Grunge III: Stone Temple Pilots

by Gabriel Leopardi

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  • Hi GMC!

    Welcome to my new lesson in a series based on Grunge Style.

    “Grunge (sometimes referred to as the Seattle sound) is a genre of music originating in Seattle that lasted from the mid 1980s to the mid 1990s. It is a sub-genre of alternative rock that emerged as a fusion of punk, alternative, and heavy metal. Inspired by hardcore punk, metal, and indie rock, grunge is generally characterized by heavily distorted electric guitars and contrasting song dynamics, and the grunge aesthetic is stripped-down compared to other forms of rock music. Lyrics are typically angst-filled, often addressing themes such as social alienation, apathy, frustration, sadness, fear, and depression.” - Wikipedia

    In this lesson I will cover another important rock band that was also known as part of the Grunge scene. I'm talking about Stone Temple Pilots, a band from San Diego, California whose bend members are Scott Weiland (lead vocals), brothers Robert DeLeo (bass guitar, vocals) and Dean DeLeo (guitar), and Eric Kretz (drums, percussion).

    Music Style:
    STP (Stone Temple Pilots) is a band that combined the alternative rock sound of the late 80’s and the begining of the 90’s with the 70’s hard rock. Some of their influences are Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles and The Doors. In this lesson I covered their more riff oriented style, based on songs like "Crackerman" and "Sex Type Thing". Their first album had this hard rock style, then they started to have some influence from psychedelic rock, country music, and jangle pop.

    Tonality, Chord Progression & Scales:
    This tune starts in F#m and then modulates to Bm in the chorus. Their songs are usually in minor tonalities as most of the grunge bands. The chord progression can be found in the main video as well as in the tabs. The scale used for the solo is F# pentatonic minor and minor aeolian.

    Guitarist Dean DeLeo is a very talented guitar players that has a very strong rhythm ability as well as a solo rocker player. This lesson is a good lesson for rhythm training but we will also analize a solo that includes rocker licks, funky licks and lots of bendings.

    I used my Pod HD 500 to record this lesson. I used the Treadplate Dual Amp Model with a 4x12 2001 Treadplate Cab Model. If you want the tone you can ask for it at my personal board. My guitar is a Gibson Les Paul Studio.

    I used standard 440.

    140 bpm.

    Ok guys - it’s time to rock!

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