Deftones Style

by Cosmin Lupu

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  • Hey there GMC guys and gals!

    It's time to talk a bit about one of my favorite modern metal bands - Deftones! I didn't like them too much when I was younger because I couldn't understand the subtle nuances, the atmosphere, the sound and the song writing behind this band, but as i grew up, I realized that I was missing out on a great band making great music.

    About the Deftones?

    Deftones are an American alternative metal band from Sacramento, California, founded in 1988. The band consists of Chino Moreno (lead vocals and guitar), Stephen Carpenter (guitar), Chi Cheng (bass), Frank Delgado (keyboards and turntables), and Abe Cunningham (drums and percussion). Since 2009, Sergio Vega has been standing in on bass while Cheng recovers from a car accident. They have released six albums to date, with three Platinum (Adrenaline, White Pony, Around the Fur) and one Gold certification (for the self-titled album). - Wikipedia

    What will you learn/ develop after mastering this lesson:

    - Tight rhythm skills
    - Orchestration in the style of Deftones
    - Riffing elements which you can apply in your own playing
    - Combining 4/4 and 5/4 time signatures

    Tempo: 80 BPM

    Scale: A minor

    Tuning: Drop A - A E A D F# B

    Time signature: 4/4 and 5/4

    Tone settings: AMT SS20 Lead Channel, having the Bass at 10 O'clock, the Mids at 9 and the Highs at 1 O'clock, while the gain is somewhere around 1 O'clock.

    Guitar: PRS Mike Mushok Baritone

    Effects: DAW added delay and reverb

    For a wider modern metal experience, I invite you to check out my modern metal based lessons here -> My other modern metal oriented lessons

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