How adding intervalic leaps can breathe new life into your melodies

Trey Xavier of Gear Gods
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Hi everyone! My name is Trey Xavier, you may know me from my band In Virtue or as the face of Gear Gods, or from my RelationShapes guitar system. Today I have a couple hot tips on how to break up your scalar-sounding playing for more interesting lines with intervallic leaps.

I’m sure you’ve heard possibly the most famous example of this a million times and not even known it - the intro to Guns ’n Roses’ Sweet Child O’ Mine. You might even have come to despise that lick because of overexposure to it - but there’s a reason people like it so much! It almost completely eschews stepwise (scalar) movement for wide intervals.

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