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Nickelback Style

by Cosmin Lupu

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  • Howdy everyone!

    This time, I want to present a lesson dealing with the elements present in the music of the modern American hard rock bands. I have chosen Nickelback, as in my opinion they represent the current style very well. So, you should expect big riffs, big sound, pentatonic playing and a big bucket of attitude!

    A few words on Nickelback:

    "Nickelback is a Canadian rock band from Hanna, Canada. Since 1995 the band has included guitarist and lead vocalist Chad Kroeger, guitarist and back-up vocalist Ryan Peake and bassist Mike Kroeger. The band's current drummer and percussionist is Daniel Adair who has been with the band since 2005, replacing drummer Ryan Vikedal who was with the band between 1998–2005. Nickelback's music is classed as hard rock, post-grunge, and alternative rock. Nickelback is one of the most commercially successful Canadian groups, having sold more than 50 million albums worldwide, ranking as the 11th best selling music act of the 2000s, and is the 2nd best selling foreign act in the U.S. behind The Beatles for the 2000s. Billboard ranks them the top Rock group of the decade and their hit song "How You Remind Me" was listed as the top Rock song of the decade as well as the 4th song of the decade. They were listed number 7 on the Billboard top artist of the decade list and they have 4 albums that were listed on the Billboard top albums of the decade." - Wikipedia

    Things you will learn from this lesson:

    - Developing your rhtyhm skills
    - Alternate picking
    - Riffing elements which you can apply in your own playing
    - Legato
    - Bending
    - Vibrato

    Tempo: 160 BPM

    Scale: C minor

    Tuning: Drop C - C G C F A D

    Time signature: 4/4

    Tone settings: AMT SS20 Lead Channel, having the Bass at 10 O'clock, the Mids at 9 and the Highs at 1 O'clock, while the gain is somewhere around 12 O'clock for the riffs and 2 O'Clock for the lead part.

    Guitar: PRS Paul Allender

    Effects: DAW added delay for the lead parts (Variverb for the solo and Filtox for the small sliced intervention before the chorus)

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



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