Rival Sons Style

by Gabriel Leopardi

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  • Hi GMC!

    Welcome to my new lesson covering the style of Rival Sons, an American rock band from Long Beach, California, formed in 2009.

    Music Style:
    Their music is described as Blues and Hard Rock. They have a modern sound but their roots are clearly in the 70’s biggest rock and roll bands ever like Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, AC/DC, among many others. However, they have found the way to sound fresh and original, and their productions are superb. In this lesson, I’ve composed a tune inspired by some of their most popular songs like

    Tonality, Chord Progression & Scales:
    This tune is in D minor key and that’s the scale used for the main riffs. However, the song modulates to D Mixolydian in the bridge that is played with arpeggios before getting back to the main riff. Both minor, and Mixolydian are the most used modes in Blues while you’ll also find Pentatonics, Blues Scale, and even Dorian mode in other songs.

    Techniques:
    This lesson combines riffs, power chords and lead melodies. It’s a great exercise for late beginner and intermediate players.

    Sound:
    I used Fractal Ax8's plexi emulation (but added Waves Fuzz Guitar effect for the riff section), Cubase 9.5 to record audio and midi, Addictive Drums II for drums and Trillian for bass.

    If you like this one, be sure to check this lessons: Jack White Style, Royal Blood Style, The Kills Style, Radio Moscow Style, Band of Skulls Style.

    Tuning: Drop D


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