Today's video guitar lesson is not only a lesson on playing the intro to "Where the Streets Have No Name" by U2, but also how to achieve the same dotted 8th note delay effect The Edge uses throughout.
This delay effect guitar sound is so essential to how you actually play the riff that any lesson on how to play it would be incomplete without the knowledge of how to achieve that tone.
Be sure to download the PDF below that lays out the simple math formulas needed in order to know how to set up a dotted 8th note effect no matter what you tempo you are playing in or what type of delay device you own.
After you have your tone dialed in, actually playing the riff is quite simple.
We have a series of 6 repeated notes that just seem to float over the underlying chord progression implied by the bass guitar. This kind of musical effect is very common in U2's music and of course countless other bands that have utilized the technique since then.
Be sure to articulate the guitar lines accurately so that all of the notes pop out nicely. Besides the delay, try to use a single coil guitar with the pickup selector in the 2nd position.
Alright that is about it, have fun with this Where The Streets Have No Name guitar lesson video and remember, after learning the intro, try coming up with your own timed delay effect riffs. Fair warning though, playing with this type of tone can certainly become addicting. 🙂
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