The phrase ‘diatonic dissonance’ might be intimidating, but it’s a common sound in 1970s progressive rock. Characterized by a tension between notes, dissonance sounds particularly ‘other worldly’ when played on a 12-string guitar, as Elixir® Strings artist and educator Shawn Persinger demonstrates here.
Playing chord progressions reminiscent of prog rock giants Rush, ELP and Genesis, Shawn places the diatonic dissonance in context, making it a breeze to understand. It’s a complex, beautiful sound that’s immediately evocative of some of the biggest bands of the era! Watch the lesson and let us know what you think.
“Whether performing in the studio or live on stage, playing acoustic or electric, I need my guitar strings to feel fresh, smooth, fast and stay in tune. Elixir Strings do all that and more!” – Shawn Persinger
On his 6-string acoustic, Shawn plays Elixir Phosphor Bronze Strings with NANOWEB® Coating, 12-53 and on his 12-string the Phosphor Bronze 12-47.
Enhance your acoustic playing with more lessons from Shawn and many others on the Elixir Strings YouTube Channel.
Elixir Strings offers three acoustic premium string options, all with the same signature long tone life. The 80/20 Bronze with POLYWEB® Coating provides a warm tone and slick and fast feel. The Phosphor Bronze with NANOWEB Coating is rich and full-bodied with sparkling high-end clarity and a smooth feel. The 80/20 Bronze with NANOWEB Coating is bright and focused with the same smooth feel as the Phosphor Bronze strings. Check them out.