Southern Metal

by Cosmin Lupu

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  • Hi GMC:ers!

    Time to head down south to learn a thing or two about Southern Metal! We'll learn how to mix country and rock to obtain a fiery and straight forward type of music which emerged in the late 60s and has developed into a notable trend in the following years!

    Wikipedia tells us that 'southern rock is a subgenre of rock music, and genre of Americana. It developed in the Southern United States from rock and roll, country music, and blues, and is focused generally on electric guitar and vocals. Although it is unknown from where the term southern rock came, "many people feel that these important contributors to the development of rock and roll have been minimized in rock's history."'

    Notable exponents in my opinion?

    Lynyrd Skynyrd
    The Alman Brothers
    ZZ Top
    Maylene and the sons of disaster
    Kid Rock
    The Cancer bats
    Hell Yeah!

    What will you learn?

    - Developing your rhythm skills
    - Riffing
    - Hybrid/ chicken picking
    - Alternate picking
    - Mixing country elements and hard rock/ metal elements to obtain the Southern Metal flavor

    Homework included - check video part 7

    Tempo: 120 BPM

    Scales you can use: Em pentatonic/ E blues

    Tuning: Standard - E A D G B E

    Time signature: 4/4

    Tone settings: AMT SS20 having the Bass at 10 O'clock, the Mids at 9 and the Highs at 1 O'clock, while the gain is somewhere around 8 O'clock for the crunchy/ picking parts on the Crunch channel and the same settings on the lead channel, having the gain at 1 o'clock for the riffs.

    Guitar: PRS Paul Allender

    For a wider modern rock / metal learning experience based on riffing, I invite you to check out my modern metal lessons here.

    ...and for some more country you can check out some interesting lessons in GMC country lessons category.

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