Disturbed Style Riffing

by Cosmin Lupu

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  • Hello GMC army!

    It is my great pleasure to introduce an awesome band to you - Disturbed, hailing from Chicago, Illinois - and a little breakdown of their riffing style in this new lesson!

    A few words about Disturbed:

    "Disturbed is an American heavy metal band from Chicago, Illinois. The band's members are vocalist David Draiman, guitarist Dan Donegan, bassist John Moyer, and drummer Mike Wengren. Former band members were vocalist Erich Awalt and bassist Steve "Fuzz" Kmak. Formed in 1994 as Brawl, the band was renamed Disturbed in 1996 after Draiman was hired as the band's new vocalist. Since the band's formation, they have sold over 13 million albums worldwide, making them one of the largest grossing metal/rock bands in recent years. The band has released five studio albums, four of which have consecutively debuted at number-one on the Billboard 200. Disturbed went into an indefinite hiatus in October 2011." - Wikipedia

    After mastering this lesson, the following skills should be improved:

    - Tight rhythm skills
    - Orchestration in the style of Disturbed
    - Riffing
    - Getting your ears acquainted with the Phrygian mode

    Tempo: 80 BPM

    Scale: C Phrygian (C Db Eb F G Ab Bb C - 1 b2 B3 4 5 b6 b7 8)

    Tuning: Drop C - C G C F A D

    Time signature: 4/4

    Tone settings: AMT SS20 Lead Channel, having the Bass at 11 O'clock, the Mids at 11 and the Highs at 1 O'clock, while the gain is somewhere around 1 O'clock.

    Guitar: PRS Paul Allender

    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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