Acoustic Alternative Rock

by Gabriel Leopardi

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  • Hello GMC!

    Welcome to my first acoustic lesson at GMC! In this one I composed a track inspired by Alternative Rock bands. I recorded 3 guitars to create this tune and you can see all of them in the main video. The first guitar plays the leads and melodies, the second plays the chords and the third one plays the rhythm loop using a percussive tecnique.

    Music Style:
    This tune as been inspired by alternative rock bands that go acoustic or unplugged. There are lots of bands but if I want to name just a few in which this piece is inspired, I could say Staind, A Perfect Circle, Stone Sour, Godsmack, Mad Season. The vibe is usually a bit sad and dark but not as dark as gotic or doom bands. They still have that USA alternative/post-grunge sound.

    Tonality & Chord Progression:
    The most used tonalities in this style are the minor ones. That’s the reason why the tunes have that sad atmospere. This tune is in A minor and the chord progresion includes some power chords, triads and suspended chords. The progression can be found in the main video and above the tabs.

    The techniques used here are alternate picking, economy picking (for chord arpeggios) and also some precusive technique used to create the rhytm loop. Check out the 6th video where I show the rhythm loop slowly.

    I recorded my Yamaha acoustic guitar using a consenser mic directly connected to my audio interface.

    I used standard 440. 

    Ok guys! Pick up your acoustic and start exploring this beautiful musical universe.

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