Guns N' Roses Style

by Gabriel Leopardi

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  • Hi GMC!

    Welcome to a new rhythm lesson based in the style of Guns and Roses as a celebration of their reunion tour and to motivate late beginner guitarist to get into hard rock rhythm stuff. If you enjoy this lesson, please don't miss the Slash Complete Style Series.

    Music Style:
    Everybody knows Guns and Roses so we don't need to describe how their music sound. Check out "Welcome to the Jungle" and "November Rain" and you'll have a quick idea of how amazing their music is. In this lesson I've recreated their rocker side, inspired on their most rocker side. In this lesson you'll hear influences from their first album, as well as everything that Slash has released.

    Tonality, Chord Progression & Scales:
    Their music has strong influences from classic rock, blues and metal. This is the reason why you'll find that their songs are composed mostly with aeolian, mixolydian and blues modes. This lesson includes everything in order to show you how their mix and combine this modes to get their unique style. The intro riff is based in A blues Scale, the verse section is in A mixolyian and the chorus is in A minor (aeolian). Are you surprised about how simple this complex stuff sound? Get into this lesson and complement it with this theory stuff: LINK

    As this is a rhythm lesson, it will be a great training exercise for riffing, strumming, chord changes, groove and palm muting. The tempo is fast for a mid tempo groove so it can be tricky at first to play everything tight. Start working with the slower backings.

    I used Poulin plugins to create the guitar tone. These are free amp emulators that are extremely recommended. The cabinet used for this guitar tone is HyBrit which is a Marshall amp emulation and before it a tube screamer emulation. I'm also sharing here my delay settings:

    I used Cubase to record audio and midi, superior drummer for drums and Trillian for bass.

    Tuning: Standard 440

    Tempo: 110 BPM

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