Indie Rock V: Kings Of Leon

by Gabriel Leopardi

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  • Hi GMC!

    Welcome to this lesson based on the style of Kings of leon, a very popular band formed in Nashville in 2000 by Caleb Followill (Lead vocals and rhythm guitar), Nathan Followill (drums), Jared Followill (Bass) and Matthew Followill (Lead guitar).

    Music Style:
    Their music has evolved from a Blues and Southern rock to a more alternative rock style that took them to the mainstream thanks to big hits like “Sex on fire”, “Use somebody" and “Notion”, among many others. In this lesson I covered their composing and arranging style based on their alternative rock side.

    Tonality, Chord Progression & Scales:
    This tune is in G major. Their chord progressions are usually simple and based on the most used pop rock ones but with a very clever and interesting production and guitar arranging. In this lesson I show how they create amazing atmospheres with the use of triads and simple repetitive melodies that become interesting with the movement of the chords in the background. They are a good examples of less is more, they use a few notes on their guitar arrangement but sound epic. I will share all the details and tricks to get and apply this in the slow video part texts.

    This is not a tricky lesson, so it’s great for beginners who want to train their picking and strumming abilities but also for more advanced guitarists who want to get ideas and concepts behind arranging and composing modern rock songs.

    I used LePoin plugins to create the guitar tone. These are free amp emulators that are extremely recommended. The cabinet used for this guitar tone is Poulin HyBrit which is a Marshall Emulation. Check out the settings:

    Click HERE to download my Patch.

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

    Tuning: Standard 440 hz tuning

    Tempo: 90 BPM

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