The Cranberries Tribute

by Gabriel Leopardi

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  • Hi GMC!

    This lesson is a tribute to the band “The Cramberries” whose singer, Dolores O’Riordan left us some this year (2018). Check out their bio here:

    Music Style:
    The band is associated to the genre “Alternative Rock” but their music also has elements from styles like Indie Rock, Post Punk and Pop Rock. Some of their most popular songs are “Zombie”, “Linger”, “Dreams”, “Salvation” and “Promises”. Some of this songs are powerful alt rock tunes, while others are softer more dream pop oriented. In this lesson I’ve tried to cover a bit or everything in 1:30, focusing on the way they compose chord progressions and arrange their guitars.

    Tonality, Chord Progression & Scales:
    They used both major and minor tonalities for their compositions. The chords progressions are the most used in Pop music, but their approach to rhythm, arrangements and vocal melodies is what make them sound fresh and unique. This tune is in D major and the chord progression keeps around I – V – VII – IV.

    This lesson combines chords, power chords, arpeggios and some lead melodies. It’s a great lesson for beginners as well as more advanced players who want to learn new concepts on how to arrange simple chord progressions.

    I used Fractal Ax8's CA3 amp with the following settings:

    I used Cubase to record audio and midi, superior drummer for drums and Trillian for bass.

    Tuning: Standard Tuning

    Tempo: 96 BPM

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