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Tutorial // For All Seasons – “Holy Spirit”

“First off, I have to thank the Torwalt’s for writing this song. It’s so freaking good! There is such a serious anointing on this song. There’s something special about inviting the Holy Spirit to be a part of your situation and desiring God to be glorified out of it. The idea of inviting Him in and welcoming Him enables an honesty to take place in your heart which will hopefully lead to an action that evokes positive change. Singing this type of song in a worship setting causes intentional conversation with the Spirit. Besides the lyrical content, the groove on this song is so simple and it feels so good. We decided to take it a different route than the original arrangement. Rather than the huge tom sections on the drums, we let it gradually build to the big release after the second chorus. The dynamics of the song alongside what is being sung makes this not only my favorite track on the EP, but one of my favorite songs to play live!” – Johnny Hamilton

KEYBOARD

-Logic MainStage 3- Steinway acoustic piano- 1/4 note tape delay, space design reverb

LEAD GUITAR

Always On:

-JHS Superbolt- drive = 8, tone = 11, volume = 3.5

Chorus:

After switching from the keyboard, I quickly swell in my volume pedal while picking single notes to help the chorus build up and release to the solo.

-Strymon Timeline- dTape, Dot8 (65.5 bpm), mix = 10, repeats = 10
-Strymon Big Sky- Hall- mix = 12, decay = 1.9sec

Instrumental:

The key for this part is sliding into the some of the notes. I stay on the B string the entire time and really utilize the sliding for emotion in the part.

-Strymon Timeline- dTape, Dot8 (65.5 bpm), mix = 10, repeats = 10
-Strymon Big Sky- Hall- mix = 12, decay = 1.9sec
-Fulltone Full-Drive (CompCut/Standard)- Volume = 9, Tone = 10, Overdrive = 8, Boost = 10

Bridge:

When I empty into the bridge, I make sure all my effects are off to not drown the part. I’m basically playing a high register power chord with the added high E string and the pickup selector in the middle position. As the bridge builds I add more effects. The second time through I add delay, the third time through I add reverb, switch to the bridge pickup, and stop hitting the high E string so it’s less muddy. Then, I click on the boost pedal for the last few notes.

1st pass- ‘always on’ settings
2nd pass, add- Strymon Timeline- dTape, Dot8 (65.5 bpm), mix = 10, repeats = 10
3rd pass, add- Strymon Big Sky- Hall- mix = 12, decay = 1.9sec

RHYTHM GUITAR

Always On:

-Strymon Big Sky- Cloud- mix = 12, decay = 3 sec
-JHS Color Box- a little EQ and gain change for my start

Verse:

My part is really simple and that’s why I love it. I’m just plucking the 1st and 3rd for the 1 chord, and the 4th and 1st on the 4 chord. I let my reverb carry and sustain the note into the next chord. Super simple. Maybe throw in a couple bended notes for some color.

-JHS Superbolt- drive = 11, tone = 11, volume = 11

Chorus:

Same thing, super simple. I’m just picking through each chord, but I space out my plucking so the verb doesn’t get muddy. I am going for clarity in this part.

-JHS Superbolt- drive = 11, tone = 11, volume = 11

Instrumental:

I play the same thing as the verse, but with my 2nd stage drive and A LOT of feeling. This is the release of the song, so I wanted it to feel like it just grooved.

-Greer Amps Lightspeed- drive = 3, tone 1, volume = 12

Bridge:

I switch to my neck pick up and I’m playing octaves here. The progression for my octaves is 4 3 2 3. For the last progression I switch to my bridge pickup so it ramps up the energy before the drop.

-Greer Amps Lightspeed- drive = 3, tone 1, volume = 12

Outro:

Single strums with some neck bending for a little mod in the reverb. Also, I let the verb carry the sultan into the next chord.

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