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Rob Zombie Style

by Gabriel Leopardi

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  • Hi GMC! Welcome to my new lesson! Today we have a composition based on the style of the talented artist called "Rob Zombie".

    Music style & influences:
    Rob is an amazing musician, singer and horror films director. His music style always has “horror films” vibes and this lesson I tried to recreate it. Rob's music is like a continuation of his previous band called “White Zombie”. This band has a very particular sound thanks to the combination of Thrash/Groove metal, New metal, Techno & Industrial music. Songs like “More Human Than Human” and “Super-Charger Heaven” defined perfectly his style in the 90’s. In his solo albums he continued developing that style. I based on “Educated Horses”, his last solo album, to compose this tune. I chose that album because is more rocker than electronic and the guitars have been recorded by John 5 who played with Marylyn Manson and is one of the most interesting modern metal players. His “demonic” guitar style fits perfect with Rob Zombies music.

    This lesson is a good lesson for beginners because it’s very easy technically. It starts with a dropped D repetitive riff. Then the main guitar plays some octave chords and two strings bending which are very used ideas by White Zombie, Rob Zombie and John 5. Then we have a “banjo” part that is played in unison by the electric guitar and a banjo. Finally you’ll find a melody very inspired in “horror” played by harmonized guitars.

    Virtual Instruments & arrangement:
    I added some Reason Virtual Instruments to the rock quartet to make this sound a bit more similar to Rob’s music. You’ll hear a drum loop in the beginning created with the Redrum (Tecno kit). I also added a synth from the “Thör” module in this part. Then I added a Banjo with the “NNTX” module that plays unison with the guitar.

    The level of this lesson is from beginners to intermediate and the techniques used are palm muting, bending, vibrato, alternate picking and legato.

    I use “Dropped D” tuning as John 5 in many of his songs. He also uses Dropped C.

    Scales & tonality:

    The composition is in D minor. The main idea in this music is to generate “tension” all the time so you will find more repetitive riffs than “commercial” chord progressions. This makes everything sound a bit like “modal” like Techno music. The scales used are D pentatonic minor and D Phrygian.

    Ok guys! I hope that you enjoy this lesson!

    Keep on rocking!


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