Motorhead Style

by Gabriel Leopardi

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  • Hi GMC!

    Welcome to my new lesson based on the style of one of the most powerful and legendary heavy metal bands of all time… Motorhead! This amazing band that combines Punk Rock with Speed and Trash Metal was formed in 1975 in London, England by Lemmy Kilmister and they are considered the be the pioneers of what was called the New Wave of British Heavy Metal.

    Music Style:
    As I said in the previous part, Motorhead are considered pioneers in Heavy Metal sound, and their style combined Punk Rock, Speed Metal and Trash Metal. In this lesson I focused on their faster and most powerful sounds like Ace Of Spades, Burner, Overkill and many others…

    Tonality, Chord Progression & Scales:
    This composition is in E minor. Most of their songs are composed using minor tonalities and the chord progressions are those that are used in classic heavy metal, that goes from Im to VI and then to VII, and also the classic I - IV, used a lot in blues music.

    This lesson is basically a rhythm guitar lesson, with a few rock licks. The techniques that we will use are palm muting, alternate picking, bending and vibrato. If you are not used to fast palm muting riffs, you will find this one a bit tricky but it's not and you will be able to rock over the backing after a bit of practice.

    I used my Pod HD 500 to record this lesson. I used the Treadplate Dual Amp Model with a 4x12 2001 Treadplate Cab Model. If you want the tone you can ask for it at my personal board. My guitar is a Gibson Les Paul Studio.

    I used standard 440.

    130 BPM

    Ok guys – let’s start rocking!

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