Unison Licks & Riffs with Andrew Wasson

After the popular technique of unison bends, the next most common use of unison intervals are to have them function as licks and riffs. In the lesson I run through how unison intervals can be applied for licks and riffs.

Unison Licks & Riffs with Andrew Wasson
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Andrew Wasson of Creative Guitar Studio answers questions from off of his Guitar Blog website.

Q). Can you explain how I can get into using "unison" notes in a solo or in a riff? I understand it's the same note, (like the fifth fret of 2nd string is a unison to the 1st string open). And, there's lots of lessons on unison bends. But, how in the world do I actually use this idea for riffs? It's almost like unison riffs & licks are some kind of secret or something. Could you explain unison licks & riffs?
Joshua - Mission Viejo, CA. USA

A). The idea of using unison notes exclusive to composing melody lines, or when we're improvising; involves a few different ideas. Unison bends aside... The unison can be used during the melodic phrase, (as a pedal tone), or the unison might be used at the opposing ends of a melodic line. Unison notes can even be applied as a replacement tone during a scale run. Regardless of where they get used, they tend to sound really cool within any melodic phrase. In the lesson I demonstrate a number of examples that apply this unique concept of phrasing guitar licks & riffs using unison tones.

LESSON: After the very popular idea of unison bends, the next most common use of unison intervals are to have them function as licks and riffs. In the video lesson I run through how unison intervals can be applied; within licks, at the start and end of a lick, as well as their use as replacement tones for in-line scale runs. I also include a segment as to how they can be used as supplements within rhythm riffs.

VIDEO: Unison Licks & Riffs


The unison concept is a great way to spice up any guitar part and I provide plenty of examples in the video with on-screen TAB. Enjoy!

About the Author:
Andrew Wasson is a 1992 Graduate of Hollywood California's Guitar Institute of Technology (G.I.T.). He has operated his Canadian Music School; Creative Guitar Studio, for the last 20+ years... teaching thousands of guitarists both in studio sessions, and through his popular YouTube Channels and websites. Hundreds of FREE lessons are available at www.andrewwasson.com.

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