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Style of The Edge

Chris Liepe breaks down the electric guitar stylings of U2 guitarist "The Edge." This lick based series covers delay, playing techniques and arrangement that gives The Edge his signature sound.

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Chris Liepe provides an in depth look at the electric guitar stylings of U2 guitarist "The Edge."

Lessons in this Series:

Lesson 1

Style of The Edge Introduction

Chris Liepe is back with a new In the Style of series! This time he's taking a look at U2 guitarist "The Edge." In this lick based series, Chris discusses the use of delay, layering and arrangement that help create The Edge's signature sound.

Length: 4:25 Difficulty: 0.0 Free Sample Lesson
Lesson 2

Determining Delay

In this lesson of the Style of The Edge series, Chris discusses the types of delay that The Edge uses and how to setup those delays yourself. You'll need to setup several for the lessons to come.

Length: 7:04 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 3

Playing With A Dotted Eighth Delay

In lesson 3 of this series, Chris teaches the first lick of the song you'll be learning. This lick is focused on getting you playing with the delay. Specifically playing the pocket of a dotted eighth delay. This type of sound is highly characteristic of U2 and The Edge's playing.

Length: 11:02 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 4

Repeated Figures

Lesson four of this series is all about using repeated figures with the delay. In this lesson Chris demonstrates a lick that is repeated through the tune you're learning. Played with the delay, this helps create a layered effect that is common with many U2 songs.

Length: 8:40 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 5

The E-Bow

In this lesson of his Style of The Edge series, Chris Liepe discusses the use of an E-bow. This accessory helps guitarists like The Edge create pad like elements that thicken and round out the sound of a track.

Length: 11:44 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 6

Creating A Sixteenth Note Feel

Lesson 6 of this series is all about using straight eighth note patterns to create a sixteenth note feel with the delay.

Length: 6:05 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 7

Bass Line Doubling

In this lesson, Chris introduces the straight eighth note delay and the common practice of double the bass part of a track.

Length: 6:38 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 8

Layering

In this "Style of The Edge" lesson, Chris Liepe introduces the tremolo effect. He also discusses the layering of parts that you've learned in the past several lessons.

Length: 8:15 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 9

Strumming

Chris is back with another look at layered elements. In this lesson you're going to be adding a layered element using basic strumming. Chris discusses how layering helps to fill out a broad spectrum of sound.

Length: 8:02 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 10

Lead Elements

So far in this series, Chris has mainly discussed rhythmic elements that make up The Edge's playing. Now it's time to start taking a look at a bit of lead playing. By making a few small tweaks to your tone and by combining pentatonic scale knowledge, you can create effective lead lines that...

Length: 5:52 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 11

Adding the Major 7th

In lesson 11 of this series, Chris borrows from the previous lesson. Specifically you'll be taking a look at adding the major 7th to the minor pentatonic scale.

Length: 4:57 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 12

Low Melodic Triads

In lesson 12, Chris takes a look at playing triadic arpeggios with a dotted eighth note delay.

Length: 5:19 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 13

High Melodic Triads

Chris Liepe continues to build on the concept of a straight eighth played against a dotted eighth delay. In this lesson, you'll take a look at triads arpeggiated in a higher register.

Length: 5:00 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 14

Soloing Part 1

Now that you have a completely layered track, it's time to start thinking in terms of a solo. Chris gets you going with the first lick of the solo section.

Length: 6:11 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 15

Soloing Part 2

It's time to take a look at the final solo passage. Things are getting more aggressive here as we work towards the tune's climax.

Length: 8:15 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
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