Franz Ferdinand Style

by Gabriel Leopardi

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  • Hi GMC!

    Welcome to my new lesson in style of Franz Ferdinand, and indie rock band from Glasgow, Scotland, formed in 2001.

    Music Style:
    Their style is usually labeled as Indie rock, Dance Punk and they are also considered part of the Post Punk Revival. They have strong influences from bands like Talking Heads, Duran Duran, Kraftwerk, The Beatles and Gang of four. In this lesson I've created an arrangement based on their biggest hit called "Take me out". As you can hear, they have a rocker sound but they always keep a dance feel in their tunes.

    Tonality, Chord Progression & Scales:
    This tune is in E minor. Most of their songs are in minor keys, but you'll also find some major stuff in their discography. The scales used for riffs and licks are E pentatonic minor and E aeolian minor. The first part starts with a riff focused in E pentatonic minor, then I go one octave higher to play lead vocals melodies combining single note ideas with octave chords. The chorus is arranged with octaves, and in the coda, I harmonize the first riff in diatonic thirds.

    Techniques:
    This lesson combines riffs, power chords and lead melodies. It’s a great exercise for late beginner and intermediate players.

    Sound:
    I used Fractal Ax8's plexi emulation, Cubase 9.5 to record audio and midi, Addictive Drums II for drums and Trillian for bass.

    Tuning: Standard 440 hz




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