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

    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

    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

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

    Recommended Listening

    Creed and well...Alter Bridge.

    Pro Tips

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

    See you next lesson.

    Joe Kataldo

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