John 5 Style

by Gabriel Leopardi

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  • Hi GMC!

    Welcome to my new lesson covering the style of the talented American guitarist known as John 5, who has played with David Lee Roth, Marilyn Manson and since 2005 with Rob Zombie. He also has many solo albums, and has written music with big names in the music industry as Avril Lavigne, Rob Halford, Garbage, Scorpions, Ozzy Osbourne and Slash.

    Music Style:
    He is a metal guitarist who can shred like hell, can get very powerful industrial metal sound and can also play country music as a demon, fast and tight. He has named Kiss, The Monkees, and guitarists like Van Halen, Randy Rhoads, Jimi Hendrix, Yngwie Malmsteen and country music as his early musical influences. His solo albums are a mix of industrial metal, horror movie soundtrack, shred guitar and country. In this lesson I decided to cover his industrial/shred/metal side that can be found in most of his solo music.

    Tonality, Chord Progression & Scales:
    He loves the dark and horror movie style sound so he is devoted to minor scales like Aeolian, Phrygian, Harmonic Minor, and Phrygian Dominant. He also adds a lot of passing notes and chromatic scale into his guitar lines and riffs. The use of the diminished 5th, the minor 2nd and lots of chromatic notes make his guitar solo sound dark and a bit “out” giving his music a suspense feeling.

    His technique is killer. He masters alternate picking, legato, tapping, hybrid picking, bending, vibrato and rhythm guitar at a very high level. This lesson is suitable for intermediate and advanced guitarists who want to explore the unique technique and phrasing of this cool guitarist.

    Tuning: Standard 440 tuning.

    Tempo: 180 BPM

    I used Guitar Rig 5 to create the guitar tone, Trillian for bass and SSD 3.5 for drums.

    Click HERE to download the Guitar Rig 5 patch used.

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