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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.

    Structure:
    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.

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

    Tuning:
    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!

    Gabriel.

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