Hole Style

by Gabriel Leopardi

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  • Hi GMC!

    Welcome to my new lesson based on the style of one of the most underrated 90’s Alternative Rock bands.
    I’m talking about the band "Hole".

    "Hole was an American alternative rock band that originally formed in Los Angeles in 1989. The band was fronted by singer-songwriter Courtney Love (vocals, rhythm guitar), who co-founded Hole with lead guitarist Eric Erlandson. Hole achieved considerable commercial and critical success throughout the 1990s, initially releasing singles through independent labels in L.A. and debuting with their caustic noise rock-influenced Pretty on the Inside (1991), and later gaining critical acclaim with their 1994 album Live Through This." - Wikipedia.

    Music Style:
    Their style combined elements from punk, grunge, sonic, noise and pop, and the two most distinctive characteristics were Courtney rocker voice and really powerful riffs. In this lesson I tried to cover their rock side that can be found in songs like Celebrity Skin, Violet, Mono and many others.

    Tonality, Chord Progression & Scales:
    This tune starts in E major and then modulates to its relative minor scale: C#m. Their chord progressions usually are between pop and grunge. I can hear some Nirvana and Smashing pumpkins influences in the riffs and progressions. You will find all the chords of this lesson in the main video and over the tabs.

    This is basically a rock rhythm lesson so we will use strumming and palm muting.
    I recommend this lesson to beginner players that want to introduce themselves into the rock/punk guitar world.

    I used my Pod HD 500 to record this lesson. I used the Treadplate Dual Amp Model with a 4x12 2001 Treadplate Cab Model.
    My guitar is a Gibson Les Paul Studio.

    I used standard 440 tuning.

    140 BPM

    Homework included - check out video part 6

    Ok guys – let’s start rocking!

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