Pop Evil Style Rhythm

by Darius Wave

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  • Welcome to the Pop Evil style Rhythm lesson !

    For me Pop Evil is a great example of classic rock evolution. They deliver songs powered by variations of single riff with a specific, classic rock energy. All is being adapted to the modern needs - more distortion, commercial mixing and mastering. I like to point their recordings as a good quality reference for modern rock mixing. They basically sound good on anything - from studio monitors to cheap pc speakers). In this lesson we will work on a short track, similar to one of their promoted hits. We will work over variations of the same riff, using some dynamics and more or less strings to create a contrast between each part. Your goal here is to be tight timing-wise and precise. You would rather want to use more picking strength than gain from the amp/plug-in - it will help especially for your right hand mechanics.


    Gear used (in order of connection chain placement):

    1. SX SST57 guitar (JB Junior bridge pickup)
    2. Presonus Inspire 1394 firewire audio interface (input gain 40%)
    3. Poulin LeXtac vst plug-in:
    - Channel - blue
    - Input 50%
    - Gain 70%
    - Pre EQ - brighter
    - Bass 50%
    - Middle 40%
    - Treble 50%
    - Contour 100%
    6. Kefir impulse loader (mix 100%)
    7. Impulse - Catharsis s-preshigh


    Tuning - drop D (D6 A5 D4 G3 B2 E1)


    Backing track progression:

    4/4 Dm |Dm F G | Dm | C/E Dm |
    Dm | Dm F G | Dm | Em Dm |
    Dm | Dm F G | Dm | Dm C/E F |
    Dm | Dm | Dm F G | Dm | Dm C/E F |
    Dm | Dm F G | Dm |Dm E F |
    Dm | Dm F G | Dm | Dm C/E F |
    ||: Dm | Dm | Dm | Dm :||
    ||: F | C | Dm | Dm :||
    F | C | Dm | Bb | F | C | Dm | Dm ||




    Tempo: Main song tempo is 170 bpm. There are backing tracks available at 60, 80, 100, 130. 150 and 170 bpm.

    Time signature: 4/4

    Scales used in this lesson:

    D-minor








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