GMC Arena Rock

by Kristofer Dahl

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  • ARE YOU READY TO ROCK THE BIG ARENAS?

    Shredders seldom rock the big arenas. If that's something you want to do - you will need get acquainted with chord progressions and songwriting.

    When I started out - I was clueless about this stuff. I had no desire to play rhythm guitar or learn about chords. So I just didn’t bother. In retrospect I think that strategy (or lack of) was ok, since I prioritised what was inspiring to me at the time: lead guitar. I spent many late nights learning scales, licks and solo techniques.

    However, eventually I did realise I had nowhere to put my fancy lead lines - and slowly a broader interest for music started growing in me.

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    Learn this lesson as a whole and get a feel for how the different parts are connected with each other, and how I have used contrasts between the riffs as a songwriting tool.

    Alternatively, I encourage you to approach this lesson just for fun - maybe just learn the intro chords and jam with them.

    Tonality, Chord Progression & Scales:
    This mini-tune starts off in Ab minor, and ends in E phrygian dominant. The bridge section has an atonal sound with brief allusions to Ab harmonic minor.

    Tempo: This tune has several tempo changes: 00:00 / 100 bpm, 00:21 / 115 bpm, 00:47 / 100 bpm, 01:05 / 127 bpm

    Tuning: standard

    Guitar: Gibson LPJ with Burstbuckers Pro pickups,

    Amp: Kemper Profiling Amp (KPA), Marshall TSL 100 with a TS9 tube screamer (profile name: LW TSL 100 LEAD TS LP). No other effects used.

    Fun fact: A neighbour started drilling into my wall when I recorded the spoken video ;)
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