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Filter Style

by Cosmin Lupu

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  • Hi GMC'ers!

    This lesson is dealing with obtaining a unique sound based on combining acoustic guitars with distorted riffing and a steady groove, spiced with percussion elements. This sort of combination is particularly encountered in the music of the American group called Filter!

    A few words on Filter:

    Filter is an industrial/ alternative rock group formed in 1993 in Cleveland by singer Richard Patrick and guitarist/programmer Brian Liesegang. Filter has released five studio albums, the most recent being The Trouble with Angels, which was released on August 17, 2010. A sixth album titled Gurney and the Burning Books is scheduled for release in 2013 - Wikipedia

    What will you learn?

    - Developing your rhythm skills
    - Beginner level hand coordination skills development
    - Combining acoustic guitars with electric riffing
    - Open string chord shapes

    Homework included - check out the video part 7

    Tempo: 100 BPM

    Scales you can use: A major, B Mixolydian, C major

    Tuning: Drop D - D A D G B E

    Time signature: 4/4

    Tone settings: AMT SS20 Lead Channel, having the Bass at 10 O'clock, the Mids at 8 and the Highs at 1 O'clock, while the gain is somewhere around 2 O'clock for the riffs on the Crunch channel. I have kept the guitar's volume pot at about 7 for the lighter palm muted riffs in Parts 2 and 4 and full volume in Part 6.

    The acoustic guitar was recorded straight in the DAW.

    Guitars: PRS Paul Allender and a Fender 1981 acoustic

    Effects: DAW added reverb for the acoustic parts. (Variverb plug-in)

    For a wider modern rock/ metal learning experience, I invite you to check out my modern metal based lessons here -> More of Cosmin's modern metal oriented lessons

    While other modern acoustic lessons can be found here:

    Joy to the World

    Song writing - Acoustic fingerstyle

    Acoustic Alternative Rock






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