Modern Metal Guitar Layers

by Cosmin Lupu

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  • Hello there GMCrs!

    This lesson is dedicated to acquiring richness in your compositions by combining simple guitar parts and stacking them on top of each other in your DAW. This is a very effective way of mixing 3 different guitar parts and thus creating a vast sonic landscape which will transform your songs into a luxurious sound experience for the listener. Follow me along this lesson and let's see what this is all about!

    Here are the things that you will hopefully have in your quiver of musical arrows after mastering this lesson:

    - Writing your guitar parts in such a way that they complement each other nicely
    - Practicing odd time signature riffing
    - Learning how to use the delay effect
    - Using progressive symmetry in building your themes
    - Chord positions
    - Learning to control the delay effect

    If you'd like to have a wide listening experience, I totally recommend bands such as:

    Karnivool
    Tesseract
    Dead Letter Circus
    The Butterfly Effect
    Devin Townsend

    Homework included: See Part 6 for an orchestration assignment, using the concepts learned in this lesson!

    Tempo: 126 BPM

    Scale: C minor

    Tuning: Drop C - C G C F A D

    Time signature: 5/8

    Tone settings:

    - Lead: AMT SS20 Crunch Channel, having the Bass at 11 O'clock, the Mids at 11 and the Highs at 1 O'clock, while the gain is somewhere around 11 O'clock.
    - Riff: AMT SS20 Lead Channel, having the Bass at 11 O'clock, the Mids at 9 and the Highs at 1 O'clock, while the gain is somewhere around 1 O'clock.
    - Clean: AMT SS20 Clean Channel, having the Bass at 11 O'clock, the Mids at 11 and the Highs at 1 O'clock, while the gain is somewhere around 1 O'clock.

    Effects:

    - DAW added reverb over the chords and lead sections (Variverb pluggin)
    - DAW added delay over the lead sections (EchoX pluggin)
    - DAW added filtering over the clean and lead sections (FiltoX pluggin)
    - Suhr Shiba Drive for boosting the tone in the lead sections

    Guitar: PRS Paul Allender (Bridge position for the riff and neck position for the clean and lead tones)

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