Djent/Dubstep Groove

by Cosmin Lupu

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    Today's lesson is based on another mixture of styles: Djent and Dubstep. The grooving possibilities offered by this blend are massive, but before going further, let's see what dubstep and djent are:

    Dubstep is a genre of electronic dance music that originated in South London, England. The style is described as "tightly coiled productions with overwhelming bass lines and reverberant drum patterns, clipped samples, and occasional vocals".

    Djent, also known as djent metal, is a heavy metal guitar playing method that developed as a spinoff of progressive metal. Coined by Fredrik Thordendal of the band Meshuggah in the early 2000s, the term was popularized through the internet by American guitarist Misha Mansoor, founder of Periphery. The word "djent" is an onomatopoeia for the distinctive high-gain, distorted palm-muted guitar sound employed by Meshuggah. Typically, the word is used to refer to music that makes use of this sound, to the sound itself, or to the scene that revolves around it. - Wikipedia

    I have also included a technique, originally encountered in country music - behind the nut bending, which literally means bending an open string, by pushing it behind the nut of the guitar, close to where the strings are attached to the tuners.

    Caught your interest already? If yes, let's check out what you can learn and proceed to it:

    - rhythmic development
    - right hand stamina
    - behind the nut bending

    Tuning: Drop C - C G C F A D

    Meter: 4/4

    Tempo: 115 BPM

    Scales: C minor/ C Phrygian Dominant

    Tone settings:

    PRS Paul Allender plugged into the AMT SS20 having the Bass at 10 o'clock, the Mids at 9 o'clock and the Highs at 1 o'clock. The gain is somewhere around 1-2 o'clock and the effect you can hear in the beginning riff and in the lead part played over the dubstep groove is obtained with the aid of a pluggin called 'Filtox' where I selected the 'Riding the tides' patch.

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