A Day To Remember Style

by Gabriel Leopardi

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  • Hi GMC!

    Welcome to my lesson covering the style of an American band called A Day To Remember. The band was formed in 2003 and released 5 albums. The current line up is Jeremy McKinnon (Vocals), Neil Westfall (Rhythm Guitar), Joshua Woodard (Bass), Alex Shelnutt (Drums) and Kevin Skaff (Lead Guitar).

    Music Style:
    ADTR are characterized of creating an unusual amalgamation of Metalcore and Pop Punk. They go from powerful breakdowns to very catchy Pop Punk choruses. Their music has been described as Post Hardcore and also as a mix of Emo, Hardcore and Metal. In this lesson I re-created this mix that makes them unique. I created powerful Metalcore riffs that move in a pop way thanks to the chord changes around the riffs.

    Tonality, Chord Progression & Scales:
    As I said in the previous paragraph, I took a classic Metalcore breakdown and made it sound more pop punk thanks to the tonality & chord progression. I wanted to make it sound happy, and the trick is using a major tonality. Minor tonalities are usually sadder and darker while Major are happier and brighter. The tune is in D major and the chord progression behind the first riff is D – Bm and G. The extra notes that appear there are also from the D Major scale.

    This is a Rhythm lesson so it’s great for practicing Palm Muting, Only Down strokes, Alternate Picking, fast chord changes and timing. You will notice that the most difficult part on this lesson is the intro and outro breakdown rhythm which has really fast alternate picking on 6th string. Be sure to play this sections very tight following the drum groove.

    I used LePou plugins to create the guitar tone. These are free amp emulators that are extremely recommend. The cabinet used for this guitar tone is Poulin Lecto which is a Mesa Boogie Dual Rectifier Emulation. Here you can check the setting that I used:

    Click HERE to download the patch used.

    I used Cubase to record audio and midi, SSD 3.5 for drums and Trillian for bass.

    Tuning: I used drop D tuning for this one.

    Tempo: 130 BPM

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