Zakk Sabbath Rhythm

by Gabriel Leopardi

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  • Hi GMC!

    Welcome to my new lesson inspired by a project called “Zakk Sabbath” which is based on Zakk Wylde playing Black Sabbath songs with his sound and style.

    Music Style:
    This lesson recreates how Zakk tooks Black Sabbath songs and make them sound more powerful, with a heavier sound, and with pinch harmonics, aggressive vibrato and trills. Black Sabbath are the pioneers of Heavy Metal, so they have influenced bands for more than 40 years with their dark , dense and heavy sound. Zakk has been Ozzy’s guitarists for a long time (he is back now) so it’s natural so see him adapting Sabbath songs to his playing.

    Tonality, Chord Progression & Scales:
    The composition is based on Black Sabbath so as I’ve explained in my BS lesson (Link HERE), the keys are mostly minor, being the modes Aeolian, Phrygian, and Locrian the most used, as well as the harmonic minor scale. In this tune, you’ll find mostly power chords and octave chords for the last melody.

    Techniques:
    This is a rhythm metal lesson that covers Palm Muting, Pinch Harmonics, Vibrato, Power chord changes, Octave chords and single string riffing. It’s perfect for beginner guitarists who want to get into modern metal techniques.

    Sound:
    I used Fractal Ax8 with a Mesa Boogie Dual Rectifier Amp emulation. I’ve also used Cubase to record audio and midi, superior drummer for drums and Trillian for bass.



    Tuning: Drop D Tuning

    Tempo: 100 BPM




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