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Rearranging A Cover

by Cosmin Lupu

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  • Hello GMC’ers! Coming up with a good and interesting cover for a song can be a difficult task. In my opinion, a cover should use the actual melodic lines of a song but re-orchestrate it so that it may bring a totally different vibe to it and make it shine once more, maybe even brighter than before.

    The song you might recognize beneath my arrangement is Phil Collins’s classic “Another Day In Paradise”, colored with the alternative metal orchestrations, reggae/ dancehall grooves and a few interventions here and there which are meant to personalize it even more. The song is usually performed in the key of E minor but for this cover version and tuning, the key which I found most fitting is C minor. I actually perform this song with a band called Voodoo, whose style is based on this combination.

    The main video shows how all the parts are being put together, while the other videos explain each different part thoroughly and how the chord progressions are transposed.

    Focus/ Benefits:
    * Rhythmic Sense
    * Orchestration
    * Improving your metal riff vocabulary from the perspective of mixing different styles.

    Meter:
    4/4

    Tuning:
    C - G - C - F - A - D
    (From thick to thin string)

    Tempo:
    112 BPM

    If you have any questions:
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    Follow the footnotes presented for each part so you may understand everything there is to know about this approach and hopefully you’ll start making up your own personalized cover versions of famous songs.

    Cheers!/ Cosmin

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