The Dead Weather Style

by Gabriel Leopardi

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  • Hi GMC!

    Welcome to my new lesson once gain covering the guitar style of Jack White, but this time based on his band "The Dead Weather", an American rock supergroup, formed in Nashville, Tennessee in 2009. Composed of Alison Mosshart (of The Kills and Discount), Jack White (formerly of The White Stripes and The Raconteurs), Dean Fertita (of Queens of the Stone Age) and Jack Lawrence (of The Raconteurs, The Greenhornes and City and Colour).

    Please also check my Jack White Style lesson HERE.

    Music Style:
    This is a very unique band that combines influences from very personal band members. If you listen to Jack White's music, The Kills, The Racounters and QOTSA, you'll notice that each of them has its own personality, and you'll find a bit of each when listening to this band. In this lesson I tried to re-create their more 70's rocker side that I've found more on their latest album called Dodge & Burn.

    Tonality, Chord Progression & Scales:
    If we would analyze all their music, we should analyze all the theory behind classic 70's rock and punk bands, post-punk and even stoner music. I've done lots of lessons based on each of this topics so here we will focus on this composition. The idea is based on Bm tonality and the riffs have been composed using B blues scale. Everything has been composed with these elements, and focusing on a very groovy rhythm that shows their Zeppelin influences.

    This lesson combines riffing with rocker soloing so we'll be covering techniques like bending, vibrato, double stop, down picking, alternate picking and palm muting.

    I used LePoin plugins to create the guitar tone. These are free amp emulators that are extremely recommended. The cabinet used for this guitar tone is HyBrit which is a Marshall amp emulation and before it a fuzz emulation by Waves. Check out the settings:

    Click HERE to download my Patch.

    I used Cubase to record audio and midi, SSD 3.5 for drums and Trillian for bass.

    Tuning: Standard 440 hz.

    Tempo: 90 BPM

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