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Alter Bridge Style Riffing

by Cosmin Lupu

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  • Hello GMC army!

    This lesson is all about the style of the famous modern hard rock band - Alter Bridge. Formed following Creed's disbanding, it quickly rose to stardom due to their energy, catchy riffs and melodies and good old American honest rock n roll played from the heart. The awesome guitar work of Mark Tremonti, will be portrayed here through riffing, soulful bends and melodies.

    Benefits:

    - rhythm and working with open strings
    - chicken picking
    - bending
    - vibrato

    Let's see what Alter Bridge is all about!

    Cosmin

    Tuning: Drop C (C G C F A D)

    Meter: 6/8

    Scales: C Mixolydian

    Tone settings:

    Riff - Bass – 10 o’clock, Mids – 9 o’clock, Highs – 1 o’clock, Gain – 4 o’clock, using the crunch channel of my AMT ss20 Pre-amp and keeping my PRS Paul Allender's pick-up switch in the bridge position.

    Solo - Bass – 10 o’clock, Mids – 9 o’clock, Highs – 1 o’clock, Gain – 1 o’clock, using the lead channel of my AMT ss20 Pre-amp, boosted with the Suhr Shiba Drive, software added reverb/delay and keeping my PRS Paul Allender's pick-up switch in the bridge position.

    Clean - Bass – 10 o’clock, Mids – 9 o’clock, Highs – 1 o’clock, Gain – 8 o’clock, using the crunch channel of my AMT ss20 Pre-amp, software added reverb and keeping my PRS Paul Allender's pick-up switch in the middle position.

    Related material: Alter Bridge Style 1, Alter Bridge Style 2
    You can try these two other lessons in the style of Alter Bridge as other instructors have interpreted them. Good approaches and most definitely worth checking out!

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