How To Nail Your Volume Swells

A few tips for great playing

Volume swells are simple to play. Just follow these guidelines to get you started.

Jason Houtsma serves as Worship Pastor for Mosaic Church in Bellingham, WA, Husband to Alli, Father to Bjorn and Asher, and guitar instructor for WorshipArtistry.com

How To Nail Your Volume Swells

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volume swell tips

Thanx Jason, I appreciate this short video. I've been working with volume swells for several
years and although I thought I had pretty well figured out how to do it (and what pedal
parameters to use) but I hadn't thought about putting the volume pedal b4 the effects in the
signal chain. I'll give it a try cuz I was never "completely" happy with how mine sounded.
I have been using my Noise Gate and a lot of Compression to hold the volume back along with
the pedal and its worked pretty well but this idea might just make them better. Thanx, Terry

Good info!

Thanks for the tips, Jason! I never liked my swells and I think it is, at least partly, because I was strumming early to try to get the swell coming in on 1. My volume pedal is currently set with an audio taper sweep. Would swells be better with a linear taper?

Clint