Days Of The New Style

by Gabriel Leopardi

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  • Hi GMC!

    Welcome to this new acoustic lesson covering the style of Days of the new, an American Rock band formed in 1995 by Travis Meeks (Vocals and guitars) and a many supporting musicians. He released 3 studio albums and had some big radio hits like “Touch, Peel and Stand”, “The Down Town”, “Shelf in the room” and “Enemy”.

    Music Style:
    Their sound is pure grunge, and alternative 90’s rock, but they could create their unique personality with the use of drop C and D tuning on acoustic guitars instead of electric ones. Those were golden MTV unplugged years so their music can sound close to those epic unplugged albums by Nirvana, Alice in chains, STP and many others. They are considered by press like “Post-grunge” and related to some other later acts like Godsmack, Silverchair, Puddle or mud and even Nickelback. In this lesson I re-created their style based on radio alt rock songs with low tuned hard work riffs that sound really unique on acoustic guitars.

    Tonality, Chord Progression & Scales:
    As most of the grunge bands, their music is mostly on minor tonalities, but you will also find some southern influences that incorporate blues and mixolydian progressions. This tune is in D minor and I also incorporated D blues scale to create some of the riffs. Please check the slow video parts descriptions to learn more about the scales used to builds the riffs for each section.

    This is an acoustic guitar rhythm lesson but with a not very common way of rocking this kind of guitars so it will be a good tune for both electric and acoustic guitar students. The lesson includes a Jamtrack based on a loop of the main video that can be a great tune for practicing your soloing techniques as well. Check out the suggested scales and let your mind and fingers fly!

    Tuning: Drop D tuning.

    Tempo: 90 BPM

    I recorded my acoustic guitar directly using it's internal mic connected to my m-audio interface. I recorded everything on Cubase and the vsti used for drums and bass are SSD 3.5 and Trillian.

    Ok guys – I want to see your acoustic guitar rocking hard!

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