Katatonia Style

by Cosmin Lupu

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  • Hello GMC'ers!

    Today's lesson is meant to open a little window in the world of Katatonia - a very dark and atmospheric metal band from Sweden!

    They are using interesting riffs, formulas and melodies, creating a dark somber sound yet fresh and modern - check out 'The great cold distance' by far, my favorite album from them.

    You shall be able to:

    - develop your right hand - riffing and alternate picking
    - develop your rhythmic sense

    This lesson is based on a song called 'Walking in the dark' which I wrote with my band ARIA, being inspired by the crazy duo - Katatonia and the great Bach.

    Tuning: Drop A (A E A D F# B)

    Meter: 4/4 and 6/8

    Scales: A minor

    Tone settings:

    Riff - Bass – 10 o’clock, Mids – 7 o’clock, Highs – 1 o’clock, Gain – 1 o’clock, using the lead channel of my AMT ss20 Pre-amp, bridge position on the MMM Ibanez Mike Mushok baritone.

    Clean strumming - Bass – 10 o’clock, Mids – 9 o’clock, Highs – 1 o’clock, Gain – 12 o’clock, using the clean channel of my AMT ss20 Pre-amp, software added reverb and keeping my MMM Ibanez Mike Mushok baritone's pick-up switch in the middle position.

    Related materials: Gabe's Dark Atmosphere lesson

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