Pirate Metal

by Cosmin Lupu

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  • Ahoy mates!

    For all ye jolly gentlemen and ladies, I have come up with a merry pirate metal lesson combining pirate music and themes which resemble the songs that were sung by sailors and pirates in the past centuries with a strong epic metal backing!

    Let's see a more exact definition of the style:

    Pirate metal is a sub-genre of heavy metal revolving around pirate like themes and folk songs. The term pirate metal was originally promoted by German Speed/Power metal band - Running Wild, after the release of their third album called "Under Jolly Roger". Other modern pirate metal bands include Alestorm, using elements of folk and power metal in their music and Verbal Deception - using elements of melodic death metal and folk metal.

    This lesson will help improve your knowledge about:

    - Modes
    - Alternate picking
    - An ensemble view on the genre

    Homework included: Transposition exercise based on playing the chord progressions in this lesson in a different key - check out Video Part 9.

    Tempo: 150 BPM

    Scale: C minor, G Phrygian Dominant, G Phrygian, Ab Lydian, Bb Mixolydian, F Dorian

    Tuning: E Standard - E A D G B E

    Time signature: 4/4

    Tone settings: 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 10 O'clock.

    Effects: DAW added reverb (Variverb pluggin) + Suhr Shiba Drive for boosting the tone.

    Guitar: PRS Paul Allender (Bridge position)

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