More Ways to Use Open Drones for Rhythm and Lead

Last month, I introduced the concept of using a ringing, re-articulated open string as a constant, self-accompanying tone, or drone, with a melody notes played on other strings. The drone, most often the tonic, or root note of the key, establishes a harmonic relationship to and among the other notes. In other words, the inherent tonality/modality of the musical passage is clearly established.

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Andy Aledort

Guitar World Associate Editor Andy Aledort is recognized worldwide for his vast contributions to guitar instruction, via his many best-selling instructional DVDs, transcription books and online lessons. Andy is a regular contributor to Guitar World and Truefire, and has toured with Dickey Betts of the Allman Brothers, as well as participating in several Jimi Hendrix Tribute Tours.