Unison Riffing

by Jerry Arcidiacono

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  • Hi GMC:ers,

    many of my favourite bands have a common point: they have a drummer, a bass player and a guitar player. When there are no keyboards or a second guitar, this line-up is more than good to support a singer while creating a strong rock sound.

    Listen to many songs of Led Zeppelin, Rage Against The Machine, Extreme, Queen, Audioslave, Living Colour, etc.. to see what I mean!

    Not to mention some of the best power trios like The Police, Cream or the Jimi Hendrix Experience...

    Altough this lesson is not "In the style of Led Zeppelin", when I put down the backing track I chose drum patterns which reminds me some grooves by the Zep.

    So, this lesson is my small tribute to the great John "Bonzo" Bonham. He is still considered to be one of the greatest rock drummers.

    Ok, back to the lesson, I will show you some riffs where guitar and bass are playing the same notes. This means that, as guitar players, we use the lower strings most of the time, while playing together with a 4 strings bass.

    The gear I used here is:

    Washburn N2 (guitar)
    Yamaha RBX260 (bass)
    Marshall JCM900 VST from the SimulAnalog project (www.simulanalog.org)
    Vintage Rock ezx of EZdrummer


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