Marilyn Manson Style

by Gabriel Leopardi

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  • Hi GMC!

    Welcome to a new lesson in the music style of Marilyn Manson, best known for his band's records released in the 1990s, most notably Antichrist Superstar and Mechanical Animals.

    Music Style:
    I always remember that when Manson first appeared, the label said that they were like the new Jane's Addiction which reflects its first music and image influence. However, their style evolved a lot and found a totally fresh sound in their their album Antichrist Superstar, which is a industrial metal/rock album that make this artist/band one of the most popular ever. Their style evolved into different directions like hard work, pop and blues rock but always with the same scence. In this lesson I recreate their rocker side inspired by their most popular 90's song, but also by some of their most recent stuff.

    Tonality, Chord Progression & Scales:
    The tune is in E Phrygian minor tonality and you'll find mostly power chords for the rhythm guitar and melodic arrangements based on octave chords, single note lines and double stops for the lead guitar. Phrygian mode is the third mode of the major scale and it's one of the most used for dark metal music as well as Thrash and Alternative Rock/Metal. In the 90's, this mode was one of the favorite by pre-grunge and grunge bands like Jane's Addiction, Alice in Chains, Soundgarden and Nirvana.

    This lesson is great for beginner students who want to learn to play both lead and second guitar in powerful rock songs. This lesson involves rhythm, palm muting, only downstrokes, alternate picking, bending, double stop bending and octave chords.

    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:

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

    Tuning: Standard 440

    Tempo: 135 BPM

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