#4
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Have your volume off on your guitar.
Pluck the note(s) and then turn it up.

Would that apply to several consecutive notes? A few examples being Iron Maiden's Rime of the Ancient Mariner interlude, the outro to Master of Puppets, etc...

I figured there was some other complex answer to it.
Last edited by Shoj_ at Feb 2, 2009,
#5
Quote by Shoj_
Would that apply to several consecutive notes? A few examples being Iron Maiden's Rime of the Ancient Mariner interlude, the outro to Master of Puppets, etc...

I figured there was some other complex answer to it.

yea you can do it with as many notes as you want. the way its usually done is by using th pinky to roll the volume knob and then pick with the pick. try to do it in a fluid motion. usally its done only in down strokes. thats the easiest way to do it with the knob. then you can get into "violining" which invloves playing whith swells on each note to make it sound more like a violin.
#6
Don't pick the note.

Have the volume down, hammer the desired note, then raise the volume know.
Great trick but not as great as pulling a rabbit out of the guitar.

Good example ( if you haven't already heard them) is Van Halen's Cathedral (EVH uses a delay) and Dream Theater's Another day.
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#7
Its also worthwhile to mention if your guitar is a cheap one, it might be a lot less effective. I know i couldnt swell on my old guitar because the volume from 0 to 2 changed drasticly, then the increasing volume between 2 and 10 on the knob didnt really change the volume, but on my better guitar its a gradual increase in volume from 0 to 10.
#8
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Its also worthwhile to mention if your guitar is a cheap one, it might be a lot less effective. I know i couldnt swell on my old guitar because the volume from 0 to 2 changed drasticly, then the increasing volume between 2 and 10 on the knob didnt really change the volume, but on my better guitar its a gradual increase in volume from 0 to 10.


This can often be true.


Fortunately my old Tanglewood srat and now my fender strat dont have that problem
#9
Quote by StonaLemons
Its also worthwhile to mention if your guitar is a cheap one, it might be a lot less effective. I know i couldnt swell on my old guitar because the volume from 0 to 2 changed drasticly, then the increasing volume between 2 and 10 on the knob didnt really change the volume, but on my better guitar its a gradual increase in volume from 0 to 10.



Good point.....and also a fair amount of dist. usually helps... i find it does anyway

And +1 to the volume pedal idea... it is a darn sight easier
#10
Quote by Shoj_
Would that apply to several consecutive notes? A few examples being Iron Maiden's Rime of the Ancient Mariner interlude, the outro to Master of Puppets, etc...

I figured there was some other complex answer to it.

The MoP outro is actually recorded and then played backwards
#11
If you watch footage of Brian Setzer playing with the Brian Setzer Orchestra (on their Live In Japan DVD, try YouTube), he does volume swells very, very well.
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#13
so the only way to volume swell on sg's is by using volume pedals? ):
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#14
absolutly no! unless your sg has no volume pot. Just hammer your desired note and roll up the volume.
#15
my sg has 3 pickups, theres no way to select a single one, so i cant swell by the volume knob, cuz i'd have to control 2 at the same time
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#16
Switch the toggle to just one pickup, then you can control it with only one knob.