Breaking Down Drop A

by Cosmin Lupu

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  • Hello GMC'ers! Today I shall take you into the amazing realm of modern metal. This is also a concept lesson from a series bearing the name "Modern Metal", which will offer you a detailed view on low tunings, rythimic formulas and a succesful combination between aggressive and melodic playing.

    The phrase presented here, is actually the middle part or the "breakdown" of a song I wrote with my band, in such a way that it emulates the feeling of tension and release – through the aid of aggresive and melodic combinations.

    The tuning is the result of my habit of playing a 7 stringed guitar for many years before switching to a baritone. and here it is: A E A D G B – you should regard it as a standard tuned 7 string guitar with the lowest string detuned to A and a missing high E string. It will create a bunch of unusual chord positions which I use and find very interesting.

    Concepts/ Benifits:
    * The development of rythmic playing

    * Your right hand technique
    * The tension-release technique
    * Combining 3 different modes in a single phrase
    * Controlled bending
    * Creative and unusual chord positions – as a result of the special tuning used
    * Combining aggressive and melodic playing

    Listening Recommendations:
    Killswitch Engage

    * Phrigyan harmonic minor (1 b2 b3 4 5 b6 7)
    * Locrian (1 b2 b3 4 b5 b6 b7)
    * Aeolian (1 2 b3 4 5 b6 b7)


    * Drop A
    * A - E - A - D - G - B
    (From thick to thin string)

    120 BPM

    If you have any questions:
    * Give feedback (upper-right-corner)
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    * General Forum

    All that being said, grab your axe and let’s break it down to drop A!/ Cosmin

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