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German Power Metal VI: Edguy

by Gabriel Leopardi

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  • Hello GMC!

    Welcome to the sixth lesson of the series based on the most important Power Metal bands from Germany. In this lesson I will cover one of my favorite bands. The band is called Edguy and they were formed in 1992. If you like this lesson you can also check Avantasia that is the singer’s side project.

    Don’t forget to check the full German Power Metal Series.

    Music Style:
    Edguy is a power metal band that combines the classical Helloween style with some symphonic arrangements. In their last albums they have added more hard rock and heavy metal (Judas Priest vibes) influences into their music. In this lesson I tried to emulate their mid tempo style songs based on songs like “Tears of mandrake” and “Out of control” among many others.

    Tonality & Chord Progression:
    Regarding tonalities and chord progressions we could relate Edguy with Helloween’s music. They combine major and minor tonalities in their songs in order to have the classic metal sound combined with the happy melodies of power metal memorial choruses. Another characteristic of their compositions is that they use to have one or more modulations in their songs. This tune starts in E minor (intro) and then it modulates to D minor (verse) and finally to G minor (chorus). I added some harmonized melodies very in the style of Edguy.

    Techniques:
    This is mostly a rhythm lesson so we will use palm muting, alternate picking, only down strokes and pull offs. This is a great lesson for beginner players that want to adjust their metal rhythm.

    Sound:
    I used my Pod HD 500 to record this lesson. I used the Treadplate Dual Amp Model with a 4x12 2001 Treadplate Cab Model and a Screamer emulation. If you want the tone you can ask for it at my personal board. My guitar is a Gibson Les Paul Studio. The drums and the bass sound is from the Hyper Canvas. The strings have been created using Edirol Orchestral.

    Tuning:
    I used standard 440 tuning.

    Well guys - let’s do some head banging!





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