Alter Bridge Guitar Lesson: 6 Ways To Play Like Mark Tremonti & Myles Kennedy
The two Marc Tremonti and Myles kennedy are excellent guitarists and here we focus on some of the concepts and techniques at the heart of Modify the bridge ring.
Our first tablature example is a Tremonti-style run inspired by Down To My Last from the band’s 2004 debut album, One Day Remains. These shapes sound good between blues-rock oriented phrases.
The second lick is inspired by solos like wouldn’t you rather from the new album, where Mark uses five-note patterns in his phrasing.
Our third example shows how Myles adds “passing” notes to scale-based notes by simply filling in the gaps between the notes in the scale. These notes can sound “wrong” if you hang on them too long, but crossing them to get a “correct” note gives a cool moment of tension.
Finally, we end our lesson by taking a look at Myles’ jazz influences and jamming to a simple blues progression I-IV-V. There is a lot to learn here, so take it easy and have fun.
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1. Solo with groups of six notes
Start with a top-down shot and use a strict alternate selection throughout. You can start by looping each group of six notes over and over again to make yourself comfortable, and then tie all the pieces together as you work your way through to full licking.
2. Unusual rhythms
Start with your volume knob down, then strum each chord before increasing the volume for the crossfade. Add reverb or delay for more sustain; we added a panning delay effect set to a dotted eighth note rhythm.
In bars 3 and 4, let the two strings ring together and keep your delay pedal engaged.
3. Adding passing notes for the color
This lick is based on the B blues scale (BDEFF # A), so the 7th and 10th fret notes (F, F #, and A) in bar 1 all belong to the scale.
Intermediate notes are passing notes, which are not technically in the scale but can be used to bridge the gap between notes.
4. Jazzy sounding scales
There are three scales in this licking. Bars 1 and 4 are based on the pentatonic scale of A minor – the “house” sound of licking. Measure 2 uses the entire D tone scale, which moves in two-fret steps – no semitones.
Measure 3 takes things further in jazz with the E Super Locrian mode (EFGA b Bb CD). Don’t worry about the weird names – just play slowly across the tab.
5. Learn 5 of Tremonti’s Favorite Altered Tunings
Mark has used many guitar chords in the Alter Bridge, Creed, and Tremonti catalogs – this is something you can also use to inspire your own riffs and songs. Here are some Alter Bridge and Creed tunings.
If you want to experiment, remember that the lower you tune, the heavier the gauge of the strings will be to keep the tension and tuning of your guitar strings stable.
6. Tremonti three-note string shapes
Mark uses scales of three notes per string to create both smooth legato lines and alternate chosen shredding tracks. Play through this D major shape and pay special attention to fingering while keeping your fingers well spaced and square on the fretboard.
Try playing this shape in different tones by moving it up and down on the fretboard.