Linkin Park Style

by Gabriel Leopardi

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  • Hi GMC!

    Welcome to this new lesson in the style of Linkin Park, formed in California, in 1996. They become very popular after the release of their debut album "Hibrid Theory" and they could keep this popularity along the years thanks to great metal hit songs like "In The End", "Dumb", "What I've Done", "Castle of Glass" and "Lost in the Echo".

    Music Style:
    Linkin Park are part of the Nu Metal wave with other bands like Korn, Limp Biskt and many more. They combined the modern metal stuff with rap and electronic influences, making his music very personal. With the pass of time they experimented more and more with electronic stuff. In this lesson I covered their old school style which is the one that has more guitar work, and that can be found in their first 3 albums.

    Tonality, Chord Progression & Scales:
    The song, as most of their music is in minor mode. The key is E minor, and the chord progression is one of the most used by them: Im - III - VII - IVm. Their progressions are usually simple and taken from 90's pop radio hits. This type of progression were also very used in post-grunge and alternative rock radio songs and are still used in nowadays pop and hip hop music.

    This lesson is based on rhythm so we will cover strumming, only downstrokes, power chord changes, alternate picking and clean arpeggios. This one will put you in a real band situation so it's a great training for guitarists who want to play live music with a rock band.

    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. Check out the settings:

    Clean tone:

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

    Tuning: Standard 440

    Tempo: 120 BPM

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