Melodic Metal with classic elements

by Guido Bungenstock

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  • Hi GMC,

    This lesson is about Melodic metal. Bands like Dream Theater, Giant, Symphony X, Stratovarius, Helloween, Royal Hunt are typical for this genre. So i made a tune for you that perfectly demonstrates this type of music.
    The rhythm guitar is focussing on really tight 16th rhythm notes, all played with downstrokes and some 32nd in between to give a few accents. So this maybe will be a challenge for you to keep a precise timing here.

    The Solo is very melodic with some special phrasing, like slides, tapping, arpeggios, and high bending & vibrato! A cool ascending diminished run in the solo as well. So I'm sure there's a lot for you to discover. All a bit Dann Huff inspired. ;-)

    The rhythm guitar is tuned down a whole step and the solo guitar is in standard tuning!!!!

    Here is the chord progression and the individual sections:

    A SECTION 0:00-0:27
    | D5 | E7/D |C/D | Bb/D C5/G B5/F# Bb5/F Ebsus2|
    | D5 | E7/D |C/D | Bb/D C5/G B5/F# Bb5/F Eb5|

    B SECTION 0:28-0:50
    | D5 | E7/D |C/D | Bb/D C5/G B5/F# Bb5/F Ebsus2|
    | D5 | E7/D |C/D | Bb/D C5/G B5/F# Bb5/F Eb5|

    C SECTION 0:51-1:15
    | G5 | E5 |C/E | F5 D5 D/F# |
    | G5 | E5 |C/E | F5 Eb5 |
    D5 |

    Have fun with it! :-)

    Final words

    I tried to transcribe as close as possible. Specially in the Guitar Pro 5 you'll find all this little extras!

    Cheers - Guido

    Technical specifications
    Guitar: Music Man Luke II
    Strings: D'Addario NYXL 009
    Recording Amp: Kemper Amp: EVH 5150III (Rhythm) & Peavey 6505 (Solo)

    Amp(Only for Monitor): Peavey JSX Top with Marshall 2x12" V30

    Audio Interface: Focusrite Saffire PRO 24
    Recording SW: Logic 9, several plugins

    D tuning D, G, C, F, A, D (RHYTHM GUITYR ONLY!)

    Standard tuning: E, A, D, G, B, E (SOLO GUITAR ONLY!)

    Tempo: 85 BPM

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