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Style of The Edge Introduction (Guitar Lesson)


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Chris Liepe

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.

Taught by Chris Liepe in Style of The Edge seriesLength: 4:25Difficulty: 0.0 of 5


It’s easy to get caught up in lick world or pigeonholed into soloing while forgetting that there is a lot more to the guitar. This series of lessons looks at how to create layers, play extremely simple parts together, and use different textures to fill out an arrangement. Playing one or two notes for 16 bars may seem simple or boring in concept, but when you dial in that perfect delay sound, hone in on the way each note is picked, or ditch the pick altogether in favor of a diverse pallet of sounds, the fun never seems to end. We still go over some cool lines and licks, but the focus is on simplicity and minimalism. So grab a few of your favorite effects boxes and get ready to dive in to the style of guitar made famous by U2 and The Edge. Among other things, this series covers:

- Properly dialing in a tempo delay effect (even if your pedal has no BPM or digital readout)
- Implementing the classic “dotted 8th” delay sound as well as straight 8th ideas
- Using an ebow
- Different ways of using a pick and fingers to alter your tone and attack
- Strum patterns
- Tremolo, reverb, overdrive, whammy and other effects


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ripmaxrapierripmaxrapier replied on June 16th, 2018

Chris not long joined jamplay but after 43 years playing guitar now retired engineer I am really enjoying all your lessons I want to learn Lead guitar and I am also a big fan of The Edge so enjoying your style of The Edge series any chance some Boston lessons like Smokin or More than a feeling riffs

LSCalgaryLSCalgary replied on February 4th, 2018

Very nicely done :)

Slipin LizardSlipin Lizard replied on April 23rd, 2014

Woodybang, you missed the title & intent of these lessons. Its not about how to play a U2 song. Its about how to emulate the style of U2. In that regard, Chris was free to choose whatever key he wished. I think you're confused and thinking that he's trying to teach "With or Without You". He's not. He's demonstrating concepts, not teaching a specific U2 song. Great lesson set by the way... just what I was looking for!

GondekGondek replied on October 30th, 2013

WOW!

woodybangwoodybang replied on October 16th, 2013

Unless I've been playing the bass part wrong for the past fifteen years you've got it up a step too high. It's D A Bm, G, not E B, C#m, A. I pulled up the '87 video to confirm. And like a lot of U2 songs it's primarily using D. But when you get to the guitar part you're demonstrating in the outro (Esus4) it sounds right. What's going on?

Style of The Edge

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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.



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...

Length: 4:25 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
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 Members 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...

Length: 11:02 Difficulty: 2.5 Members 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...

Length: 8:40 Difficulty: 2.0 Members 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...

Length: 11:44 Difficulty: 2.0 Members 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 Members 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 Members 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 Members 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...

Length: 8:02 Difficulty: 2.0 Members 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...

Length: 5:52 Difficulty: 2.5 Members 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 Members 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 Members 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 Members 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 Members 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 Members Only

About Chris Liepe View Full Biography Chris Liepe was born on September 17th, 1981 in Portland OR. His first instrument was piano which he pursued until discovering his love for the electric guitar in high school. He became fans of such groups as Soundgarden, Collective Soul and U2 inspiring him to start singing, songwriting and helping others in their musical endeavors with teaching, co-writing and album production.

Having moved to Colorado with his family, he began gigging, recording and teaching in a number of music stores as well as out of his apartment until deciding to pursue music full time. He moved to Denver, CO to complete a Bachelors in Music Technology and was then hired on by Sweetwater Productions, a division of Sweetwater Sound and one of the largest, most successful recording studios in the Midwest.

Chris spent nearly 4 years at Sweetwater as a producer, recording engineer, studio musician and writer. During this time he had the privilege of working with many artists including Augustana, Landon Pigg, Jars of Clay, and Mercy Me. He also wrote for and played on numerous independent albums and hundreds of radio/TV commercials.

Wanting to get back to his favorite State in the world (Colorado) and feeling the urge to 'go freelance', Chris moved to Greeley, CO and opened his own recording and teaching studio. He continues to write and produce music for artists and agencies and is happy to be among the proud JamPlay.com instructors.

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