Ratt Style

by Gabriel Leopardi

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  • Hi GMC! 

    Welcome to my second lesson based on glam rock bands! If you missed the previous one, check here to check it out: Motley Crue Style lesson. This time we will cover another one of the first 80’s glam rock bands. I’m talking about the awesome band called “Ratt”. This cool band was formed in 1976 and become really popular in the 80’s thanks to songs like “Round and round”, “Wanted Man” and “Lay it down”.

    Music Style: 
    Ratt is a hard rock band that can be defined as a mix of influences by bands like Aerosmith, Sweet, Van Halen, Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones, Black Sabath, Kiss and even British metal bands like Iron Maiden and Judas Priest. This lesson has been inspired by their most popular and more rock sounding hits so you will notice that I used riffs inspired by “Nobody Rides For Free” and “Round and Round”.

    Tonality, Chord Progression & Scales: 
    This tune is in E minor tonality. This tonality is very popular in hard rock and heavy metal songs and it’s based around the Im, Vi, Vii and the III. You can find all the chords used in this lesson over the tabs and also in the main video.

    This is a rhythm lesson so the techniques used here are strumming and palm muting. If you want to master this lesson, you have to play it tight with the drums. Concentrate on timing and you will be able to submit a grade 10 take for the REC program.

    I used my Pod HD 500 to record this lesson. My guitar is a Gibson Les Paul Studio. 

    I used a standard tuning. 

    Tempo: 130 bpm 

    OK guys – it’s time to practice! :D

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