Alter Bridge Style

by Joe Kataldo

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  • Alter Bridge is an American alternative metal band formed in 2004 by former Creed members Mark Tremonti, Scott Phillips, and Brian Marshall.


    Alter Bridge Style - 12/8 at 120 bpm dottes quarter notes
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    Most of their songs as long as this style and as Creed Songs too are structured and based on three main elements:

    1) Moody Opening Arpeggios

    2) Firing Riff during verse

    3) Strong fat power chords during Chorus

    Even if Tremonti is a great melodic soloist, most of the time only small section of the song are left to solos (as in many other same genre bands) and is not really a main element.


    Theory Focus
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    In musical notation, 12/8 is a specific time signature consisting of four dotted crotchets (quarter notes), in a bar. This usually comprises 4 groups of 3 quavers (eighth notes), giving the overall feel of common 4/4 time as the basic pulse, but having 4 sets of triplets in a bar rather than the usual 4 crotchets.


    Techniques Focus
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    The song is quite fast and rhythmically complex, isolate difficult sections and practice them slowly.


    Recommended Listening
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    Creed and well...Alter Bridge.


    Pro Tips
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    Most of the time Tremonti plays with guitars tuned a whole step down.


    See you next lesson.

    Joe Kataldo


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