The phrase ‘diatonic harshness’ may be frightening, but it’s a typical noise in 1970s progressive rock. Defined by a tension in between notes, dissonance sounds particularly ‘other worldly’ when played on a 12-string guitar, as Elixir Strings artist Shawn Persinger demonstrates here. Download tab:

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Playing chord developments similar to prog rock giants Hurry, ELP and Genesis, Shawn places the diatonic harshness in context, making it a breeze to understand. It’s a complex, lovely sound that’s right away expressive of a few of the biggest bands of the period!

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